International Field Study

Ireland – Thriving Communities

While steeped in a rich history of traditions and culture, Ireland is also considered one of the most progressive and forward thinking countries to date. Ireland is routinely commended for it’s comprehensive social service efforts on both national and regional scales. Taking the lead on social responsibility, Ireland was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage as a result of a national public vote in 2015. Take the opportunity to discover the Emerald Isle’s social initiatives and enhance your understanding of community services.

Day 1| Depart for Ireland 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Meet with your fellow Niagara College peers at Toronto airport for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and relax during our overnight flight to the Emerald Isle!



Day 2| Dublin

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Welcome to Ireland! After dropping our bags off at the hotel, we set off to take in the sights and sounds of Ireland’s capital city-Dublin. Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off tour of this magnificent city and explore 32 of its most popular attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Grafton Street and the Ha’Penny Bridge.

Day 3 – 5| Castlebar

Monday, October 26 – Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The next four days of your time abroad will be spent in one of Ireland’s fastest growing communities – Castlebar! Named after an 11th century castle, Castlebar began as a small market town and has grown into the prominent community in County Mayo. While in Castlebar we will have the opportunity to learn alongside leaders in Irish community services at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and visit local industries to discover the impact that social services have on Castlebar’s community. This will include the impact of regional initiatives, the benefits of engaging locals to be active, and caring for the vulnerable.

Day 6| Castles

Thursday, October 29, 2020

No trip to Ireland would be complete without touring some of their 30,000 castles. As we travel around the County of Mayo’s rolling green hills that give Ireland it’s Emerald Isle nickname, we will stop at the former homes of royalty, knights and lords. Be sure to have your camera in hand!

Day 7| Cliffs of Moher

Friday, October 30, 2020

Welcoming over a million visitors a year, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. Towering 120 – 214 meters above the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs provide a natural panoramic of the Aran Islands of Galway Bay. After our experience at the edge of Ireland, we head south to Galway. Known for its near constant festival-like atmosphere, Galway ranks as the cultural capital of Ireland and is home to 10% of the countries Irish speakers.

Day 8| Dublin

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Our last day in Ireland brings us back to the nation’s capital where we will have the opportunity to reflect on the importance and impact that community services have and the role that they will continue to have with shaping this beautiful country.

Day 9| Depart Ireland

Sunday, November 1, 2020

It’s time to say our final farewell to the amazing Emerald Isle. Until next time!

Next stop – Toronto.

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel Insurance
  • In-country Transportation
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Vocational Sessions at GMIT
  • Industry Visits
  • Hop-on-hop-off Dublin
  • Castles
  • Cliffs of Moher


Second Payment
Third Payment
Final Payment


$501 +/-



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

$1899 ($500 Grant Applied)

TRIP DATE 10/24/2020



Dublin, Castlebar & Galway


This opportunity is open to all current School of Community Services students and alumni within six months of graduation. Please note that only current full-time students are Be World Ready Grant eligible.


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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