Florence Programs

Hospital and Outpatient Shadowing

The Florence program includes a broad variety of shadowing options, covering both surgical and medical areas at a teaching hospital.

Azienda ospedaliero-universitaria Careggi - Florence

Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi has a rich history dating back to the 14th century, and has played a significant role in the development of medicine over the centuries. The hospital’s historical significance makes it a fascinating place to learn about the evolution of medical practice.

The Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi is a large government hospital located in the city of Florence, Italy. It is one of the most important hospitals in the region and serves a population of over 1 million people.

Founded in the 14th century, the hospital has a long history of providing excellent medical care to the people of Florence. It has undergone numerous renovations and expansions over the years, and today it is a modern facility with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology.

The hospital is known for its comprehensive range of medical services, including general surgery, cardiology, neurology, oncology, and many other specialties. It is also home to one of the largest and most advanced emergency departments in the region, providing round-the-clock care to patients in need.

In addition to its medical services, the hospital is also a major research and teaching center. It is affiliated with the University of Florence, and many of its doctors are also professors at the university. The hospital is involved in numerous research projects and clinical trials, and it is at the forefront of medical innovation in the region.

The hospital is also committed to sustainability and has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. For example, it has installed solar panels to generate electricity and has implemented a recycling program to reduce waste.

The hospital is also committed to providing access to care to anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, economic status, religious views, political views, or any other aspect of their identity.
Its excellent reputation has not gone unnoticed, as it was ranked as one of the 250 best hospitals in the world by Newsweek, a testament to the exceptional level of care provided by the hospital.

Overall, the Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi is an important institution in the city of Florence, providing high-quality medical care and serving as a hub for research and education. 

Top choice for:

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Maternal Infant Medicine
  • Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Internal Medicine


Discover Florence

Florence is a city in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, that has a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. The city is known for its stunning architecture, including historic buildings, bridges, and piazzas, many of which have played a significant role in the development of art, science, and culture over the centuries.

Florence has a rich history in the field of medicine, dating back to the Renaissance period. One of the most notable medical figures in Florence’s history is Leonardo da Vinci, who was not only a renowned artist and inventor but also a pioneering anatomist and physiologist.

In the late 15th century, da Vinci conducted a series of groundbreaking dissections and anatomical studies, producing detailed drawings and models of the human body that helped to advance the understanding of anatomy and physiology. His work paved the way for new discoveries in the field of medicine and influenced generations of medical professionals to come.

One of the most iconic symbols of Florence is the Duomo, a magnificent cathedral with a red-tiled dome that dominates the city’s skyline. Other notable landmarks include the Ponte Vecchio, a historic bridge over the Arno River that is home to numerous shops and cafes, and the Palazzo Vecchio, a grand palace that has served as the city’s government headquarters for centuries.

Florence is also renowned for its art and culture, with numerous museums and galleries showcasing some of the world’s most iconic works of art. The Uffizi Gallery, for example, is home to an extensive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, while the Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, David.

In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Florence is a bustling city with a thriving food scene and plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor activities. The city’s central market is a must-visit for foodies, with a wide range of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other local specialties on offer.

Overall, Florence is a city that has something for everyone, and its unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities makes it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Italy.

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Housing in Florence

Our housing arrangements offer a range of accommodation options to ensure a comfortable and safe stay for all participants in our program. Depending on availability, you may be housed in an elegant apartment, a cozy hotel room, or another type of comfortable dwelling.


Regardless of the specific housing option, all of our accommodations are guaranteed to be clean, safe, and comfortable, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the study abroad experience, explore Rome, and get much-needed rest between long days of shadowing.


The most common accommodation is in shared apartments with one or two double rooms.

All apartments are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms, and many also have a kitchen, living room, desks, and a washing machine.


The apartments are located in central and safe areas of Rome, with easy access to shops, pharmacies, metro stations, and a variety of restaurants and grocery stores.


Please note that the quality of housing may vary and is dependent on available providers. Nonetheless, we are confident that you will enjoy your stay, as we carefully select our providers and work closely with them to ensure a high standard of safety, cleanliness, and comfort.

Winter Program dates and fees

Summer 2024 dates will be announced in September

1-week program

3,600 ≈ 3,900$
  • Term 1: Dec 10 – Dec 16
  • Term 2: Jan 7 - Jan 13

2-week program

4,620 ≈ 5,000$
  • Term 1: Dec 10 – Dec 23
  • Term 2: Jan 7 – Jan 20
  • Term 3: Jan 14 – Jan 27

3-week program

6,720 ≈ 7,300$
  • Term 1: Dec 3 – Dec 23
  • Term 2: Jan 7 – Jan 27

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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