Why Take This Program?

Explore the making of the Western world and discover how the beliefs and ideas are more important than the dates and names. This epic summer journey traces the past 500 years of modern history as we travel through Rome, Florence, Paris, Switzerland, and Munich. From philosophers to revolutionaries, from soldiers to spies—we follow in the footsteps of the people who shaped our world.

Dates

Travel Dates

Jul 05–Jul 29, 2024

Program Dates*

Late June–Early August, 2024

*Program dates include online sessions to prepare students prior to travel and synchronous interviews to complete final assessments after travel. Dates are subject to change.

Courses Offered

social-science

  • 12 World History Since the 15th Century / World History Modern CHY4U

Contact us for course equivalencies in your school board.

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio.

Departure City

All MEI programs depart from Toronto's Pearson Int'l Airport.

This program also offers an option to depart from and return to Calgary on a flight accompanied by a teacher. This option has an additional fee (see application form for details).

Program Fee

Program Cost *
$4,497.00
Travel Cost
$2,998.00
Total
$7,495.00 USD

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Open

Program Photos

That’s a wrap! What an amazing 3.5 weeks with this Footsteps Crew. Grateful for all of the laughs, the beautiful scenery, and the friendships made. Wouldn’t have it any other way 🎶
Over northern  Ontario. Coming in for a landing. Tired. Happy. Sad. An experience of a lifetime.
While you've seen how beautiful Europe is, you should consider extending your journey and joining us on the Spring semester through ASIA! Get your FEET ready for more STEPS. Let's do this Footsteps! (Ya see what I did there? :-)
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Program Itinerary

Explore this program's detailed itinerary for a sense of the journey ahead!

Online Foundation Work

Program Preparation

Pre-departure Work Being prepared for your academic adventure is critical to a successful MEI summer. On March 1st, we begin our educational journey by posting reading lists for each course on your program site. Having a reading list allows students to access novels, short stories, and textbooks in plenty of time to get acquainted with the course material. Online Pre-departure Sessions Before departure, you will have online sessions with your teachers and classmates. These online sessions introduce you to your classmates, teachers, and coursework. We aim to prepare you to hit the ground running and reduce your workload onsite. Each course has approximately ten hours of class preparation time; this schedule will be posted on your course site.

Departure

Day 1: On the day of departure, we meet at Toronto's Pearson International Airport or Calgary International Airport, depending on your chosen flight option. Here, we unite as a group to distribute coursepacks, T-shirts and MEI Journals. After a meet and greet, we board a flight to our first location.

Rome

Day 2–7: We begin our journey of Western civilization in the ‘Eternal City’. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we wander through time and discuss the foundations of the West in the streets of the most excellent open-air museum—Rome. We will witness the physical and literal layers of Rome's history—intermixed with high fashion, luxury cars, and an unparalleled passion for soccer! Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, debating ideas in the Forum, or sampling the world's best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, we witness the ghosts of history come alive at every turn.

Florence

Day 7–11: Our second stop is the cradle of the Renaissance. Here you'll walk the streets, barter in the marketplaces, and eat from the same food stalls as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Surrounded by some of the world's most innovative architecture, Florence is the perfect place to ignite your interest in the birth of humanism. You'll grapple with the events and ideas of the Reformation, the ravages of the Black Plague, and the glorification of human ingenuity and creativity. As you wander through the world-famous Uffizi, Il Duomo, and the Accademia, we have a chance to revel in the potential of the human spirit. Here our focus will not only examine great works of art and architecture, but trace the rise of the modern banking system. Here, the legacy of political competition that led to murderous plots and intrigues of the Alberti, Pazzi and Medici families still echo in the streets of Florence. It is no wonder this city has been the favourite of artists, writers, and historians for centuries — it is the perfect place to investigate the Renaissance.

Paris

Day 11–15: In Paris, lessons focus on the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution as we debate the nature of humanity and the structure of civilization. In the crypt of the Pantheon, we revisit the arguments put forth by Rousseau and Voltaire that laid the foundation for the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon. From bike rides in the Gardens of Versailles to visits to the Musée du Louvre, the D'Orsay and the Pompidou, Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime immersion into French history and culture.

Swiss Alps

Day 15–19: Making our way to the top of Europe, we emerge from the Stechelberg gondola to find our new home in the picture-postcard Swiss village of Gimmelwald. Here, we hike mountains and roast marshmallows by the fireside—with the clamour of giant cowbells, bleating mountain goats, and the sound of rushing waterfalls all around. This is the ideal location to discuss the inter-war years and receive one-on-one mentorship while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.

