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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

french Mandatory (choose one)

  • 11 French: Core 11 FSF3U
  • 11 French: Extended 11 FEF3U
  • 11 French Immersion 11 FIF3U
  • 12 French: Core 12 FSF4U
  • 12 French: Extended 12 FEF4U
  • 12 French Immersion 12 FIF4U

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 *
$4,770.00
Travel Cost
$3,180.00
Total
$7,950.00 USD

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Open
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Why Take This Program?

If you are ready to immerse yourself in the richness of French culture, art, and cuisine, MEI offers you the perfect way to speak French in real-life scenarios. We will take you from the bustle of modern Paris to the markets of medieval Annecy and from the mountains of the Swiss Alps to the sun-soaked beaches of Nice. In each location, we get out from behind our desks and leave the screens and worksheets behind to surround ourselves with the beautiful language and culture of the French people.

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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. 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

Paris

Day 2–6: Our first stop in France is Paris, one of the most beautiful and storied cities in the world. While exploring the romantic cobblestoned streets of the Marais, or the manicured lawns of Versailles, we immerse ourselves in various forms of French media. We gain an appreciation for art as we participate in lectures and debates at the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre. In the evenings, we enjoy dinners in the open-air cafés and bistros of the Latin Quarter and St. Germain as we discuss French readings, practice our language skills, and reflect on topics of the day.
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Annecy

Day 6–10: Snow-capped mountains, turquoise waters, and even a medieval turreted castle form the backdrop for classes in the picturesque south of France. Here, we put our language skills to the test as we converse with locals and participate in presentations and BookChats to further build our skills and confidence in French.
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Swiss Alps

Day 10–14: As we continue our journey, discovering the beautiful nuances of the French language and culture, we enjoy an unforgettable stay high up in the Swiss Alps. Morning coffee with cool mountain air, rich blue skies, and stunning white-capped mountains make this a sublime stop on our journey through Europe. The peacefulness of Swiss village-life allows for tailored, one-on-one sessions with teachers to further help us refine our language proficiency—all while hiking along mountain trails and Alpine peaks.
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Lyon

Day 14–17:

We will pack in a ton while we are in Lyon.  Here we will Step back in time while exploring the ancient Roman ruins that predate France as a country.  WE will tour La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, visit the Lugdunum Museum and take time to soak up the sights in the Place des Terreaux.

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Montpellier

Day 17–20:
Montpellier is another city that has an academic history as it is home to one of the oldest universities in the world that dates back to the 13th century. Our time will be be packed with baroque churches, museums and art galleries, food and flea markets, and all while conversing and expressing ourselves among each other and with the locals en Français.
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Nice

Day 20–25: The final location of our journey through France and Switzerland is in the dynamic city of Nice. With its buzzing cafés, grand esplanades, and famous stone beaches, this seaside town serves as our hub to explore the south of France. We have time to take in the chic modern art museums and visit the nearby city of Monte Carlo, while completing our final academic assignments and preparing for our final exam. As the sun sets on the last evening, we celebrate the end of our journey along the pebbled shore of the French Riviera. Departure from Nice 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

Paris

Day 2–6:

Our first stop in France is Paris, one of the most beautiful and storied cities in the world. While exploring the romantic cobblestoned streets of the Marais, or the manicured lawns of Versailles, we immerse ourselves in various forms of French media. We gain an appreciation for art as we participate in lectures and debates at the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre. In the evenings, we enjoy dinners in the open-air cafés and bistros of the Latin Quarter and St. Germain as we discuss French readings, practice our language skills, and reflect on topics of the day.

Annecy

Day 6–10:

Snow-capped mountains, turquoise waters, and even a medieval turreted castle form the backdrop for classes in the picturesque south of France. Here, we put our language skills to the test as we converse with locals and participate in presentations and BookChats to further build our skills and confidence in French.

Swiss Alps

Day 10–14:

As we continue our journey, discovering the beautiful nuances of the French language and culture, we enjoy an unforgettable stay high up in the Swiss Alps. Morning coffee with cool mountain air, rich blue skies, and stunning white-capped mountains make this a sublime stop on our journey through Europe. The peacefulness of Swiss village-life allows for tailored, one-on-one sessions with teachers to further help us refine our language proficiency—all while hiking along mountain trails and Alpine peaks.

Lyon

Day 14–17:

We will pack in a ton while we are in Lyon.  Here we will Step back in time while exploring the ancient Roman ruins that predate France as a country.  WE will tour La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, visit the Lugdunum Museum and take time to soak up the sights in the Place des Terreaux.

Montpellier

Day 17–20:

Montpellier is another city that has an academic history as it is home to one of the oldest universities in the world that dates back to the 13th century. Our time will be be packed with baroque churches, museums and art galleries, food and flea markets, and all while conversing and expressing ourselves among each other and with the locals en Français.

Nice

Day 20–25:

The final location of our journey through France and Switzerland is in the dynamic city of Nice. With its buzzing cafés, grand esplanades, and famous stone beaches, this seaside town serves as our hub to explore the south of France. We have time to take in the chic modern art museums and visit the nearby city of Monte Carlo, while completing our final academic assignments and preparing for our final exam. As the sun sets on the last evening, we celebrate the end of our journey along the pebbled shore of the French Riviera.
Departure from Nice Airport on Day 25

Program Photos

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Cost *
$4,770.00
Travel Cost
$3,180.00
Total
$7,950.00 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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