February 7 - June 10, 2022
March 16 - May 24, 2022
*Program dates include online sessions to prepare students prior to travel and synchronous interviews to complete final assessments after travel.
- Siem Reap
- Phnom Penh
- Mui Ne
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Mt. Fuji Region
- Grade 12Modern Media and Photography | ASM4M
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8:1 Student to Staff Ratio
Why Take this Program?
This program is for anyone interested in learning how the world works and exploring the global issues impacting our lives. In the spring semester, students will learn the inner workings of communist and capitalist economies and gain insight through case studies and assignments in cities such as Siem Reap, Seoul, and Tokyo. Thought provoking and filled with the energy of debates, business and political development, and environmental discussions, this program will show students the real world of assessing risk-and-reward and serious social trade-offs. As the program progresses, we explore how the world is handling issues like global warming, immigration, terrorism, globalization, and the uses of artificial intelligence while immersed in eastern cultures. Our goal is to look behind the myths and fake-news that have polarized world politics to arrive at a deeper understanding of paradoxes between government policies and actual practices.
What People Are Saying
I experienced so much. I travelled, met new people and learned about the world. It was absolutely surreal to have a lesson at the Forbidden City in Beijing and to ride in a Tuk Tuk to get to class. School is so much more than the four walls of a classroom; you have to go beyond, see the world and experience your learning firsthand. That is what education is. I am so grateful for these moments. I know I have grown so much from this experience and I will carry this knowledge of the world with me for the rest of my life.
Student, Term 1, 2018
Ho Chi Minh
- Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
- Custom course pack
- Student Login
- MEI journal
- MEI T-Shirt
- Digital yearbook
- Hotels and accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
- Return airfare from Toronto's Pearson International Airport
- Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
- Airfare between countries
- Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
- Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Included
- Local Transportation
- Course texts
- Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection†
- Non-refundable $95 Registration Fee
† All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
**Program cost does not include non-refundable $95 registration fee or any airline taxes or fees. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
Every morning I wake up with a zest for life because I know each day will bring something incredible. This trip has completely redefined the way I feel about education. I’ve learned more in the last three months than I have in the previous five years. Academically, for me, it was fascinating to study Economics in Asia. I never would have imagined that I’d have teachers who ride in a tuk-tuk with you at 4 AM so we can see a sunrise at Angkor Wat. MEI is school in the most epic way possible.
Student, Big Year, 2018-2019
The first day I spent on MEI was in Beijing and was probably the most exciting day of my life… but then so was the next day, and the next day, and every single day until the very end. Why? It’s the only time I was encouraged to actually look away from my teachers and study the world surrounding me.
Students, Big Year, 2017-2018
I never thought that a beach in Vietnam, or the temples of Angkor could be a lecture spot. MEI showed me that it doesn’t take a desk and chair to have the ability to learn something new. Being exposed first hand to the way and places others live makes you appreciate not only how lucky you are, but how much of a difference your life can make in the world. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy going to school or voicing my opinions, but within a week of my trip, I was infatuated with learning. MEI Academy made me who I am now and I am eternally grateful for every experience, memory and ounce of happiness this trip and the people I’ve met along the way have given me!
Student, Fall Semester, 2016
I experienced so much in just three months. I travelled to six countries, met new people and learned about the world. It was absolutely surreal to have a World Issues lesson at the Forbidden City in Beijing and to ride in a Tuk Tuk to get to class. School is so much more than the four walls of a classroom; you have to go beyond, see the world and experience your learning firsthand. That is what education is. I am so grateful for these moments. I know I have grown so much from this experience and I will carry this knowledge of the world with me for the rest of my life.
Sasha Hasick, Student
Fall Semester Program, 2018