Munich

Day 19–24: In Munich, we delve into one of the darkest episodes in human history by reading Eli Wiesel's Night and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Through discussions on writings from Marx and Engels to Friedrich Neitzche to Adam Smith, we examine key intellectuals who laid the foundation for our modern-world political battles. You’ll trace the impact of the National Socialist movement on both the European continent and the rest of the world. From Hitler's speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, lectures and masterclasses place us directly where history happened—making for an educational experience that leaves a profound impact on us all. Our adventurous journey through Europe ends with one last dinner at the legendary Hofbräuhaus, where we reminisce on all that we have experienced. Departure from Munich Airport on Day 26

Online Final Evaluation Week

Online Post-trip SessionsUpon your return, you will have time to complete additional research and your Independent Study Unit (ISU) presentation. This time allows you to reflect on and integrate your travel experiences into the course material. The MEI staff have found this evaluation style enjoyable and the most authentic way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and academic skills. After your ISU, you will complete your course exams online. Once your marks have been reviewed, MEI Academy will send your report card and transcript to your home school to add to your academic records.

Program Map

Rome

Day 2–7:

We begin our journey of Western civilization in the ‘Eternal City’. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we wander through time and discuss the foundations of the West in the streets of the most excellent open-air museum—Rome. We will witness the physical and literal layers of Rome’s history—intermixed with high fashion, luxury cars, and an unparalleled passion for soccer! Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, debating ideas in the Forum, or sampling the world’s best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, we witness the ghosts of history come alive at every turn.

Florence

Day 7–11:

Our second stop is the cradle of the Renaissance. Here you’ll walk the streets, barter in the marketplaces, and eat from the same food stalls as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Surrounded by some of the world’s most innovative architecture, Florence is the perfect place to ignite your interest in the birth of humanism. You’ll grapple with the events and ideas of the Reformation, the ravages of the Black Plague, and the glorification of human ingenuity and creativity. As you wander through the world-famous Uffizi, Il Duomo, and the Accademia, we have a chance to revel in the potential of the human spirit. Here our focus will not only examine great works of art and architecture, but trace the rise of the modern banking system. Here, the legacy of political competition that led to murderous plots and intrigues of the Alberti, Pazzi and Medici families still echo in the streets of Florence. It is no wonder this city has been the favourite of artists, writers, and historians for centuries — it is the perfect place to investigate the Renaissance.

Paris

Day 11–15:

In Paris, lessons focus on the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution as we debate the nature of humanity and the structure of civilization. In the crypt of the Pantheon, we revisit the arguments put forth by Rousseau and Voltaire that laid the foundation for the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon. From bike rides in the Gardens of Versailles to visits to the Musée du Louvre, the D’Orsay and the Pompidou, Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime immersion into French history and culture.

Swiss Alps

Day 15–19:

Making our way to the top of Europe, we emerge from the Stechelberg gondola to find our new home in the picture-postcard Swiss village of Gimmelwald. Here, we hike mountains and roast marshmallows by the fireside—with the clamour of giant cowbells, bleating mountain goats, and the sound of rushing waterfalls all around. This is the ideal location to discuss the inter-war years and receive one-on-one mentorship while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.

Munich

Day 19–24:

In Munich, we delve into one of the darkest episodes in human history by reading Eli Wiesel’s Night and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Through discussions on writings from Marx and Engels to Friedrich Neitzche to Adam Smith, we examine key intellectuals who laid the foundation for our modern-world political battles. You’ll trace the impact of the National Socialist movement on both the European continent and the rest of the world. From Hitler’s speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, lectures and masterclasses place us directly where history happened—making for an educational experience that leaves a profound impact on us all. Our adventurous journey through Europe ends with one last dinner at the legendary Hofbräuhaus, where we reminisce on all that we have experienced.
Departure from Munich Airport on Day 26

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Cost *
$4,497.00
Travel Cost
$2,998.00
Total
$7,495.00 USD

* Program cost does not include non-refundable $95 registration fee.

** Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of July, 2023. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • MEI T-Shirt
  • 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

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Local Transportation
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection†
  • Non-refundable Registration Fee

† All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical and trip cancellation and interruption Insurance.

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