Location
  • Greece
Term
J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Asian Studies Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Communications Creative Writing Earth Sciences Ecology Education Engineering English Food Science and Nutrition Gender Studies Geography Graduate Studies Health Sciences Kinesiology Life Sciences Linguistics Mathematics Medicine Natural Sciences Nursing Physical Therapy Physics Pre-Med Psychology Public Health Social Sciences Sociology Speech-Language Pathology Statistics +22

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Housing
Apartment

Pricing

Price Details
Program cost varies based on location and length of program. View the "Cities" page on our website for more information.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals Visa
Feb 17, 2023
Jul 26, 2023
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About Program

Atlantis is the largest and most reputable pre-health study abroad organization for US undergraduates. With shadowing experiences in Athens and more to come, our Greece programs are for those who love all things ABBA. What better way to gain 60+ clinical hours than in the country full of myths and legends! Students will shadow in top European hospitals with well-esteemed physicians and have the opportunity to explore the rich culture that their host city has to offer.

Finding different physicians to shadow can be difficult to find in the US, especially throughout the pandemic. Specialties such as surgery, cardiology, and OB/GYN can be even harder, especially if you don't live in big cities! With alumni in 40 of the top 50 MD programs, Atlantis prepares students for a future career in healthcare.

Since summer of 2021, Atlantis has ran many safe and successful programs throughout the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Program Highlights

  • Programs run during winter and summer breaks so there is no need to take time off during your academic semesters!
  • Rotate weekly through different specialties to gain exposure to various medical practices and procedures.
  • Immerse yourself in a fellowship abroad to understand healthcare in a global context, and embark on weekly excursions to experience Greek culture, sights, and food.
  • You do not need to know Greek to have an amazing and impactful experience!
  • Start dates for summer in May, June, July and August.

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Growth 4.95
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.95
  • Safety 5
  • Academics 3.35
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
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Alena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Athens Greece Shadow Abroad

I loved this program! Everyone was so helpful and worked with me every step of the way. Getting there was easy as there was someone waiting at the airport for us. There was an optional payment plan that worked very well for my needs. Once in the apartment in Athens, our group leader gave us a wonderful introduction and orientation that made me feel so welcomed and safe. He showed us around the city and the hospital. All of the staff at the hospital was so welcoming and eager to teach us their ways. They were very open to letting us watch all procedures and teach us how they work and their purpose. I totally recommend Atlantis for future Healthcare workers.

Pros
  • Made so many friends
  • The food!
  • The public hospital (free healthcare)
41 people found this review helpful.
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Adriné
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Coolest experience ever!

This experience was one I will never forget. In the hospital, I was exposed to a whole new world of medicine which helped open my eyes to the differences in health care around the world. It allowed me to witness surgeries, patient care, behind the scenes work, and basic doctor interaction. Outside of the hospital, this program allowed me to meet individuals with similar passions and goals and created an environment for us to explore a new country together. Overall, the program was amazing, and I wish I could go back!

Pros
  • You gain experience that you wouldn't normally get in the U.S. without a degree
  • You meet new people with similar interests
  • You get to explore a new country both guided and on your own
Cons
  • Sometimes the hours at the hospital limited sight-seeing ability
45 people found this review helpful.
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Alexander
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Abroad Program Review

I completed 80 AAMC-compliant physician shadowing hours through the Atlantis Clinical Fellowship at Gennimatas General Hospital in Athens, Greece. My experience shadowing physicians in Athens, Greece, at Gennimatas Hospital was invaluable and gave me a fundamental understanding of what I hope to specialize in as a future physician. Through this experience, I not only embraced the ethical responsibility of learning from doctors through observation but also gained exposure to global healthcare. I learned how to overcome cultural communication barriers in my interactions with clinicians and recognized the subtle peculiarities of a foreign hospital. I built upon my critical thinking skills and utilized scientific inquiry as I followed along with surgical procedures and witnessed each unique doctor-patient interaction. I recently applied to medical schools in the United States through AMCAS, and I am currently completing several interviews for admission. When filling out my medical school applications, I described what I learned from my clinical fellowship with Atlantis and how it reinforced my passion for becoming a physician. This experience is a staple of my pre-med journey. From my clinical fellowship, I know a career in medicine is the only career path that I desire.

Pros
  • Wide scope of experience
  • Relationship building
  • Observing medical specialty
66 people found this review helpful.
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roger
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Thessaloniki Fellowship

Had a great time, it was overall an awesome trip. The food was great. There were lots of attraction, historical sites, and places to go. The city is right near the water, so there are great views. The weather was also really great, it was hot all the time. people in the city all spoke english and were really friendly. The hospital shadowing aspect of the program was also really cool. The doctors were all friendly and eager to interact with us. We got opportunities to go to different departments of the hospital and observe many types of surgeries. The shadowing wasn't too long either, so once we finished, we were free for the rest of the day. Our site manager was really amazing and very helpful. We went on group excursions twice, which were also cool

What would you improve about this program?
really nothing. I have no complaints about the experience
111 people found this review helpful.
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Kailyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Shadowing in Athens, Greece!!

