The International Summer Academy at SMCS is intended to give the students of St. Michael’s College School an opportunity to study in one of several international settings.

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As a response to the ever increasing pace of globalization and mobility, and in order to pay greater attention to the inherent advantages of an international setting, St. Michael’s College School is offering summer courses as an extension, and as a complement to the regular day school programme. In keeping with current school regulations, students may register for a summer course if they are in good academic and behavioural standing, achieving an acceptable grade in the pre-requisite course(s), and/or have the recommendation of the Director of the International Summer Academy.

For years, school led international study remained the domain of the university. In an effort to expand the university preparation which takes place on campus, St. Michael’s now offers summer courses in French, Italian, International Business and World Politics. Language courses will be offered at the Grade 11 level, and in keeping with school regulations, International Business and World Politics, courses not offered during the day school programme, will be offered at the Grade 12 level.

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Students registered at St. Michael’s will be granted permission to take part in the international summer programme if they meet course prerequisites. Students not attending St. Michael’s College School may be considered for participation in the programme.

The Summer Academy is therefore intended for young men filled with academic curiosity who wish to explore beyond the confines of a traditional classroom. They will receive the opportunity to expand their intellectual and cultural horizons. Students will gain an opportunity to study in historically significant centres, international in nature, and culturally stimulating. All programming is intended to prepare students, in the traditional St. Michael’s College School fashion, for future study in their chosen field.


While in Italy, students enrolled in the Summer Academy will pursue one of three available courses. Starting with an extended sojourn in Rome, students will visit the Arc of Constantine while marveling at the grandeur of the Colosseum, the Palatino and the Forum Romanum.

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Visits to the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain precede the culminating visit to St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Rome is truly the world’s grandest open air museum.

While in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery tour allows students to see some of the greatest works of art ever conceived by mankind. Simply standing in Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio in the background gives visitors a true sense of Florence’s grandeur and former political and economic might. The Duomo, The Tower of Giotto, the Baptistry and Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers a spectacular view of Ponte Vecchio and the rest of Florence, are also wonders to behold.

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Next, off to Milan, but not before a stop at the Ferrari Museum which will make for a wonderful photo opportunity. While in Milan, visits to the Duomo di Milano, a cathedral nearly six centuries in the making, the Sforza Castle, the Palazzo Reale and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping centre in the world, are scheduled. In addition, students enrolled in International Business will participate in a presentation offered by the Laureate International Universities, with campuses located in Switzerland, Italy, Australia and the United States. Students enrolled in other courses will also be offered the opportunity to participate in the presentation. Milan’s very existence and growth over the centuries is centred on its historic, cultural and geographic attributes. Once known as the centre of international trade, the city of Milan remains a commercial hub to this day.The final leg of the trip brings students to one of the greatest cities in the world, Venice. Rich with history and intrigue, Venice has been virtually untouched for the last 600 years. Along with Milan, Venice stands as one of the ancient world’s most important business centres. You will be in a state of amazement as you gaze at St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Winged Lion, symbol of San Marco and Venice itself. Optional glass blowing demonstration and mask making workshop tours will be offered.


The International Summer Academy in France begins its journey in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Paris is also the single most visited city on Earth.

Whether it is the middle of the afternoon, or late in the evening, the view of and from the Eiffel Tower is simply breathtaking. See the Seine as it meanders through the city. Visits to Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre are “de rigeur”. Students will enjoy reading their course novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, while gazing at the Cathedral. Visits to some of the most beautiful cities and towns such as Lyon, renowned for its culinary traditions and its quaint squares, Tours, home to the great castles of the Loire Valley, and Arles, allow for visits to Place Van Gogh, Pont Wilson, a Roman Forum, and an amphitheater where you will witness an epic gladiatorial battle. While touring, enjoy a café au lait or a crème glacée, take a photo or two and pick up that special little gift.
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Next, Nice and the French Riviera, where students can bask in the sun and play on one of the most outstanding stretches of beach in the world. Consent from parents will allow you to buckle in to a parachute and parasail the coast for a breathtaking view of all of Nice and the Côte d’Azur. No consent will be necessary to participate in the fourth annual ISA Beach Volleyball Tournament. A walk along the Promenade des Anglais will allow students to immerse themselves in French culture, language and traditions. Also, don’t miss the summer games of Nice, watching world title boxing matches, international beach volleyball competitions or a game of pétanque.


