Big Year Program

Term 1

Beijing, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sianoukville and Bangkok

Term 2

Sydney, Blue Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Tablelands and Bali

Term 3

Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, Lauterbrunnen, Munich and Prague

Term 3

Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Olympia, Peloponnese, Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

Full Year Program

Mid September–Late June

Description

Get out of the classroom and travel the world on this extraordinary study abroad program. Prepare for university, gain global perspectives, and advance academic skills, while earning 8 high school credits in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece.

 
180
DAYS 
Eight Course Program

PROGRAM COST

$4,266.60

TRAVEL COST

$2,844.40

TAXES + FEES

$784

TOTAL

$7,895.00
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“This program allowed me to really get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The people and teachers on this trip were so amazing. They really wanted the best for us and would help us at any time of the day!”

Brittney Barclay
Student, Trek Through Europe 2017

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“This program allowed me to really get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The people and teachers on this trip were so amazing. They really wanted the best for us and would help us at any time of the day!”

Brittney Barclay
Student, Trek Through Europe 2017

Courses Offered

English—Grade 11 (ENG3U)

The core English course gives students the opportunity to hone their presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills through assignments and activities that incorporate both oral and written communication.

English—Grade 12 (ENG4U)

The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practise using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.

Studies in Literature—Grade 12 (ETS4U)

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.

Writer’s Craft—Grade 12 (EWC4U)

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.

Program Itinerary

Term 1: Mid September–Late October, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–8 Beijing
Day 8–13 Hong Kong
Day 13–17 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 17–20 Mui Ne
Day 20–25 Phnom Penh
Day 20–25 Siem Reap
Day 20–25 Sianoukville
Day 20–25 Bangkok
Term 2: Late October–Mid December, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 2–8 Sydney
Day 8–13 Blue Mountains
Day 13–17 Sunshine Coast
Day 17–20 Cairns
Day 20–25 Great Barrier Reef
Day 20–25 Tablelands
Day 20–25 Bali
Term 3: Mid February–Late March, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–8 Lisbon
Day 8–13 Madrid
Day 13–17 Barcelona
Day 17–20 Avignon
Day 20–25 Paris
Day 20–25 Lauterbrunnen
Day 20–25 Munich
Day 20–25 Prague
Term 4: Early April–Mid May, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 2–8 Venice
Day 8–13 Florence
Day 13–17 Tuscany
Day 17–20 Rome
Day 20–25 Olympia
Day 20–25 The Peloponnese
Day 20–25 Athens
Day 20–25 Mykonos
Day 20–25 Santorini

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In 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

Departure from Toronto

Day 1

Our North American departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to our departure, a short meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs and maps and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.
Paris

Paris

Days 2–8

In Paris, we consider the influence of art, literature and philosophy on the English language and culture while soaking in the sights, sounds, food and fashion found in the ‘City of Light.’ The introduction of French language and culture to England provided not only new words, but new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.
London

London

Days 8–14

As we journey to London, we come to see not only how Shakespeare modernized the English language, but how that language and world view was solidified, exported and policed in the creation of an empire. Our study of Shakespeare makes his work come alive as we take in performances at the historic Globe Theater as well as participate in the heated exchange of ideas at the original Speaker’s Corner.
Lake District

Lake District

Days 14–18

Inspired by the vistas of Ambleside’s rolling hills, rocky outcrops, and hidden trails, we retrace the steps of the Romantics along with the development of English language and literature as we attempt to recapture the spirit of self-reflection through the study of poetry.
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Days 18–25

The works of contemporary Scottish writers such as Irvine Welsh and Jackie Kay give students the opportunity to study the transformation of provincial England into the diverse chorus of voices that is the cosmopolitan United Kingdom. Students have the opportunity to preview the works of the world famous Fringe Festival before completing their Independent Study Units and writing final exams.

Departure from Edinburgh (Day 25)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • 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
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

 

 

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • 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
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

Beijing

Independence. Self-confidence. Mental toughness. Determination. These are the qualities our three children came back with after MEI. They will tell you it was the best high school academic experience that they have had and they would highly recommend it to anyone. MEI was about being held accountable to their high academic standards while getting the support and push from the competent teaching staff. It was about learning the value of hard work, moving out of their comfort zones, forging new friendships, and working together. They are mentally stronger and better equipped to take on whatever life throws their way. If you’re looking for an enhanced education for your child, we highly recommend MEI Academy. Terri and Andre Chabot

Parent, English Through the Ages

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