Why Take This Program?

Witness how history comes alive when you study in the places where it happened. As we journey across Europe from London to Berlin, we walk in the footsteps of the famous and infamous historical figures of the 20th Century. From Freud to Nietzsche to Gandhi to Hitler, you will explore the key events and ideas that have shaped our modern world. MEI's Trek Through Europe is your chance to lay the foundation of knowledge and experience that you can build on over a lifetime.

Dates

Travel Dates

Travel Dates TBD

Program Dates*

Program Dates TBD

*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

english Choose One

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 *
$5,757.00
Travel Cost
$3,838.00
Total
$9,595.00 USD

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Returning Next Year

Program Photos

Program Itinerary

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

Online Foundation Work

Program Preparation

Reading lists will be posted on your program site in early May. Online pre-departure sessions with your teachers and classmates begin one week prior to departure. These virtual sessions are designed to introduce you to your classmates, teachers, and course work. Our goal is to prepare you to hit the ground running and reduce your workload onsite.

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.

London

Day 2–7: Our academics begin with a look at the changing nature of western democracies and societies, now dominated by surveillance, social media, and sensationalist news. BookChat discussions on Fahrenheit 451 bring the relationship between the state and the citizen into sharp focus. The British Museum, Trafalgar Square, the Imperial War Museum, and Buckingham Palace are the backdrop to our academics that connect themes to the city. We will also enjoy and explore the Borough Market's international cuisine before an evening of Shakespeare live at the Globe Theatre.

Paris

Day 7–12: After crossing the English Channel, we arrive in France and visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. This is the ideal time to delve into Three Day Road as we contemplate the sacrifices made by soldiers during WWI. 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, Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime immersion into French history and culture.

Strasbourg

Day 12–15: With 3 days in this beautiful location, we will explore what was originally a Celtic village, before becoming a garrison town when the Romans "moved in".   We will spend our time on the Grande Île, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. There, we will marvel at Strasbourg’s 11th–15th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame that was damaged in 1870 and again in World War II, playing perfectly into our history studies.

Heidelberg

Day 15–19: After two busy weeks of city living, it's time to gear back and enjoy one of Europe's most picturesque towns. Here we enjoy the harmonious combination of an old town nestled around the Neckar River, Heidelberg castle, and Germany's oldest university. On a full-day hike, we'll pack a picnic and enjoy a rigorous hike up the foothills of the Alps to enjoy a breathtaking view of Germany's hinterland. These few days will provide you with a chance to recharge your batteries and enjoy some of Germany's best schnitzel pretzels and strudel before jumping back into our academic program.

Swiss Alps

Day 19–23: 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 Mürren. 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. Academically, we work on essay writing for English and receive one-on-one mentorship in History while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.

Munich

Day 23–29: In Munich, we examine the details of the rise of Nazi Germany and 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 master classes place us directly where history happened—making for an educational experience that leaves a profound impact on us all.

Berlin

Day 29–35: Though most commonly known for its wall and its role in the Cold War, Berlin has become one of Europe’s most dynamic cities with its flourishing arts scene. Whether immersing themselves in exploring the multi-layered history of Germany’s capital or gaining continuous exposure to variations of self-expression in the streets, students will find inspiration for their final assignments in this multicultural metropolis. One last dinner together along the Spree helps bookend a summer of literature, discovery, and newfound friends. Departure from Berlin Airport on Day 35

Online Final Evaluation Week

Upon your return, you have time to complete additional research and pull your work together before your final one-on-one online assessment. This week allows you to reflect on your travel experiences and integrate them into the course material. MEI staff have found this style of evaluation enjoyable and the most authentic way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and academic skills.

Program Map

London

Day 2–7:

Our academics begin with a look at the changing nature of western democracies and societies, now dominated by surveillance, social media, and sensationalist news. BookChat discussions on Fahrenheit 451 bring the relationship between the state and the citizen into sharp focus. The British Museum, Trafalgar Square, the Imperial War Museum, and Buckingham Palace are the backdrop to our academics that connect themes to the city. We will also enjoy and explore the Borough Market’s international cuisine before an evening of Shakespeare live at the Globe Theatre.

Paris

Day 7–12:

After crossing the English Channel, we arrive in France and visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. This is the ideal time to delve into Three Day Road as we contemplate the sacrifices made by soldiers during WWI. 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, Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime immersion into French history and culture.

Strasbourg

Day 12–15:

With 3 days in this beautiful location, we will explore what was originally a Celtic village, before becoming a garrison town when the Romans “moved in”.   We will spend our time on the Grande Île, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. There, we will marvel at Strasbourg’s 11th–15th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame that was damaged in 1870 and again in World War II, playing perfectly into our history studies.

Heidelberg

Day 15–19:

After two busy weeks of city living, it’s time to gear back and enjoy one of Europe’s most picturesque towns. Here we enjoy the harmonious combination of an old town nestled around the Neckar River, Heidelberg castle, and Germany’s oldest university. On a full-day hike, we’ll pack a picnic and enjoy a rigorous hike up the foothills of the Alps to enjoy a breathtaking view of Germany’s hinterland. These few days will provide you with a chance to recharge your batteries and enjoy some of Germany’s best schnitzel pretzels and strudel before jumping back into our academic program.

Swiss Alps

Day 19–23:

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 Mürren. 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. Academically, we work on essay writing for English and receive one-on-one mentorship in History while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.

Munich

Day 23–29:

In Munich, we examine the details of the rise of Nazi Germany and 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 master classes place us directly where history happened—making for an educational experience that leaves a profound impact on us all.

Berlin

Day 29–35:

Though most commonly known for its wall and its role in the Cold War, Berlin has become one of Europe’s most dynamic cities with its flourishing arts scene. Whether immersing themselves in exploring the multi-layered history of Germany’s capital or gaining continuous exposure to variations of self-expression in the streets, students will find inspiration for their final assignments in this multicultural metropolis. One last dinner together along the Spree helps bookend a summer of literature, discovery, and newfound friends.

Departure from Berlin Airport on Day 35

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Cost *
$5,757.00
Travel Cost
$3,838.00
Total
$9,595.00 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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