Location
Multiple Locations +6
  • Italy
    • Rome
    • Florence
    • Siena
  • Spain
    • Barcelona
    • Madrid
  • Portugal
    • Lisbon
  • France
    • Paris
    • Strasbourg
  • Switzerland
    • Bern
  • Germany
    • Munich
    • Berlin
Length
4 - 26 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Timeframe
Spring
Housing
Apartment Hotel
Language
English
Age Min.
15
Age Max
19

Pricing

Starting Price
26995
Price Details
Tuition Includes -
Return airfare from Toronto's Pearson International Airport
Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
Transportation for all listed program excursions
Hotels and accommodations
Breakfast and dinner daily
Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
Custom course pack
MEI journal
Digital yearbook
Fall reunion
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Nov 13, 2023
May 15, 2024
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About Program

Picture yourself retracing Louis XIV’s footsteps in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, or trekking through the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Imagine swimming in the Aegean Sea, studying the Caesars in the Roman Forum, or debating the effects of the World Wars from the trenches in Germany.

Fall Semester Europe: Rome, Roccamare, Florence, Borgo San Luigi, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Heidelberg, The Swiss Alps, Munich & Berlin

Courses Offered: AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, Grade 12 English, Grade 11 English, Grade 12 Modern Media, Grade 12 Phys-Ed, Grade 12 World History.

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Program Highlights

  • 9:1 Student to staff ratio (maximum)
  • Earn Ministry-approved credits
  • Visit some of the most breathtaking European sites
  • Individual attention via Masterclasses
  • Live lectures, discussions and activities

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On this fall semester abroad, you study as you travel! Along the way, you will enjoy delicious cuisine and uncover the inner layers of many cultures. Our journey takes us through Western Europe, with each destination acting as the perfect academic backdrop to explore the reasons we act, govern, and live in today's world. This semester will open your eyes when you see works of art in the Louvre, climb the peaks of the Swiss Alps, walk through the markets of Florence, and visit the Berlin Wall.

Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.67%
  • 4 rating 8.33%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Growth 4.95
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.95
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ellie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Big Year experience

I just concluded my final semester with MEI Academy and after spending 120 days on the program I can confidently recommend this to any high schooler in grade 11 or 12 who is looking for something new. I participated in the “Big Year” meaning I spent my fall semester traveling through Europe and my spring traveling through Asia and it was truly life changing! Not only were the places that I traveled to absolutely magical but the people that I spent my time with were incredible. I love MEI because the size of my program (10-15) allowed me to become friends with people I never expected to. We were all like-minded in the sense that we wanted to learn about the world, but we also were all so unique and I learned so much from my fellow students. The teachers on the trip were also incredible! They were all so supportive and passionate about what they do, which was incredibly refreshing. The majority of the teachers on my trip were young making them approachable and easy to relate to. Some of my teachers changed between semesters but Riley stayed through the entire year and I became very close with her. I of course respected her on a teacher level but when we weren’t in lessons she became a great friend. It might sound very corny but the people I spent time with truly felt like family by the end. I was forced to learn to coexist with people because of proximity which taught me a lot about myself and how differently we all live. Regarding the academics, it was quite difficult to get used to the MEI approach as it is very independent. Most projects that we did had very little guidelines regarding content which allowed us to explore topics that actually interested us and tie it back to the course, teaching us how to think critically. The teachers gave a lot of creative liberty to the students, supporting and even encouraging us to follow through with our “crazy” ideas. I got back from Asia about a month ago and I’m still mourning the experiences that I had and the connections that I made. I truly cannot recommend MEI enough!

Pros
  • The people!
  • Riley Miller
Cons
  • Workload can seem intimidating depending on your teachers.
  • No weekends (but worth it)
6 people found this review helpful.
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Elise
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Just do it

Mei is an unforgettable and life-changing experience. I was a student in the European fall semester of 2022, as a junior in high school. We traveled to Rome, Roccamare, Borgo, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, the Swiss Alps, Paris, Heidelberg, Berlin, and Munich.
Travel:
To travel between cities you will take a coach, train, or airplane. We stayed in various hotels and they were always clean, with a handful even being luxury.
Community:
I am from the US, and this is a Canadian-based program. I appreciated learning from my classmates and teachers from a different country than me. All of the students are interviewed prior to the trip and go through an application process before attending. Therefore, all of my classmates wholeheartedly wanted to be there and had an eager passion for their learning. The Mei dynamic is very much a family one. You will become closer to this group of strangers than most of your friends at home. Each and every teacher and teacher assistant is very warm and truly cares about you. I have made lifelong connections with Mei whom I hold very close to my heart.
Education:
Mei creates a well-rounded, flexible, and education-hungry student. Every morning we were required to watch videos and had readings corresponding to a daily theme. One of the themes was power and there was a Machiavelli reading attached along with a series of wonderful videos. This was our morning muse and it connected to all of the coursework we completed that day. A group conversation followed this and each student brought challenging and passionate ideas, leaving me feeling inspired every day. I learned from my classmates constantly and felt like they added to my education almost as much as the material did.
Impact: I often find myself using critical skills that Mei has taught me, a year after the trip has ended. As I am in my last year of highschool, I am complimented by my teachers on my ambition and ability to think outside of the box. After returning home from Mei I felt incredibly inspired to pursue my passions and started a non profit organization at my school. I learned more about myself, my dreams, aspirations, and values more than ever before.

