Sketches of Spain

Madrid, Costa Brava, the Pyrénees, and Barcelona

Summer Program

July 7–July 31, 2019

Description

Accelerate your Spanish language skills and earn high school credits as you travel abroad through the dynamic regions of Spain. Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture, and explore spectacular landscapes, while developing your academic and visual storytelling and communication skills.

 
25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

+  International Languages
+  Media Arts
 Media Studies

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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MEI was a once in a lifetime experience. No other school offers this type of education or experience or offers any program that compares to MEI. Travelling abroad with this school has been a unique life changing experience that I will never forget.

Erin McGoey
MEI Student, 2016

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MEI was a once in a lifetime experience. No other school offers this type of education or experience or offers any program that compares to MEI. Travelling abroad with this school has been a unique life changing experience that I will never forget.

Erin McGoey
MEI Student, 2016

Courses Offered

International Languages
LEVEL CODE
1 LBABD–LDYBD
In the Introductory Spanish Language program, students develop their oral, reading, and writing skills, in order to communicate in the language. Emphasis is put on practical uses of the language in a variety of contexts, with a focus on real-life applications. Through their exploration of a wide variety of study materials and hands-on activities, students develop not only language skills but also the confidence necessary for lifelong language learning. Students also learn about the diverse communities around the world where Spanish is spoken, while making connections back to their own community and experience.

 

International Languages
LEVEL CODE
2 + 3 LBACU–LYXCU
These courses offer students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the Spanish language, and to enhance their confidence and communication skills. Students use increasingly sophisticated language in a variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students enrolled in the Level 3 Spanish develop the language skills to engage in sustained discussions, understand and evaluate information, read for both study and pleasure, and to write clearly and effectively. Students also enhance their critical thinking skills through the study of literature from the region.

 

Media Arts
GRADE CODE
11 + 12 ASM3M + ASM4M
This course emphasizes the refinement of media arts skills through the creation of a thematic body of work by applying traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques such as multimedia, computer animation, installation art, and performance art. Students will develop works that express their views on contemporary issues and will create portfolios suitable for use in either career or postsecondary education applications. Students will critically analyse the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and community values.

 

Media Studies
GRADE CODE
12 IDC4u
This course explores the fundamental elements of storytelling in photography and filmmaking, from narrative structure, genre, and character, to cinematic elements and visual composition. Students engage in hands-on digital media production as they learn how to work in a variety of roles. From producing, directing, writing, and editing, all dimensions of the the dynamic and collaborative media production industry are examined.

 

Program Itinerary

July 7–July 31, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–7 Madrid
Day 7–15 Costa Brava
Day 15–19 Pyrénées
Day 19–25 Barcelona

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.
Madrid

Madrid

Days 2–7

As Spain’s capital, Madrid is the perfect first stop on students’ travel journey. A vibrant city, Madrid provides students the opportunity to wander elegant boulevards and museums filled with famous European art. An afternoon at the Prado allows the class to examine works by Picasso and Velazquez, as they collaborate in small groups to present their learnings—in Spanish. In the evenings, students discuss Spanish literature and take part in the relaxed, social atmosphere of Spanish culture. Media students take the opportunity to capture stories big and small unfolding along the main boulevards, and off the beaten path of the city.
Costa Brava

Costa Brava

Days 7–15

From the bustling city of Madrid, students travel to the serene Costa Brava, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Spanish Mediterranean. From Calella de Palafrugell, overlooking the rugged coastline, sandy coves and golden beaches, which has retained much of its old-world charm, students have the opportunity to learn about the region’s storied past. Students find this setting an excellent retreat from the heat of the city, its calming atmosphere encouraging students to explore the subtleties of the Spanish language with locals and travellers alike. Afternoons are spent hiking along the many spectacular coves along the Mediterranean coast.
Pyrénées

Pyrénées

Days 15–19

From the coast, students travel inland up into Vall de Nuria, nestled in the lush Pyrénées Mountains. There, students reside in a breathtaking valley resort that offers opportunities for fresh air, energizing hikes, and a change of pace. Our study focus is on Spanish literature and poetry, exploring themes of self-reflection and perspectives. With plenty of opportunity to connect with each other and explore, the mountains offer an ideal location for students to engage in dialogues and debate. The combination of physical exercise and academic coursework connect the mind, body and spirit.
Barcelona

Barcelona

Days 19–25

The bustling Catalonian capital of Barcelona serves as the perfect final stop for our journey to Spain. The days are filled with exploration and discovery. From visits to the Cathedral de la Seu and Placa de Catalunya, to picnics and presentations in Gaudi’s Garden in the Park Güell, students wind down the program against the backdrop of one of Europe’s most beloved cities. As the final destination of our cultural immersion in Spain, students prepare for and participate in their final Independent Study Unit and exam. After a final dinner and celebration, students return home emboldened, both in their skills as well as their ability to travel with confidence.

Departure from Barcelona (Day 25)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

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

Costa Brava

Days 8–14

The Pyrenees

Days 14–18

Barcelona

Days 18-25

Madrid

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