Full Year Abroad

Full Year Itinerary

Europe • Asia • Australia • New Zealand • Central America • South America


SEMESTER ONE

Europe
Roam the hallowed halls of Oxford University, gaze upon great works of art and world-famous landmarks, visit castles and palaces, and see the seat of the Roman Empire with your own eyes. During Term One of Global High School, you’ll experience the best culture and history Europe has to offer.

Begin this term in one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive seats of learning: Oxford. Enjoy a true university experience in Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, and take up residence at St Hilda’s College, the perfect home base for exploring this historic university. Visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, punt down the River Cherwell, and take day trips to London, Bath and Stonehenge.

Head south to the Mediterranean shore and wander through the beautiful quarters of Barcelona, immersing yourself in Catalan language, culture, and cuisine. Sun yourself at the glamorous Sitges Beach; be awestruck by examples of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, including the Sagrada Família and Park Güell; and study the riches of the Picasso Museum.

Take wing over the north of the Tyrrhenian Sea and descend in ancient Italy! Enjoy the grandeur of Rome and visits to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a day trip to Florence – the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to our Italian campus. Stop in and say hello to our staff and students before departing eastward across the Adriatic to Greece, the cradle of Western civilization.

Acclimate yourself to Greek culture on Crete, the country’s largest island, where you can rejuvenate on dazzling beaches, and swim in clear blue waters. Head to the mainland and the iconic Athens, where you can feast your eyes upon the Agora and the Temple of Zeus, before closing the chapter on this leg of your global adventure.

Asia
Explore the bustling cities of Beijing and Hong Kong, be awed by sacred temples in Cambodia and Thailand, trek through spectacular mountain scenery, and take a riverboat cruise from Laos to Thailand. During Term Two of Global High School, you’ll experience fascinating cultures, ancient ceremonies, astounding architecture, and modern city life.

The journey beings in China’s capital city of Beijing, both a modern and ancient place to explore. From the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the National Museum of China, everything tells an incredible story.

In Hong Kong, a vibrant city famed for its skyscraper-studded skyline, you’ll experience incredible markets selling everything from flowers to fashion, and goldfish to jade; a dazzling Symphony of Lights nighttime harbourfront show; and a visit to the Po Lin Monastery, home to the Big Buddha.

Step out of the city and into the lush jungles of Cambodia, Another short flight brings us to the incredible country of Cambodia. The centrally-located Siem Reap will be your home base, as you travel to the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, and surrounding monuments – from Ta Prohm, a temple enveloped in huge tree roots; to Bayon, decorated with huge carved smiling faces. Before you leave the country, take time to visit the Landmine Museum and learn about the horrifying history of the Khmer Rouge.

Dive back into the ancient world in Laos, and the town of Luang Prabang. Tour the most spectacular of over 30 Buddhist temples, see shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carvings and inhabited by orange-clad monks, and get your thrills on a zipline through the jungle and a hike to stunning waterfalls.

Leave the roads behind and take the scenic route to Thailand on a boat cruise along the Mekong River. Start from the top in Chiang Rai Province, where we’ll trek into the surrounding hills to see tribal villages. Further south, you’ll discover the island of Ko Lanta. Spectacular white sand beaches stretch along the west sunset coast. Students will spend the days having class on the sand and snorkelling in the clear blue waters before heading back inland to the breathtaking Ayutthaya, where the ruins of the old city form an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues, the perfect place to bid farewell to an awesome term two in Asia.

SEMESTER TWO

Australia & New Zealand

Boomerangs, didgeridoos, kangaroos and kiwis await you on the other side of the globe. Discover the land down under’s unique wildlife and eco-systems, visit natural wonders, and ride the waves before hopping over to New Zealand’s adventures and astounding landscapes. In Term Three of Global High School, you’ll experience the sand, surf, sun and smiles this part of the world is known for.

Start off Semester Two in Sydney, Australia. Tour Darling Harbour and see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House and enjoy a day at one of the city’s many beaches, including the hip Bondi Beach, or take a coastal walk.

Head north out of the city to the Whitsunday Coast, dotted with islands, lined with sublime beaches, and perfect for sun and relaxation. While here, sail to the Great Barrier Reef and discover its unique aquatic life before traveling down the east coast to study in Brisbane, a city that offers a taste of hipster cool, with laid-back cafés, excellent vintage shopping, and an artistic vibe. Visit the area’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet koalas, feed kangaroos, and learn about unique Australian wildlife.

A marvel of geography, New Zealand offers dramatic landscapes that provided the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings films—no CGI needed here! Our first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin, a university town on the South Island, known for its Scottish and Maori heritage.

Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is a place for adventurers and thrill seekers. Here, we’ll blend study with outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, Frisbee and many more.

Our final stop in New Zealand is Auckland. This city offers a remarkable range of scenery, where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and enchanting islands. It’s a great environment to rest, study and recalibrate before heading across the Pacific Ocean to begin Term Four.

Central & South America

From the beaches of Nicaragua to the rainforests of Costa Rica and the breath-taking vistas of Peru, South and Central America will captivate your imagination and challenge your perceptions. During Term Four of Global High School, you’ll experience new heights, new foods, new languages, and new friends.

Begin your final term in Nicaragua, whose coastline, culture and natural splendour continue to inspire and amaze visitors. The country’s cool surf towns, gorgeous coastal beaches, lush rainforests, and volcanic peaks make it one of the must-see places in Latin America. Start your journey in the seaside town of San Juan del Sur, where you can hit the beach after classes to play volleyball, take a surf lesson or swim in the cool blue waters. Inland, get in touch with your wild side on Ometepe Island, a nature lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream. Hike on a volcano and learn how plants and animals have adapted in this unique ecosystem. In Granada, we’ll admire the colonial architecture and soak up the buzz of this lively and vibrant city.

Heading south to Costa Rica, The Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica has a dry tropical climate with a varied landscape. White sand beaches line the coast, and to the east the Guanacaste Mountains showcase national parks and volcanoes – the perfect location to zip line through the rainforest.

Moving inland, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Learn about cloud forest ecology and take a guided night hike through the reserve. Nearby, visit Arenal Volcano National Park to learn about the country’s most active volcano, and relax in the area’s hot springs before saying goodbye to Costa Rica and heading south to Peru, a country world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture.

Travel through the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, hike amid a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Incan civilization. In the the lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes, become acquainted with the area’s culture and history. A startling contrast of bustling lively markets within an ancient city, Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and reflects its rich history with illuminating museums, striking architecture, and Inca ruins. Immerse yourself and take it all in before final exams and a celebration of your unforgettable year abroad with a farewell banquet.

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Optional Excursions

The optional excursions for the 2018-19 year will become available in the near future. Check back soon!

August 27 2018 – May 25, 2019

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$29,410
Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness$20,370
Total Fee:
$49,780*

or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • World History to the End of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology(HSP3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Physics (SPH3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
  • International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
  • Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
  • Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Walking tours of Sydney, Brisbane, Queenstown, Auckland and Cusco
  • Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Florence, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Barrier Reef and local beaches
  • Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum, Acropolis, Po Lin Monastery, Big Buddha & Temples of Angkor and Machu Picchu
  • Zip lining, Mekong River cruise, snorkelling, hiking & trekking, surf lesson, swimming in hot springs, boat tour and a traditional Maori feast
  • Community Service opportunities available

Accommodations

Accommodations for the 2018/19 year will be posted at a later date. Check back soon!

Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $195 registration fee and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. **Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.