English in Western Europe


Paris, Swiss Alps, Amsterdam and Berlin

Summer Program

July 5–July 29, 2019

Description

Discover Europe and earn high school credits as you travel to some of the most important literary capitals, including Paris, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and Berlin, all while developing advanced English writing skills in a unique 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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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

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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

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 2–11 Paris
Day 11–15 Swiss Alps
Day 15–21 Amsterdam
Day 21–25 Berlin

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.
Paris

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.
Swiss Alps

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

Amsterdam

Days 14–21

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

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 (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)
  • 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 2–11

Swiss Alps

Days 11–15

Amsterdam

Days 15–21

Berlin

Days 21-25

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