MEI Castle Programs History:One Course Summer Study Abroad Program
Why Study History at Herstmonceux Castle, London, Paris and Munich?
The MEI Castle “West and the World” program provides an opportunity to embark on an MEI-style educational odyssey for 28 days in the summer at East Sussex’s picturesque Herstmontceaux Castle, and on location in London, Paris and Munich. Combined with online digital coursework prior to and after travel, students are able to achieve a full course credit in modern western history.
The West and the World – Grade 12
This program examines contemporary issues in modern Western history. Economic, political, military, cultural and environmental concerns are discussed in depth as students travel throughout London, Vimy Ridge, Paris and Munich to make connections with themes of this course.
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Prep Session 1: Early May, 2016
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.
Herstmonceux Castle (Day Day 2–5)
The Herstmonceux Castle will serve as the ideal location to begin our study of European History. Students will re-enact medieval battles, cook a feast for a king and experience life as a pauper, a prince, a preacher and a knight. During our time at Herstmonceux, students will also sample primary source readings from Elizabeth I, Guy Fawkes, and Sir Thomas More; while also delving into contemporary writings of Sir Winston Churchill, Tony Blair and John Lennon. During free time, students can join in on a game of cricket, participate in a Frisbee tournament or relax throughout the castle grounds.
London (Day 6–10)
In London, students utilize the research that they completed during pre-departure to delve into their chosen focus of study. Here, we immerse ourselves in stories of social turbulence that led to the War of the Roses. The ghosts come alive as we follow the political establishment of the Tudor dynasty, with particular focus given to the complex reign of Henry VIII, and his legacy of religious reform. Students study the Industrial Revolution, World War I, and World War II while exploring the British Museum, the War Museum and Westminster.
Paris (Day 11–15)
Once in Paris, students narrow their historical investigation to the events and ideas that led to the French Revolution. Beginning with the Age of Reason, and the critique of Aristotelian thought by Galileo, Bacon and Newton, students are introduced to ideas that challenged the concepts of the geocentric system and the great chain of being. The Musée du Louvre, Les Invalides, and Napoleon’s Tomb also serve as ideal classrooms to trace the course of late 18th- and 19th-century France.
Munich (Day 16–21)
As we cross into Germany, students examine World War I and the rise of communism and fascism in the war’s wake. A reading of Elie Wiesel’s Night and a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp furthers students’ understanding of the Second World War, and allows them to understand the inspirational resilience of the human spirit. Students have time to explore the English Gardens while completing their academics and preparing for their final exam.
Departure from Munich (Day 21)
Travel dates subject to change.
All prices include international student fees.
- Hotels and accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
- Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
- Custom course pack
- Student Login
- MEI journal
- Digital yearbook
- Fall reunion
- Return airfare from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
- Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
- Transportation for all listed program excursions
- Transfers to all accommodations
- Travel Visas
- All airline taxes, charges and fees*
- Local transportation
- Registration fee
- Course texts
- Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection**
*For approximate cost, please contact our office
**All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
In order to comply with TICO regulations, your invoice total will be divided into two payments; one for program costs
(MEI International Academy) and one for travel cost (Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel). The exact breakdown amounts will be indicated on your invoice and payments begin in January.
Program Costs Payable to: MEI Academy International
Travel Costs Payable to: Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel
Total does not include cancellation insurance, travel and health insurance, and airline taxes and surcharges.