International Field Study

Scotland – Spirit of the Highlands

Scotland is home to bagpipes, tartans and over 120 active distilleries that come in all shapes and sizes. From large ones with innovative displays and interactive exhibits explaining the process, to small ones which have preserved their distilling techniques and secrets since the 18th century. From the lowlands to the highlands sample your way through this amazing country and determine for yourself whether the Loch Ness Monster really is out there.

Day 1| Depart for Scotland

Wednesday April 22

Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

 

Day 2| Inverness

Thursday April 23

Shake off the jet lag, we just touched down in Scotland! Shortly after landing we make our way north to the city of Inverness – a lively community in the Scottish Highlands. Before settling into our accommodations for the night we will have our first distillery tour at Dalwhinnie Distillery. The Dalwhinnie distillery sits at the heart of the majestic Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Due to its high altitude setting, the distillery today also fulfils a dual function as a working meteorological station, with readings being taken daily.

Day 3| Loch Ness

Friday April 24

Today we will determine once and for all if the Loch Ness Monster exists. After making your own conclusion on the mythical ‘Nessie’, take the time to explore Urquhart Castle, a distinctly Highland heritage site that has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in Scotland’s history.

Day 4| Glenmorangie & Dalmore Distilleries

Saturday April 25

Begin the day visiting Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history. At a later visit to Dalmore Distillery you will find that for over 150 years, The Dalmore has set the standard in multi cask maturation. Hand selected casks, from the world’s finest bodegas and wineries are expertly curated to create a sumptuous and layered whisky of legendary finesse. End the day with a self guided tour of Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

Day 5| Culloden Battlefield

Sunday April 26

Start the day visiting one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites. Culloden Battlefield the site of the last pitched battle on British soil. Here Jacobite supporters (mostly Scottish descendants), seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government (English) troops. In less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites and ended the Jacobite uprising. After enhancing our knowledge of Scottish history we travel to Macallan Distillery. Located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824, the new 140 million pound visitors center sets the standard for distillery tours. We will end the day at Aberlour Distillery, which is steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs.

Day 6| Glenfiddich

Monday April 27

Site visits include Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich & Cardhu. Since 1947, Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world. Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky and one of the last family distilleries, while Cardhu was founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, becoming first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman.

Day 7| Lindores Abbey

Tuesday April 28

Today we travel to the beautiful city of Edinburgh for a tour of Lindores Abbey. With the help of expert guides you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation, and will learn about how after a break of 523 years, they are once again bringing whisky production back to the spiritual home of scotch whisky. Then join the Underground Edinburgh tour and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this spooky place.

Day 8| Free Day

Wednesday April 29

Free day to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle is the most recognizable landmark in the city, it sits atop a volcanic peak and dominates the city skyline. The castle was the setting for a number of important historical events in Scotland and many famous people once visited or lived within its walls including Mary, Queen of Scots.  Other possible excursions include the Royal Mile, St. Gile’s Cathedral, Holyrood Palace and many more!

Day 9| Depart Scotland

Thursday April 30

Sit back, relax and reflect on the amazing experience that was Scotland!

 

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • All Accommodations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tours of World Famous Distilleries
  • Lindores Abbey
  • Underground Edinburgh
  • Loch Ness
  • Castles!
  • & More

PAYMENT TERMS

Deposit
Second Payment
Third Payment
Fourth Payment
Final Payment

PAYMENT AMOUNT

$550
$550
$550
$550
$435+/-

PAYMENT AMOUNT

01/10/2020
01/20/2020
02/17/2020
03/23/2020
04/06/2020

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

APPROXIMATE. PRICE
$2635 (After $500 Grant)

TRIP DATE 04/22/2020

TO

04/30/2020

TRIP DESTINATION
Scotland

PROGRAM

This opportunity is open to all current Niagara College  students and alumni within 6 months of graduation. Please note that the Be World Ready Grant is only applicable to current full-time students.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
01/10/2020

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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