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Trek Through Europe:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program
Why Trek Through Europe?
Imagine studying the French Revolution from the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles or World War II from the trenches of France and Germany. The quick-paced Trek program brings the ghosts of history alive as students are immersed in some of the most exciting locations in Europe, from the Tower of London to Dachau Concentration Camp and the Charles Bridge in Prague. There is no typical day at MEI as we take great pride in designing each day to be an inspiring and adventurous learning experience.
World History since the Fifteenth Century – Grade 12
This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
English – Grade 12
The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.
Students can substitute Studies in Literature – Grade 12
English – Grade 11
The core English course gives students the opportunity to hone their presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills through assignments and activities that incorporate both oral and written communication.
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Prep Session 1: Early May, 2017
Trek 2: Travel Dates: July 15 – August 18, 2017
Trek 3: Travel Dates: July 23 – August 26, 2017 (Calgary Departure)
Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.
Preparation and Course Work
In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted. Course preparation is spread out over four weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second two-week session begins in late June, focusing on completing small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and help complete short tasks to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all pre-departure work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.
Departure From Toronto (Day 1)
Our North American departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to our departure, a short meeting will be 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 (Day 2–7)
While studying the city’s tumultuous past, we visit the infamous Tower of London and Trafalgar Square. Students explore sites like the National Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as well as engage in class activities that include personal rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park and mock trials outside Westminster.
Paris (Day 8–14)
Students consider the price of revolution at the Bastille monument, Napoleon’s Tomb, and the Arc de Triomphe, while gaining an appreciation for art’s reflection of history at the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre.
Strasbourg (Day 15–18)
Students venture into the picturesque town of Strasbourg situated on the border of France and Germany to delve into World War I, while considering how international relations have shaped the region’s contemporary social fabric.
Swiss Alps (Day 19–22)
Next, students travel to the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen to focus on the period between the great wars as well as embark on daily hikes into the Swiss Alps.
Munich (Day 23–28)
In Munich, students investigate the rise of Nazi Germany and trace the impact of Hitler’s National Socialist movement, from his speeches at Odeonsplatz to the tragic legacy of the Dachau concentration camp.
Prague (Day 29–35)
Still shedding the remains of its communist past while attempting to embrace its capitalist future, Prague serves as an ideal setting for students to develop their final theses and complete their major assignments. This enchanting city with old world charm is the perfect final destination to complete a trek through Europe.
Departure from Prague Airport (Day 35)
Travel dates subject to change.
All prices include international student fees.
- Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
- Custom course pack
- Student Login
- MEI journal
- Digital yearbook
- Hotels and accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
- Return airfare from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
- Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
- Transportation for all listed program excursions
- Trafalgar Square
- London Museums: National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, National Gallery
- Camden Market
- The Globe Theatre
- Theatre in London’s West End
- St. James’s Park, Hyde Park
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Paris Museums: Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, Pompidou, Pantheon
- The Palace of Versailles
- The Eiffel Tower
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Mouffetard Market and the Tuileries
- Heidelberg and Fussen day trips
- Swiss Alps
- Munich Museums: Deutsches Museum, Dachau Concentration Camp. Neue Pinakokthek
- The English Garden
- Lennon Wall
- Charles Bridge
- Petrin Hill
- Prague Castle
- Travel Visas
- All airline taxes, charges and fees
- Registration fee
- Course texts
- Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
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