WHAT IT’S LIKE
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A TYPICAL DAY | OUR CLASSES | ACCOMMODATIONS | MEALS | ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
GRADE 9 & 10 PROGRAMS
|2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Afternoon classes or outdoor activities and excursions|
|7:00 p.m.||Study time and supervised evening activities|
|10:00 p.m.||Sign in and room checks (11:00 p.m. on weekends)|
GRADE 11 & 12 PROGRAMS
|2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Afternoon classes (Mondays & Wednesdays) or outdoor activities and excursions|
|7:00 p.m.||Study time, evening activities, or free time|
|11:00 p.m.||Sign in and room checks (12:30 a.m. on weekends)|
Classes are primarily held on-location at museums, historical landmarks, outdoor spaces, beaches and even on boats. In some instances, classes are held in hotel conference rooms in order to take advantage of internet access.
The average class size is 11 students and the maximum is 20. Our small class size allows teachers to accommodate individual education plans as well as provide one-on-one help when needed. Students complete pre-departure work and must attend all classes and complete assignments. A final exam and/or culminating task is included in all courses. Most work is completed in class and students are given ample time to complete assignments out of class.
Our accommodations maintain a balance of proximity to sites, public transit, and comfort. We use hotel accommodation for most of our programs and certain programs also stay in student residences at local universities or hostels. Some hotels have pools, and most have WiFi access in common areas. Air-conditioned rooms are provided where available. Students stay in single, twin, triple, or quad rooms depending on the locations and room size. Students can request specific roommates on the electronic Personal Information Form, shared with all registered students.
Students and staff eat together at breakfast and dinner and these meals are provided as part of the program. Breakfast is often continental style at our hotels or residences. Dinners are usually held at our hotel or local restaurants and provide time for the group to come together as a family.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with particular attention given to food allergies. Dietary restrictions should be out-lined on the Electronic Personal Information Form students will receive after registering.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on Grade 9 & 10 programs.
Breakfast and dinner are provided on Grade 11 & 12 programs. Lunchtime is open giving students the opportunity to explore and purchase lunch locally. Program staff are on hand to help with restaurant recommendations for lunches.
Our study abroad programs offer many included field trips, excursions and activities. Many relate directly to material covered in class and others are designed to experience the unique opportunities that are available in the cities or towns we visit. Museum visits and tours, a guided orientation walk in each city or town, landmark visits, and hikes, are examples of included excursions.
Optional Excursions are outings or activities while on location that are not included in the program fee. These excursions enhance students’ experiences and range from cultural day trips to nearby sites, cities and towns, to more adventurous activities such as scuba diving, zip lining and surfing. View the Optional Excursions for each Program on the program’s page.