I signed up for this program with a little prior shadowing experience and a fuzzy head about what I wanted to do in the future. My past experiences were primarily academic or research based and the little shadowing I did prior had pushed me away from pursuing a career in medicine. This experience completely turned that around. The ability to shadow in numerous departments as well as interact on a more personal level with the hospital staff showed me a different side of medicine and convinced me that working in a hospital is where I want to be. Its a much different experience than you get shadowing in the United States, not only are the health care institutions vastly different but so is the culture. And, on top of all that professional growth, you get to travel around Europe. I made some amazing memories with the most amazing group of girls. It's the perfect mix of work and play.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Honestly, there aren't any negatives or big mistakes from this experience. If I did this all again, I would choose the longer program because that was the hardest part for me. I completely fell in love with the country, its people (and food!!), and I don't think 3 weeks was enough.
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Bri
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis is a great opportunity and you should take it!

I have attended two Atlantis Fellowships now and have absolutely loved both of them. In the summer of 2018 I went to Székesfehérvár, Hungary for 4 weeks and gained 90 shadowing hours in the hospital there. I also got to experience the city and culture through our free time and weekly excursions. I was then given the opportunity to attend a Senior Fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece during the summer of 2019 which was another amazing experience with Atlantis. I attended this fellowship for three weeks and gained 60+ shadowing hours in various specialties. One of the amazing things about this fellowship is that not only are you able to gain shadowing experience and grow academically, but you are also able to travel on the weekends and explore the city you are living in during the afternoons. Atlantis also has weekly excursions planned to show everyone the highlights of the city or country in which you are staying. I honestly think any pre med who can take advantage of this program should. It has been one of the highlights of my time in college and my summers!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I got to observe a heart surgery and a neurosurgery while on my fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece and that was by far the coolest thing I have ever seen. Talk about a high...why would anyone do drugs when you can see something like that?! WOW
112 people found this review helpful.
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Christianne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A once in a lifetime global medicine shadowing experience

Shadowing physicians in a global health care setting was such an invaluable experience that has shaped and will continue to shape the kind of physician that I hope to someday be.
I have never travelled outside of the US before, and yet Atlantis prepared me so well for this fellowship that I felt no anxiety whatsoever about traveling alone in a foreign country. My Site Manager made it so that I always felt safe and so that I also got the most of my experience, both in the hospital and during excursions/exploring the city.
I learned so much of value while shadowing in the hospital. There is so much about global medicine that you can only experience; that you can’t be taught without firsthand experience. In Greece, I had the opportunity to see medicine practiced in manners both similar and different to that in the US, and it forced me to consider the pros and cons of both our healthcare systems. Furthermore, with the vast number of hours of shadowing you obtain, not only is it good for your resume, but it gives you a chance to decide if a career in medicine is really the right path for you. The shadowing isn’t easy; the language barrier and often long hours on your feet can be exhausting, but the life-changing learning experience is a reward well worth it.
This program isn’t just an opportunity to explore global medicine. It’s an opportunity to explore a new country through weekly excursions and group dinners and to make meaningful lifetime friendships with fellow pre-meds. It is an experience that you will reflect on for the rest of your life and will shape your future career in medicine.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers in this program is to make sure you get the most of your experience in the hospital. What I mean by that is that it can be very difficult shadowing in a hospital that speaks an unfamiliar language and has different protocols and rules than what you may be used to in the US. So although you maybe be uncomfortable, seize every opportunity. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to talk to your Site Manager if you don’t feel like you are being given the best opportunity to learn. Most physicians and nurses are eager to teach, as long as you show interest and professionalism.
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Victoria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship is an amazing experience!!

I just completed my fellowship with Atlantis and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I was able to shadow in on some interesting surgeries and meet some amazing people. I loved getting to know the other fellows as well as the Atlantis staff and hospital staff during the three weeks I was in Thessaloniki! The site managers on this trip did everything in their power to make our experience incredible! I really enjoyed getting to live like a local in the city center in Thessaloniki; it is a beautiful place and the people are so nice! I definitely recommend it! In addition to a great hospital experience, we got to go on some really cool excursions and see some incredible places! I also enjoyed having the weekends free to travel! It was great being able to see more of the country on my own time! Overall, this was a really great experience!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this fellowship over, I would make a bigger effort to learn more Greek before coming here. While many people spoke English in and outside of the hospital, there was definitely still a language barrier. I believe I would have appreciated the hospital experience more than I already did if I would have been able to understand everything the doctors and nurses were saying in the OR. However, most of the doctors and nurses did a great job at explaining things in English as they went along for us!
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