Spain and France:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program
Come Study Philosophy and English in Spain and France.
This course addresses the main areas in the study of philosophy including social and political philosophy, ethics and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics.
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
Introduction to Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology—Grade 11
This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines.
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.
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Prep Session 1: Early May, 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.
Madrid (Day 2–7)
As Spain’s central capital, Madrid is a vibrant city that provides students with the opportunity to experience elegant boulevards and museums filled with famous European art. An afternoon at the Prado will see students learning about works by Picasso and Velazquez as they collaborate in small groups to present their findings to the class—in Spanish. In the evenings, students discuss Spanish literature and enjoy the nuances of the Mediterranean culture.
Costa Brava (Day 7–15)
Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful stretches along the Spanish Mediterranean. Our hotel in Calella overlooks the rugged coastline, sandy coves and golden beaches of this picturesque village, which has retained much of its old-world charm. Students will find this setting an excellent retreat from the heat of the city and the calming atmosphere will entice students to explore the subtleties of the Spanish language as they practice their conversational skills with locals and travellers alike. Afternoons may be spent hiking along the coves which are spectacular and plentiful along the Mediterranean coast.
Pyrénées (Day 15–19)
Students will travel from Costa Brava to Vall de Nuria, nestled in the Pyrénées Mountains. Here, students will reside in a breathtaking valley resort that offers exhilarating hikes, plenty of adventure, and a change of pace. Our academic focus will be on Spanish literature and poetry, exploring themes of soul-searching and perspective. The combination of the physical terrain and the subject matter will connect the mind, body and spirit through Spanish literature.
Barcelona (Day 19–25)
Our stay in Barcelona serves as a final catalyst for our language program. The days will be filled with diversity, from visits to the Cathedral de la Seu and Placa de Catalunya to picnics and presentations in Gaudi’s Garden in the Park Güell. As the final destination of our cultural immersion in Spain, students will prepare for their Independent Study Unit and exam. After a final dinner and celebration, students return home feeling like they had a serious taste of the Spanish culture and language.
Travel dates subject to change.
- 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 and surcharges*
- 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.