FULL YEAR ITINERARY
Europe • Asia • Australia • New Zealand • Central America • South America
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 stay in residence at Oxford University, the perfect home base for exploring this historic university. Visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and punt down the River Cherwell before making your way to Spain.
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! Make your way through the winding streets of Florence to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to Blyth Academy Florence. Stop in and say hello to our staff and students before departing south to Rome where you will visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the grandeur of the ancient Colosseum.
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 study abroad adventure.
Explore the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, 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 begins in Vietnam’s second largest city, Hanoi, a bustling metropolis often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’ due to its large collection of French colonial architecture. The city is hugely popular with tourists and is bursting with arts, culture, museums, shopping, and theatre. Take a walking tour into the city’s French Quarter and be amazed at the beauty of the Hanoi Opera House and the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
Taking a breather from the city life, we’ll board a two-day overnight boat cruise that will wind its way to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to 1600 limestone islands, enormous caves, beaches, and wildlife.
Rested and relaxed, we’ll venture over 1,000km south to the country’s capital and largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City. A fast-paced and rapidly evolving city, it is a mix of old and new, with 19th-century buildings side-by-side with sleek modern skyscrapers, temples, and pagodas. Ho Chi Minh city is renowned for its famous night-markets and delicious street food – the perfect place to fill up before heading into the lush jungles of Cambodia.
Step out of the city and into the lush jungles 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 Buddhist temples, see shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carvings and inhabited by orange-clad monks, and get your thrills on a zip line 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 their 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.
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 studying abroad 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 to discover its unique aquatic life, before travelling 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! 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 next stop in New Zealand is Rotorua. Known for its geothermal activity, the area features numerous geysers and hot mud pools.
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 rainforests of Costa Rica to 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.
We will begin our adventure in Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, 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 hot springs before heading to Playas del Coco. It seems like a sleepy seaside town at first glance, but once you’ve familiarized yourself, you’ll find that it’s a friendly and lively place where tourists easily mix with locals and other travellers from around the globe. At night, the central plaza fills with people, food, laughter, and dancing in the true pura vida spirit.
Say goodbye to Costa Rica and head south to Ecuador. Our inland tour will include a stop in Puembo to study in the picturesque public parks and squares, and wander the local markets filled with fresh foods and artisan treasures.
We then head into the Amazon basin to experience a wildlife adventure of a lifetime — believed by many to be home to the most diverse ecosystem in the world, with thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, and insects. Hike along jungle trails, study poolside and take in the views from your terrace while chattering troops of monkeys swing by.
Move to the northern town of Otavalo to get the opportunity to browse the Otavalo Market, known for its vibrant, Ecuadorian woven products, which can be bartered and brought home as souvenirs of your incredible time studying abroad.
Our adventure continues in Peru, a country world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture. Experience Lima, the country’s capital where a bustling metropolis exists within an ancient city. 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 lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes, become acquainted with the area’s culture and history, which illuminates through 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
TERM ONE OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
August 26 2019 – May 23, 2020
(Incl. Taxes & Fees)
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$21,295|
- English (ENG3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- World History to the End of the 15th Century (CHW3M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology(HSP3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Physics (SPH3U)
- Chemistry (SCH3U)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
- Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
- Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
- World Cultures (HSC4M)
- Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
- Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
- World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Physics (SPH4U)
- Chemistry (SCH4U)
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Walking tours of Sydney, Brisbane, Queenstown, Auckland and Cusco
- Excursions to Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cu Chi Tunnels, The Great Barrier Reef and local beaches
- Visits to the Vatican, Colosseum, Acropolis, Temples of Angkor and Machu Picchu
- Zip lining, Mekong River cruise, Ha Long Bay boat tour, snorkelling, hiking & trekking, surf lesson, swimming in hot springs, and a traditional Maori feast
- Community Service opportunities available
Oxford: St.Hilda’s College
Barcelona: Travelodge Poblenou
Florence: Hotel Arizona
Rome: Hotel Trustever
Crete: Kastro Hotel
Athens: Hotel Stanley
Hanoi: La Suite Hotel in Hanoi
Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sail Cruise
Ho Chi Minh City: Blue Diamond Hotel
Siem Reap: Salasara Hotel
Luang Prabang: Sanakeo Boutique Hotel
Chiang Rai: Maryo Resort
Ko Lanta: Southern Lanta Resort
Ayutthaya: Krungsri River Hotel
Sydney: Sydney Central YHA
Whitsunday Coast: Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Brisbane: George William Hotel
Queenstown: The Lofts Queenstown
Rotorua: Sudima Rotorua
Auckland: Econo Lodge Auckland
Playas del Coco: TBA
Sacred Valley: TBA
*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,095.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.
All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.