Spain, Iberian beauty located in southwestern Europe is only one of three coountries in the world bordered by the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Spain is said to be the first empire on which the sun never set as she set out creating new trade routes across oceans and conquering terrioty throughout the globe, carving out the Spanish Golden Age.
Throughout, Madrid, our first stop, remained the centre of Spanish life and culture. Students will admire Madrid’s complex and diverse history as they visit the Moorish Quarter, the grand square in Puerta del Sol and the Prado Museum. Students will enjoy priority entrance to see some of its most important masterpieces amongst the 7600 paintings and the 1000 sculptures. Our guide walks us chronologically through history—from the fantastical Bible scenes painted in the Middle Ages by Hieronymus Bosch to the ground-breaking works of Francisco Goya.

Students will discover Madrid’s medieval origins at Barrio de la Moreria and at Puerta del Sol. They will have an opportunity to see the city’s transition from a Muslim fortress to a Renaissance powerhouse. No visit to Madrid is complete without a walk along the Gran Vía.

Next, off to Valencia where students will visit the Oceanografic. Time is also set aside for students who wish to visit the entire “City of the Arts and Sciences”. Students will also get a worthwhile lesson in business and the free market economy as they spend time in the Plaza del Mercado. Finally a climb to the the top of the Catedral de Valencia after mass will provide a great photo opportunity as we look over all of Valencia.

Finally, Barcelona founded as a Roman city has grown to become an economic and administrative centre as well as an important cultural centre and tourist destination. Barcelona is one on the world’s leading economic and trade fair centres. It has great influence in the world of commerce, media, fashion and the arts and sciences.

Visits to the Gothic Quarter, where many buildings date from medieval times would not be complete without a tour of the Sagrada Familia and then on to the Placa Reial. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit Palau Guell as well Park Guell and Palau de la Musica Catalana.


The Summer Academy course in Croatia consists of a one week in-class experience at SMCS, a one week expedition working in the spectacular Krka National Park, and a third week on Mljet Island in southern Dalmatia off the coast of Dubrovnic.

In the first week in Krka National Park students will spend each day working on different monitoring projects. Fish surveys will be done from boat and foot based electrofishing surveys and netting surveys of various habitats along the Krka River. Reptile surveys will be conducted to determine how the Four lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata), Nose horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes) and the Leopard Rat Snake (Zamenis situla) separate their niches, and distribution surveys of the giant Glass Lizard (Pseudopus apodus) will also be conducted. Mammal surveys will be done using camera traps and searching areas for footprints and faecal samples to track the local wolf population, as well as the endemic vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi) found in the Dinaric mountains.

In addition to fieldwork, the group will have a series of lectures covering Mediterranean Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. There will also be a seminar session on how to pursue a career in wildlife conservation.

During our second week in Mljet National Park, students will complete a PADI Open Water dive training course that involves a combination of theory lessons, confined water dives and open water dives to gain an official scuba diving qualification. Students will also complete an Adriatic ecology course that covers topics such as Mediterranean fish and survey techniques, management of Mediterranean fisheries, the ecology and survey techniques for seagrass beds, invasive species and conservation in action. Each lecture is accompanied by an in water practical (diving or snorkelling).

Students will have the opportunity to combine their scuba diving skills with their new knowledge of marine ecosystems to assist in a number of aquatic research opportunities.



Programmes are open to all St. Michael’s College School students who achieve satisfactory progress in the pre-requisite course, typically 80% or higher. Students not attending St. Michael’s College School may be considered for the programme if their application is accompanied by a letter of reference from their current school principal or counsellor, as well as the sponsoring SMCS family.

