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Blyth Academy is the leading private school in Canada by enrolment, with fourteen campuses across Ontario. Additionally, we offer over 30 academic summer programs in more than 30 countries across the world where students can earn credits towards a high school diploma. Blyth Academy has four international academies: Qatar, Florence, Prato, and Global High School. We are the most trusted educational organization offering study abroad programs for students from the US and Canada. More than 50,000 students have experienced our International Summer and Community Service programs since we opened in 1977.

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Founded
1977
Headquarters

160 Avenue Road
Toronto ON M5R 2H8
Canada

Reviews

Demi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Choosing to go on a Blyth trip this past summer was one of the best decisions of my life! Travelling to such iconic, historic, beautiful cities and getting to experience the cultures of these places with fellow peers was an extremely enriching experience. I went on my trip alone, but by the time we were boarding the plane, it surely didn't feel like it! Within a few minutes of leaving my parents at the entrance of the airport, I was already chatting with those around me - everyone was so nice and willing to meet others, that it was easy to make friends in no time. We were a small group, which made getting to bond with everyone really easy, and we became a little family. The staff on the trip were super awesome and supportive. I took Grade 12 English, and my teacher was so knowledgeable, well-travelled, and helpful - he always made time to help us both inside and outside of class-time. One of my favourite experiential learning opportunities was when we walked to Saint Stephen's Green (a park in Dublin) and sat in front of a statue of the poet W.B. Yeats while reading and discussing a few of his poems. Many times throughout this trip, we were able to tie learning experiences into what we were seeing around us, which I really enjoyed. Overall, this trip was so fantastic and I could talk about it all day. I was able to make so many new friends, learn a whole bunch, and grow so much as a person. I would highly recommend it!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I know it's cheesy, but definitely don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things! This trip is so packed with fun that it goes by in a blur - you will get to experience so much and see so many new things. Make sure to prioritize schoolwork and reach out to the staff on the trip if you ever need help; they're there to help! Talk to everyone you can, say "yes" to opportunities, take lots of pictures, and most importantly, put the phone down and live in the moment :)
Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The trip to Eastern Europe with Blyth International Summers was a valuable and unforgettable experience. Not only was I able to discover multiple destinations on the other side of the world, but the trip also provided excellent academic help, and many character building opportunities. The course content also related to the destinations we visited. A large part of the course revolved around a book regarding a holocaust survivor's experience. This story took place in almost every destination we visited which added more significance to the whole trip. In addition, the connections I built while on this trip were worth while.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would highly recommend completing course work while traveling to different destinations. By completing the majority of my work on the bus rides between different cities, I was able to maximize my time exploring each destination and bonding with fellow students while also achieving good grades.
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Hunter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program that I would recommend to anyone. The teachers were extremely welcoming and provided a time of support through the entire trip. A majority of the peers that I met with on this trip I am still friends with. They offer a great balance between school and touring since you although you are taking a high school course it still feels like a vacation. My favourite parts of the trip were organized by the athletic director that planned a variety of different activities when we went to different hotels. Some of the activities included beach volleyball, touring the city, fun dinners and many more. This was a great way to meet new people and learn more about the best areas to look at while touring around the different cities. Especially when you are entering a new area it is important to understand the subway and such.

What would you improve about this program?
The only part that I would improve would be the food included at different hotels
Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to a four week Blyth international summers program in the Roam and Greek islands. I personally loved the experience! The social scene is great for students, you make tons of friends that last outside of the trip. The schooling aspect is closer then school, more one on one time with your teacher is given and is very helpful. Blyth definitely focuses on hiring the best of the best staff. They are fun, outgoing, helping, and great at what they do. I would recommend any student to go and travel with Blyth for an international summers program, it won’t let down! And it’s a great way to earn a credit by doing fun interactive learning with real life benefits! Blyth academy is a must in a students schooling history, they’ve gotta experience it!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing! I would say the trip is very near to perfect.
Amy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going into the airport, I was nervous. I’m sure many students were. I’ve never gone on a plane by myself, let alone travelling overseas without my parents. Upon arriving in France, the friendships began to form, teachers were nice. The food and scenery were incredible. I never wanted to leave. Reading books, and experiencing France is truly a wonderful way to learn. Being able to see so many historical buildings, sites that you see on television and read in books is truly a wonderful opportunity. It was wonderful to go to classes for part of the day and experience France the other part of the day. The excursions were well thought out, and if you did not want to go, you could stay back and do your homework or still walk around the city.
I highly recommend going. It has taught me to be more independent, resourceful and has enriched my life. You will not regret your decision.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sarah Lee

Sarah is a grade 12 student who loves to travel and learn about the world!

Why did you choose this program?

I decided to choose this program in particular because of the number of destinations it covers. In addition, the places that the program covers were very different; they were places I might not have visited had I not attended this trip with Blyth Academy.

I personally enjoy traveling because I love learning about different cultures, and unlike other more touristy destinations, the places that we visited had a lot of history which provided a very rich and immersive learning experience that I will never forget.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Blyth Academy did almost all of the organizing. They set up walking tours in every destination, they provided our breakfast and dinners, and they also set up some additional excursions for anyone who was willing to pay for them. The only thing we had to organize ourselves were activities after dinner if we wanted to go out, and lunch.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Although this program takes you to a lot of wonderful places, students must keep in mind that they are also on this trip for school.

The itinerary is very fast-paced and leaves no time for procrastination. In order to experience every place to its fullest and to achieve good grades, I would strongly suggest completing all homework on the bus. That way, you don't stay up too late after curfew as every day is packed with adventure, and you don't miss out on bonding with peers and exploring each destination.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

As this program is so full of excursions and transitions to different destinations, every day is different.

Usually, whenever you arrive in a new destination, you will have a walking tour in the morning, and, depending on how long that takes you might have class in the afternoon. If there are no excursions or transitions during the day, class will begin in the morning at around 9 and continue for anywhere between 2-6 hours.

Then, on most days depending on how long the drives between different countries take, you'll have supper around 5 pm or 6 pm and the rest of the time until curfew can either be spent at the hotel doing homework or out on the town in groups of four or more.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear before embarking was the fact that I was going across the world with a bunch of people I didn't know. I had nobody with me that I knew would have my back and that was a bit scary being a vulnerable teen. I ended up overcoming this fear by quickly introducing myself to others and taking the initiative to build connections very early on.

What was the most memorable moment on the trip?

My most memorable moment would have to be between visiting Auschwitz and experiencing the pride parade in downtown Munich.

Both moments were so powerful.

Auschwitz was a tragic reminder of Europe's dark past, while the pride parade in Munich showed how much Germany has progressed since Hitler's rule. The two contrasting events made the whole experience even more worthwhile.

Without visiting Auschwitz, I would not have acquired the understanding and knowledge of how atrocious things were during the Second World War, and without attending the pride parade, I would not have recognized the progression that we have made in such a short time.

These two events were truly inspiring and I am grateful to have experienced them with Blyth International Summers.