- Swiss Alps
- Olympia & Tolo
- World History: Modern | CHY4U
- World History: Ancient | CGW4U
Can be taken by Grade 11 students
- English | ENG3U
- English | ENG4U
- Studies in Literature | ETS4U
- Writer's Craft | EWC4U
- Modern Media and Photography | IDC4U
- Phys Ed: Human Dimensions Interdisciplinary Course
Why Take this Program?
From the shores of Lisbon where Vasco da Gama explored a trade route to India, to the breathtaking and ancient pyramids of Egypt, our students are challenged to see the connections in today's world, and how we can learn from the past in order to lead in the future. On term one, you study the ideas of Voltaire, Rousseau, Darwin and Nietzsche and the motives of Machiavelli, Marx, Stalin, and Mao. As you travel and uncover the inner layers of each culture, you are left with a lasting impression of our modern collective consciousness. Along the way, you will enjoy delicious cuisine while getting into the best shape of your life! Term two takes us even further back in time as we set sail for the island of Santorini— where you delve into Greek mythology and perform plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. As you explore the inner psyche of the ancient Greek mind, you map connections to your past. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be your guides as you analyze how their writings and discussions laid the foundation of our modern thought. In Rome, you walk in the shadows of Julius Caesar, Pompeii and Augustus to uncover their ruthless tactics of power politics that are both revered and reviled to this day. In Florence and Tuscany, you see how the Renaissance rediscovered these ancient worlds and enlightened the modern world with new creative heroes like Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Shakespeare.
What People Are Saying
The students that I met were adventurous, motivated, and positively lovely. All of us – teachers included – became like family by the end of the trip, and I can easily say that I made some of my best friends on this program! The teachers were supportive, creative, and enthusiastic, which made for engaging lessons and stimulating discussions.
As for academics, there is absolutely nothing like being in the locations of the most influential ancient civilizations while studying courses such as philosophy and classics. Seeing the intersection between old and new in the regions we visited allowed me to appreciate the significance of what we were learning. The overall effect is simply incredible and unmatched by any traditional school work I have done.
MEI fosters an environment of personal growth for its students; the trip pushed me academically, socially, physically, and mentally, and I can genuinely say that this experience has changed my life for the better.
Student, Greece and Rome: Empires, 2019
- 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 $95 Registration Fee
† All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
**Program cost does not include non-refundable $95 registration fee or any airline taxes or fees. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
Every morning I wake up with a zest for life because I know each day will bring something incredible. This trip has completely redefined the way I feel about education. I’ve learned more in the last three months than I have in the previous five years. Academically, for me, it was fascinating to study Economics in Asia. I never would have imagined that I’d have teachers who ride in a tuk-tuk with you at 4 AM so we can see a sunrise at Angkor Wat. MEI is school in the most epic way possible.
Student, Big Year, 2018-2019
The first day I spent on MEI was in Beijing and was probably the most exciting day of my life… but then so was the next day, and the next day, and every single day until the very end. Why? It’s the only time I was encouraged to actually look away from my teachers and study the world surrounding me.
Students, Big Year, 2017-2018
I experienced so much in just three months. I travelled to six countries, met new people and learned about the world. It was absolutely surreal to have a World Issues lesson at the Forbidden City in Beijing and to ride in a Tuk Tuk to get to class. School is so much more than the four walls of a classroom; you have to go beyond, see the world and experience your learning firsthand. That is what education is. I am so grateful for these moments. I know I have grown so much from this experience and I will carry this knowledge of the world with me for the rest of my life.
Sasha Hasick, Student
Fall Semester Program, 2018
I never thought that a beach in Vietnam, or the temples of Angkor could be a lecture spot. MEI showed me that it doesn’t take a desk and chair to have the ability to learn something new. Being exposed first hand to the way and places others live makes you appreciate not only how lucky you are, but how much of a difference your life can make in the world. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy going to school or voicing my opinions, but within a week of my trip, I was infatuated with learning. MEI Academy made me who I am now and I am eternally grateful for every experience, memory and ounce of happiness this trip and the people I’ve met along the way have given me!
Student, Fall Semester, 2016