Programme Fee

The programme fee is set at $5995. A deposit of $1250 will be required upon registration. The deadline is December 19, 2015 Full payment, including comprehensive insurance must be paid in full by February 20, 2016. Fee does not include: application fee, departure/airport taxes and fees, optional outings, gratuities, lunches and extras with meals.

All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change up to point of departure.


Classes are generally held from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tutorial sessions are offered daily from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Individual teacher/student conferences will be scheduled based on student need or course requirement. When necessary, classes will be held on Saturdays or Sundays. Recreational activities will be organized for afternoons and weekends.

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Outings may be an optional portion of the programme. They are local and supplemental to the academic programme. They may include art galleries, concerts, museums and special events which have a cultural component. They are typically reasonable in cost (15 euros or less). The optional programming is designed to give students the opportunity to explore, if they wish to do so, beyond the focus of the programme in a supervised environment. Details such as schedules and costs of these outings are provided to students immediately prior to departure during the classes held at St. Michael’s College School.


Sunday - Thursday: 10 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: 11 p.m.

Curfew may be altered at the discretion of the International Summer Academy personnel based on student needs or parental direction.

Participants’ Behaviour

Parents and students are required to sign the application form upon having read the terms and conditions in this brochure. A student behaviour policy describing the code of conduct will be sent to students and parents and must be read, signed and returned to the Programme Director, prior to departure. The International Summer Academy reserves the right to terminate a student’s participation in the programme at any time if the participant’s behaviour is deemed inappropriate and unacceptable. This will be done at the participant’s, parents’ or guardians’ expense and no refund will be issued. Should a student, parent or legal guardian choose to discontinue participation in a program once a program has commenced, it will be at the student’s, parents’ or legal guardians’ expense and no refund will be issued. Any costs incurred as a result of damages, for which students are deemed responsible, must be paid for by students and/or parents or legal guardians prior to the group’s return home.

St. Michael’s College School provides academic services only for the International Summer Academy and is responsible for and limited to the review and accreditation of courses designed by the International Summer Academy. St. Michael’s College School shall not be held responsible for any damage, loss, claim or injury of any kind whatsoever arising out of or in connection with students’ involvement in these programmes.

Students are expected to adhere to the laws of the country, curfew rules, attend classes daily and on time, and treat all members of the programme with respect. Use of illegal drugs, alcohol consumption, or use of motorized vehicles is not permitted regardless of programme location and laws of the land. Overnight stays not related to the programme are not allowed.

Travel Documentation

A valid passport with an expiry date six months beyond the end date of the programme must be presented with the completed application. It is the sole responsibility of the registered student to have appropriate travel documentation.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is optional, however it is recommended that you purchase the comprehensive insurance plan offered through this programme in order to obtain the protection that suits the needs of our students. The travel insurance offered by ISA is a comprehensive deluxe package which provides cancellation, interruption, medical, emergency medical, baggage and personal effects, flight accident and travel accident insurance.

Premiums are non-refundable after date of purchase and must be requested and paid for, in full, when the application is submitted.

Participants choosing not to purchase the group travel insurance will be required to supply the International Summer Academy with proof of current and valid out-of-province medical coverage. Comprehensive travel insurance for the International Summer Academy is $295.


Cancellations must be received by the ISA Programme Director in writing and are subject to the following conditions:

  • Received by December 19, 2015: full refund excluding an administration fee of $350. In addition, please note that the application fee and insurance (if purchased) is non-refundable once you have registered.
  • Received between December 20, 2015 and February 1, 2016: amount submitted by the applicant excluding $1250 (deposit) and the insurance fee if purchased.
  • Received after February 1, 2016: no refund

Cancellation due to the participants’ medical condition or death of an immediate family member, and if programme insurance has been purchased in advance, may result in a refund if the appropriate documentation is presented at time of claim.