Pros
  • Strong community
  • Remarkable, well rounded education
  • Variety of European cities
Cons
  • A bit unstructured- at time there was lack of clarity and structure in daily plans + meet ups
40 people found this review helpful.
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Iain
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

MEI was pretty fun

I went on this program during Fall 2022. I met a lot of interesting individuals, some of which I am still friends with. It was really fun and something I definitely won't forget, my only gripe is the lack of freedom for certain activities. The education I received was top notch and I became well-versed in European history. The teachers were also well-versed in their fields and truly pushed me and my fellow students further than we could have gone. The assistant teachers were nice as well. The entire group functions like a family away from home for the duration of the trip. Would reccomend.

Pros
  • New People
  • Different cultures
  • Amazing sights
Cons
  • Lack of Freedom
  • Group dynamics
67 people found this review helpful.
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Hilary
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

BEST Time of My LIFE

After completing the summer trip to Greece this year, I was lucky enough to join the MEI Fall trip. The trip changed my life. I have grown and learned not only about the world around me, but have gotten to really know myself. This trip has shown me the beauties of the world we live in, and encouraged me to be the best version of myself. This is so much more than school. After being on lockdown through covid, this program has helped me find new friends and explore new opportunities I never knew existed!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
70 days away from home was a nerve-racking concept to get my head around but, I took a deep breath and... I stepped off the plane! Just drive in and enjoy the ride.
121 people found this review helpful.
Jocelyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Opportunity for Growth and Development

The MEI experience is unique & unlike any other on the market. As an "original" student over 20+ years ago, to see my daughter get to travel and explore the world with MEI has been a profound experience as a parent. The isolation and restrictions of COVID-19 in 2020 set so many young people back, as the world opens it's doors again, I can't think of anyone I would entrust my child with to safely get back to the beauties of the world & grow and mature through the experience this education offers.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to put in the work, and get back the greatest rewards!
117 people found this review helpful.
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Michael
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most Incredible Experience

This semester is unlike anything in existence within any school system. It is truly incredible to travel throughout all of these locations and learn about the people who stood there throughout history. There was a moment about a week into the trip, after our first book chat. we were all having fun, overlooking Rome at sunset while a performer was playing. We were all just singing, laughing and observing the gorgeous city right in front of our eyes. That was the moment I realized, this experience was special and definitely could not be found anywhere else.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I saw or did was listening to the pope speak. After about five days in Rome, we were walking back to our hotel from a morning note at the pantheon. While walking past St. Peters Square, we noticed there was huge amount of people gathered. We were unaware of any events. However, after a quick google, low and behold the pope was giving a speech. While most of us were not catholic, we wanted to see the man at the head of the institution at the centre of our history learnings for the week. We went into the square and I can confidently say it was an extremely interesting experience for every one of us. This may be the most surprising. However, our trip was full of twists and turns we did not expect. Each one of them causing us to learn and grow as a group and as individuals.
117 people found this review helpful.
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Hilary
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

MEI though COVID

I registered for the MEI second semester program for Spring 2020, and just a few days before departure the world shut down due to COVID-19. While our travel has been delayed, we were able to complete our classes online. Even though it wasn't what I hoped, the online learning was well done, and helped keep a routine while we were in lockdown! 
The media program was my favourite, and I learned a lot. I want to continue to expand on what I learned when we travel, since some things I found a little more difficult to grasp through online learning. I prefer to be hands on, but given the circumstances, this was not something we could make happen. 

I will wait and leave on the travel portion when things open up for travel again. I've been looking forward to seeing the world, and I know it will happen when we can safely see the many sites we discussed in our lessons. MEI teachers did a great job supporting our class through a global pandemic from the safety of our homes. I really appreciate the online graduation ceremony that the staff put on for us! It was really nice to feel recognized. 
My plan is to carry on with post secondary, and when things open up, leave to enjoy the travel portion of this experience. I know the learning will continue, and I'm looking forward to it! Education with MEI is unlike anything in a traditional classroom. 

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The more nerve-racking moment was learning that all our travel plans were postponed. We kept hoping that travel was simply delayed, but as the reality of COVID-19 set in, we were able to shift gears to online education. The teachers were very supportive of us through this process.
127 people found this review helpful.
Rogan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime!

This trip is one of the most meaningful things I've ever been apart of. It's everything life has to offer thrown at you each morning at 7 am.
Every day is another hike, another "best meal I've ever had!", another breath taking scene, another piece of human history being explained while you literally sit in the spot "it" happened. For me it has been the perspective of the world as a whole you take away that no doubt has improved my operating system. I could not recommend this highly enough!

138 people found this review helpful.

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