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What the housing is like?

Do I need to speak Italian?

You don’t need to know Italian because all of our city managers and most doctors speak English. 


We still encourage you to spend some time pre-departure learning a few basic words and sentences. It will be fun to practice, and you’ll be better able to build a connection with the local population.

Is this ethical shadowing AAMC compliant?

The program is fully compliant with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) guidelines for undergraduate shadowing. The purpose of your experience is to observe, learn, and grow as a person and future professional.

What are the hours of shadowing?

You will be shadowing for four days a week, with approximately five hours of shadowing per day, for a total of about 20 hours of shadowing per week.

The veterinary program has the same structure, just focused on animals and their health.

What areas of healthcare will I be able to observe at the hospital?

Every city offers different experiences. Check each program’s page and highlights, and pick those closer to your interests. If you are set on a specific area, make sure to inform your admissions coordinator once you are accepted.

How is this different than a normal shadowing experience or study abroad program?

Doctors In Italy Fellowship Program allows you to experience a different healthcare system than in the US.

What are your credentials as an organisation?

Doctors in Italy is registered in Italy with the company name Doctor Today srl. The company was founded in 2018, it has a large network of English-speaking doctors working across Italy and partners with some of the most prestigious government and private hospitals.

How much does the Doctors In Italy Fellowship Program cost?

The fees depend on the program duration and location. The two-week Fellowship starts at €2,850 ($3,000) for the program in Ferrara

Applying to the program is free of charge, and a deposit of €300 is required to secure your place in the Program, if accepted. You can find dates and updated costs on each program’s page.

Are there scholarships or financial aid for the program?

Yes, we offer scholarships to support students who need financial support to afford the program. Make sure to apply before the deadline if you wish to be considered for a scholarship. You should also check with your University’s Study Abroad Office, they will be able to advise you on your financial aid options.

What fields of study do Fellows come from?

Students who take part in the Doctors In Italy Fellowship Program come from different undergraduate majors, including but not limited to: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, health sciences, psychology, zoology, animal sciences. Students from different backgrounds are welcome to apply.

How does the application process work?

The application process starts with the “Apply” button at the top right of this page. If you meet our minimum requirements, we’ll invite you to book an interview with a member of our admissions team to evaluate whether you’re a good fit for the Fellowship. Within 10 days, you’ll receive a response about your application. 

What day should I plan to arrive on?

Most of our programs start on Monday, so move-in day is Sunday. Your on-site coordinators will pick you up at the airport upon arrival and help you settle in to your housing. You’ll unpack, relax, and start the shadowing experience the following morning.

The 5-week programs in Rome have a different structure, so if this is your program check with your admissions coordinator.

Will I get credit and transcripts for the program?

Regardless of the program you choose, you will get a certificate for the exact number of shadowing hours. If you are enrolled in a program for credit (the 4 and 5-week programs offer this option) you will gain 3 credits from a US institution.  For shorter programs, check with your home University if they will be able to award you credit for the experience.

What should I wear when shadowing a doctor?

You should choose clothes and shoes that allow you to be comfortable yet look professional. A “business casual” style would be appropriate in most cases. If you’re unsure about what to wear, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and choose conservative clothing.