Students will be informed of weight allowance in a travel package provided in May. This information is subject to change. Excess baggage costs are the responsibility of the participants. Luggage travels at the risk of the passenger and the ISA is not responsible for any delay, loss, or damage to it or its contents.

Deviations to Flight Itineraries

We ask that students fly with the group to their destination, however if you are planning alternative arrangements it should be noted that the minimum fee charged by airlines to alter group flights is $300 and this amount may increase based on programme flight, airline and dates requested. All expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Should you choose not to fly with the group on both the outgoing flights and incoming flights we can assist you with a separate ticket if you wish, and your programme fee will be adjusted accordingly. The selected travel service can also assist with flights for parents to coincide with students’ flights. Please speak with the Programme Director for details.

Liability/Errors and Omissions

The International Summer Academy provides supervision of registrants for all programmes, events and activities, which it has specifically arranged in accordance with its itinerary. Registrants are however responsible to ensure that they follow the itinerary and are also responsible for ensuring they follow any changes to the itinerary. In the event that registrants participate or engage in activities, events or excursions not specifically organized and sanctioned by the International Summer Academy, or conduct themselves in an inappropriate or unacceptable manner, they shall do so at their own risk and peril. The International Summer Academy shall not be held responsible for any damage, loss, claim or injury of any kind suffered in such circumstances, or as a result of such behaviour, whether by willful conduct or by an act of omission. The International Summer Academy cannot be responsible for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or expense resulting from events beyond their control including, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, incidents of politically motivated violence, war, sickness, government restrictions or regulations. The International Summer Academy reserves the right to use pictures and videos of staff and students taken on site for promotional purposes.

Changes to Itinerary

The International Summer Academy reserves the right to make alterations to the itinerary, to withdraw a programme due to insufficient enrolment (with full refund issued to parents), or refuse to accept or retain a member of the group, as it deems necessary, and will advise registrants of any changes which significantly alter the programme they have selected.


Civics, CHV 20S

Grade 10, Open (Online)

This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada. They will explore their own and others’ ideas about civics questions and learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them.

Prerequisite: None

Career Studies, GLC 20S

Grade 10, Open (Online)

This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores postsecondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan.

Prerequisite: None

Core French, FSF 3US

Grade 11, University (France)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills. Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or a play. Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Core French, Academic

International Languages (Italian), LWI CUS

Level 3, Open (Italy)

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their communication skills in the international language and increase their confidence in applying them in a variety of practical situations, including contexts related to future employment. Students will engage in a variety of activities and use resources that will allow them to use the language in various real-life situations. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language is spoken, and investigate careers that require facility in the language.

Prerequisite: Level 2 International Languages, Academic or Open

International Languages (Spanish), LWS 3U1

Level 3, Open (Spain)

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their communication skills in the international language and increase their confidence in applying them in a variety of practical situations, including contexts related to future employment. Students will engage in a variety of activities and use resources that will allow them to use the language in various real-life situations. They will also continue to explore aspects of the culture of countries where the language is spoken, and investigate careers that require facility in the language.

Prerequisite: Level 2 International Languages, Academic (LWS BD1)

International Business Fundamentals, BBB 4MS

Grade 12, University/College (France, Italy, Spain)

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for post-secondary programmes in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Prerequisite: None

Canadian and World Politics, CPW 4US

Grade 12, University (France, Italy, Spain)

This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply critical-thinking and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Conservation Biology, IDC 4U

Grade 12, University (Croatia)

In this course students will gain a foundation in both the theory of conservation biology and the methods that researchers use in the field to track the health of ecosystems. Students will work with scientists from the Croatian Institute of Biodiversity to survey caves, monitor a local wolf pack, capture birds for population monitoring, and study the habitat of the giant glass lizards that live in Krka National Park. Students will also spend a week scuba diving in the Adriatic Sea as they study coral reef ecology.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Programme Director:
Mr. Frank Trentadue '84
416-653-3180 ext. 231

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