Semester and Term Programs in Europe

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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.


Europe: Kingdoms | Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Strasbourg, The Swiss Alps, Munich, Prague
Courses Offered: Grade 12 World History, Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Modern Media, Grade 12 Phys Ed

Italy, Greece, and Egypt: Empires | Florence, Siena and Tuscany, Sovana, Rome and Ostia, Peloponnese, Athens, Cairo and the Nile River
Courses Offered: Grade 12 Classical Civilization, Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Phys-Ed

  • 10:1 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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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.
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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!

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Life changing

I loved every second of my MEI Trip! The teaching style on the trip was hands-on and experiential, which really helped me grasp the concepts I was learning. Being on-site for every lesson helped me to understand the bigger picture, which in turn helped boost my grades as things finally started to click. Getting PE credit from going on hikes and working out across Western Europe was amazing; what's better, getting PE credit running laps or hiking the Swiss Alps? Since MEI I have been fully committed to learning more about the world than what I had been exposed to in my small town prior to the Spring Semester and have had my eyes opened to an entirely new way of learning. I thoroughly enjoyed my semester abroad with MEI and would recommend it to anyone inquiring.

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Couldn't have asked for more!

This program changed the way I view going to school. It has introduced me to some amazing people that I will stay close with and has shown me how much the world has to teach us. The teachers on this program were incredible and I felt like I really connected with them. Totally recommend traveling with MEI and taking a semester to walk the streets of Paris, hike the Swiss Alps, and meander the coast of the Greek Islands over the same halls you've walked since grade 9!

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Completely changed my life

My experience with the Spring Semester program completely changed my life. The approach to education and the Ethos that MEI provides was such a unique and enriching experience, that I decided to become a teacher BECAUSE of my time with MEI. The leaders and support staff are the best teachers out there, and there's nothing better than learning about the material ON SITE! I loved my experience, and reccomend it to anyone who wants to be inspired.

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Spring 2011

Almost seven years later and I am still close to the friends I made on this journey! The spring semester is the perfect program for students wanting to travel through Western Europe with both like-minded peers and educators who want to push your limits. Through morning workouts, hikes, readings, assignments, and everything in between, you will return healthier, smarter, and with more of a desire to explore the world than ever before!

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