Term 3


Europe
Kingdoms

3 Course Program

Dates

Mar. 15–May 3
 

Locations

  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Paris
  • Strasbourg
  • The Swiss Alps
  • Munich
  • Venice
  • Tuscany
See full itinerary here.

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Courses Offered

Three Mandatory Courses

 Social Sciences

 World History

 English or Media

 English—choice of 3 options
 English
 Modern Media

Three Mandatory Courses

 Phys Ed

 Active Living Leadership
 Active Living Leadership
 Human Dimensions
 

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

If you have the heart of an explorer and the mind of a philosopher, this program is for you. From Lisbon where Vasco da Gama explored a trade route to India, to Barcelona where Christopher Columbus set sail to discover a new world, to Venice where Marco Polo explored the silk road to China—each step of the journey connects you to the vision and determination that led to the creation of the Western world. On this program, 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!

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

If you have the heart of an explorer and the mind of a philosopher, this program is for you. From Lisbon where Vasco da Gama explored a trade route to India, to Barcelona where Christopher Columbus set sail to discover a new world, to Venice where Marco Polo explored the silk road to China—each step of the journey connects you to the vision and determination that led to the creation of the Western world. On this program, 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!

What
Students
Are
Saying

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Thank you for opening my eyes to history. You have taught me that world history is not just a series of important dates, but rather that it can be a key resource to both look into the future and understand more about who we are as people. You challenged my understanding of the world and truly opened my eyes to a series of new worldviews. Thank you for everything over the course of the last month and a half, you all made this experience the best of my life.

Eric Digel
Student, Trek Through Europe 2016

Program Itinerary

Read about each itinerary location by tapping the icon.

Preparation and Coursework
Days 1–10
Our online session is designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and to help prepare students for their term abroad. Students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted and are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready for their term overseas.

Departure from Toronto

Days 11–12
Our expedition to Europe begins in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know each other and settle into the rhythm of the program.
Lisbon
Days 12–17
From 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. 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.
Madrid
Days 17–21
Next, 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.
Barcelona
Days 21–26
From 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.
Paris
Days 26–35
From Barcelona, 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. 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 Musée D’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre, students take in all that Paris has to offer.
Strasbourg
Days 35–39
Departing Paris, students travel east, settling 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, as students dive deeply into academics, focusing on the use of critical lenses in literary analysis and the conditions that allowed for the outbreak of the First World War.
The Swiss Alps
Days 39–44
From Strasbourg, students escape the hustle and bustle of city living and travel up to the remote and beautiful Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in an Alpine valley. 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.
Munich
Days 44–50
From 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.

Venice

Days 50–55
Few cities hold as much allure or mystery, as Venice, making it an essential stop on this grand journey. Once the crossroads between east and west, this favourite city of writers and playwrights serves as an inspirational location for students to complete coursework as they delve into final projects and essays. The group spends their evenings over dinners of fresh seafood and pasta, reflecting on the personal growth and triumphs of the long term behind them.
Tuscany
Days 55–60

After all of the hard work and many, many kilometres of exploring Europe, our final destination is a reward in itself: the beautiful Tuscan villa of Borgo San Luigi. Located halfway between Siena and Florence in the heart of Italy’s most famous region, this quintessential retreat offers sunbaked stone buildings and the quiet reprieve necessary to focus on final exams. On their final evening overseas, students celebrate and prepare for their trip home over an exceptional dinner of the best Tuscan cuisine with lifelong friends.

Departure from Tuscany Day 60

Return Home

Lisbon

Days 12–17

Madrid

Days 17–21

Barcelona

Days 21–26

Paris

Days 26–35

Strasbourg

Days 35–39

Swiss Alps

Days 39–44

Munich

Days 44–49

Venice

Days 49–54

Tuscany

Days 54–60

What’s Included

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • 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
  • Airfare between countries
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018.
Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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