Portugal Health Care

Students shadow doctors in the beautiful coastal city of Cascais, which is 30 minutes from Lisbon

Photo by Daniel Burrola

What You Do

Shadow physicians for 20+ hours per week, observe multiple specialties, and gain a more global perspective of medicine and health care firsthand.  As you explore different medical specialties, you see the European healthcare system from the inside. 

 

Outside of the hospital, students broaden horizons by exploring Italy, and participate in educational activities designed to examine and compare various international health systems including European and U.S. systems of care. 

Thinking About a Career in Medicine/Health?

The program is an excellent opportunity for those thinking about a career in medicine, nursing, allied health, health care systems or administration, public health, or health care policy.  It helps you discern if a career in health care is right for you and can fine-tune your career interests. 

Do I need to Speak Portuguese?

Foreign language skills are not required.  Physician partners are prepared to host English-speaking students.  Because all of the physician interactions with patients are in the host language, students who can speak Portuguese will have a very rich experience.

 

Where?

The program location in Portugal is in the lovely, resort seaside city of Cascais.  The city is an ideal location for day trips to Sintra and Lisbon, and a good launching point for optional weekend destinations such as the Algarve coast, Coimbra, or Porto.  This picturesque and charming city with its beautiful beaches, is located just 20km from Lisbon and is easily accessible by a short train or bus ride. 

 

BYU is partnering with the Atlantis to provide this opportunity in 2020.