F19 Chicago – Open College Wide



Trip Destination

Chicago, USA

Approximate Price

$730 +/- (grant applied)

Trip Date




Application Deadline


Cost Information

Cost for Domestic Students: $500-$1000 (includes IFS + BWR Course)
Cost for International Students: $1000 (includes IFS + BWR Course)
Cost for Students Not Willing to Take the BWR Course: ~$5000 (Full amount of IFS)

Above costs are for International Field Studies, for other programs please see the approximate cost listed above.

Program Information

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

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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!

Travel Visa + Immigration Documentation:

Students are responsible for researching and applying for any required visa(s) on their own; Be World Ready is not able to apply for any travel visa(s) on your behalf. Be World Ready will provide you with supporting documentation as needed to apply for a Visa once the deadline to register has passed. All international students will need to ensure that their Study Permits and Student Visas are not expired before the date of return from the international experience, to ensure that there are no challenges upon reentry to Canada. Travel restrictions and requirements for entry to Canada may change at any time. All travellers are responsible for remaining up to date with any restrictions and requirements for travel and re-entry to Canada leading up to and throughout their International Field Study. Niagara College Canada will assume no responsibility for any changes to governing body travel restrictions, required documentation for travel or any refused entry as a result of change. Travellers are encouraged to review the Government of Canada Website for the latest restrictions and requirements for entry to Canada, as well as to check entry requirements to their destination country as a Canadian citizen.

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
The Be World Ready program at Niagara College prepares you for global success through education, exchange, and international experience. This program offers you the opportunity to experience culturally diverse learning environments, understand different perspectives and connect practical skills with a global mindset to help you launch your career.
An international field study is a 7 – 10 day experience that incorporates both vocational and cultural elements, while visiting some of the world’s most famous sights! Many of our international field studies are customized for specific Schools and programs at Niagara College, allowing students to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. All international field studies depart during the Niagara College break weeks to ensure that students do not miss any classes.
All international field studies will include roundtrip airfare (where applicable), accommodations, travel insurance, entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary, and some meals as outlined in the itinerary. A detailed list of inclusions and exclusions will be viewable on the posted webpage for any international field study on our website. Participants can expect to purchase some meals on their own and will need to bring spending money for any souvenirs, extra excursions, incidentals or items of a personal nature.

No. All aspects noted as included in the overall cost of the selected international field study are mandatory with no exceptions made. Our international field studies are built using group pricing and it is important that we do not deviate from the inclusions as it could negatively impact our ability to offer fair pricing to all participants.

In addition to affecting group pricing, 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.

No. Students are not able to book their own flight in any way or alter the flights confirmed by Be World Ready. The round-trip flights as confirmed by Be World Ready are part of the package pricing, 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.

Each international field study destination has different accommodation providers or themes. Accommodation types that are used may include a combination of dorm-style rooms, homestays, tourist class hotels, or occasionally hostels. We strive to ensure we use centrally located accommodation when in city centres, allowing our participants to explore their surroundings more easily. Private accommodation is not guaranteed.

Rooms will vary in style on each trip; however, they are commonly twin share (2 people to a room with separate beds where possible). 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.

Students will be given the opportunity to meet their fellow travellers before the deadline to submit their roommate requests. Be World Ready does their best to accommodate rooming requests, but please note that final rooming arrangements are subject to room occupancy requirements and availability. A rooming list will be created by Be World Ready staff and shared with our accommodation providers before your departure. All participants will be emailed and will have the opportunity to identify their preferred roommate(s). While we will make every effort to ensure all preferences are met, we cannot guarantee it.

As long as they are current full-time Niagara College students and meet the program eligibility requirements. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any persons to participate in any of our international field studies that are not current full-time students at Niagara College.

In addition to regular communications shared with participants leading up to the departure of their international field study of choice, Be World Ready requires students to attend the Be World Ready course, which includes but is not limited to, online trainings and pre-departure training sessions. During the pre-departure training sessions, students will be presented with the overall expectations of the trip as well as in-depth details concerning their itinerary.

During their time abroad, students will be able to communicate with their trip leads directly, 24/7, with any questions or concerns.

All participants are required to hold a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond any expected date of return to participate in any opportunity involving outbound travel.

You are responsible for researching and applying for any required visa(s) on your own. Be World Ready is unable to tell you what visa you require and how to apply. Be World Ready will provide you with supporting documentation as needed to apply for a Visa. While Be World Ready is not able to advise or guide you in a heightened level of detail through any particular visa process, you may consider hiring a travel visa service to assist you with the visa application process, such as CIBT visas. Please note that Be World Ready and Niagara College do not endorse any third-party vendors, nor have any influence or control over any outcomes or services rendered. We cannot apply for a visa on behalf of any participant.

All international students will need to ensure that their Study Permits and Student Visas are not expired before the date of return from the international experience, to ensure that there are no challenges with reentry to Canada.

Yes, while it is great to have a Nexus card, all participants must hold a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond any expected date of return in order to participate in any opportunity outside of Canada.
Depending on your destination country, we encourage you to book an appointment with a travel health professional regarding any additional vaccinations and medications you may need. It is strongly encouraged that you book an appointment with the Campus Nurse to go over this information. To do so, please visit the medical office to book an appointment at your respective campus.
Be World Ready takes the safety of our staff and students very seriously and has a rigorous risk management assessment when creating all opportunities. Be World Ready staff monitor destination country risk levels as communicated by the Government of Canada. Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College take all possible precautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.
Students who sign up during the active promotional period for the international field study will be presented with a payment schedule to follow. At time of registration, students will be only required to pay the full non-refundable deposit that is disclosed at time of registration. Students who are permitted to sign up late will be expected to catch up on any payments missed according to the payment schedule advertised. In some instances, there may only be one payment due date.
Complete the eligibility quiz linked on the webpage of the International Field Study you’re interested in to find out if you meet eligibility requirements.
No. Students will not directly receive grant money as the full value of the grant has already been applied to the final payment to offset the total cost of the learning experience abroad. For students who do not complete all grant requirements by established deadlines (including the time of submission), the full grant amount may be charged directly to their student account. Details on grant requirements will be shared with you as part of the mandatory Be World Ready (SOCL 1128 or IDPL 9103) course, which all students participating in a Be World Ready International Field Study must enroll in and successfully complete to receive funding.
Students are only permitted to travel on an IFS to their home country if the IFS is program specific. IFS’ that are open to students from all programs do not permit students to travel if the destination is their home country. The purpose of the grant funding is to help students gain global competencies that they would not otherwise be exposed to, and as such, travelling to destinations they’ve previously lived in does not support this goal.
Students have the potential to travel and receive funding through Be World Ready up to 2 times; students can travel once on either an International Field Study, Summer Institute, or Semester Exchange, and they can potentially travel again for a Work Abroad opportunity (if eligibility requirements are met – please note that if more applications are received than work abroad grants available, priority will be given to those who have never travelled on any type of Be World Ready experience before). So, if you’re wanting to travel on an International Field Study, note that participation on an IFS is permitted only for students who have not yet experienced a Be World Ready IFS, Summer Institute, or Semester Exchange since beginning their studies at Niagara College.


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