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 our modern history as we travel through Madrid, Barcelona, Costa Brava, Lisbon and the Algarve. From philosophers to revolutionaries, from soldiers to spies—we follow in the media of the people who shaped our world.

Dates

Travel Dates

Jul 07–Aug 01, 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

media Mandatory (choose one)

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.

Program Fee

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

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Limited Availability

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. 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.

Barcelona

Day 2–7: Our media program hits the ground running in Barcelona as we capture the inspirational sites along Las Ramblas, Gaudi’s Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia. Each day students get more comfortable with their cameras as they explore and capture the stories hidden in the streets of this Gothic city. Foodies can craft pictures of the Catalan cuisine, while students interested in architecture will find an endless supply of unusual buildings to capture on film. Our video blogs focus on interviewing locals and delving into the issues that are top of mind. Additionally, the nearby beach will fill our screens with a kaleidoscope of activities from sand soccer to beach volleyball.

Costa Brava

Day 7–11: The deep blue of the Mediterranean affords us a respite from the energy of Barcelona as we settle into our hotel along Spain’s rugged coast. During ‘golden hour’, sunrises on the beach and sunsets in the mountains, we capture the tranquil mood of the Mediterranean coastline. In the afternoon, we climb through coves and hills that dot the shoreline making for an excellent location to rejuvenate the creative mind and plan out our film creations. Masterclasses focus on developing photos using Adobe Creative Cloud programs such as Lightroom and Premiere Pro. These sessions will allow for tailored feedback that help students hone their skills.

Madrid

Day 11–15: We continue our travels with a stay in Spain's beautiful capital—Madrid. Cervantes' Don Quixote is our literary backdrop as we discuss the development of the modern novel. Whether wandering its elegant boulevards, exploring the Prado museum, or admiring the city's golden glow as the sun sets, this Spanish metropolis captures the imagination. A dynamic combination of Christian and Moorish architecture, students use this as a creative backdrop to develop their media skills. Here, students participate in small group presentations and show their work thus far.

Lisbon

Day 15–21: Next, we depart for Portugal and arrive in its illustrious capital—Lisbon. Here, students refine the branding of their blog sites and continue to post advanced social media content. Performing artists fill the streets, and Portugal’s famed Fado music can be heard each night in this ancient port city. Our classes vary between finding and capturing hidden gems with various lenses and developing students’ ‘Carpe Deim’ projects.

The Algarve

Day 21–26: The Algarve provides us with a beachside village where students balance their time between completing final academic work and exploring the footpaths and caves along the coast. Students present their final photo portfolios and video projects in an art festival style extravaganza! Such fun to see the creative spirit of young students alive and well as we conclude our summer’s journey. Departure from Lisbon 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

Barcelona

Day 2–7:

Our media program hits the ground running in Barcelona as we capture the inspirational sites along Las Ramblas, Gaudi’s Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia. Each day students get more comfortable with their cameras as they explore and capture the stories hidden in the streets of this Gothic city. Foodies can craft pictures of the Catalan cuisine, while students interested in architecture will find an endless supply of unusual buildings to capture on film. Our video blogs focus on interviewing locals and delving into the issues that are top of mind. Additionally, the nearby beach will fill our screens with a kaleidoscope of activities from sand soccer to beach volleyball.

Costa Brava

Day 7–11:

The deep blue of the Mediterranean affords us a respite from the energy of Barcelona as we settle into our hotel along Spain’s rugged coast. During ‘golden hour’, sunrises on the beach and sunsets in the mountains, we capture the tranquil mood of the Mediterranean coastline. In the afternoon, we climb through coves and hills that dot the shoreline making for an excellent location to rejuvenate the creative mind and plan out our film creations. Masterclasses focus on developing photos using Adobe Creative Cloud programs such as Lightroom and Premiere Pro. These sessions will allow for tailored feedback that help students hone their skills.

Madrid

Day 11–15:

We continue our travels with a stay in Spain’s beautiful capital—Madrid. Cervantes’ Don Quixote is our literary backdrop as we discuss the development of the modern novel. Whether wandering its elegant boulevards, exploring the Prado museum, or admiring the city’s golden glow as the sun sets, this Spanish metropolis captures the imagination. A dynamic combination of Christian and Moorish architecture, students use this as a creative backdrop to develop their media skills. Here, students participate in small group presentations and show their work thus far.

Lisbon

Day 15–21:

Next, we depart for Portugal and arrive in its illustrious capital—Lisbon. Here, students refine the branding of their blog sites and continue to post advanced social media content. Performing artists fill the streets, and Portugal’s famed Fado music can be heard each night in this ancient port city. Our classes vary between finding and capturing hidden gems with various lenses and developing students’ ‘Carpe Deim’ projects.

The Algarve

Day 21–26:

The Algarve provides us with a beachside village where students balance their time between completing final academic work and exploring the footpaths and caves along the coast. Students present their final photo portfolios and video projects in an art festival style extravaganza! Such fun to see the creative spirit of young students alive and well as we conclude our summer’s journey.
Departure from Lisbon 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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