Italy – That’s Amore – S23

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Closed

Trip Destination

Italy

Approximate Price

$1999 INCREASED BWR GRANT APPLIED

Trip Date

04/23/2023

TO

05/02/2023

Application Deadline

01/25/2023

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 available to all actively enrolled Niagara College students. Students who will be completing their program in April 2023 are not eligible. You must be returning to studies for the Spring/Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters to be eligible.

Students studying part-time in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023 are eligible for the full BWR grant for Spring 2023 IFS opportunities.

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Italy – That’s Amore – S23

Ciao Italia! This boot was made for walking! Imagine strolling the beautiful streets of Rome, gelato in hand while posing on the Spanish Steps for the perfect shot before skipping off to the Vatican to see one of the most incredible sights- the sensational ceiling fresco by Michelangelo. Perhaps you are not an art aficionado but have a flare for Italian cars, cruise on over to “Motor Valley” and tour some of the worlds most renowned car factories. If you are only in it for the delicious food, you are in luck as the entire country is full of incredible restaurants and cafés around every corner with a table just waiting for you. There is an unlimited number of reasons why Italy is loved by many.

Your dreamlike Italian adventure begins in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! As you disembark the aircraft in your finest sweatpants, we waste no time and kick things off with a city tour. We will experience an authentic sampling of hospitality and tourism in Italy by joining our academic partners at Università Cattolica for educational sessions at their campuses in Brescia and Piacenza! As if it was possible for this dreamlike adventure to get even more dreamy, we continue to Florence after our educational days are complete and round off our time in Italy in the eternal city – Rome.

From amazing sights with rich culture and history, including 55 UNESCO World Heritage sites, to decadent cuisine and everything in between, Italy is not to be missed. Are your boots made for walking?

My Advisor
Elisabeth Vint
Study + Work Abroad Advisor
Phone: 905-735-2211 x 3669
Location: Daniel J. Patterson Campus

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.

All international or domestic students, in full-time or part-time* status, and in good academic standing at Niagara College, are eligible for a Be World Ready grant to help offset the cost of their international experience. You must be actively enrolled in studies during the term of travel to participate. International Field Studies participation is permitted only for students who have not yet experienced a Be World Ready IFS since beginning their studies at Niagara College. 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. Eligibility requirements can vary from term-to-term, and from one opportunity to the next. Please complete the eligibility quiz linked on the specific opportunity page to determine if you meet eligibility requirements.

*Part-time students, are defined by Be World Ready as those actively enrolled in a Niagara College program, taking a minimum of 2 classes during the term of travel that contribute to their program progression and credential completion. Students taking a class that does not contribute to a program would not qualify to participate in a Be World Ready International Field Study.

Day 1: April 23, 2023

Tre, due, uno – let’s go! Grab your bags and don your finest sweatpants as you head to Toronto Pearson International Airport to board your flight to the fashion capital that is Milan, Italy! Sit back, relax, and try to catch a few winks before the week ahead.

Day 2: April 24, 2023 – Milan

Buongiorno Milano! Wipe the sleep from your eyes and pinch yourself because it’s not a dream, you’re in Italy! Upon arrival, we are met by our in-country tour manager who will help us board our bus as we head into the city for a walking tour!

This evening, we come together as a group to enjoy a welcome dinner. After dinner, enjoy a free evening to check out additional sites or maybe treat ourselves to some post dinner gelato. Yum!

  • Walking tour of Milan
  • Welcome dinner

(B, D)

Day 3: April 25, 2023 – Milan

Wake up feeling rested, energetic, and excited to seize the amazing day ahead! April 25th marks the anniversary of Italy’s liberation and is a public holiday. The significance of Liberation Day is that it is the anniversary of the liberation of Italy from the fascist regime and the Nazi occupation on the 25th of April 1945. We will enjoy much of our day at our leisure, hopefully with the opportunity to take in some commemoration events.

  • Time at leisure
  • Activity TBD

(B)

Day 4: April 26, 2023 – Brescia

Rise and shine! This morning we wave goodbye to Milan and make our way to Brescia to enjoy a lecture on Tourism and Hospitality in Italy with our academic partners at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’s Brescia campus! What better place to learn more about tourism and hospitality than in one of the world’s most visited countries.

This afternoon, we travel to Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, and gaze at the crystal-clear waters. There is so much to see and do in this area it is impossible to do it all in just one afternoon! From the ruins of a Roman Villa to an ancient fortress dating back to the 12th century, or a medieval castle, this will be an afternoon that will not disappoint.

After our visit in Lake Garda is complete, we will transfer to Piacenza where we will spend the next 2 nights and prepare for more engaging sessions with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore at their Piacenza campus.

