Semester Term 3
Mid February–Late March
Hit the ground running as you explore the most exciting locations in Europe, while earning high school credits on location. Watch history come alive as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime, travelling through Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Munich and Prague.
|Two Course Program
- World History since the 15th Century
- Intro to Anthro, Psych, and Socio
- IDC: Phys Ed, Health and Media
- English +
- Studies in Literature
- Writer’s Craft
9:1 Student to Staff Ratio
|World History Since the 15th Century|
This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
|Intro to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology|
This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.
|IDC: Phys Ed, Health and Media|
This course combines the study of the healthy body in motion with the dissemination of ideas. In this interdisciplinary program that examines both body and mind, students participate in a wide range of physical activities, athletics, and theoretical frameworks. They are exposed to a broad range of activity settings, enhancing their movement competence, and personal fitness. The media component focuses on the refinement of communication and analysis skills, allowing student to practice using techniques confidently in a variety of media forms.
|11 + 12||ENG3U + ENG4U|
The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.
|Studies in Literature|
This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.
This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.
Preparation and Coursework
Days 1–5In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted. Course preparation is spread out over four weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second two-week session begins in late June, focusing on completing small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and help complete short tasks to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all pre-departure work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.
Departure from Toronto
Day 6Our expedition to Europe begins in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know each other and settle into the rhythm of the program. Here, we conduct activities and complete foundational course material before setting off for Lisbon.
Days 7-12From Toronto, we travel across the Pacific to the west coast of Europe, where seven picture-perfect hills cradle the city of Lisbon, nestled on the Tagus River. There, students focus on academic writing and the development of a compelling thesis, before taking the opportunity to wander down through Alfama’s steep hills that have retained much of the city’s old world charm. Along the coast, students take advantage of the city’s relaxed pace to explore off the beaten path and discover some of the city’s unique gothic architecture. In the early evenings, students delve into creative writing over dinners of famous Portuguese bacalhau, by analyzing famous works, and even trying their hand at their own original pieces.
Days 12-15Next, we travel to Madrid, where lovers of food and art alike instantly fall in love with this enchanting city. Whether wandering its elegant boulevards, exploring its world-famous museums filled with priceless European art, or admiring the orange glow of the city as the sun sets, this Spanish metropolis captures the imagination. An afternoon at the Prado allows the class to examine works by Picasso and Velazquez, as they collaborate in small groups to present their learnings followed by class discussions. In the evenings, students analyze literature over tapas dinners and take part in the relaxed, social atmosphere of Spanish culture.
Days 15-19From Madrid, students travel to the bustling Catalonian capital of Barcelona, on the Mediterranean coast. There, days are filled with exploration in the Gothic Quarter, along the Ramblas, and at La Sagrada Familia, while evenings are spent sampling local gazpacho and paella in one of the city’s open-air cafes. From visits to the Cathedral de la Seu and Placa de Catalunya, to picnics and presentations in Gaudi’s Garden in the Park Güell, students immerse themselves in their coursework against the backdrop of one of Europe’s most beloved cities.
Days 19-24Departing Spain, students travel north into France, settling in Avignon, the charming heart of Provence. There, students learn about the city’s former position as the heart of the Roman Catholic world. Though it only remained the papal seat for a handful of decades, students uncover remnants of its legacy scattered across the city, most notably at the Palais des Papes, one of the most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
Days 24-31From Provence, students make their way to one of the most storied cities in the world—Paris. In the ‘City of Light,’ we consider the influence of French art, literature, history, and philosophy on the English language and culture. Morning note exercises at the Luxembourg Gardens are followed by lectures at some of the city’s most important sites: Napoleon’s Tomb, the Tuileries, and the Pantheon. While exploring the romantic cobblestone streets of St. Germain, picnicking in the gardens of Versailles, and examining some of the most famous art in the world at the Musee D’Orsay and the Musee du Louvre, students take in all that Paris has to offer.
Days 31-35From Paris, students escape the hustle and bustle of the city and travel up to the remote and beautiful Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in an Alpine valley. There, the academic focus shifts to the period between the world wars, incorporating themes of diplomacy and international relations. Daily hikes into the snow-capped Alps provide a body and mind balance for students eager to get out and explore. Campfires in the evenings offer time for the group to relax and unwind together, as they prepare for their final cumulative assignments and exams.
Days 35-42From the tranquillity of the mountains, students make their way into Germany for the final leg of their journey. Settling in Munich, students examine the rise of Nazi Germany, and trace the impact of the National Socialist movement across the European continent, as well as the in rest of the world. From Hitler’s speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, lectures and master classes focus on digging deep to uncover the tragic complexities of modern Europe’s most infamous period.
Days 42-50As it sheds the remains of its communist past while attempting to embrace its capitalist future, the bold and emerging city of Prague serves as an ideal setting for students to complete their final essay pieces, concluding their term abroad. The old world charm of this enchanting city makes it the perfect destination to write exams and then say farewell to their adventurous and ambitious trek through Europe’s past. On their final evening abroad, students celebrate and prepare for their trip home over a dinner of local schnitzel and fresh fruit dumplings.
Departure from Prague Day 50
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*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
|Program Fee Includes|
|Program Fee Does Not Include|
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.