International Field Study

S20 Boston-Open to All Students

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest and noteworthy cities. Commonly referred to as ‘Beantown’, thanks to it’s love for beans baked in molasses, this major city has plenty of stories to tell. From the American Revolution to the site of USA’s very first public school, spend your break week discovering the reason over 19 million visitors make their way to Boston every year.

Day 1 | Depart for Boston 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Report to the Welland Campus for a 6:00am departure to Boston, MA. Upon arrival in Beantown, we will check into our hotel and have some time to freshen up and grab a bite to eat. After dinner, we will go to the Skywalk Observatory Boston for some incredible views of the city we will call home the next four nights.

 

Day 2 | Freedom Trail

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

After a great nights rest, we take to the streets and experience the Freedom Trail Walking Tour. This 1.5hr tour will highlight the revolutionary history that took place at 11 of the 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites. Don’t spoil your appetite, tonight we take a North End/Little Italy Food Tour! In the North End, the streets are narrow and compact, and there is history – Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, burial grounds – seemingly around every corner. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, virtually all of them Italian, and the locals carefully maintain their deeply-rooted ties to Italian culture. This is the oldest urban neighborhood in America. The air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and scents of coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants, as we wind our way through the scenic narrow streets.

Day 3 | Boston Harbor

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Roosevelt, JFK, Obama, Gates, Zuckerberg and you! These are people who have all strolled the hallowed grounds of Harvard University. Enjoy a tour of Harvard featuring Harvard Yard, a history of the university, general information, and a unique view on the student’s individual experience. Following our tour, we make our way to the New England Aquarium which is home to the largest shark and sting ray touch tank on the East Coast. Be sure to gaze at the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals. End the day with a Boston Harbour Historic Sightseeing Cruise. During this 90 minute cruise learn about Revolutionary war, USA’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse and how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest in the country.

Day 4 | Fenway

Friday, April 24, 2020

Visit “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” – Fenway! During this one hour tour you will sit atop the Green Monster and learn the history of a park celebrating all things Red Sox since 1912. Following our tour we will make our way to the Samuel Adams Brewery. Now one of America’s leading independent craft breweries, the first batch of Samuel Adams was brewed in founder Jim Koch’s kitchen after discovering a recipe belonging to his great great grandfather while in his father’s attic.

Tonight, we venture out as a group one final time to the quaint Charles Playhouse to watch Shear Madness-America’s hilarious whodunit! Shear Madness is a popular interactive comedy that keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night. Prepare to have a good laugh!

Day 5| Depart Boston

Saturday April 25, 2020

So long, farewell! This morning it’s time to say goodbye to Boston and head back to Welland after breakfast.

PAYMENT TERMS

Deposit
Second
Final

PAYMENT AMOUNT

$250
$250
$250 +/-

PAYMENT AMOUNT

02/14/2020
03/13/2020
04/03/2020

*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

APPROXIMATE. PRICE
$750 +/- (After $170 Grant)

TRIP DATE 04/21/2020

TO

04/25/2020

TRIP DESTINATION
Boston, USA

PROGRAM

Open to all Niagara College Students and Alumni within 6 months of graduation. Please note that only current full-time students are eligible for the Be World Ready Grant.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
02/14/2020

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email studentaccounts@niagaracollege.ca and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
 
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.
 
 

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email beworldready@niagaracollege.ca a copy/photo.

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