Ancient World Odyssey

Santorini, Athens, Tolo, Olympia, Rome, and Venice

Summer Program

July 9–August 12, 2018

Description

Travel abroad this summer while earning high school credits on location in the most spectacular regions of Italy Greece, and the Greek Islands. Experience history come alive, as you immerse yourself in the world of the Ancient Romans and Greeks.

 
35
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • Classical Civilization
  • English +
  • Studies in Literature
  • Writer’s Craft

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

CLOSED

*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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From a parent’s perspective, the entire MEI experience was flawless from beginning to end. The MEI team was always available and welcomed questions, concerns, and feedback. The program was well-organized, transparent, and constant communication was evident throughout the entire time Giulia was away. The teachers…the amazing and out-of this-world teachers…well, Giulia cannot stop talking about them. Thank-you to the teachers for all of their hard work with keeping Giulia safe, happy and marking the assignments in a timely manner. As well, the comments and feedback for the assignments were so thorough and mindful—truly outstanding! With humble hearts and gratitude, we thank all of you. Warmest Regards,

M.T. Vecchio-Romano & Alberto Romano
Parents, MEI 2017

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From a parent’s perspective, the entire MEI experience was flawless from beginning to end. The MEI team was always available and welcomed questions, concerns, and feedback. The program was well-organized, transparent, and constant communication was evident throughout the entire time Giulia was away. The teachers…the amazing and out-of this-world teachers…well, Giulia cannot stop talking about them. Thank-you to the teachers for all of their hard work with keeping Giulia safe, happy and marking the assignments in a timely manner. As well, the comments and feedback for the assignments were so thorough and mindful—truly outstanding! With humble hearts and gratitude, we thank all of you. Warmest Regards,

MT. Vecchio-Romano & Alberto Romano
Parents, MEI 2017

Courses Offered

Calssical Civilization
GRADE CODE
12 LVV4U
This course introduces students to the rich cultural legacy of the classical world. Students will investigate aspects of classical culture, including mythology, literature, art, architecture, philosophy, science, and technology, as well as elements of the ancient Greek and Latin languages. Students will develop creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to works by classical authors in English translation and examining material culture brought to light through archaeology. They will also increase their communication and research skills by working both collaboratively and independently, and will acquire an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of ancient and modern societies.

 

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 2–8 Santorini
Day 8–12 Athens
Day 12–19 Peloponnese
Day 19–28 Rome
Day 28–35 Venice

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 term. 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.

Santorini

Santorini

Days 2–8

Students’ study abroad adventure through the Mediterranean begins on the picture-perfect island of Santorini. There, with its white villas perched on the cliffs, and its black volcanic beaches, students unearth legends of the lost Minoan civilization of Atlantis. Greek myth provides our starting point for an exploration of ancient Greek history, art, and poetry. Home to some of the most stunning vistas in the world, we finish our stay with an epic hike along the caldera from the town of Oia, ending with a sunset dinner in our cliff-side home in the island’s capital, Fira.

Athens

Athens

Days 8–12

Our study of the ancient world continues with a visit to Athena’s favorite city—Athens. Home to the birthplace of Western democracy, philosophy, architecture, and literature, our academics focus on the rise of Athens after the defeat of the Persians and the Golden Age of Pericles. Our daily lectures happen in the Theater of Dionysus, among the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, within the Agora, and high atop the Parthenon, while our evenings are spent exploring the Plaka and enjoying rooftop dinners overlooking the city.
Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Days 12–19

We continue our exploration of Greece with a trip through the Peloponnese. Our first stop is the seaside town of Tolo, home to crystal-clear waters and some of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. We consider Homer’s Iliad and Agamemnon’s return home after ten years of war, as we venture through the fortressed city of Mycenae. Before voyaging across the Ionian Sea to Italy, we visit Epidaurus and spend a day in Olympia, where students have the unique opportunity to lace up and run the original Olympic stadium’s track.
Rome

Rome

Days 19–28

After a stop in Pompeii, one of Italy’s most significant archaeological sites, we begin the second half of our journey in the eternal city of Rome. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we journey through time from the city’s earliest beginnings to its tragic collapse. The ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open-air museum. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum or sampling the world’s best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.

 

Venice

Venice

Days 28–35

On our way to Venice, we stop in Florence, where we experience the rebirth of the Classical age in the Renaissance. There, we visit Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s Duomo, and shop on the famous Ponte Vecchio. From Florence, we make our way to our final location along the beaches of the longest-lasting republic in history: Venice. More than just a romantic city of canals and churches, Venice is the perfect location to finish final assignments and exams. Its maze of streets and waterways, acclaimed restaurants, and magnificent architecture, provide an ideal backdrop to reflect on our incredible journey before returning home.

Departure from Venice (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.

Santorini

Days 2–8

Athens

Days 8–14

Tolo

Days 14–18

Olympia

Days 18-25

Rome

Venice

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