  • Lecture on Hospitality and Tourism at Brescia Campus
  • Visit to Lake Garda
  • Transfer to Piacenza

(B)

Day 5: April 27, 2023 – Piacenza

Today we continue our “in the life of an Italian student” experience and travel to the Piacenza campus to partake in more amazing educational sessions. We get to dive further into gastronomy and viticulture as the topics of today’s educational sessions. These are absolutely two topics of conversation that go very well together. What is wine without cheese? With wine having been made in Italy for at least 4,000 years now, we are definitely learning from the experts!

This afternoon’s activity is still in a very exciting planning stage and details will be released at a later date.

  • AM lecture on Gastronomy, Viticulture
  • PM activity TBD

(B)

Day 6: April 28, 2023 – Piacenza

This morning, we travel back to the Piacenza campus one final time for our last educational session with our partners at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Our time spent with them has been incredible, and very informative, but it’s time to say arrivederci and make our way to beautiful Renaissance city of Florence.

As we are in the Lombardy region, no visit to this area would be complete without stopping at the Ferrari Museum enroute to Florence to learn more about the icon that is Enzo Ferrari. Known as the birthplace of a legend, the Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena is not just a museum, but rather an exhilarating experience. The museum is set in a 2,500 square metre plus pavilion that is futuristic in appearance and tells the magical story of Enzo Ferrari’s nine decades and the triumphs they brought.

Upon arrival in Florence, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

  • Final educational session at Piacenza campus
  • Visit Ferrari Museum
  • Transfer to Florence

(B)

Day 7: April 29, 2023 – Florence

This morning, we wake up in the heart of the historical centre of the Renaissance era – Florence! Better known as Firenze to the locals, and often referred to as a ‘walking museum’, we strap on our comfiest shoes, and we hit the streets for a walking tour. With your camera in hand, snap some incredible pics of Giotto’s Bell Tower, Basilica Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria. We will also see for ourselves why the Duomo is one of the world’s most remarkable architectural feats! Don’t forgot to take a moment away from your camera to simply take a moment to enjoy the beauty of it all.

  • Walking tour of Florence

(B)

Day 8: April 30, 2023 – Rome

We continue our journey down the boot this morning as we check out of our Florence digs and head to the world renown eternal city – Rome. There is a saying that goes “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do” and that is just what we have in store! Once known as the “capital of the world”, this richly historic, passionate, and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. On arrival in Rome, we will enjoy an orientation to get quickly acquainted with this breathtaking city.

  • Transfer to Rome
  • City tour of Rome

(B)

Day 9: May 1, 2023 – Rome

Our final day in Italy is an action packed one! Today, we visit the Vatican, see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the incredible works by Michelangelo. We also see the ancient side to Rome and pay our tributes to the brave gladiators who fought for supremacy during our visit at the infamous Colosseum.

Enjoy a bit of free time this afternoon before we come back together as a group to bid our farewells to the amazing Italy by enjoying a farewell cooking class for dinner.

  • Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peters visit
  • Visit the Colosseum

(B)

Day 10: May 2, 2023

And that’s a wrap! The moon hit our eyes like a big pizza pie, it was all simply amore!

(B)

Disclaimers: Be World Ready does their best to execute the itinerary as outlined above, however all elements are subject to change based on availability or requirement to adapt due to circumstances outside of our control. Cost of the overall experience may fluctuate up to a maximum of $200.00 +/- CAD due to volume of participants and local exchange rate. Students will be informed in writing as early as possible if it is foreseen that the cost will increase. Students are also reminded that it is their responsibility to research the entry requirements to the destination countries visited per their nationality and vaccination status.

* Price per student is in Canadian Dollars and reflects the Be World Ready (BWR) grant which has been applied to the total trip cost to heavily subsidize the rate per person for our Spring 2023 International Field Studies (IFS). Our future IFS BWR grants will not remain this high. To qualify for the full value of the BWR grant applied to this IFS, mandatory training and tasks are required to be completed, training and task expectations will be clearly communicated by BWR staff upon registration. Failure to complete the requirements as outlined by BWR staff will result in the value of the grant being billed back to the applicable student account, up to a maximum of $2500. Securing your seat on this trip will occur on a first come, first serve basis based on registration date, and meeting payment timelines.

Included

  • Round-trip airfare, including 1 checked bag (maximum weight is 23kg/50lb and maximum size is 158cm/62 linear inches)
  • Accommodations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as described in the daily itinerary
  • Rate per student is in Canadian Dollars and inclusive of taxes and fees

Not Included

  • Visa Fees (if neccessary)
  • Passport (or any associated costs)
  • Transportation to/from Toronto
  • Meals not outlined in the daily itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Departure taxes (otherwise known as an Exit Tax) or additional fees for items not noted as included, if applicable. Example of additional fees could be overweight baggage.
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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