Semester Exchange

Disney & University of Florida

Experience the Magic of Disney and Spend your summer at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ gaining valuable hospitality & customer service work experience! Learn about tourism, hospitality, destination & event management in a fun & exciting environment from best-in-class professors and industry experts in one of the world’s leading tourism destinations – DisneyWorld Florida. In partnership with the University of Florida, students will work in a paid front line or behind the scenes position at DisneyWorld and earn up to 12 credits studying Hospitality, Business and Tourism courses at UF.

The University of Florida’s Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI) and Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) in conjunction with Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) are offering a six-month academic exchange experience program for second year BBAH students and students enrolled in tourism, hospitality, marketing, business or other related fields at other University of Florida international partner schools.

UF Disney International Exchange Students also participate in the Disney Total Rewards Program. Here is a small peek into Total Rewards:

  • Complimentary admission to Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks

  • Discounts on select merchandise, dining, recreation, and resort accommodations at participating locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort

  • The chance to take part in special cast member events and activities, such as behind-the-scenes tours, sports leagues, volunteer activities, and sneak previews of attractions

  • The opportunity to attend exclusive events and activities including pool parties, trips to the beach, movie nights, and more


Six-weeks prior to arriving in the United States, students will take two UF courses conducted online. Upon arrival in Gainesville, Florida, students will experience the UF college life. During the first days, they will be given an on-campus orientation, on-campus tour, icebreaker activities, meet-and-greets with tourism faculty and other international students in the program. They will be assisted in finalizing international visitor paperwork, obtaining student ID cards, and receiving an overview of both the academic courses and the upcoming work experience.

Students will finish the two courses during the Summer, and will take other two courses during the Fall semester, while working at Disney.

Additional information for courses taken during the exchange can be found here.

Disney Internship:

Program participants will have the opportunity to work in front of the house or back of the house operations at Disney’s theme parks and resorts and obtain real-world experience working for a world-renowned entertainment company. This will be an once-in-a-lifetime experience where students will meet and work with people from all over the world and gain valuable experience for their career. Students will learn invaluable business practices from Disney leaders and develop and refine their skills in leadership, guest service, teamwork, and communications. Students will work 30 – 37.5 hours per week and be paid (approximately) $11 USD per hour.

Participants will have the opportunity to work at any one of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, resorts, or other recreational areas including the water parks, studios, and Disney Springs® locations.


Students will live in Disney Program Housing.

In assigning apartments and roommates, all accommodations will be assigned by gender and whether participants are over or under the age of 21. There is no co-ed housing. Apartments may include up to 8 participants per apartment. Company-sponsored housing is for exclusive use of Disney Internships & Programs participants .Guests are welcome to visit a participant’s apartment complex, however, overnight guests are prohibited. Transportation service is available to cast members who live at one of Disney’s apartment complexes only. The primary purpose of the transportation system is to provide cast members with a shuttle to their work location on a scheduled route. Shuttles to local merchants for groceries and sundries also are provided.

*All bedrooms are shared by two- three people. Living areas and kitchens are shared between everyone in the apartment. All apartments are non-smoking.

Upon successful completion of the exchange and internship, students will receive all transfer credits for their terms 5 & 6 of the BBAH program.

2020 Program Cost: $3,998.04 USD

*NC students will pay their NC tuition fees, plus the difference for the UF program and international insurance costs.

**A $1,500 Be World Ready Scholarship is provided to all successful candidates to offset additional expenses.

What is included:

  • Education tuition and fees for 12 credit hours at the University of Florida

  • Housing accommodations, all meals, transportation, tours, cultural and sports excursions while at the University of Florida prior to arrival to Walt Disney World®

  • Admission to one UF Sporting Event

  • Gator One student ID card

  • Orientation and Graduation Reception

  • Supervision and support by UF program faculty and staff for the duration of the Academic Exchange Experience

  • Limited access to the University of Florida’s instructional, technological, and student resources




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

Gainesville, Florida


This opportunity is available to all second year BBAH students. Students will go abroad during Term 6 (Fall 2020) which is the first term of their third year.

2020 Program Dates:

May 14
Course 1 commences online

June 27
Arrival in Gainesville, Florida; dormitory check-in

June 29 – July 13
Gainesville Immersion Experience

July 9-12
Orientation at Walt Disney World Resort

July 13
Arrival and check-in at Walt Disney World® Resort

December 10
Project Presentations and Luncheon

December 17
Last Day of Disney Program and check-out day


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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