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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

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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 :)
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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
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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.
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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.

Programs

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Amazon & the Galapagos | Blyth Academy International Summers
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Community Service Costa Rica | Blyth Academy International Summers
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Study Abroad in Spain | Blyth Academy International Summers
Spain

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Study Abroad in Italy | Blyth Academy International Summers
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Alumni Interviews

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

Demi M

Demi is a high school student with a love for travelling, learning languages, and exploring historic sites.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this specific program because I had always wanted to visit Ireland and England, especially after reading the Harry Potter book series. Blyth Academy offered a trip that fit my desire of wanting to see these countries and visiting the iconic sites that belong to all of these locations. Even the places where we stayed, in residences of historic universities, fit perfectly with the whole aspect of being able to learn from our surroundings and gain a deeper understanding of the cities that we visited.

I had also wanted to go on a trip that allowed me to complete credit for school, and Blyth Academy granted that; I was able to complete my Grade 12 English (ENG4U) credit while traveling. This encouraged experiential learning opportunities in all of the cities that we stayed in.

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

Blyth Academy made everything really easy! The whole registration process was quite simple: one just has to fill out an online form and scan a few important documents (passport, school transcript, etc.). Everything was really straightforward, and it was easy to reach out and ask questions at any point.

In May, Blyth Academy organizes an Orientation night where one can go and meet their future teacher, program manager, and classmates. Along with introductions, students also receive some schoolwork to begin before the trip starts. I found this night to be super beneficial in terms of relieving some nerves, as you are able to recognize some familiar faces when you show up to the airport, as well as get a head start on the required work.

While away on the trip, students and parents have access to Vidigami (a photo and video sharing app where media from the trip is posted), a travel journal (where regular updates are posted), and Edsby (a site where marks for assignments are posted).

After the trip, Blyth Academy sends a copy of the student’s report card to the student, as well as the home school, to ensure that the credit is granted.

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

Be in the moment! You are going to see so many amazing things, meet so many new people, be drawn into the history of your surroundings, and create lots of unforgettable memories. It’s going to be a whirlwind of a time - make sure to experience it all!

Prioritize your schoolwork, but make sure to also prioritize exploring the incredible places you’ll visit. Make sure to take lots of pictures, but also put the phone down and see things with your own eyes. It will be one life-changing experience!

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

Every day is a new experience, with its own unique agenda, which makes this trip so exciting.

A typical week involves class-time from Monday to Friday, with a break on weekends; however, this schedule often gets adjusted due to excursions, travel days, etc.

A typical day involves meeting for breakfast as a group, discussing the schedule for the day, then going to a “classroom” (this can be anything, from a university lecture hall to sitting in front of a monument in a park) with your class and teacher. After a few hours, a break is taken for lunch, where you are given some free time to grab a bite to eat. You must walk around in a group of at least four people; this is a good chance to try some traditional food that is common to the cities you are visiting!

After lunch, you meet up with the group again. From there, the program manager outlines the plans for the rest of the day. Typically, you will either return to class for a few more hours or go on an excursion (such as visiting a museum, etc.). After this, the group meets back up and walks to dinner together (typically a local restaurant). This is a nice time to catch up with your friends and chat about what each person did.

After dinner, you are allowed to “sign out”; this is where you let your program manager know where you are going, and with who (in a group of at least four people). You have this time until curfew to go out and explore the city, such as going back to a place you had visited earlier or had been meaning to visit, getting some gelato (a favourite!), etc.

Once you return to the residences, you must check in with a staff member, and typically they will let you know what the loose plans are for the next day (such as what time breakfast is at, etc.).

At curfew, the staff conducts room checks to make sure everyone is accounted for; and then it is time to get some much-needed rest to make sure you are ready for the adventure that is sure to come the following day!

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

Initially, I would have to say that my biggest fear was traveling halfway across the world without knowing anyone. This fear was quickly overcome, within the first few minutes of meeting the group at the airport. By pushing myself just a bit to put myself out there, and start up a conversation with those around me, I was able to make a few friends within minutes of leaving my parents. These friends ended up being the ones I was closest to throughout the entire trip.

This experience allowed me to gain an increased sense of confidence in myself and my ability to go into new situations without necessarily knowing anyone. These are critical life skills, especially as university approaches. Being able to go into the world, confident of your own ability to care for yourself, form new connections, and learn throughout it all are invaluable qualities to possess.

Share a story about your favourite experience of your trip.

It’s tough choosing just one favourite memory - there are so many amazing ones to choose from! I’ll share one from the beginning of the trip:

We went on a walking tour of Dublin with our awesome tour guide, Padraig, who was super knowledgeable and fun (and sure had some good jokes up his sleeve!). I loved being able to learn about the city of Dublin; it’s a city that is steeped in history, you can just feel it as you walk through the roads.

As we were walking down one of the streets, Padraig was explaining the history of one of the buildings (the Powerscourt Townhouse, in case you want to find it!), set in the Georgian style dating back to the 1700s. Nowadays, it has been converted to a sort of “shopping centre”, but still has kept a lot of the original charm. It is one of those buildings that you could admire from the outside but then pass on if you were not given a hint to go inside. However, since Padraig had told us about it, my friends and I decided to go back during lunch the next day.

The inside of this building opened up beautifully, spanning three stories and filled with natural light. We were all in awe at the beauty of the place! A cafe took up the bottom level, and we all sat there and chatted and had lunch. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other, as it was just our second day together!

This memory stands out very much in my mind, as it was an experience that we were able to enjoy due to the knowledge of a local. It proves just how much one can learn about the places that they are at, if they are willing to be open to the suggestions of others. And it certainly shows the inescapable charm of the city of Dublin :)