International Business:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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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 West in close partnership to navigate the new world market. This course offers students a unique experience in the way these two worlds conduct business in six key cities of the global marketplace. Imagine walking onto the live trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, or learning universal strategies utilized by successful business players in North America, Asia, and Europe. As we cross the globe, students engage with professionals of diverse backgrounds, from stockbrokers working the floor, business owners marketing their product and venture capitalists promoting a dream.

Courses Offered

Intl. Business – Grade 12

English – Grade 12

English – Grade 11

The International Business program is a competitive, hands-on introduction to the fast-paced world of commerce, marketing and real estate. Individual case studies, interactive assignments and real-world experiences engage students’ imaginations as they examine the paths of successful entrepreneurs and business owners, developing fundamental technical and critical thinking skills. Students also study classic literature from both Eastern and Western canons, such as a comparative study on Machiavelli’s The Prince and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.

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

Students can substitute Studies in Literature – Grade 12

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 10 – August 13, 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.

New York City (Day 2–6)

From Toronto, students head to the Big Apple and hit the streets of Manhattan. Here, they understand the true influence of ‘Big Business’ as they land on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and are swept up in the world of Wall Street. Students record podcasts live in Central Park and compete in their first of four “Apprentice” style culminating tasks on Fifth Avenue.

London (Day 7–13)

In London, students learn about the influence of ‘old money’ in Western culture at the Royal Exchange, the Bank of England, and Westminster Abbey. Students conduct small business case studies in Camden Market, deliver rants at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, and see Shakespeare performed live at the Globe Theatre before crossing the channel to Paris.

Paris (Day 14–20)

As students arrive in Paris, they change pace as focus shifts to the art of communication and the importance of aesthetics and branding. Opulence and grandeur are what make Paris the ‘City of Light,’ so students visit the infamous Château de Versailles to understand the role of decadence and luxury in the marketplace.

Hong Kong (Day 21–26)

From Paris, students fly to Hong Kong where East truly meets West. British capitalism and Chinese tradition have collided to create an international financial epicentre. Hong Kong is now a combination of old world charm and new world technology. Amidst this architectural labyrinth, we dive into a world of commerce as students participate in business-related competitions while negotiating the streets of the lively Tsim Sha Tsui district.

Beijing (Day 27–35)

Next on the itinerary is a flight to Beijing, the capital of communist China. On the mainland, focus is on the manufacturing industry and the importing and exporting of goods from China. Students visit various factories in order to get a firsthand glimpse of the powerful engine that drives the Chinese economy and their people. Here, students participate in ISUs with their teachers and prepare for their final exams before returning home.

Departure from Beijing Airport (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
  • Flight from Hong Kong to Beijing

Sites and Excursions
  • Central Park
  • New York City Museums: MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Time Square
  • Empire State Building
  • Wall Street/NYSE
  • The Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Temple Street Night Market of Hong Kong
  • Trafalgar Square
  • London Museums: National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, National Gallery
  • Camden Market
  • The Globe Theatre
  • Theatre in London’s West End
  • St. Jame’s Park, Hyde Park
  • Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard
  • Paris Museums: Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, Pompidou, Pantheon
  • The Palace of Versailles
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Mouffetard Market and the Tuileries
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Travel Visas
  • Insurances
  • 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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