Why Take This Program?
Witness how history comes alive when you study in the places where it happened. As we journey across Europe from Barcelona 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.
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*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.
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).
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Explore this program's detailed itinerary for a sense of the journey ahead!
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.
We start our journey in Barcelona, which has been an inspiration for writers and artists for over two thousand years with its vibrant colours, unmatched architecture, and Catalan cuisine. Here, we’ll learn about the Age of Discovery and 1492, we’ll develop our writing skills and practice character development along Las Ramblas, poetry in Gaudi’s Park Güell, and travel writing in La Sagrada Familia, all between lunches along the Mediterranean and dinners in the Gothic quarter. If we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the world famous soccer team.
We travel to Montpellier, a region along the French Riviera. We stop here for a short break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Montpellier is known for its architecture, cathedrals, vinyards and cuisine.
After travelling north, we arrive in Paris 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.
The next three days of the program are spent in the picturesque city of Heidelberg. It is here where we will take a day trip up to Heidelberg Castle and learn about the history before engaging in a frisbee tournament, followed by the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, a series of 1,200 stone stairs await us as we go up to see a panoramic view of Heidelberg and all its glory. This is a wonderful town to connect as a class, complete a book chat in a charming little cafe, and get ourselves ready for the rest of our journey ahead.
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.
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.
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
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* 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.
- Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
- Custom course pack
- Student Login
- MEI journal
- MEI T-Shirt
- Digital yearbook
- 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
- 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.