Summer


Trek Through Europe

2 Course Program

Summer


Trek Through Europe

2 Course Program

Dates

Trek 1: Jul 5–Aug 8
Trek 2: Jul 9–Aug 12
Trek 3: Jul 15–Aug 19
 

Locations

  • London
  • Paris
  • Strasbourg
  • Swiss Alps
  • Munich
  • Prague
See full itinerary here.

Program Fee

See everything that’s included here.

 

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

CLOSED

Courses Offered—Two Mandatory Courses

 History

 World History Since the 15th Century

 English

 English
 English
 Studies in Literature
 Writer’s Craft
 

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Say goodbye to worksheets, fill in the blanks, and matching questions—our History and English courses brings the past to life and connect you to our human condition. You will explore the key moments that have shaped our modern world and you will walk in the footsteps of key historical figures as we retrace the events and ideologies that have transformed our world. As you journey across Europe—from London, Paris, Strasbourg, the Swiss Alps, Munich, and Prague—you will witness how history comes alive when studied in the places where it actually happened!

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Say goodbye to worksheets, fill in the blanks, and matching questions—our History and English courses brings the past to life and connect you to our human condition. You will explore the key moments that have shaped our modern world and you will walk in the footsteps of key historical figures as we retrace the events and ideologies that have transformed our world. As you journey across Europe—from London, Paris, Strasbourg, the Swiss Alps, Munich, and Prague—you will witness how history comes alive when studied in the places where it actually happened!

What
People
Are
Saying

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The trip for Marcus was an amazing experience. He can’t stop talking about his Trek and that is a reflection of what you, the teachers, have added to this already wonderful opportunity I wish I had growing up. We did not realize how this trip, which visited so many incredible and historically important spots, would have such a dramatic impact on our son. The posted blogs and pictures as they made their way through Europe were very well done and much appreciated, my wife and I looked forward to them every morning. Highly recommended… our 13 year old is already getting excited about her MEI trip opportunity.

Rhonda and Mario Pehar
Parents of Marcus Pehar, Trek Through Europe 1 2016

Program Itinerary

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Preparation and Coursework

Early May
To ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is spread out over three weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second one-week session starts in late June, focusing on completing research and small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, to help complete short tasks, and to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all foundation work before leaving to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

Departure from Toronto

Day 1
Our study abroad departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to departure, a short meeting is held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs and maps, and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.
London
Days 2–8
We begin our epic journey across Europe in London, one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Our academics begin with a look at the current state of the world: the changing nature of western democracies, the rise of China, and a world dominated by surveillance, social media, and sensationalist news. Using ideas from Fahrenheit 451, BookChat discussions bring the relationship between the state and the citizen into sharp focus. Visits to the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, the Imperial War Museum, and Buckingham Palace highlight our stay, as do explorations of the Borough Market’s exceptional food vendors, contemporary art in the Tate Modern, and of course, an evening where we attend a live Shakespearean performance at the Globe Theatre.
Paris
Days 8–16
As so many Canadian soldiers did in the darkest days of the First and Second World Wars, we cross the English Channel and arrive in France for a pilgrimage to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, where our major summer text, Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, adds a personal richness to our experience. Here, where the City of Light as our home for the week, students read next to the tombs of the Enlightenment philosophers, share a lecture where revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, and witness the power and opulence of the Sun King at Versailles. Students debate the motivations and character of Napoleon at his stunning tomb, while visits to the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre round out a truly once-in-a-lifetime immersion into French history and culture.
Strasbourg
Days 16–20
Our first respite from the energy and intensity of two of Europe’s capitals comes in Strasbourg—a UNESCO World Heritage city on the border of France and Germany. A climb up the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, which has survived plagues, revolutions, and two world wars, highlights this Alsatian stop on our program, as students dive deeply into academics, focusing on the use of critical lenses in literary analysis and the conditions that allowed for the outbreak of the First World War.
The Swiss Alps
Days 20–24
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. Residing in a building constructed while Shakespeare honed his craft, students balance writing major papers for English with enjoying morning coffee overlooking the Alps. Here, we hike mountains and roast marshmallows by the fireside—all with the clamour of giant cowbells, bleating mountain goats, and the sound of rushing waterfalls all around.
Munich
Days 24–29
In Munich, students 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 actually happened—making for an educational experience that leaves a profound impact upon us all. BookChats will find students questioning the role of blind allegiance at the forefront of our discussions of Germany’s darkest period.

Prague

Days 29–35

While shedding the remains of its communist past as it attempts to embrace its capitalist future, the bold and emerging city of Prague serves as a truly unique setting for students to look into the Cold War and the results of the development of the European Union. Dotted with spectacular architecture, the largest ancient castle in the world, and an emerging café culture, Prague is the ideal city for students to complete their assignments and prepare for final exams. One last dinner together overlooking the famous Charles Bridge gives us the chance to share a fond farewell with new friends and reflect on all we have experienced on this adventurous and ambitious trek through Europe.

Departure from Prague Airport (Day 35)

London

Days 2–8

Paris

Days 8–16

Strasbourg

Days 16–20

Swiss Alps

Days 20–24

Munich

Days 24-29

Prague

Days 29–35

What’s Included

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • 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
*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018.
Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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