Kingdoms—Europe

London, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, Swiss Alps and Munich

Semester Term 1

Mid September–Late October

Description

Travel and study abroad for an extraordinary semester, earning high school credits on location in Europe. Experience history come alive, prepare for university, and gain real-world perspectives, while embarking on an adventure of a lifetime in London, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, the Swiss Alps and Munich.

 
50
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • World History since the 15th Century
  • Intro to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • IDC: Phys Ed, Health and Media
  • 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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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

World History Since the 15th Century
GRADE CODE
12 CHY4U

This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.

 

Intro to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
GRADE CODE
11 HSP3U

This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.

 

IDC: Phys Ed, Health and Media
GRADE CODE
12 IDC4U

This course combines the study of the healthy body in motion with the dissemination of ideas. In this interdisciplinary program that examines both body and mind, students participate in a wide range of physical activities, athletics, and theoretical frameworks. They are exposed to a broad range of activity settings, enhancing their movement competence, and personal fitness. The media component focuses on the refinement of communication and analysis skills, allowing student to practice using techniques confidently in a variety of media forms.

 

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

Mid September–Late October
Day 1–5 Online Coursework
Day 6 Toronto—Departure
Day 7–12 London
Day 12–18 Lisbon
Day 18–21 Madrid
Day 21–25 Barcelona
Day 25–30 Avignon
Day 30–38 Paris
Day 38–42 Swiss Alps
Day 42–50 Munich

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

Day 6

Our expedition to Europe begins 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 London.

London

London

Days 7-12

Upon arrival London, we are immersed in the heart of the British Empire, spread out along the River Thames. While examining the city’s tumultuous past, students attend lectures at Trafalgar Square, and explore the infamous Tower of London. Students investigate sites like the National Gallery and Shakespeare’s open-air Globe Theatre, as well as participate in class activities that include personal rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, and mock trials outside the Palace of Westminster. During discussions of the United Kingdom’s history of imperialism, students participate in guided walks of the city to witness how its legacy has shaped the social and cultural fabric of contemporary London. In the evenings, we break off into small groups to engage in book chats over supper in the cozy cafes of Hampstead, Camden, and Covent Garden.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Days 12-18

From London, we travel to the southern west coast of Europe, where seven picture-perfect hills cradle the city of Lisbon, nestled on the Tagus River. There, students focus on academic writing and the development of a compelling thesis, before taking the opportunity to wander down through Alfama’s steep hills that have retained much of the city’s old world charm. Along the coast, students take advantage of the city’s relaxed pace to explore off the beaten path, and discover some of the city’s most unique gothic architecture. 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

Madrid

Days 18-21

Our first stop in Spain is 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. In the evenings, students analyze literature over tapas dinners and take part in the relaxed, social atmosphere of Spanish culture.

Barcelona

Barcelona

Days 21-25

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.

 

Avignon

Avignon

Days 25-30

Departing Spain, students travel north into France, settling in Avignon—the charming heart of Provence. Here, students learn about the city’s surprising former position as the heart of the Roman Catholic world. Though it only remained the papal seat for a handful of decades, students uncover remnants of its legacy scattered across the city, most notably at the Palais des Papes, one of the most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.

Paris

Paris

Days 30-38

From Provence, students make their way to one of the most storied cities in the world—Paris. In the ‘City of Light’, they consider the influence of French art, literature, history, and philosophy on the English language and culture. Morning note exercises at the Luxembourg Gardens are followed by lectures at some of the city’s most important sites: Napoleon’s Tomb, the Tuileries, and the Pantheon. 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 Musee D’Orsay and the Musee du Louvre, students take in all that Paris has to offer.

Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Days 38-42

 From Paris, students escape the hustle and bustle of the city and travel up to the remote and beautiful Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in an Alpine valley. There, the academic focus shifts to the period between the world wars, incorporating themes of diplomacy and international relations. 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

Munich

Days 42-50

From the tranquility 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, and 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. After writing their final exams, students celebrate and prepare for their trip home over a dinner of local schnitzel and fresh currywurst.

Departure from Munich 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
  • 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.

London

Days 8–14

Lisbon

Madrid

Barcelona

Avignon

Paris

Days 2–8

Swiss Alps

Munich

Days 18-25

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