Rome Programs

Hospital and Outpatient Shadowing

The Rome program includes a broad variety of shadowing options, covering both surgical and medical areas at a teaching hospital, and rotations at an international clinic assisting patients from all over the world.

Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital

Campus Bio-medico University Hospital is a privately owned University, Research Centre, and Hospital. It is one of the few to have achieved the prestigious JCI Accreditation, the gold standard for the quality evaluation of hospitals. It has more than 20 areas of medical and surgical specialization, including cardiology, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics, geriatric medicine, and oncology. 


It stands out for the clean and elegant design of its building, and a selection of doctors who actively engage in cutting-edge research.


Thanks to its state-of-the-art medical facility,  cutting-edge technology and commitment to research and innovation, it is a top-ranked hospital and a great place for aspiring doctors to gain experience and learn from top professionals.


Fellows shadowing at Campus Bio-medico University Hospital have consistently reported observing an extremely high level of care, doctors with international experience, and an exciting teaching environment where international students have a chance to interact with local medical students and residents.

Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Addolorata

San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, also known as Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Addolorata, is a government hospital and one of the largest in central Italy, located in Rome, near the Lateran Basilica, the most important Catholic Church in Rome.


The hospital is one of the oldest in the city, originally built in the High Middle Ages and in its current form in the 16th century.


It is considered an historical and museum asset of the city where guided archaeological tours are organized.


You can read more about its long history here.


Today, the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital continues to be a leading medical institution in Rome, providing top-quality healthcare services to its patients while remaining true to its mission of serving the sick and the poor.


The hospital is equipped with advanced medical technology and provides high-quality healthcare services to its patients. It is well known for its expertise in various medical specialties, including cardiology, neurology, oncology, and pediatrics.


The hospital also offers a range of specialized services, such as a trauma center, a pain management unit, and a sports medicine center.
San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital is staffed by highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and support staff.

Fondazione G.B. Bietti IRCCS - Eye Care Hospital

The Fondazione G.B. Bietti hospital in Rome, Italy is an inspiring institution that has been providing exceptional eye care services for over 80 years.

Founded in 1935, the hospital is named after Giovanni Battista Bietti, a pioneering ophthalmologist who dedicated his life to advancing the field of ophthalmology.

Today, the hospital carries on Bietti’s legacy of innovation and excellence, offering a range of specialized services and treatments for patients with eye conditions and diseases.

The hospital is staffed by a team of highly trained and experienced ophthalmologists, optometrists, and support staff who are committed to providing the best possible care for their patients.

They utilize the latest advancements in medical technology and techniques to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

But the Fondazione G.B. Bietti hospital is more than just a medical institution. It’s also a hub of research and innovation, with researchers working tirelessly to advance our understanding of eye diseases and develop new treatments and cures. The hospital is involved in numerous clinical trials and research studies, and has made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology over the years.

What’s more, the hospital is dedicated to sharing its knowledge and expertise with the wider medical community. It offers a range of educational and training programs for ophthalmologists and optometrists, and is actively engaged in medical education and research partnerships with institutions around the world.

Fondazione G.B. Bietti hospital is an inspiring institution that represents the very best of medical care and innovation. Its commitment to excellence and its unwavering dedication to improving the lives of patients with eye conditions and diseases make it a true leader in the field of ophthalmology.

Doctors in Italy Outpatient Clinic

Fellows in Rome have an additional opportunity to shadow at the Doctors in Italy Spanish Steps Clinic, an outpatient clinic in the heart of the city center providing medical assistance in English to travelers, expatriates, embassies, and international students. 

Shadowing at this clinic allows fellows to observe and understand doctor-patient interactions, build a closer relationship with the doctors, communicate with ease with everyone, experience a different healthcare setting and learn about healthcare careers outside the hospital. 

Top choice for:

  • OR and Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology (Fondazione G.B. Bietti Hospital)
  • Primary Care (Doctors in Italy Spanish Steps Clinic)

Other available fields:

  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Cosmetic Medicine (Doctors in Italy Spanish Steps Clinic)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology


Discover Rome

Rome is a large multicultural city, deeply rooted in ancient civilization and bearing testimonial of its thousands of years of history. Walking around the streets and monuments is breathtaking and it’s impossible to forget its stunning beauty. 


The city offers a wealth of historical landmarks and cultural attractions for students looking to study abroad. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to see in Rome. 


With its lively atmosphere and numerous universities, it is a popular destination for students looking to immerse themselves in Italian culture.


While Rome is a fascinating destination for many young students looking to experience the history and culture of Italy, it may not be ideal for everyone. If you’re someone who prefers a more relaxed pace or a smaller, intimate setting, the hustle and bustle of Rome may not be for you. Additionally, those seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations may find Rome to be too crowded.


However, for students interested in immersing themselves in a vibrant and dynamic city with a rich history, Rome is an excellent choice.


With world-renowned museums, beautiful parks and gardens, and a diverse array of culinary experiences, Rome is perfect for those seeking to explore and learn.

Programs for-credit

If you are looking to combine your shadowing experience in Rome with a class, the 5-week program is offered in combination with a course at John Cabot University.

You’ll be able to shadow every morning and spend your afternoons with other students from all over the world at this well-known American University based in Rome.

You can choose a course you like from the portfolio of available options, being mindful of your scheduling conflicts. Classes you select should be held in the late afternoon.

Attendance to classes is mandatory if you wish to receive credit for your course, so choose a class and a topic you are interested in and willing to work for.  

Housing in Rome

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 Programs dates and fees

Summer 2024 dates will be announced in September

1-week program

3,200 ≈ 3,500$
  • Term 1: Dec 10 – Dec 16
  • Term 2: Jan 7 - Jan 13
  • Term 3: Jan 21 - Jan 27

2-week program

4,180 ≈ 4,500$
  • Term 1: Dec 10 – Dec 23
  • Term 2: Jan 7 – Jan 20
  • Term 3: Jan 14 – Jan 27

3-week program

5,580 ≈ 6,000$
  • 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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