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Dates

Travel Dates

Jul 06–Aug 09, 2024

Program Dates*

Late June–Mid 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

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

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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.

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.

Barcelona

Day 2–7: 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.

Montpellier

Day 7–10: 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.

Paris

Day 10–15: 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.

Heidelberg

Day 15–18: 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.

Swiss Alps

Day 18–23: 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

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:

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.

Montpellier

Day 7–10:

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.

Paris

Day 10–15:

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.

Heidelberg

Day 15–18:

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.

Swiss Alps

Day 18–23:

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

Program Photos

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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