Ancient World Odyssey:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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Why Go On An Odyssey into the Ancient World?

 Experience REAL Education with Outstanding Educators

 Receive Two Ministry-approved High School Credits

 Benefit from a 9:1 Student-to-Teacher Ratio

 Travel 35 Days Abroad in Santorini, Athens, Tolo, Olympia, Rome, and Venice

 Immerse Yourself in the History and Literature of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Courses Offered

Classical Civilization—Grade 12

This program explores the Golden Ages of the great ancient civilizations through the study of classical literature, philosophy and ancient history.

This program is available to students who have completed Grade 10 English

English—Grade 12

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

Students can substitute Studies in Literature—Grade 12

English—Grade 11

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 9–August 12, 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.

Santorini (Days 2–8)

We begin our odyssey through the Mediterranean world on the graceful crescent island of Santorini with its whitewashed buildings dotting its cliffs. Here, where the lost Minoan civilization gave rise to the legend of Atlantis, Greek myth provides our starting point for an exploration of the ancient Greek civilizations. Home to some of the most spectacular vistas in the world, we finish our stay with an epic hike along the caldera face from Oia, ending with a sunset dinner in our cliff-side home of Fira.

Athens (Days 8-12)

Our study of the ancient world continues with a visit to Athena’s favorite city—Athens. Home to the birthplace of Western democracy, philosophy, art, architecture, literature and history, our academics focus on the rise of Athens after the defeat of the Persians and the Golden Age of Pericles. Our days are spent in the Theater of Dionysus, among the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, within the Agora, and high atop the Parthenon, while our evenings are spent exploring the Plaka and enjoying rooftop dinners in this ancient city.

Peloponnese (Days 12–19)

We continue our exploration of Greece with a trip through the Peloponnese, stopping first in the seaside town of Tolo, home to crystal-clear waters and some of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. We consider Homer’s Iliad and Agamemnon’s return home after ten years of war as we venture through the fortressed city of Mycenae. Before voyaging across the Ionian Sea to Italy, we visit Epidaurus and spend a day in Olympia, where students have the unique opportunity to lace up and run the original Olympic stadium’s track.

Rome (Days 19–28)

After a stop in Pompeii, one of Italy's most significant archaeological sites, we begin the second half of our journey in the eternal city of Rome. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we journey through time from the city’s earliest beginnings to its tragic collapse. The ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open-air museum. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, performing Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum or sampling the world's best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.

Venice (Days 28–35)

On our journey to Venice, we stop in Florence where we experience the rebirth of the Classical age in the Renaissance. We'll see Michelangelo's David, Brunelleschi's Duomo and shop on the famous Ponte Vecchio. Our final stop places us along the beaches of the longest lasting republic in the world: Venice. More than just a romantic city of canals and churches, Venice is the perfect location to finish final assignments and exams. Its maze of streets and waterways, acclaimed restaurants, and magnificent architecture provide an ideal backdrop to reflect on the incredible journey before our return home.

Departure from Venice (Day 35)


Travel dates subject to change.



Program Fee

All prices include international student fees.
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Program Fee Includes

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • 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
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transfers to all accommodations

Site and Excursions
  • The Acropolis
  • The Ancient Agora
  • The National Garden, Athens
  • The National Archeological Museum
  • The Plaka
  • Mycenae
  • Ruins of Olympia
  • The Roman Forum and Colosseum
  • The Pantheon
  • The Sistene Chapel and The Vatican Museum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Palatine and Capitoline Hills
  • The ruins of Ostia
  • Piazza Navona
  • Archeological Site at Pompeii
  • Paestum’s Temples
  • Temple’s of Hera and Athena
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • 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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