MEI International Academy

Program Reviews

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Brooklyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Summer Unlike Any Other

MEI Academy has undoubtedly changed my life. This was my second trip with the academic academy, and my expectations were once again exceeded. Working with teachers so dedicated to their job was refreshing and extremely beneficial to my experience. Travelling overseas as a student may be nerve-wracking, however MEI Academy places great significance on the health and safety of each student. The world really is our classroom and I have found it to be the most effective learning environment. Imagine sitting down for a lesson about ancient Greece just outside the Acropolis- there is simply no better way to learn. I will forever cherish the lessons I learned and the friendships I gained this past summer.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I experienced so many rare events this summer, however hiking up Mount Zas on the island of Naxos and being followed by goats the entire way up definitely wins this one!
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Maya
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I had an amazing experience in Greece with MEI. All the teachers were genuinely interested in our wellbeing and making sure we all had an enjoyable experience. All the places that we stayed at were amazing and well set up and you could clearly see all the planning that went into our trip. Not once did I feel uneasy or unsafe. I can confidently say that I grew both as a student and a person on this trip. I actually really enjoyed all of our assignments and lessons and felt as though they really fit the places we were visiting. The people were great and I will cherish the memories that I made on this trip for many years to come!

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Hilary
10/10
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.
Jocelyn
10/10
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!
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Michael
10/10
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.
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Owen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Trip

The experiences and activities on this trip are like no other scholarly experiences I've encountered before. The idea of a classroom being at these world-famous sites is astonishing. Furthermore, the assignments are well oriented around the places you go and the activities you complete. They are hands-on, engaging, and surprisingly entertaining to say the least! Overall it was a truly amazing experience and pushed me to want to do more world travel and learn more about the subject area. This is a trip I will definitely not forget.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
French fry pizza was not only funny but very unfamiliar. I've never seen it in my life beforehand.
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Abigail
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most Amazing Experience!!

I went on the International Business Program in the summer of 2021. It was the first time really being able to travel again since the start of the pandemic, and it was the most amazing experience. Despite having to navigate the changing covid rules and restrictions MEI did a great job of making the trip run very smoothly and safely. I became close friends with some of the best people from all around the United States and Canada and we all continue to keep in touch with each other! The six cities we went to over the course of a month were all well planned, and I loved having the chance to both academically learn in these place but also have time to really explore cities and see the sights. The MEI saying is that the "world is our classroom" and this is very true, and an aspect of MEI that makes it very unique in the best way possible! Having our classes out in the cities really opened up my eyes to how amazing learning can be when we step beyond the closed walls and desks of a typical classroom we are used to. There is nothing comparable to learning about Julius Caesar while sitting various squares in Rome, or learning about real estate while walking and physically looking at real estate through the streets of Berlin. Our teachers were also the best! As academic teachers they were very knowledgable and engaging about the Business and English courses they were teaching, but as we traveled around with them we really get to know them and their personalities beyond the classroom which was really nice to be able to connect with them in a way that is not usually possible in traditional school. Lastly, the experience as a whole was a ton of fun. It was definitely a trip where we all had to learn how to manage our time as we had to balance our academic work with our exploring of cities and hanging out with peers, but all of these aspects (even the academic work) were very fun and engaging! It was an experience of a life time that I already wish I could go back to!

What was your funniest moment?
One of the funniest moments when we were playing frisbee in the park, but the grass was slippery from the rain so as we all fought to grab the frisbee many people (myself included!) kept slipping and falling on the grass!
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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

MEI Academy International Business

My experience on MEI was wonderful! I gained great social skills as well as having the most amazing teachers to teach me business and english! I would say the most unique aspect of the trip for me was the feeling of having the world at my fingertips while also creating an incredible balance between academics as well as free time to go off and have fun and get to know your peers! If your looking for an all around amazing experience that allows you to grow as a human being I highly recommend this program!

What was your funniest moment?
Choosing just one funny moment it virtually impossible but i’ll try my best. I remember in Venice (by far my favorite place we went) we were on the boat heading back to our hotel and it was the whole business crew talking about rappers and then all of a sudden Dan (one of my teachers) goes “look there’s a lil baby on the lil yachty” anyways of course it doesn’t sound to funny after the fact but we all were hysterical after. Through many dinners with the crew there was always someone who would spark up a hilarious joke and through the many card games that Simon (main business teacher) had chosen for us to play there was never a dull moment with the group, we turned into this big family and it was wonderful!
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Beth
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

MEI - Studies in Literature

My experience with taking MEI - Studies in Literature program was very interesting and enjoyable. We covered lots of very practical and logical content that I feel will help me in my future studies at University. My teacher (Peter) was very encouraging and supportive. He was an amazing teacher with a great sense of humour and made things interesting. I would highly recommend this course to my friends.

I would love to try an MEI course at an International destination, but for now, due to covid, I plan to take another on-line course through MEI. It was a great experience for me.

Rebecca

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Taryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Advanced Functions MEI Online

I have taken three courses with MEI and have absolutely loved every experience. Every teacher has been engaging, professional, and outgoing. The course is very organized and the teachers are always prepared to answer questions. I could not have asked for a better Grade 12-year than what MEI has prepared for me, especially during COVID! My Sister also took 6 MEI courses and traveled for 3 months with them! She loved the adventure and the learning that came from the course. I would definitely recommend any MEI course that they have to offer.

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of any improvements they should make. I loved traveling with MEI in 2020 with the English Backpackers program and have enjoyed every bit of the Advanced Functions online course. Although my math course is online, I have still been able to make close friends.