Summer


English in Western Europe

1 Course Program

Summer


English in Western Europe

1 Course Program

Locations

  • Paris
  • Swiss Alps
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
See full itinerary here.

Program Fee

See everything that’s included here.

 

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Course Offered—One Mandatory Course

 English

 English
 English
 Studies in Literature
 Writer’s Craft  

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Starting in Hemingway’s go-to city, Paris, and ending in Mark Twain’s oasis, Berlin, this program promises great literature from a variety of sources and creative minds. As you make your way through each location you will be amazed at how each author you study penetrates the local culture and idiosyncrasies of the human spirit. Voltaire will give you his views of the world in Candide from his hideaway in the Swiss Alps, and Nietzsche will baffle your brain with excerpts from his Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Are you up for an enlightening look at the world? Then get ready for an eclectic sense of art, tasty food, and an abundance of inspiration as we travel across the continent through Paris, the Swiss Alps, Amsterdam and Berlin. On this program, you will see what inspired some of the greatest writers of the Western world, and hopefully, be inspired to begin crafting your own story.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Starting in Hemingway’s go-to city, Paris, and ending in Mark Twain’s oasis, Berlin, this program promises great literature from a variety of sources and creative minds. As you make your way through each location you will be amazed at how each author you study penetrates the local culture and idiosyncrasies of the human spirit. Voltaire will give you his views of the world in Candide from his hideaway in the Swiss Alps, and Nietzsche will baffle your brain with excerpts from his Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Are you up for an enlightening look at the world? Then get ready for an eclectic sense of art, tasty food, and an abundance of inspiration as we travel across the continent through Paris, the Swiss Alps, Amsterdam and Berlin. On this program, you will see what inspired some of the greatest writers of the Western world, and hopefully, be inspired to begin crafting your own story.

What
Students
Are
Saying

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I got to meet people who love to travel just like I do, and worked with teachers who wanted the best for us and helped me succeed. Travelling around the world and learning at the same time changed me and really pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and become independent, while also creating friendships that I cherish.

Julia Gille
Student, 2018

Program Itinerary

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Preparation and Coursework

Early May
To ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is spread out over three weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second one-week session starts in late June, focusing on completing research and small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, to help complete short tasks, and to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all foundation work before leaving to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

Departure from Toronto

Day 1
Our study abroad departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to departure, a short meeting is 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
Days 2–11
Ernest Hemingway made this wondrous city his muse, so it serves as a perfect place for us to begin our English program in Western Europe. Within the City of Light, students consider the influence of French art, literature, history, and philosophy on English language and culture. Short stories, reflective writing, and BookChats frame our first stop as we explore the romantic cobblestone streets of St. Germain, picnic in the Gardens of Versailles, and examine 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 as they delve into literary analysis and creative writing along the Seine.
The Swiss Alps
Days 11–15
Where Paris is a vibrant, energy-filled city, our next stop sees students make their way to the top of Europe for a stay in a quintessential Swiss village: Gimmelwald. Our home here is a building that stood at the same time Shakespeare wrote his plays, and our respite in the Alps allows students to focus on their major novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A stunning combination of horror, science fiction, Gothic and Romantic literature, Shelley’s story takes place in the Alps, and so pairs perfectly with the majesty of our surroundings. Master classes on essay writing and one-on-one editing sessions allow for tailored feedback, and help students hone their expertise in academic analysis.
Amsterdam
Days 15–21
Heading north, we pass through Germany and make our way into the Netherlands to explore the power of personal narrative as we read Anne Frank’s tragic diary and visit her museum, as well as the Canadian Groesbeek Cemetery where local Dutch school children still tend the graves of the Allied soldiers buried there. Rembrandt and Van Gogh’s most significant works inspire short story writing and our continued exploration of creative writing. The canals and cobblestoned streets that intertwine through this UNESCO world heritage city mean that writing in cafés, performing podcasts in parks, and exploring the canals on bikes is a must for getting to know the real Amsterdam. Reading Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, adds depth to our stay as we investigate the impact of the Holocaust on modern literature.
Berlin
Days 21–25

An official world city of culture, politics, media, and science, Berlin is the ideal location to finish our English program in Western Europe. Though most commonly known for its wall and its role in the Cold War, Berlin has become one of the most dynamic and artistically flourishing cities in the world. Whether immersing themselves in exploring the multi-layered history of Germany’s capital or wondering at the endless variations of self-expression in the streets, students will find endless inspiration for their final assignments in this multicultural metropolis. A full third of the city is comprised of forests, parks, canals, and lakes, providing us with the chance to prepare for final exams, and reflect on the incredible journey that has just transpired. One final dinner together along the Spree helps bookend a summer of literature, discovery, and newfound friends.

Departure from Berlin Airport (Day 25)

Return Home

Paris

Days 2–11

Swiss Alps

Days 11–15

Amsterdam

Days 15–21

Berlin

Days 21-25

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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