France and Switzerland


Paris, Annecy, the Alps and Nice

Summer Program

July 5–July 29, 2019

Description

Study abroad and advance your French language skills through immersion, as you communicate with locals and earn high school credits in a hands-on environment, exploring the diverse regions of France.

 
25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

+  Core French
+  Extended French
+  French Immersion

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Travel dates are subject to changes until flights have been confirmed.
*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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Having course content that is so relevant to the location we are at. I normally find French class soooooo boring, but when I was learning about the culture, history, cuisine, etc of the city I was in, I was excited every day to learn more. It really helped me remember more because what I was learning had meaning.

Amy Kress
Student, France and Switzerland 2017

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Having course content that is so relevant to the location we are at. I normally find French class soooooo boring, but when I was learning about the culture, history, cuisine, etc of the city I was in, I was excited every day to learn more. It really helped me remember more because what I was learning had meaning.

Amy Kress
Student, France and Switzerland 2017

Courses Offered

Core French
GRADE CODE
11 + 12 FSF3U + FSF4U

The Core French program provides students with the opportunity to complete the language immersion program. Students develop skills in oral and written French, while immersed in the French language and culture.

 

Extended French
GRADE CODE
11 + 12 FEF3U + FEF4U
Students refine their oral and written skills through immersion with peers, teachers and French locals. French newspapers, magazines and art, are utilized as research tools for group assignments and the Independent Study Unit.

 

French Immersion
GRADE CODE
11 + 12 FIF3U + FIF4U
This advanced program affords students a detailed and extensive study of French literature from the heart of France. Refined use of grammar and language conventions in both oral and written French are emphasized through the analysis of novels, plays, poetry, film, and the essay.

 

Program Itinerary

July 5–July 29, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–10 Paris
Day 10–14 Annecy
Day 14–18 Swiss Alps
Day 18–25 Nice

Travel dates are subject to changes until flights have been confirmed.
Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is completed over four weeks. The first two-week session begins in early May, and focuses on novel studies. The second session begins in late June, and focuses on small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help lessen the workload during the summer. Students 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 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, 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

Paris

Days 2–10

Our first stop in France is Paris, one of the most beautiful and storied cities in the world. While exploring the romantic cobblestoned streets of the Marais, or the manicured lawns of Versailles, students immerse themselves in various forms of French media (newspapers, magazines, television, film, and performing arts) to further develop their understanding of the complexities of the French language. Students also gain an appreciation for art as they participate in lec- tures and debates at the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre. Here, the grand Napoleon’s Tomb and the iconic Arc de Triomphe also serve as backdrops for lessons and master classes. French literature functions as a primary source to examine the grammatical and structural aspects of the French Language. In the evenings, students enjoy dinnersin the open-air cafés and bistros of the Latin Quarter and St. Germain as they discuss French readings, practice their language skills, and reflect on topics of the day.
Annecy

Annecy

Days 10–14

Snow-capped mountains, turquoise waters, and even a medieval turreted castle form the backdrop for classes in the picturesque south of France. Here, students put their language skills to the test as they converse with locals and participate in presentations and book chats to further build their skills and confidence in French.
Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Days 14–18

As we continue our journey discovering the beautiful nuances of French language and culture, we enjoy an unforgettable stay high up in the Swiss Alps. Morning coffee with cool mountain air, rich blue skies, and stunning white- capped mountains make this a sublime stop on our journey through Europe. The peace and quiet of Swiss village life allows for tailored, one-on-one sessions with teachers to further help students master their understanding of composition and language proficiency—all while hiking along mountain trails and Alpine peaks.
Nice

Nice

Days 18–25

The final location of our journey through France and Switzerland is in the dynamic city of Nice. With its buzzing cafés, grand esplanades, and famous stone beaches, this seaside town serves as our hub to explore the south of France. Stu- dents have time to take in the chic modern art museums and visit the nearby city of Monte Carlo, while completing their final academic assignments and preparing for their final exam. As the sun sets on the last evening, students celebrate the end of their journey along the pebbled shore of the French Riviera.

Departure from Nice (Day 25)

What’s Included?

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit upon successful completion of the course
  • 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)
  • 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.

Paris

Days 2–10

Annecy

Days 10–14

Swiss Alps

Days 14–18

Nice

Days 18–25

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