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Dates

Travel Dates

Early July–Late July, 2025

Program Dates*

Late June–Early August, 2025

*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 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.

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 *
$4,797.00
Travel Cost
$3,198.00
Total
$7,995.00 USD

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Open
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Why Take This Program?

Get ready for eclectic art, tasty food, and an abundance of inspirational literature as we travel across the continent.  Starting in the Eternal City, Rome, and ending in the Capital of Bavaria, Munich, this program promises a variety of literary insights. As you make your way through each location, our selected authors will penetrate the local culture and idiosyncrasies of the human spirit. Voltaire will give you his views of the world in Candide, Nietzsche will baffle your brain with insights from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and in Night, Elie Wiesel will connect you to the atrocities of the holocaust. Get ready for a literary journey that will change your life.

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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.
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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.
Toronto skyline

Rome

Day 2–7: We begin our journey in the eternal city of Rome. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we journey through time, from the city’s earliest beginnings to its tragic collapse. The ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open-air museum. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, performing Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum or sampling the world's best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.
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Florence

Day 7–11: Our second stop is the home of the Renaissance. Conjuring names such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Medici, and some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, Florence is the ideal place to see what an explosion of thought, art, and culture can bring to a city, and indeed, the West. While interspersing our days with visits to the Uffizi, Il Duomo, and the Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David—students are captivated by some of the most vibrant markets, and some of the most beautiful architecture, in Europe. It is no wonder this city has been the favourite of artists, writers, and popes for centuries.
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Verona

Day 11–15: "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene", English in Western Europe goes to where the opening for Shakespeare's most popular was inspired; fair Verona, Italy.  We will visit the Roman colosseum in Verona for a unique compare and contrast exercise with the famous colosseum in Rome.
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Swiss Alps

Day 15–19: Making our way to the top of Europe, students emerge from the Stechelberg gondola to find their 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. Academically, students work on essay writing and receive one-on-one mentorship while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.
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Munich

Day 19–24: In Munich, we introduce you to the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the WWII holocaust novel Night by Eli Wiesel. These authors help us connect to the universal literary themes of salvation and survival and Munich is filled with cultural traditions revealed in their writings. From St. Michael's Church to the English Gardens, from Hitler's speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, students will be exposed to how literature brings the past alive. With each poem, story, and song, you will have a deeper connection to what makes Munich a fitting place to end our literary journey. As a reprieve, we'll pack picnic lunches and visit Lake Starnberg to get a dose of nature and Bavarian-lake serenity. Our adventurous summer ends with one last dinner at the legendary Hofbräuhaus where we reminisce on all that we have experienced. Departure from Munich Airport on Day 25
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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.

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Program Map

Rome

Day 2–7:

We begin our journey in the eternal city of Rome. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we journey through time, from the city’s earliest beginnings to its tragic collapse. The ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open-air museum. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum or sampling the world’s best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.

Florence

Day 7–11:

Our second stop is the home of the Renaissance. Conjuring names such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Medici, and some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, Florence is the ideal place to see what an explosion of thought, art, and culture can bring to a city, and indeed, the West. While interspersing our days with visits to the Uffizi, Il Duomo, and the Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David—students are captivated by some of the most vibrant markets, and some of the most beautiful architecture, in Europe. It is no wonder this city has been the favourite of artists, writers, and popes for centuries.

Verona

Day 11–15:

“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene”, English in Western Europe goes to where the opening for Shakespeare’s most popular was inspired; fair Verona, Italy.  We will visit the Roman colosseum in Verona for a unique compare and contrast exercise with the famous colosseum in Rome.

Swiss Alps

Day 15–19:

Making our way to the top of Europe, students emerge from the Stechelberg gondola to find their 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. Academically, students work on essay writing and receive one-on-one mentorship while enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps.

Munich

Day 19–24:

In Munich, we introduce you to the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the WWII holocaust novel Night by Eli Wiesel. These authors help us connect to the universal literary themes of salvation and survival and Munich is filled with cultural traditions revealed in their writings. From St. Michael’s Church to the English Gardens, from Hitler’s speeches at Odeonsplatz to the horrific legacy of the Dachau Concentration Camp, students will be exposed to how literature brings the past alive. With each poem, story, and song, you will have a deeper connection to what makes Munich a fitting place to end our literary journey. As a reprieve, we’ll pack picnic lunches and visit Lake Starnberg to get a dose of nature and Bavarian-lake serenity. Our adventurous summer ends with one last dinner at the legendary Hofbräuhaus where we reminisce on all that we have experienced.
Departure from Munich Airport on Day 25

Program Photos

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Cost *
$4,797.00
Travel Cost
$3,198.00
Total
$7,995.00 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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