France & Switzerland:One Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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Why Study French On Location?

Imagine enjoying a lunch at a bistro on the Champs-Élysées, taking in French works of art in at the Louvre, or walking the cobblestone markets of the Latin Quarter. There is no place to better improve on French language skills than in the heart of France. The moment students land in Paris, their years of French studies are brought to life as they explore local shops and markets, utilizing their language skills to communicate. Each location in which we reside reveals something new: from the beautiful esplanades and relaxing beaches of Nice, to the picturesque mountains and waterfalls of the Alps, students will come away with vastly improved vocabulary and confidence in French.

Courses Offered

Core French – Grade 11 or 12

The Core French program provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills in oral and written French while immersed in the French language and culture.

Extended French – Grade 11 or 12

Students refine their oral and written skills through immersion with peers, teachers and French locals. French newspapers, magazines and art are utilized as research tools for group assignments and the Independent Study Unit.

French Immersion – Grade 11 or 12

Students embark on an extensive study of French literature from within the heart of French culture. Refined use of grammar and language conventions in both oral and written French are emphasized through the analysis of novels, plays, poetry, film and nonfiction.

Program Itinerary

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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2018
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2018
Travel Dates: July 8 – August 1, 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.

Paris (Day 2–8)

Students utilize current forms of French media (newspapers, magazines, television, film and performing arts) to further develop their understanding of the complexities of the French language. Students also gain an appreciation for art at the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée du Louvre and enjoy classes at Napoleon’s Tomb and the Arc de Triomphe. Various forms of literature function as primary resources to evaluate the grammatical and structural aspects of the French language studied during the course.

Annecy (Day 9–12)

Snow-capped mountains, turquoise waters, medieval buildings, and even a turreted castle form the backdrop of this region in the south of France. Here students put their language skills to the test as they converse with locals and participate in presentations and book chats.

Swiss Alps (Day 13–16)

As we continue our journey to the south of France, students enjoy an excursion into central Switzerland. We utilize the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen as our home base for this Alpine adventure, taking daily hikes into the mountains as students are afforded one-on-one time with their teachers.

Avignon (Day 17–19)

Avignon dates as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the French have made this medieval city one of the most beautiful and culturally significant in all of Europe. The core of the city, still surrounded by its ramparts, was home to seven Popes during the split with Rome, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add to this one of France’s oldest, and one of the world’s greatest arts festivals, and Avignon becomes the perfect place to immerse ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of the French-speaking world before we head south to the Mediterranean.

Nice (Day 20–25)

On the last leg of our trip we use the dynamic city of Nice with its buzzing cafés, beautiful esplanades and famous beaches as our hub to explore the south of France. Students have time to explore the chic modern art museums and visit the nearby city of Monte Carlo while completing their academics and preparing for the final exam.

Departure from Nice Airport (Day 25)


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
  • Paris Museums: Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, Pompidou, Pantheon
  • The Palace of Versailles
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Mouffetard Market and the Tuileries
  • Swiss Alps
  • Day trip to Interlaken
  • Cours Saleya Flower Market
  • Vieux Nice
  • Promenade des Anglais
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Travel Visas
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees
  • Insurances
  • 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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