Early July – Late August, 2023
Early July – Mid August, 2023
*Program dates include online sessions to prepare students prior to travel and synchronous interviews to complete final assessments after travel.
- New York City
- Swiss Alps
9:1 Student to Staff Ratio
Why Take this Program?
MEI's International Business program may begin in a boardroom, but it thrives on the streets of the world's great financial centres. Fast-paced and filled with the energy of real estate acquisition, business development, and investment portfolios, this program takes you to some of Europe and North America's business epicentres: Toronto, New York City, London, Paris, Strasbourg, the Swiss Alps and Munich. Apply to this program and discover if you have what it takes to make it in the risk-and-reward world of serious trade-offs.
What People Are Saying
The atmosphere MEI creates is empowering. Being part of a group of some of the smartest, most driven peers I've ever met, compelled me to raise my own performance. Passionate teachers motivated me to push myself. The demands of the fast-paced Business program, and my ability to meet them, have given me confidence to take on upcoming challenges and succeed!
Student, International Business, 2019
Explore this program's detailed itinerary for a sense of the journey ahead!
Online Foundation Work
We start this program with two weeks of Online Live sessions. You will meet virtually with your teachers and classmates daily to read and discuss assigned readings and begin novel study projects. The Foundation Work period gives you a chance to review major assignments and get to know your crew so that you can hit the ground running when you land in your first location.
Day 1: To begin our journey, we commence in the heart of Toronto’s financial district in the boardroom of Caldwell Securities. We get our first taste of what it takes to build a thriving organization as we shake hands with some of Bay Street’s most influential players.
New York City
Days 2-7: From Toronto, we travel to New York City and hit the streets of Manhattan. Here, we experience the scale and influence of Big Business at the New York Stock Exchange and the storied world of Wall Street. The city acts as both a backdrop and a case study itself, as lectures focus on real estate and the effects of financial markets on the world economy. We also compete in our first of four high stakes business competitions.
Days 7-14: In London, we learn about the impact of ‘old money’ in Western culture at the Royal Exchange, the Bank of England, and Westminster Abbey. We conduct small business case studies in Camden Market, deliver rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, and watch Shakespeare performed at the Globe Theatre. We compete in our second business competition that focuses on real estate opportunities in select boroughs of London.
Days 14-22: En route to Paris, we stop at Vimy Ridge to delve into the economics of war, while in the English course we explore poetry written in the trenches of WWI. In Paris, our business lessons shift to the study of effective branding and leadership styles as we experience the opulence of the Palace of Versailles and the glitz of the Champs-Élysées. The artwork in the Musée D’Orsay, the Musée du Louvre, and the Pompidou Centre is used to inspire us to create short stories and poetry. To finish our session in Paris, we gear up for the business competition held in the ancient Roman amphitheatre of Arènes de Lutèce to test our leadership and negotiation skills.
Days 22-24: We take a pause from the energy and intensity of three of the world's capitals in Strasbourg—a UNESCO World Heritage city on the border of France and Germany. A climb up the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, which has survived plagues, revolutions, and two world wars, highlights this Alsatian stop on our program. Here, we take a deep dive into English, focusing on the use of critical lenses in literary analysis.
Days 24-29: As we head to the top of Europe, we have a chance to gear down and re-energize in the Swiss village of Mürren. We will balance our days with mountain hikes, one-on-one academic time, and fireside podcasts. This essential break affords us the time to clear our minds to develop English essays, refine trading skills, and craft our All-Weather investment portfolio.
Days 29-35: From the Swiss Alps, we continue our journey to the Bavarian city of Munich. We take to the streets with cameras in hand, attempting to capture the remnants of the tumultuous past as well as the present economic powerhouse Germany has become. Often thought of as the fashion hub of Germany, we will look to the Maximillianstrasse as an entry point into marketing and branding topics of our international business course. This wide Boulevard is packed with high-end shops and shoppers trying to find a deal from the world's most exclusive stores. Here, we dive into the European Union's business practices and see firsthand the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face. The remaining days in Munich will play host to various academic writing pieces, all set to the backdrop of the pristine English Gardens and vibrant city centre. We finish our stay with a business competition that will have you exploring the city.
Departure from Munich Airport on Day 35
Online Final Evaluation Week
Upon your return, you have time to complete additional research and pull your work together before your final one-on-one online assessment. This week allows you to reflect on your travel experiences and integrate them into the course material. MEI staff have found this style of evaluation enjoyable and the most authentic way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and academic skills.
- 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 Include
- 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.