Adventure Down Under:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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MEI International Academy, study abroad, high school Physical Education, high school English, Australia, Sydney

Why Study English and Phys Ed in Australia and Fiji?

This is an active and adventurous program taking students along the east coast of Australia and concludes on the picturesque beaches of Fiji. Adventure Down Under is designed to offer students a variety of practical experiences in healthy active living through team sport, trekking, individual sports such as surfing and snorkeling, as well as strength training and recovery practices like yoga. At the core of this journey is the development and unification of body and mind. English and Physical Education studied together provides students with strength and perspective, propelling them toward a successful school year.

Courses Offered

Students Choose ONE Phys Ed Course

  • Human Dimensions: Interdisciplinary Studies – Grade 12
  • Healthy Active Living – Grade 12

English – Grade 12

The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practise using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.

English – Grade 11

The core English course gives students the opportunity to hone their presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills through assignments and activities that incorporate both oral and written communication.

Program Itinerary

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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2018
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2018
Travel Dates: July 7 – August 10, 2018

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Course Work

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted. Course preparation is spread out over four weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second two-week session begins in late June, focusing on completing small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and help complete short tasks to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all pre-departure work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

Departure From Toronto (Day 1)

Our North American departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to our departure, a short meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs and maps and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.

Sydney (Day 3–6)

Upon arrival, a walkabout of Circular Quay, and a boat ride into Sydney Harbour to see the famed Opera House and Harbour Bridge, orients students to Australia’s largest city. While here, students explore the renowned Sydney Zoo, compete in a game of Aussie Rules, one of Australia’s most popular sports, and kickback on the white sands of Bondi Beach. Academic focus shifts to the refinement of theses in academic writing and the development of persuasive arguments.

Blue Mountains (Day 7–10)

In the magnificent area west of the Blue Mountains, the Wolgan Valley, daily walks, hikes and mountain biking adventures engage students in discussions on developing long-lasting personal fitness plans. As students explore the beautiful Bells Grotto surrounded by a stunning treefern forest, their study of literature provides an excellent academic foundation, connecting their adventure to the founding mythology of Australia. In the English course, students learn the stories passed down by the island’s indigenous peoples that tell of the mythic creatures whose epic battles scarred the landscape and shaped it into what it is today.

Sydney and Cairns (Day 11–24)

After our two-day reprieve in Sydney, students fly to Cairns, situated along the coast next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Our time here is interspersed with daily adventures that range from canoeing to mountain biking. Here we are afforded the opportunity to delve into essay writing tutorials and poetry that is inspired by the beauty of this region. We then take to the seas of the Outer Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a three-day Liveboard Sailing tour that provides the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive in one of the world’s premier diving sites.

Fiji (Day 25–35)

Students take a flight to Fiji, and reside in a village community along the Coral Coast. We take a brief beach respite before participating in a community service project that will add to our connection to this beautiful island. Students prepare for their final exams and ISUs under the shade of palm trees as we reflect on our journey in the land down under. On our last night we take part in local festivals, before saying our final farewells to the coral reefs, turquoise waters and our Fijian friends in the South Pacific.

Departure from Fiji (Day 35)


Travel dates subject to change.



Program Fee

All prices include international student fees.

Program Fee Includes

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook


  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions

Sites and Excursions
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Snorkelling in the Coral Sea
  • Circular Quay
  • Hyde Park
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Bondi Beach
  • Manly Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Hiking adventure in the Blue Mountains
  • The Coral Coast of Fiji
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Travel Visas
  • Insurances
  • Scuba Diving Fees
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Registration fee
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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