MEI International Academy
99% Rating
(32 Reviews)

MEI International Academy

With MEI International Academy you'll need to bring your passport, because the world is our classroom. Rather than a typical exchange program, high school students and recent graduates from around the world travel from city to city and country to country engaging in summer, semester or full year academic programs. With MEI you'll see the world, earn high school credits for university admission, meet dynamic students and teachers, and gain new insights into your future. For nearly 20 years certified MEI teachers have provided safe, supportive environments for students to expand their horizons and become empowered citizens of the world. MEI International Academy is fully accredited by a public school board in Guelph ON, Canada.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Ali
Female

The most amazing experiences.. all put into one trip!

9/10

My MEI experience through the Backpackers Central America program was one worth sharing. So many items checked off on my bucket list, while simultaneously learning and excelling in two complex subjects, made effortlessly enjoyable throughout this trip. Going into the adventure, not knowing a single person, and coming home after a month or so having made 30+ new best friends was gratifying beyond comparison. It was important for me to see the person in myself that was able to make friends easily, and have fun while doing it. This will impact my life in new ways to come as I will be willingly open to new experiences and meeting new people. If you decide to go on this amazing adventure, take time for your work, your success, and yourself!!

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Amelia
Female
18 years old
Canada
University of Ottawa

Big Year

10/10

It is unlike any other experience offered to high school students. The Big Year takes you out of the classroom you’ve grown so accustomed to and throws you full-fledged into the world. The Big Year taught me a whole side of eastern history that would never have been a part of my curriculum otherwise. There’s nothing quite like sitting down in the middle of the Forbidden City with tourists swarming around you and learning about the history of the towering red walls and the Great Leader that built them. There’s nothing like sprinting through Venice on a scavenger hunt, cursing the tourist-filled alleyways, trying to find some lost relic or statue from another time. There’s nothing quite like the group dynamic you develop; there’s nothing like the family you become. The Big Year throws you into such a diverse group of people that are all so unique with such strong characters. I never thought I would ever meet people like the one’s I did. Meeting such unique people allowed me to uncover a side of myself I never knew existed. The program changes you in the best way possible and really helps you come into your own. Our teachers curated student-teacher relationships, unlike anything I had ever been able to develop in a normal high school setting. Your teachers become your mentors as well as your friends. They’re the ones you sit down with when you’re working on an essay; they’re the ones you exchange toe rings with or take you to the doctors when you need one. They care. They care so much about students. Everyone does, if ever you’re feeling upset or alone it is such a wonderful and comforting thing to know you can turn to absolutely anyone on the trip. The Big Year is exactly that; it’s a BIG year. Students can expect to meet people, unlike anyone they’ve ever known and see places so incredible they couldn’t even fathom it before seeing it with their own eyes. It is everything I’ve said, and so much more, it is truly the experience of a lifetime, and I feel so privileged to have experienced it.

Jesse
Female

Education minus the desk

10/10

I never thought that a beach in Vietnam, a tree in the Daintree Forest, an ancient park in Beijing used for sacrifice thousands of years ago, or simply the grass beneath the Eiffel Tower could be a lecture spot. MEI showed me that it doesn't take a desk and chair to have the ability to learn something new. Being exposed first hand to the way and places others live makes you appreciate not only how lucky you are, but how much of a difference your life can make in the world. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy going to school or voicing my opinions, but within a week of my trip I was infatuated with learning. MEI Academy made me who I am now and I am eternally grateful for every experience, memory and ounce of happiness this trip gave me and made me into. Not a single minute of the day passes me now where I don’t think back on the days I spent with people I loved traveling and seeing the world. I cannot day enough amazing things about MEI Academy.

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Bronte
Female
18 years old
North Vancouver, Canada
University of Victoria

The best decision you’ll make.

10/10

The MEI Big Year was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. There truly are no words that can fully capture the thrilling and adventure-filled year I got to experience while backpacking through 11 different countries, cultures, and climates. From running along the Great Wall to lectures inside the Colosseum, MEI is an education like no other. On my Big Year, I got to gain worldly knowledge from teachers who were passionate about what they were sharing. Every morning I woke up excited to explore and discover the history of the country I was in. Learning about the Vietnam war (while crawling through the Cu Chi tunnels), trading stocks in the heart of Sydney, and re-enacting Greek plays overlooking crystal blue Grecian waters, were things I had never experienced in other schools. Looking back now, I am grateful that my Big Year brought me lifelong friendships and showed me a reason to say that I enjoy learning. MEI gave me the experience to know that true education is never ending.

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Laura
Female
17 years old
Waterdown
Other

Adventure of a Lifetime

10/10

I've been on multiple trips with MEI and I haven't regretted one second of them. I've had the chance to learn about the world while travelling, to make lifelong friends and to push myself out of my comfort zone by trying new things. There is nothing quite like learning about the Vietnam War while crawling around the Chu Chi Tunnels, or reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Hyde Park, or learning about the gladiators at the Roman Colosseum. The teachers are amazing and supportive and MEI allows us to travel in a safe way and to meet new people we wouldn't normally hang out with. I avidly recommend MEI to anyone who will listen, it really is the adventure of a lifetime.

How can this program be improved?

I can't think of any way this program could be improved. I've been on multiple trips that were absolutely amazing and I've had some of the best times of my life with MEI.

Program Listings

China
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Why Take a High School Semester Abroad in Asia and Oceania? Imagine studying Buddhism in the temples of Angkor Wat, exploring...
Switzerland
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Why Take a High School Semester Abroad in Europe? Picture yourself retracing Louis XIV’s footsteps in the Hall of Mirrors at...
North America
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Why Study Biology and English in Central America? Pairing the grade 12 Biology and English courses provides students with the...
France
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Why Circumnavigate the Globe While Studying Business and English? The next phase of the world economy will see the East and W...
Fiji
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Why Study English & Phys Ed in Australia and Fiji? This is an active program taking students along the east coast of Australi...
China
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Imagine studying Buddhism in the temples of Angkor Wat, exploring the Great Wall of China in Beijing and snorkelling at the G...
Germany
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Why Study History & English while Trekking Through Europe? Imagine studying the French Revolution from the Hall of Mirrors in...
Italy
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Why Study Classics and English in the Ancient World? Imagine listening to epic stories of gladiatorial combat while standing...
France
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Why Study French on Location in Europe? Imagine enjoying a lunch at a bistro on the Champs-Élysées, taking French works of ar...
Scotland
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Why Study English On Location in Europe? With heavy influence from French, English evolved as a hybrid emerging from the coll...
Japan
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Come Study World Cultures in Japan.
Spain
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Come Study Spanish in Spain
Guatemala
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Why Spend a Trimester Abroad With MEI? Imagine snorkelling with shark rays along the second largest coral reef in the world i...
Italy
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Why Spend a Trimester Abroad With MEI? Imagine retracing the steps of the Minoan civilization at Knossos, home of the Minotau...
Tanzania
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Why Spend a Trimester Abroad With MEI? Imagine seeing the royalty of the animal kingdom, learning about the impact of globali...