Gain an international perspective of health and health care, discern if a career in health care is right for you, fine-tune your health care career interests, and explore scenic and historical locations and culture in beautiful Portugal! Students will spend about 25 hours per week shadowing European doctors in hospitals, explore different medical specialties, and see the European healthcare system from the inside. Outside of the hospital, students will broaden horizons by exploring Portugal, opting to serve as volunteers in pediatric or geriatric units, or by teaching the locals English. Students will participate in educational activities designed to examine and compare various international health systems including European and U.S. systems of care.
This global health internship 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. This internship provides an opportunity for those with Portuguese language proficiency to practice and improve their Portuguese language ability; however, Portuguese speaking ability is not a prerequisite.
The program location in Portugal will be in the lovely, resort seaside city of Cascais, where students will shadow doctors in the hospital and also participate in local cultural and recreational excursions. Cascais is also an ideal location for day trips to Sintra and Lisbon, but also a good launching point for weekend destinations such as the Algarve coast, Coimbra, or even Porto. The picturesque and charming city of Cascais, and 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 2019.