International Business:
East Meets West

New York City, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Beijing

Summer Program

July 9–August 12, 2018

Description

Travel abroad and gain real world experience in the influential global markets of New York City, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Earn high school credits and enhance your university business school applications through hands-on, interactive competitions and case studies examining commerce and the international marketplace.

 
35
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • International Business
  • English +
  • Studies in Literature
  • Writer’s Craft

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

*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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Independence. Self-confidence. Mental toughness. Determination. These are the qualities our three children came back with after MEI. They will tell you it was the best high school academic experience that they have had and they would highly recommend it to anyone. MEI was about being held accountable to their high academic standards while getting the support and push from the competent teaching staff. It was about learning the value of hard work, moving out of their comfort zones, forging new friendships, and working together. They are mentally stronger and better equipped to take on whatever life throws their way. If you’re looking for an enhanced education for your child, we highly recommend MEI Academy.

Terri and Andre Chabot
Parents of Joel and Evan Chabot, International Business 2017

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Independence. Self-confidence. Mental toughness. Determination. These are the qualities our three children came back with after MEI. They will tell you it was the best high school academic experience that they have had and they would highly recommend it to anyone. MEI was about being held accountable to their high academic standards while getting the support and push from the competent teaching staff. It was about learning the value of hard work, moving out of their comfort zones, forging new friendships, and working together. They are mentally stronger and better equipped to take on whatever life throws their way. If you’re looking for an enhanced education for your child, we highly recommend MEI Academy.

Terri and Andre Chabot
Parents, International Business 2017

Courses Offered

International Business
GRADE CODE
12 BBB4M

The International Business course is a competitive, hands-on introduction to the fast-paced world of commerce, marketing and real estate. Individual case studies, interactive assignments and real-world experiences engage students’ imaginations as they examine the paths of successful entrepreneurs and business owners, developing fundamental technical and critical thinking skills.

This program is available to students who have completed Grade 10 English.

 

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 9–August 12, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–7 New York
Day 7–14 London
Day 14–21 Paris
Day 21–27 Hong Kong
Day 27–35 Beijing

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.
Toronto

Toronto

Day 1

Before they travel abroad, students commence their high school credit coursework in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Workshops with top professionals in the fields of finance, trade, and marketing introduce students to the dynamic culture of international business and capital markets. They learn firsthand what it takes to build a successful organization as they shake hands with some of Bay Street’s most powerful players, and begin to formulate their own business plans

New York

New York

Days 2–7

From Toronto, students travel to New York City and hit the streets of Manhattan. There, they experience the scale and influence of ‘Big Business’ from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and the storied world of Wall Street. The city acts as both a backdrop and a case study itself, as lectures focus on real estate, international trade, and the effects of finance markets. Students compete in their first of four high stakes pitch competitions on Fifth Avenue, before they kick back in Central Park and record a live podcast.

London

London

Days 7–14

In London, students learn about the impact of ‘old money’ in Western culture at the Royal Exchange, the Bank of England and Westminster Abbey. Students conduct small business case studies in Camden Market, deliver rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, and watch Shakespeare performed live in its first home at the Globe Theatre, before crossing the English Channel to Paris.

Paris

Paris

Days 14–21

When students arrive in Paris, the pace slows down as our focus shifts to the art of communication and the effects of smart branding. We also take a closer look at how custom has an effect on international trade and commerce. Beauty and grandeur are what Paris, the ‘City of Light,’ is known for all over the world. In a close study of the history of its culture, students visit the infamous Château de Versailles to explore the role of decadence and luxury in the marketplace.
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Days 21–27

From Paris, students fly to Hong Kong where East truly meets West. Both British and Chinese customs have combined to build a global financial epicenter. Today, Hong Kong is a mix of old world charm and new world technology. Building on their practice pitches from New York, London, and Paris, the stakes are raised as once again students compete against each other, while refining their own business plans. Amidst this labyrinth of towers, we delve into the world of global commerce, navigating the streets of the lively Tsim Sha Tsui district.
Beijing

Beijing

Days 27–35

From Hong Kong, students fly to Beijing, the capital of communist China. In Beijing, our focus is on manufacturing and the business of importing and exporting goods from China. Students visit factory floors and markets in order to get a firsthand glimpse of the robust engine that drives the Chinese economy. To conclude our coursework, students present and defend both their Independent Study Units and business plans that they have refined over the course of the program. Students are also able to debrief with their teachers on their written work, and prepare for their final exams. Our final day is spent exploring the Summer Palace and enjoying an Awards Ceremony dinner to conclude the summer’s journey.

Departure from Beijing (Day 35)

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
  • Flights between New York and London, Paris and Hong, and Hong Kong and Beijing
  • 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 2–8

London

Days 8–14

Beijing

Days 14–18

Hong Kong

Days 18-25

New York

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