English in Spain and Portugal


Barcelona, Costa Brava, Málaga, Lisbon and the Algarve

Summer Program

July 5–July 29, 2019

Description

Travel through Spain and Portugal and earn high school credits abroad in some of the world’s most inspiring cities, including Barcelona, Málaga, and Lisbon, to advance your writing and literary abilities in a experiential environment.

 
25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

 English
 English
 Studies in Literature
 Writer’s Craft

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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My MEI experience was better than I could have ever hoped for. It has without a doubt been the best summer I’ve had and I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again.

Thomas Mulvihill
Student, 2018

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My MEI experience was better than I could have ever hoped for. It has without a doubt been the best summer I’ve had and I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again.

Thomas Mulvihill
Student, 2018

Courses Offered

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

July 5–July 29, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–6 Barcelona
Day 6–10 Costa Brava
Day 10–14 Málaga
Day 14–19 Lisbon
Day 19–25 The Algarve

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 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.
Barcelona

Barcelona

Days 2–6

Long the home of writers and artists alike, Barcelona has been an inspiration for over two thousand years with its vibrant colours, unmatched architecture, and Catalan cuisine. We begin our course by pairing Ildefonso Falcones’ epic Cathedral of the Sea with visits to the actual Santa Maria del Mar, the great Gothic cathedral upon which the novel is based. Students practice their hand at character development along Las Ramblas, poetry in Gaudi’s Park Güell, and travel writing in La Sagrada Familia, all between lunches along the Mediterranean and dinners in the Gothic quarter. If we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the world’s most famous soccer team.
Costa Brava

Costa Brava

Days 6–10

The deep blue of the Mediterranean affords us a respite from the energy of Barcelona as we settle into our hotel along Spain’s rugged coast. Sunrises along the beach, and afternoon climbs through the coves and hills that dot the coastline make for an excellent location where students can focus on an academic analysis of our major summer reading. Master classes on essay writing and one-on-one editing sessions allow for tailored feedback that help students hone their expertise in finding literary meaning, formulating original analyses, and constructing effective responses.
Málaga

Málaga

Days 10–14

As the city that grew to importance before the Romans ruled the Mediterranean—and centuries later gave the world Picasso—Málaga still holds a wondrous sway in the south of Spain, with a vibrant art scene, golden beaches, and a dynamic combination of Christian and Moorish architecture. Here, students participate in small group BookChat discussions and perform at evening podcasts, in between visits to the local craft market and fishing boats along Playa del Palo. Continued workshops on creative and academic writing help students develop their own unique style and voice.
Lisbon

Lisbon

Days 14–19

Next, we depart for Portugal and arrive in its illustrious capital—Lisbon. Here, we complete our final novel by award-winning, Canadian-Spanish author Yann Martel, and look out onto the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether climbing one of Lisbon’s seven hills, or listening to a performance of Portugal’s famed Fado music, students spend time in this fabulous port city watching for dolphins off the shores, exploring the cobblestoned streets, and preparing their final assignments in cafés in the Alfama.
The Algarve

The Algarve

Days 19–25

The Algarve provides us with a quiet, beachside village where students prepare for their final exam. Footpaths and caves along the coast dot this southernmost region of Portugal that sees almost 3000 hours of sunshine a year, making this a region of true beauty—it is no wonder the Portuguese launched their 15th-century explorations to Asia and Africa from here. On our final night together, with the sound of the wind and waves in our ears, we reminisce while looking out over sunlit cliffs; remembering what has passed before and looking forward to what may yet lie ahead.

Departure from Lisbon (Day 25)

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.

Barcelona

Days 2–6

Costa Brava

Days 6–10

Málaga

Days 10–14

Lisbon

Days 14-19

The Algarve

Days 19-25

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