Ferrara Programs

Hospital Shadowing

The Ferrara program offers diverse shadowing opportunities in both surgical and medical fields at a teaching hospital. Arcispedale Sant’Anna in Ferrara is the largest and most significant hospital in the region, with a rich history spanning over 500 years. Affiliated with the University of Ferrara, it is renowned for its excellence in medicine, specifically, cardiology, earning a place in the 2023 Newsweek World’s Best Specialized Hospitals for Cardiology. The hospital’s dedicated team of cardiologists strives to provide exceptional care and innovate new treatment strategies.


Arcispedale Sant’Anna offers a wide range of medical services, including oncology, general surgery, ophthalmology, and more. Additionally, it provides a tranquil “Silence room” for reflection, highlighting its commitment to inclusivity and patient support. Participants in the program also have the opportunity to visit nearby Bologna, providing networking and exploration opportunities.

Top choice for:

  • Cardiology
  • OR and surgery
  • Ob/gyn
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics


Discover Ferrara

Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, is renowned for its well-preserved Renaissance urban planning and architecture. The city’s historic center, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, played a pivotal role in the Italian Renaissance as a hub of humanism and the arts. Ruled by influential families like the Este, Ferrara boasts an array of cultural and artistic treasures, including the stunning Palazzo dei Diamanti, now housing the National Gallery of Art, the Este Castle, and the Cathedral. The city also offers a rich culinary scene, featuring local specialties like cappellacci di zucca. Annual events like the Palio di Ferrara and a vibrant nightlife add to its allure, and exploring the pedestrian-friendly historic center is a delightful experience. Ferrara’s rich history, architecture, and cuisine make it a must-visit destination in Northern Italy, offering something for every traveler.

Housing in Ferrara

The housing options in Ferrara are carefully chosen to offer comfort and security to program participants. Depending on availability, accommodations may include elegant apartments, hotel rooms, or other comfortable dwellings. Regardless of the choice, all accommodations are guaranteed to be clean, safe, and comfortable, enabling full immersion in the study abroad experience. Shared apartments with one or two double rooms are the most common choice, equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and, in many cases, kitchen facilities, living rooms, desks, and washing machines. These apartments are conveniently located in central and safe areas of Ferrara, providing easy access to essential services and amenities. While the quality of housing may vary based on providers, stringent selection and close collaboration ensure a high standard of safety, cleanliness, and comfort for all participants.

Summer Programs Dates and Fees 2024

2-week program

2,990 ≈ 3,170$
  • Term 1: May 12 - May 25 PROGRAM FULL
  • Term 2: June 9 - June 22 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Term 3: June 30 - July 13
  • Term 4: July 28 - August 10 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

3-week program

3,940 ≈ 4,180$
  • Term 1: July 14 - August 3 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

4-week program

5,440 ≈ 5,770$
  • Term 1: May 26 to June 22 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

5-week program

6,460 ≈ 6,850$
  • Term 1: June 23 - July 27

4-week program for credit

7,560 ≈ 8,000$
  • Term 1: May 26 - June 22 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

5-week program for credit

8,590 ≈ 9,100$
  • Term 1: June 23 - July 27

Winter Programs Dates and Fees 2024/25

2-week program

2,890 ≈ 3,120$
  • Term 1: December 1 - December 14
  • Term 2: January 5 - January 18
  • Term 3: January 19 - February 1
  • Term 4: February 2 - February 15

3-week program

3,840 ≈ 4,140$
  • Term 1: December 1 - December 21
  • Term 2: January 5 - January 25
  • Term 3: January 26 - February 15

4-week prorgam

5,340 ≈ 5,760$
  • Custom 4 week period: Start dates 5, 12 or 19 January

5-week prorgam

6,360 ≈ 6,870$
  • Custom 5 week period: Start dates 5 or 12 January

*Note that program start date listed is always a Sunday and your housing is available from that day. The first day of shadowing is the Monday after move in day. The last day of the program stated is always a Saturday and housing is booked for you up until this morning. The last day of shadowing is the Thursday of that week. The last Friday is kept for final packing and personal tasks, therefore you can checkout on Friday instead of Saturday if that is preferable for you.

Included with the fees

Currently accepting candidates:

Pre-meds, Pre-PA, Pre-nursing, Health sciences, Allied Health, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-dental, Public Health, PA, Nursing students, Medical students, Gap-year, Post-bacc, Global Health, Biomedical engineering, Healthcare related paths


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