Term 1


Greece and Rome
Empires

3 Course Program

Dates

Sept. 15–Nov. 3
 

Locations

  • Santorini
  • Mykonos
  • Athens
  • The Peloponnese
  • Olympia
  • Rome
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
See full itinerary here.

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Courses Offered

Three Mandatory Courses

 Social Sciences

 Classical Civilization
 Philosophy

 English

 English—choice of 3 options
 English

Three Mandatory Courses

 Phys Ed

 Active Living Leadership
 Active Living Leadership
 Human Dimensions
 

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

If you have an interest in myths and heroic adventures, this program will take you on your own odyssey. Setting sail for the lost Island of Atlantis—Santorini—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.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

If you have an interest in myths and heroic adventures, this program will take you on your own odyssey. Setting sail for the lost Island of Atlantis—Santorini—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
Students
Are
Saying

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I found MEI to be the best possible way of learning. Full of adventure, friendship, and knowledge, I will cherish the memories I have made on my adventures for the rest of my life. I have taken part in a total of three MEI programs because, after the first, I knew I could never go back to my normal high school after such amazing experiences with wonderful people. My teachers always showed such interest and excitement for each topic, which helped me understand and enjoy every lesson. MEI will always be a second home to me!

Ben Gundrum
Student, Empires 2017

Program Itinerary

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Preparation and Coursework
Days 1–10
Our session is designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help prepare students for their term abroad. Students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted and are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.

Departure from Toronto

Days 11–12
Our expedition to Europe begins in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know each other and settle into the rhythm of the program. Here, we conduct activities and complete foundational course material before setting off for Santorini.
Santorini
Days 12–19
After landing in Athens, we head to the port of Piraeus and set sail under the same stars that guided Odysseus. Once believed to be legendary Atlantis, the volcanic island of Santorini is where students begin their investigation into ancient mythology, including Homer’s epic tales of Achilles and the Trojan War. Digging into their course reading list, students also do a comparative study of classical Greek texts with modern interpretations and adaptations. When not debating in lecture, we spend our time wandering the cliffside towns and black-sand beaches of this fabled island. We conclude our time there with an epic hike along the caldera from Oia, to watch the sunset over the capital of Fira.
Mykonos
Days 19–25
Along the picturesque Platis Gialos beach on the island of Mykonos, students focus on academic writing and delve into the further analysis of our core texts for English. Master classes in essay writing and small group BookChats in local cafés afford students time to work on their critical communication skills in a relaxed setting. Students have the opportunity to explore the maze of narrow white-washed streets dotted with vibrant pink bougainvilleas, and to try local specialties like grilled octopus, gyros, and honey-soaked baklava. At night, Mykonos comes alive as the temperature cools, and local boutiques, frozen Greek yogurt stands, and bakeries stay open late. This is an ideal time for students to explore together, get one-on-one academic feedback from teachers, and perform creative pieces for class podcasts.
Athens and the Peloponnese
Days 25–39
We continue our odyssey with a visit to Athena’s favourite city—Athens. Home to the birthplace of Western democracy, philosophy, art, and architecture, Athens has it all. Our classrooms during our stay include the Theater of Dionysus, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, and the Parthenon. Here, our evenings are spent exploring the Plaka and enjoying rooftop dinners of moussaka and grilled lamb. Heading southwest, we travel to Tolo, where we consider Homer’s Iliad and the tragic consequences of the Trojan War at the fortressed city of Mycenae. Further west, we reach our final destination in Greece—Olympia. There, students have the unique opportunity to run the original Olympic stadium’s track and visit one of the world’s most important archaeological museums.
Rome
Days 39–50
Once again, we follow in the footsteps of the ancients, only this time it’s to the glorious ‘Eternal City.’ Here, students witness the literal layers of Rome’s history—ancient ruins next to high fashion boutiques, adjacent to soccer stadiums, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the holy Vatican City. Studying the art and architecture of the Roman Empire, students consider the complexity and interconnectedness of history, culture, philosophical thought, and economics. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of the Colosseum, performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the Forum, or sampling the world’s best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.
Tuscany
Days 50–57
Nestled between Rome and Florence, students settle into in the rolling hills of Tuscany, home to Leonardo da Vinci, but more importantly—some of the best food in the entire world! Between steaming plates of fresh pasta, students visit the ancient Etruscan tombs to further delve into the influence of the Roman Empire on contemporary Western culture. Additional day trips to the famous towns of Pitigliano and Montepulciano from our home base in Monteriggioni, provide students with a measured balance between exploration, academics, and one-on-one feedback interviews with teachers.

Florence

Days 57–60

Home of the Renaissance, the famous Medici family, and some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, Florence is the perfect final stop on our exploration of empires. Here, we find some of the most vibrant markets and beautiful architecture in all of Europe—it is no wonder this city has been the favourite of artists, writers, and popes for centuries. Our days are spent balancing visits to the Uffizi, Il Duomo, and the Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David—and with our final cumulative tasks. In Florence, students also capture remaining film footage and put a final polish on their media portfolios. On our final evening, we indulge in a local Italian feast fit for the Caesars, before bidding a fond farewell to Florence.

Departure from Florence (Day 60)

Santorini

Days 12–19

Mykonos

Days 19–25

Athens

Days 25–30

Tolo

Days 30–35

Langadia

Days 36–38

Rome

Days 39–50

Tuscany

Days 50–57

Florence

Days 57–60

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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