Asia

Culture, Currency and Conflict


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

Semester Term 1

Mid September–Late October

Description

Study Abroad in Asia! Travel to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, while earning high school credits. Prepare for university while embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.

 
60
DAYS 
Three Course Program

Courses Offered

 World Issues
 International Business
 Economics
 Advanced Functions
 Mathematics of Data Management
 English—choice of 3 options
 English

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

*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.
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I never thought that a beach in Vietnam, the temples of Angkor, or an ancient park in Beijing could be a lecture spot. MEI showed me that it doesn’t take a desk and chair to have the ability to learn something new. Being exposed first hand to the way and places others live makes you appreciate not only how lucky you are, but how much of a difference your life can make in the world. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy going to school or voicing my opinions, but within a week of my trip, I was infatuated with learning. MEI Academy made me who I am now and I am eternally grateful for every experience, memory and ounce of happiness this trip and the people I’ve met along the way have given me!

Jesse Stein
Student, Fall Semester 2016

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I never thought that a beach in Vietnam, the temples of Angkor Wat, or an ancient park in Beijing could be a lecture spot. MEI showed me that it doesn’t take a desk and chair to have the ability to learn something new. Being exposed first hand to the way and places others live makes you appreciate not only how lucky you are, but how much of a difference your life can make in the world. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy going to school or voicing my opinions, but within a week of my trip, I was infatuated with learning. MEI Academy made me who I am now and I am eternally grateful for every experience, memory and ounce of happiness this trip and the people I’ve met along the way have given me!

Jesse Stein
Student, Fall Semester 2016

Courses Offered

Students complete two mandatory courses and choose one elective.

Mandatory Courses

World Issues: A Geographic Analysis
FIRST COURSE
GRADE CODE
12 CGW4U
This program provides students with a foundation in the sociopolitical structure of the region and a more holistic understanding of a rapidly changing Asia within the larger global context. By studying literature from a wide variety of sources, students refine their analytical, critical and communication skills while gaining a broader perspective of the impact of globalization, conflict and developmental sustainability in our world.

Or

International Business
SECOND COURSE OPTION 1
GRADE CODE
12 BBB4M
The International Business course is a competitive, hands-on introduction to the fast-paced world of commerce, marketing and real estate. Individual case studies, interactive assignments and real-world experiences engage students’ imaginations as they examine the paths of successful entrepreneurs and business owners, developing fundamental technical and critical thinking skills.

This program is available to students who have completed Grade 10 English.

Or

Economics: Analysing Current Economic Issue
SECOND COURSE OPTION 2
GRADE CODE
12 CIA4U

This course investigates the nature of the competitive global economy and explores how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions. Students will learn about the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, apply economic models and concepts to interpret economic information, assess the validity of statistics, and investigate marketplace dynamics.

 

Elective Courses

Elective Courses

Advanced Functions
GRADE CODE
12 MHF4U
This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

Elective Courses

Mathematics of Data Management
GRADE CODE
12 MDM4U
This course broadens students' understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.
English
GRADE CODE
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.

Or

Studies in Literature
GRADE CODE
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 CODE
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

Mid September–Late October
Day 1–10 Online Coursework
Day 11–13 Toronto—Departure
Day 13–20 Beijing
Day 20–26 Hong Kong
Day 26–33 Mui Ne
Day 33–37 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 37–42 Siem Reap
Day 42–47 Phnom Penh
Day 47–54 Sihanoukville
Day 46–50 Bangkok

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

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

Days 1–10

Our one-week 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 to hit the ground running overseas.

Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Days 11–13

Our study abroad expedition to Asia commences 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 Beijing. All of our preparation allows us to hit the ground running overseas and dive straight into the adventure that awaits.

Beijing

Beijing

Days 13–20

From Toronto, we fly to Beijing, venturing into the heart of the People’s Republic of China. Here, students trace the steps of emperors through the Forbidden City, and discuss the teachings of Chairman Mao as they cross Tiananmen Square. Beijing is the perfect location to begin the study of two core themes: the contrast between the East and West, and the relationship between communist and capitalist systems. As students explore this fast-growing city, they survey the complex history and modern contradictions of China, and its influence on the global marketplace. In Beijing, students also have the opportunity to hike along the legendary Great Wall, and spend their evenings devouring steaming bowls of spicy noodles, and shopping for bargains in the city’s bustling night markets.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Days 20–26

From Beijing, students fly to Hong Kong, where they witness how British and Chinese traditions have combined to create an international financial epicentre. Amidst the labyrinth of skyscrapers, we immerse ourselves in a world of contrasts from the lively Tsim Sha Tsui district to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. A visit to the World War II cemetery where Canadian, British, and Indian soldiers are buried, allows students to further connect the global impacts of international conflict. Exploring the city’s fusion further, students witness how East truly meets West in this city, and the realities of economic globalization. From enjoying dim sum while overlooking Hong Kong’s legendary skyline, to climbing Victoria Peak and hiking the challenging Dragonback, students have an opportunity to explore all that this incredible city has to offer.

Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City

Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City

Days 26–37

Next, we travel to the bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, where we investigate economic development in South East Asia. An examination of Vietnam’s modern history takes us to the War Remnants Museum, and through the Cu Chi tunnels that were once home to the Viet Cong guerrillas. There, students consider the effects of war on a generation, and the current climate of the region. From the city, students travel out to Mui Ne for a welcome respite, and a chance to focus on academic writing. The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand allow us to re-energize as we continue our examination of war and its aftermath. The relaxed pace also allows students to prepare for their mid-term evaluations while taking time to hike the spectacular sand dunes, and surf just off the coast.

Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville

Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville

Days 37–54

We start our adventure in Cambodia in the lively city of Siem Reap. There, students spend time exploring Angkor Wat, a magnificent temple complex featuring stone carvings that depict scenes from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Evenings are spent in shops and restaurants along the neon-lit backpackers’ alley among travellers and locals alike. From Siem Reap, we travel south to Phnom Penh, where students witness the contrast between the beauty and tranquillity of the region with the Khmer Rouge’s tragic legacy. There, students focus on visual storytelling through photography, and work together on group activities and presentations. Our final stop in Cambodia takes us out of the city to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. As well as the opportunity to soak up some sun on the beach, there, students buckle down for their final Independent Study Unit interviews and exams.

Bangkok

Bangkok

Days 54–60

Departing Cambodia, we head to Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital. From food carts, neon-lit streets, and fast-moving tuk-tuks, to Buddhist monks, jasmine sellers, and slow-moving river traffic, students investigate the city through the lens of commerce and urban development. We balance tour days between jostling through the crowds of Khaosan Road, enjoying the calm of the city’s Buddhist temples and flower markets, and taking their explorations beyond the beaten path. Students enjoy a final feast of pad thai, grilled seafood, and lemongrass scented curries, before bidding their final farewells to Asia.

Departure from Bangkok (Day 60)

What’s Included?

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
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
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)
  • 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
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

Days 13–20

Hong Kong

Days 20–26

Mui Ne

Days 26–33

Ho Chi Minh City

Days 33–37

Siem Reap

Days 37–42

Phnom Penh

Days 42–47

Sianoukville

Days 47–54

Bangkok

Days 54–60

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