Hospital Placements In Croatia

The Gap Medics physician assistant program is based in the largest public hospital serving the Istria Region of northern Croatia. The hospital occupies two sites in the city of Pula, providing both primary care services and a referral centre for a population of approximately 200,000 people. Both sites are within easy walking distance of the house where you’ll be staying.

Croatia offers the chance to observe a wide range of European medicine and surgery, with English-speaking medical doctors serving as our mentors. Departments at the hospital include Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General and Abdominal Surgery, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Emergency Room, Radiology, Transfusion Medicine, Cytology and Neurology.

Hosting up to 35 students at a time, Croatia is our smallest program, giving it a more intimate, family feel. As this is an integrated program hosting students aged 16 and up, over 18s are given their own separate sleeping areas, more relaxed house rules, and dedicated small shadowing groups in the hospital tailored to older students.

Our Croatian Villa

Your home with us in Croatia is our spectacular modern villa set on a hill just 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Even closer is the imposing Roman amphitheatre, built 2,000 years ago to host gladiator battles (and in more recent times, hosting the opening night of Pula’s famous Outlook music festival!).

Outside, our two private swimming pools and garden shaded by native olive trees provide the perfect places to relax after a busy shift in the hospital or soak up the Croatian summer sunshine.

The upper floor of the house is a large open living space, with a communal dining area, open-air terrace, and open-plan kitchen. This is the social hub of the house, and also provides a cosy retreat for students joining us during the European winter. To top it off, we have our own spa room downstairs, complete with sauna and heated spa pool!

Bedrooms are spread between the main house and a separate apartment within the garden, sleeping 4-8 students per room and no more than five sharing a bathroom.

Your free time
in Europe

Student stories

Pula is a popular tourist destination in the heart of Europe. The town itself is a fantastically welcoming place and the historic narrow streets crammed with local wine bars, gelato parlours and authentic pizzerias (the region was once part of Italy) are safe to walk around day and night.

The coast is a short taxi ride from the house, with its secluded beaches, beautiful pine forests and abundant opportunities for the must-try activity of cliff-jumping into the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea! For those who prefer to start their encounter with the water a little closer to its surface, this area has some of the best scuba diving sites in Europe.

With its compact geography and fantastic transport systems, Europe is a travelers’ dream. Popular weekends within easy reach include Venice (there’s a summer ferry service direct from Pula), the dramatic natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and in winter the ski resorts of Slovenia a couple of hours over the border.

We cannot do this incredible country justice in a couple of paragraphs… Google it!

What's included

  • Clinical shadowing placement
  • Full-time Personal Mentor (a doctor, nurse or other health professional)
  • Safe, secure, fully-serviced accommodation in the Gap Medics House
  • Personal support and guidance before and throughout your placement
  • Tasty home-cooked meals
  • 24-hour support and supervision
  • Organised community volunteering
  • Official Reference for academic applications
  • A true adventure!
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Interested? Get in touch...

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, or offer advice and guidance on what placement is right for you. Drop us a line using the form below and one of our Placement Advisors will be in touch as soon as possible.

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