International Field Study

F19 Chicago – Open College Wide

Experience the hustle & bustle of Chicago, the Windy City! Check out the city’s many architectural wonders while enjoying a true Chicago spin on some culinary delights!

Day 1 l October 22, 2019 

Bueller? Bueller? Report to the Welland Campus for 6:00am sharp to depart for the Windy City! Upon arrival into Chicago, 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 360 Chicago Observation Deck to see some of the most incredible views of the city that we will call home for the next 4 nights!


Day 2 l October 23, 2019

After a great nights rest, we take to the streets and walk over to the Navy Pier. This iconic landmark and lakefront treasure has so much to offer! From the Centennial Wheel & Pier Park, savoury food vendors to the local artisans with their Chicago-centric creations, you will surely enjoy your time here.

After some time to explore, we meet to embark on an Architectural sightseeing cruise departing Navy Pier! As we cruise past some of the city’s landmarks, learn about Chicago’s history as you take in breath-taking views of over 40 world famous skyscrapers and landmarks.

This afternoon, we indulge in some famous Chicago-style dishes on a food tour. From Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza and popcorn, be sure to bring your appetite along with you as it’s going to be one delicious afternoon!

The remainder of your day will be at your leisure. Chicago is home to some famous sketch theater and improve comedy clubs, such as Second City. Feel free to take in a show and enjoy some laughs.


Day 3 l October 24, 2019

Prepare to spend your day in awe and fascination. We begin our morning with a visit to the Field Museum. The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture. With dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, cultural insights and ground-breaking science, you will surely feel more connected to science and natural history.

Continuing our journey with nature, we still have our cameras in hand as we head over to the Shedd Aquarium to learn more about the fascinating underwater creatures that live in our world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs. Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination as you chart your course through the aquarium!

The remainder of your day will be at your leisure. Perhaps take a short walk down the road head over the Adler Planetarium for a visit after and enjoy some unique views of the stars.


Day 4 l October 25, 2019

Today we put on our best walking shoes and our cutest Instagram outfit as we head down to Millennium Park, home to “The Bean”. The Bean, whose actual name is The Cloud Gate, is one of the top things to see in Chicago and one of the best opportunities for a selfie!

After taking more time to explore Millennium Park (and snap a few more selfies), we make our way to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s greatest art museums. This museum houses a collection that spans centuries and the globe. It is here that you can see the famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat that is seen in the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Tonight we come together as a group one final time for a group farewell dinner at Chicago’s famous dinner theater, Tommy Gun’s Garage. This 1920s inspired dinner theater will leave your belly full, of laughs and great food! As you sit down for a delicious dinner, you will be transported back to the 1920s with roaring twenties music, memorabilia and pictures of gangsters and coppers from that era.

 Day 5 l October 26, 2019 

So long, farewell! This morning it’s time to say goodbye to Chicago and head back to Welland after breakfast. Bus will depart at 9:00am for the NC Welland Campus.

  • Roundtrip transportation from Welland Campus via private motorcoach
  • Accommodations in quad occupancy bunk bed rooms
  • Insurance
  • Be World Ready t-shirt
  • 360 Chicago
  • Explore Navy Pier
  • Architectural Sightseeing Cruise
  • Chicago-Style Food Tour
  • Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Art Institute Chicago
  • Millennium Park
  • The Cloud Gate
  • Farewell Dinner at Tommy Gunn’s Garage
  • Daily Continental Breakfast




$230 +/-



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

$730 +/- (grant applied)

TRIP DATE 10/22/2019



Chicago, USA


This opportunity is open to all full-time Niagara College students


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
    • 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 [email protected] a copy/photo.

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