• Italy
    • Rome
    • Milan
    • Bologna
    • Ferrara
    • Genoa
    • Florence
    • Venice
    • Naples
J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Dentistry Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Studies Health Sciences Humanities Kinesiology Liberal Arts Life Sciences Medicine Natural Sciences Nursing Physical Therapy Pre-Med Psychology Public Health Service Learning Speech-Language Pathology Sports Science Statistics +12

Program Details

Program Type
Direct EnrollmentFaculty LedProvider


Starting Price
Price Details
2-week program in prestigious hospitals in Italy
Shadowing ≈ 20 hours per week
At least 4 different rotations
24/7 on-site support
3-credit course with Arcadia University (optional)
Medical and travel insurance
Excursions and cultural immersion
Daily breakfast plus some meals
Airport pick-up and check-in upon arrival
Pre-program and post-program support
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Visa
Feb 26, 2024
May 27, 2023
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About Program

The best opportunity for students to experience healthcare in an international setting while still in school.

In today's world, it's important for future healthcare leaders to have a global perspective and to be able to work effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds. That's where the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program comes in - it helps you develop these skills by allowing you to shadow healthcare professionals in some of the best government and private healthcare facilities in Italy.

By participating in this program, you'll get a firsthand look at how healthcare works in a different country and learn from some of the best in the field. It's a great way to expand your knowledge and gain experience that will set you apart in your future career.

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Program Highlights

  • Immersive hospital shadowing for pre-health students at some of Italy's most prestigious healthcare facilities, which are also ranked among the world's best hospitals according to Newsweek's annual rankings
  • Our programs are specifically designed to run during winter and summer breaks, so you can focus on your studies during the school year and still participate in an enriching and life-changing program during your breaks.
  • Explore the global healthcare landscape and earn 3 US credits with our seminar course. Merge your shadowing experience with an exciting seminar course from Arcadia University during our 4- and 5-week programs for credit.
  • Our program offers a range of start dates to fit your schedule and needs.
  • Don't worry about speaking Italian! Our program is designed for international students, so language barriers won't be an issue. You'll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the program without needing to know the local language.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.4
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great shadowing and friends

My experience shadowing abroad in Bologna, Italy for 5 weeks was incredible. We got to see several different specialties such as dermatology, cardiology, oncology, etc. After shadowing for about six hours in the morning, we would go out to group meals or activities, like cooking classes, where we got to be fully immersed in the Italian culture. On Fridays, we went on group excursions outside of Bologna to other Italian cities like Ferrara, Modena, and Parma where we got to see different parts of Italy and learn even more. On the weekends, my other fellows and I would plan our own trips to different cities, such as Venice and Florence, and spend time having fun together. Overall, the experience not only helped me gain exposure to the medical field by allowing me to gain 100 clinical shadowing hours but also fostered lasting friendships and lifetime memories.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One of the most surprising things we did was climb the Asinelli Tower. It was about 500 steps up to the top of the tower which stands over 300 feet tall. The views at the top of the tower and the funny memories my group made were definitely worth the climb.
  • Clinical Shadowing Experience
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Great Fellows
3 people found this review helpful.
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Lauren Ivy
Yes, I recommend this program

The BEST summer experience!!

I absolutely adored my time in Genoa with Doctors in Italy. The city managers and accommodations were phenomenal! I even tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19 upon arrival and the staff at Shadow Doctors in Italy and our hotel were so helpful and caring. They made sure that I was well taken care of and even reimbursed me for the meals I had delivered while in quarantine!
Our hotel was within a short walking distance of the bus we needed to take to the hospital each day and to the city's train station.
Each rotation we shadowed had at least one doctor who spoke English proficiently and was willing to take on and guide a student for the day. Because we had a smaller shadowing group, we were even able to choose what specialties we wished to shadow each day. Each rotation, I was met with friendly and helpful faces who were happy to meet us and teach us more about their work. I always felt welcome and accepted by all.
The city managers, Denise and Matteo, were so helpful! They showed us around the hospital as well as the city. We had such a great time with them, and they were always a phone call or text away if we needed them. Our group excursions with them on Wednesday and Friday nights were so fun!
After shadowing and on the weekends, we were free to travel on our own! We received great advice from Denise and Matteo on where to visit, shop, and eat. During my time in Italy, I was even able to travel to Rome for the weekend before returning to shadowing on Monday morning.
Overall, I miss my time in the Doctors in Italy program immensely, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in entering into the healthcare profession!

  • Amazing experience to add to your resume!
  • Great exposure to various healthcare specialties and the differences between the structure of US and Italian healthcare systems
  • Lots of free time to travel and explore a new country!
46 people found this review helpful.
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Doctors in Italy - Maddison Duff

Doctors in Italy was an amazing and immersive experience for aspiring young medical students/pre-med students, which not only was immersive into the field of medicine but into the Italian culture. From shadowing in heart surgeries to seeing how the local general practitioner ran, the program allowed me to gain insight into international medicine and solidified my desire in the healthcare field. The staff are supportive and ensure you have an enjoyable time, and the friends that you make are some you will keep for your whole life!

  • Immersive and educational in the field of medicine
  • Great introduction to culture
  • Great way to make international friends
49 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Doctor’s in Italy

Doctor’s in Italy allowed for me to comfortable and confident in learning medicine anywhere. It exposed me to a completely different culture with individuals that are so divergent from myself and my culture, which in return made me more open minded. Through my time in Rome, I learned so much more about the rich history and got to visit some of the greatest architectural monuments known to men that I’ve learned about in my history courses growing up. Through this experience I’ve also met some great people from my city managers to peers to the people of Rome and Physicians/Surgeons

  • The program set up
  • City Managers in Rome
45 people found this review helpful.
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Doctors in Italy

Going to shadow abroad in Italy was easily the best experience ever. Not only do you get to learn about something you're passionate about doing in the future, but you also get to experience life in a foreign, beautiful country that is filled with so much to do. This program does a great job of making sure you have everything you need in order to have a fun and safe experience. I would do it all over again if I could because I miss it so much! I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in the medical field because its great to learn about global medicine and the different approaches used across the world.

  • Meeting new people
  • Observing differences in global healthcare
  • Being more culturally competent
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