Trek Through Europe

London, Paris, Strasbourg, the Swiss Alps, Munich, and Prague

Summer Program

Trek 1: July 9–August 12, 2018
Trek 2: July 13–August 16, 2018
Trek 3: July 17–August 20, 2018

Description

Travel abroad and hit the ground running to explore the most exciting locations in Europe while earning high school credits. Watch history come alive as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime, travelling through London, Paris, Strasbourg, the Swiss Alps, Munich, and Prague with all lectures and coursework done on location.

 
35
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • World History since the 15th Century
  • 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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The trip for Marcus was an amazing experience. He can’t stop talking about his Trek and that is a reflection of what you, the teachers, have added to this already wonderful opportunity I wish I had growing up. We did not realize how this trip, which visited so many incredible and historically important spots, would have such a dramatic impact on our son. The posted blogs and pictures as they made their way through Europe were very well done and much appreciated, my wife and I looked forward to them every morning. Highly recommended… our 13 year old is already getting excited about her MEI trip opportunity.

Rhonda and Mario Pehar
Parents of Marcus Pehar, Trek Through Europe 1 2016

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The trip for Marcus was an amazing experience. He can’t stop talking about his Trek and that is a reflection of what you, the teachers, have added to this already wonderful opportunity I wish I had growing up. We did not realize how this trip, which visited so many incredible and historically important spots, would have such a dramatic impact on our son. The posted blogs and pictures as they made their way through Europe were very well done and much appreciated, my wife and I looked forward to them every morning. Highly recommended… our 13 year old is already getting excited about her MEI trip opportunity.

Rhonda and Mario Pehar
Parents of Marcus Pehar, Trek Through Europe 1 2016

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.

 

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

Trek 1: July 9–August 12, 2018
Trek 2: July 13–August 16, 2018
Trek 3: July 17–August 20, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–8 London
Day 8–15 Paris
Day 15–19 Strasbourg
Day 19–23 Swiss Alps
Day 23–29 Munich
Day 29–35 Prague

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.
London

London

Days 2–8

While examining the city’s tumultuous past, we explore the infamous Tower of London and Trafalgar Square. Students investigate sites like the National Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as well as participate in class activities that include personal rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, and mock trials outside the Palace of Westminster. In the evenings, we break off into small groups to engage in book chats over supper in the cozy cafes of Hampstead, Camden, and Covent Garden.

Paris

Paris

Days 8–15

After crossing the English Channel, we arrive in the “City of Light.” In Paris, students debate the price of revolution at the Bastille monument, Napoleon’s Tomb and the Arc de Triomphe, while gaining an appreciation for art’s role in reflecting and interpreting history and culture at the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Pompidou Center. While exploring the romantic cobblestone streets of St. Germain, picnicing in the gardens of Versailles, and trying some of the most delicious cuisine in the world at one of the city’s famous bistros, students take in all that Paris has to offer.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Days 15–19

From France’s capital city, students venture into the picturesque Alsacian town of Strasbourg. Situated on the border of France and Germany, it is the perfect location to delve into the events of World War I. From the banks of the historic Rhine, students examine how international relations have shaped the region’s evolution, and contemporary social fabric.

Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Days 19–23

From the border of France and Germany, students travel to the beautiful Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in an Alpine valley. There, the academic focus shifts to the period between the world wars, incorporating themes of diplomacy and international relations. Daily hikes into the snow-capped Alps provide a body and mind balance for students eager to get out and explore. Campfires in the evenings provide time for the group to relax and unwind together, as they begin to prepare for their final cumulative assignments.


Munich

Munich

Days 23–29

From the tranquility of the mountains, students make their way into Germany, settling in Munich. There, students examine the rise of Nazi Germany, and trace the impact of the National Socialist movement across the European continent, as well as the in rest of the world. From Hitler’s speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, lectures and master classes focus on digging deep to uncover the tragic complexities of modern Europe’s most infamous period.

Prague

Prague

Days 29–35

While shedding the remains of its communist past as it attempts to embrace its capitalist future, the bold and emerging city of Prague serves as an ideal setting for students to refine their final essays, and complete major assignments. Concluding their travels abroad, the old world charm of this enchanting city makes it the perfect destination for students to write exams, and then say farewell to their adventurous and ambitious trek through through Europe.

Departure from Prague (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
  • 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

Strasbourg

Days 14–18

Munich

Days 18-25

Prague

Swiss Alps

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