MEI Castle Programs IB Prep:International Baccalaureate Summer Study Abroad Program

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Why Prepare for Your IB Essay With MEI?

The International Baccalaureate Program is rigorous, demanding exceptional academic work from students. For those entering their final year of IB, the MEI IB Prep Course works with students in small class sizes to fine tune critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills based on individual needs. Taking the prep course prior to the final year in an inspiring and supportive setting encourages students to build confidence. It reinvigorates their critical minds so they are able to easily make the transition to the post-secondary institution of their choice.

Courses Offered

International Baccalaureate: Essay Preparation Tutorial

This programme is an advanced tutorial designed to give competitive students a head start in preparation for their senior IB Diploma coursework. Both the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge essay required in the IB Diploma Programme are often the most demanding and challenging aspects of

a student’s secondary school career. Participation in the IB Essay Preparation Tutorial allows students reflective time to refine their critical thinking, reasoning and academic writing skills, as they work closely with teachers and receive tailored feedback. This preparation tutorial is

designed to build students’ confidence, taking them step by step through the process of creating dynamic theses and persuasive arguments to enable them to excel in the IB Diploma Programme and beyond.

Program Itinerary

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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2016
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2016
Travel Dates: July 24 – August 8, 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 2–9)

The Herstmonceux Castle is an ideal location for IB students who are looking for inspiration to develop their ideas for the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge essay. As students settle in and become acquainted with the castle, they will find it an energized yet relaxed academic setting. Students will participate in writing workshops, one-on-one research tutorials, and skill-building sessions to help them develop their major papers. Afternoons allow plenty of free time to join a game of cricket, or Frisbee tournament, or a trip to nearby towns. Evenings see students meet to enjoy local fare and prepare for the evening’s events and performances.

London (Day 10–16)

In London, students focus on the refinement of their ideas, while workshops assist them in thesis writing that will give them an edge at university. Students get a unique chance to go to Speaker’s Corner to put their presentation skills to the test. By the end of the journey, students will have completed the majority of their IB papers, experienced a connection with like-minded students and gained a taste of university living at Queen’s University Bader International Study Centre in Britain.

Departure from London (Day 16)


Travel dates subject to change.




$4,995 USD

All prices include international student fees.

Tuition Includes

Trip Related
  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
Course Components
  • 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
Tuition Does Not Include
  • Lunches
  • Travel Visas
  • Insurances
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees*
  • Local transportation
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

Breakdown of Tuition Costs

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.

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