Sketches of Spain: One Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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Why Study Spanish or Media in Spain?

 Experience REAL Education with Outstanding Educators

 Receive a Ministry-approved High School Credit

 Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture

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

 Travel 25 Days Abroad in Madrid, Costa Brava, the Pyrenees, and Barcelona

 Improve Your Spanish Language Skill by Speaking with Locals

 Accelerate Your Video and Photography Skills in a Creative Environment

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Courses Offered

International Languages, Level 1

In the Introductory Spanish Language program, students develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in order to communicate in the language of study Spanish in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes, with a focus on real-life situations and uses. Through their exploration of a wide variety of authentic materials and meaningful activities, students develop not only language skills but also the skills necessary for lifelong language learning. They also acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse communities around the world where Spanish is spoken, and make connections to their own community.

International Languages, Level 2 and Level 3

These courses offer students opportunities to further develop their knowledge of the Spanish language and to enhance their communication skills. Students will use increasingly sophisticated language in a variety of activities that will enable them to speak and write with clarity and accuracy. Students enrolled in the Level 3 Spanish will develop the language skills needed to engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively.Students will also enhance their thinking skills through the critical study of literature, and continue to explore aspects of the culture of Spain where Spanish is spoken through a variety of print and technological resources.

Media Arts or Media Studies

This course is an opportunity for students to take their skills in photography and filmmaking to a new level. Students will be encouraged to see the world through a lens and use hands-on instruction to further understand how to frame a photo and use light and mood to their advantage. As beginner filmmakers, students will be working in small film crews, as directors, writers, and cinematographers. Students will learn how to tell a story through their work, and bring the sights and sounds of Spain to life.

Program Itinerary

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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2018
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2018
Travel Dates: July 7–July 31, 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.



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
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees
  • Insurances
  • 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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