Asia Semester Program

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

Semester Term 2

Late October–Mid December

Description

Spend 45 days in South-East Asia and the Pacific. Travel to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, while earning high school credits. Prepare for university while embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

 
50
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • World Issues
  • Regional Geography
  • International Business +
  • Economics
  • English +
  • Studies in Literature
  • Writer’s Craft

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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MEI transformed our daughter’s understanding of where she stands in the world both literally and figuratively. After being away and experiencing exciting new lecture sites, museums, and scavenger hunts, she now takes pride in navigating the spaces she inhabits, checking out maps and creating a plan for what is next. It has been the fine-tuning of her inner compass that has most astounded us: her passion for learning, her care for people around the world and her desire to make a difference. As a parent, I couldn’t be prouder of her and thankful for the role MEI and their outstanding faculty has played in helping her hone her place on the map.

Janet Powers
Parent of Ilana Yannoni, Big Year student 2016/17

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MEI transformed our daughter’s understanding of where she stands in the world both literally and figuratively. After being away and experiencing exciting new lecture sites, museums, and scavenger hunts, she now takes pride in navigating the spaces she inhabits, checking out maps and creating a plan for what is next. It has been the fine-tuning of her inner compass that has most astounded us: her passion for learning, her care for people around the world and her desire to make a difference. As a parent, I couldn’t be prouder of her and thankful for the role MEI and their outstanding faculty has played in helping her hone her place on the map.

Janet Powers
Parent of Ilana Yannoni, Big Year student 2016/17

Courses Offered

World Issues: A Geographic Analysis
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.

 

Regional Geography
GRADE CODE
11 CGD3M*

This course explores interrelationships between the land and people in a selected region as well as interconnections between this region and the rest of the world. Students will explore the region’s environmental, socio-economic, and cultural characteristics and will investigate issues related to natural resources, economic development and sustainability,
population change, globalization, and quality of life.

 

International Business
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.

 

Economics: Analysing Current Economic Issue
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.

 

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.

 

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

Late October–Mid December
Day 1–2 Online Coursework
Day 6–7 Toronto—Departure
Day 7–13 Beijing
Day 13–19 Hong Kong
Day 19–28 Vietnam
Day 28–46 Cambodia
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 1-5

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 6-7

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 7–13

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 13–19

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.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Days 19–28

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.

Cambodia

Cambodia

Days 28-46

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 46–50

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 50)

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
  • 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)
  • $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
  • 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.

Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Kong

Beijing

Mui Ne

Phnom Penh

Siem Reap

Sianoukville

Bangkok

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