International Summer Academy
The St. Michael's College School International Summer Academy is intended to provide St. Mike's students with an opportunity to study abroad in an exciting international setting.
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 a summer course 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).
Students registered at St. Michael’s will be granted permission to take part in the international summer programme if they meet course prerequisites.
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 the Grade 12 International Business course (BBB 4MS). 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.
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.
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.
Programmes are open to all St. Michael’s College School students who achieve satisfactory progress in the pre-requisite course, typically 80% or higher.
The programme fee is set at $6350. A deposit of $3175 will be required upon registration. The deadline is January 15, 2018. Full payment must be paid by March 26, 2018. Fee does not include: application fee, 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 2:30-4 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.
Course start date: July 2 (online introductory activities until July 6)
Course end date: July 29 (upon arrival in Toronto)
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 online introductory activities portion of the course.
CurfewSunday - 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.
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 and Insurance
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.
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.
Cancellations must be received by the ISA Programme Director in writing and are subject to the following conditions:
- Received by December 26, 2018: full refund excluding an administration fee of $350. In addition, please note that the application fee is non-refundable once you have registered.
- Received between March 27, 2018 and May 1, 2018: amount submitted by the applicant excluding $1250 (deposit).
- Received after May 1, 2018: no refund
Cancellation due to the participants’ medical condition or death of an immediate family member, 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 ItinerariesWe 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 ItineraryThe 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.
International Business Fundamentals, BBB 4MS
Grade 12, University/College (Italy)
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.