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2021

Semester 2

High School Study Abroad
Semester in Europe

Spring Semester:

Europe

March - June

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Dates

Mid March, 2021 - Mid June, 2021

Locations

Term 1
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Paris
  • Strasbourg
  • Swiss Alps
  • Munich
  • Prague
Term 2
  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Rome
  • Pompeii & Olympia
  • Athens
  • Mykonos

Courses Offered

Social Sciences Both Mandatory
  • World History: Modern | CHY4U
  • World History: Ancient | CGW4U
  • Can be taken by Grade 11 students

Elective Subject Choose two
  • English | ENG3U
  • English | ENG4U
  • Studies in Literature | ETS4U
  • Writer's Craft | EWC4U
  • Modern Media and Photography | IDC4U

Program Fee

Refunds and Cancellation

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Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Scholarship

Up to $5,000 in Scholarships Available

Availability

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Why Take this Program?

From the shores of Lisbon where Vasco da Gama explored potential trade routes, to the ancient wonders of Athens, our students are challenged to see the connections in today's world, and how we can learn from the past in order to lead in the future. In term three, you study the ideas of Voltaire, Rousseau, Darwin and Nietzsche and the motives of Machiavelli, Marx, Stalin, and Mao. As you travel and uncover the inner layers of each culture, you are left with a lasting impression of our modern collective consciousness. Along the way, you will enjoy delicious cuisine while getting into the best shape of your life! Term four takes us even further back in time as we set sail for the island of Santorini— where you delve into Greek mythology and perform plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. As you explore the inner psyche of the ancient Greek mind, you map connections to your past. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be your guides as you analyze how their writings and discussions laid the foundation of our modern thought. In Rome, you walk in the shadows of Julius Caesar, Pompeii and Augustus to uncover their ruthless tactics of power politics that are both revered and reviled to this day. In Florence and Tuscany, you see how the Renaissance rediscovered these ancient worlds and enlightened the modern world with new creative heroes like Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Shakespeare.

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What People Are Saying

After a thrilling summer in Central America on the Backpackers program, I knew I couldn’t live the rest of my life untravelled. My heart was calling for Europe, and so I joined the adventure again with MEI’s Spring Semester. It was the best risk I ever took! The teachers brought life into every lecture and crafted brilliant connections with each student. My teachers weren’t just instructors — they were my mentors, friends, and family. The students I shared my journey with were the most unique, spontaneous, and beautiful people.

There’s something to be said about being where you learn — it was unfathomable. Just imagine running the same track as the Ancient Olympians or sitting on the steps where Hitler delivered speeches: it was utter magic. I never knew that the bustling streets of Paris, a starry night sky in the Swiss Alps, decadent gelato in Italy, or the breathtaking beaches of Greece would ever teach me some of life’s greatest lessons.

MEI isn’t just about academics, it's about absorbing new cultures, discovering who you are, building powerful friendships, getting out of your comfort zone, indulging, reflecting, challenging yourself, and embracing freedom. My MEI adventure through Europe has left me with many unforgettable moments, lessons and friendships!

Angelika Promny-Tavares

Student, Spring Semester, 2018

Lisbon

Madrid

Barcelona

Paris

Strasbourg

Swiss Alps

Munich

Prague

Florence

Siena

Pompeii

Athens

Mykonos

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • MEI T-Shirt
  • Digital yearbook

Travel Costs

  • 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 Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

MEI was Home

Over the last two years I’ve been a student with MEI Academy and I can honestly say it is the best high school experience a student could ever receive. I completed four of the trips, including the Empires Fall Program. I grew stronger academically and as individual with each of these trips. I kept coming back to MEI not just for the amazing opportunities for travel, but because MEI was home to me. I felt loved, supported, and encouraged by everyone around me.
Aimee Chyc
Student, Term 1 Greece & Rome: Empires, 2017

Unforgettable Moments

After a thrilling summer in Central America on the Backpackers program, I knew I couldn’t live the rest of my life untravelled. My heart was calling for Europe, and so I joined the adventure again with MEI’s Spring Semester. It was the best risk I ever took! The teachers brought life into every lecture and crafted brilliant connections with each student. My teachers weren’t just instructors — they were my mentors, friends, and family. The students I shared my journey with were the most unique, spontaneous, and beautiful people.

There’s something to be said about being where you learn — it was unfathomable. Just imagine running the same track as the Ancient Olympians or sitting on the steps where Hitler delivered speeches: it was utter magic. I never knew that the bustling streets of Paris, a starry night sky in the Swiss Alps, decadent gelato in Italy, or the breathtaking beaches of Greece would ever teach me some of life’s greatest lessons.

MEI isn’t just about academics, it’s about absorbing new cultures, discovering who you are, building powerful friendships, getting out of your comfort zone, indulging, reflecting, challenging yourself, and embracing freedom. My MEI adventure through Europe has left me with many unforgettable moments, lessons and friendships!
Angelika Promny-Tavares
Student, Spring Semester, 2018

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