Summer


English Through the Ages

1 Course Program

Summer


English Through the Ages

1 Course Program

Locations

  • Paris
  • London
  • The Lake District
  • Edinburgh
See full itinerary here.

Program Fee

See everything that’s included here.

 

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Course Offered—One Mandatory Course

 English

 English
 English
 Studies in Literature
 Writer’s Craft
 

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

From the City of Light to the Scottish capital, English Through the Ages takes you on a voyage with some of the world’s greatest writers of all time. If you have a love for reading great stories, then this is the program for you as you write in the same Parisian cafés as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. You will watch a live performance of a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre and experience the true feeling of being an Elizabethan commoner out for a night of entertainment. In the Lake District, you will grab your pen and journal and find inspiration to write poetry in the ambience of the rolling hills and meadows of England. As you pull into your final stay in Edinburgh, take a gander around the castle that inspired J. K. Rowling to write the Harry Potter series and seek out her local writing hangouts. Finally, enjoy a play at the world’s largest art festival: the Edinburgh Fringe.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

From the City of Light to the Scottish capital, English Through the Ages takes you on a voyage with some of the world’s greatest writers of all time. If you have a love for reading great stories, then this is the program for you as you write in the same Parisian cafés as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. You will watch a live performance of a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre and experience the true feeling of being an Elizabethan commoner out for a night of entertainment. In the Lake District, you will grab your pen and journal and find inspiration to write poetry in the ambience of the rolling hills and meadows of England. As you pull into your final stay in Edinburgh, take a gander around the castle that inspired J. K. Rowling to write the Harry Potter series and seek out her local writing hangouts. Finally, enjoy a play at the world’s largest art festival: the Edinburgh Fringe.

What
Students
Are
Saying

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This program allowed me to really get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The people and teachers on this trip were so amazing. They really wanted the best for us and would help us at any time of the day!

Brittney Barclay
Student, Trek Through Europe 2017

Program Itinerary

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Preparation and Coursework

Early May
To ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is spread out over three weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second one-week session starts in late June, focusing on completing research and small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, to help complete short tasks, and to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all foundation work before leaving to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

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.
Paris
Days 2–8
Students hit the ground running in the City of Light, where they consider the influence of French art, literature, history, and philosophy on English language and culture. The introduction of French language and culture to England provided not only new words, but new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. While exploring the romantic cobblestone streets of St. Germain, picnicking in the gardens of Versailles, and examining some of the most famous art in the world at the Musée D’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre, students take in all that Paris has to offer.
London
Days 8–14
From Paris, students journey across the English Channel to London, where they discover not only how Shakespeare modernized the English language, but how that language and worldview was solidified and exported in the creation of an empire. Our study of Shakespeare brings his work alive as we study his plays in close readings before watching a live performance at the historic Globe Theatre. Students also try their own hand in writing arguments before presenting them in the heated exchange of ideas at the original Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park.
The Lake District
Days 14–18
Inspired by the vistas of Ambleside’s rolling hills, rocky outcrops, and hidden trails, students retrace the steps of the Romantics in the meadows of England. Students participate in master classes and book chats, as well as recapture the spirit of self-reflection through the study of poetry. In the Lake District, students focus on honing their essay writing and literary analysis skills with one-on-one feedback from their teachers.
Edinburgh
Days 18–25

The works of contemporary Scottish writers, such as Irvine Welsh and Jackie Kay, give students the opportunity to study the transformation of provincial English literature to reflect the chorus of voices that is the cosmopolitan United Kingdom. After exploring Edinburgh’s haunted castles, students have the opportunity to preview the works of the world famous Fringe Festival before completing their Independent Study Units and writing a final exam.

Departure from Edinburgh Airport (DAY 25)

Students Return Home

Paris

Days 2–8

London

Days 8–14

Lake District

Days 14–18

Edinburgh

Days 18-25

What’s Included

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • 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
  • Airfare between countries
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
*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.

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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