International Field Study

Cork Ireland – Global Leadership on the Emerald Isle

Explore the Emerald Isle as few have done before! Learn from leading industry professionals, familiarize with Fortune 500 companies and immerse yourself in Ireland’s vibrant cultural traditions.


Day 1|Depart for Ireland

October 24, 2020 

Gather at Pearson International Airport, relax and get some sleep during your overnight flight. You have a big day Ireland!




Day 2|Rock of Cashel

October 25, 2020

Rub the sleep from your eyes and don your finest green, you have officially touched down in Dublin! Our first visit is to the Rock of Cashel. Home of Ancient kings, patron saints and unparalleled beauty – the Rock of Cashel brings together Ireland’s long legacy and trademark stunning scenery. Silhouetted against the sky, rising above the lush green fields of the surrounding countryside, the Rock is home to over 1,000 years of history. Next we will embark on a private coach to Cork, check into our accommodations, have some time to freshen up and then it’s time to enjoy an evening of Ceilidh (traditional Irish music & dance) inside the warm, character filled pub, An Spailin Fanach.

Day 3|Hop on, Hop off Cork

October 26, 2020

After a hearty Full Irish breakfast at our hotel, spend your afternoon experiencing the best Cork has to offer with the Cork City Hop on Hop Off Tour ! Visit the world-famous English Market, stop on St. Patrick’s Street to shop local brands, try your hand at ringing the bells at Shandon Cathedral and visit the Gothic Revival of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Spend the evening taking the Franciscan Well Brewery Tour!

  • Cork Hop on Hop Off Tour
  • Franciscan Well Brewery Tour
  • Group Dinner

Day 4| Jameson Experience Tour

October 27, 2020

Your first day at Cork Institute of Technology will include a campus tour of one of Europe’s leaders in innovation and a lecture on Globalization & the Future of work. The evening will be spent on touring the famous Jameson Distillery. The Jameson Experience Tour is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You’ll learn about the hard working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson’s name. On this tour, a friendly Jameson Ambassadors will guide you around some of our key buildings, including the warehouses and the Microdistillery. The tour finishes with your chance to do a guided comparative tasting of three famous whiskeys.

  • CIT Lecture
  • Jameson Distillery Tour

Day 5| Oliver Plunkett

October 28, 2020

Following a morning discussion on Cross Cultural Competencies and how they apply to an organization*. The evening will be spent enjoying live music and a group dinner at Oliver Plunkett. This traditional Irish pub named after the famous Oliver Plunkett street in Cork City is famous for the atmosphere built on music and dance that has long been a sweet spot for many looking for a great night out.  The pub is full with lines of poems, songs and old Irish so that everywhere you sit in the bar there are interesting things to look at or read.

  • CIT Lecture
  • Oliver Plunkett
  • Group Dinner

Day 6| Cork City Hall

October 29, 2020

Today’s speaker at CIT will educate students on the importance of Diversity and the Workforce*. Following the lecture, we are invited to visit the Lord Mayor of Cork and tour Cork City Hall. Learn why in 2019 the city extended it’s boundry for the first time in 50 years and welcomed 85,000 new residents in one day!

  • CIT Lecture
  • Industry site visit
  • Lord Mayor & City Hall visit

Day 7| Cork City Gaol

October 30, 2020

Today’s lecture will highlight Growth of International Businesses*. The afternoon will be spent taking a tour of the Cork City Gaol. Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners. Take a trip back in time and wander through the wings of the Gaol, accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates and the jingle of the warders’ keys. The cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures and Graffiti on the cell walls reveals the innermost feelings of some inmates. The audio-visual show will help you learn about the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th century Cork.

  • CIT Lecture
  • Industry site visit
  • Cork City Gaol Tour

Day 8|Blarney Castle

October 31, 2020

Your last full day in Ireland will be spent visiting one of the most famous historical sites in the world – The Blarney Castle! Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, the castle has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Found at the top of the tower is the legendary Stone of Eloquence, Kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll never again be lost for words! Later, immerse yourself in the Cobh Titanic Experience. Visit first and third class cabins, learn the details of one of the 123 passengers who came to the White Star Line Ticket Office on Thursday April 11th 1912. Experience the chill of the sinking, through a unique cinematographic experience, can you survive the sinking of the Titanic?

  • Blarney Castle & Grounds Tour
  • Cobh Titanic Experience and Spike Islands

Day 9|Depart Ireland

November 1, 2020

Hop on the private coach to Dublin, catch a final aerial view of the Emerald Isle and reflect on your amazing experience on your way to Toronto.

  • Private coach to  Dublin
    • Flight to Toronto


*Class schedule subject to change


  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 4 Dinners
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Lectures in Business & Management
  • Ground Transportation
  • Cork Hop On Hop Off Passes
  • Industry Site Visit
  • Jameson Distillery Tour
  • Oliver Plunkett Dinner & Show
  • Lord Mayor & City Hall Visit
  • Cork City Gaol Tour
  • Blarney Castle Tour
  • Cobh Titanic Experience
  • Spike Island Visit
  • Franciscan Well Brewery Tour

Not Included

  • Visa Fees (if necessary)
  • Passport
  • Transportation to/from Toronto
  • Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • Souvenirs


Second payment
Third Payment
Final Payment


$500 +/-



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

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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