Footsteps to the Modern World


Paris, Swiss Alps, Amsterdam and Berlin

Summer Program

July 5–July 29, 2019

Description

Experience real history through Europe as high school comes to life in France, Switzerland, Holland, and Germany. Travel to some of the world’s greatest locations in Paris, the Alps, Amsterdam, and Berlin as you study abroad in this experiential program designed to help make your university application stand out.

 
25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

 World History

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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What MEI was truly about for me was exploring myself and finding out who I am. I was given a chance to explore our world’s history and to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate how far humanity has come. I was able to create strong relationships with people I never would have crossed paths with at home. This trip has altered my view on our world and has shaped me into a better person.

Jayden Thompson
Student, 2018

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What MEI was truly about for me was exploring myself and finding out who I am. I was given a chance to explore our world’s history and to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate how far humanity has come. I was able to create strong relationships with people I never would have crossed paths with at home. This trip has altered my view on our world and has shaped me into a better person.

Jayden Thompson
Student, 2018

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.

 

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

As we arrive in one of Europe’s most important cities, Paris, we jump right into course material. Home to revolutions, invasions, monarchs, philosophers, and continent-conquering emperors, there are few places where the roots of history run as deep. Students question the role of kings at Versailles, investigate the causes and consequences of revolution at the Bastille, and question the true nature of humanity beside the tombs of Voltaire and Rousseau, all while soaking in the breathtaking art and architecture of the City of Light. Novels like Fahrenheit 451 provide us with insight into the dynamics of control and the motivations of revolution. Visits to cafés, restaurants, parks, and of course the Eiffel Tower, balance out an intense first week of travel with the beautiful culture this city has been offering its visitors for centuries.
Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Days 11–15

Leaving the tastes and colours of Paris behind, students make their way to the top of Europe for a stay in the quintessential Swiss village: Gimmelwald. Residing in this quaint, peaceful town, our respite in the Alps allows students to focus on academic writing as we consider whether the First World War was avoidable and if blame can ever lie at the feet of a single nation. Hikes through the mountains during the days, and roaring fireside fun at night refresh and invigorate the group as we reflect on all we have seen and learned in the first half of our journey.
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Days 14–21

Heading north, we pass through Germany and make our way into the Netherlands to explore how the Second World War impacted the world. Our study of international conflict and the deprivations of unbridled racism bring us face to face with Anne Frank and the sacrifices made by ordinary people at places like Groesbeek Cemetery, where local Dutch school children still tend the graves of the Allied soldiers buried there. Reading Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century brings current political trends into sharp focus as students discuss the problems of ignoring our past. Rembrandt and Van Gogh’s influence on the artistic heritage of the world is also on display as we make our way along the UNESCO World Heritage canals that line this city that was once the epicentre of trade.
Berlin

Berlin

Days 21–25

An official world city of culture, politics, media, and science, Berlin is the perfect location to finish our travels as we trace the steps to the modern world. Though known most commonly for its wall and role in the Cold War, Berlin is also a city that can show the world the benefits of reconciliation and reconstruction. A full third of this city is comprised of forests, parks, canals, and lakes, while the modern energy of this ever-growing capital shows how nations can rebuild and refocus their energies for a better future. Our final stop provides an excellent location for students to prepare for final exams and reflect on how they fit into this complex world.

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)
  • $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.

Paris

Days 2–11

Swiss Alps

Days 11–15

Amsterdam

Days 15–21

Berlin

Days 21-25

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