Scotland – Kilt-y as Charged – S23

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Closed

Trip Destination

Scotland

Approximate Price

$1999 INCREASED BWR GRANT APPLIED

Trip Date

04/22/2023

TO

04/30/2023

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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Scotland – Kilt-y as Charged – S23

Attention Niagara College students! Scotland is calling! This beautiful, charming, and diverse country is a must-see destination and responsible for some of the things that bring us much joy, such as the sound of bagpipes, tartans, and delicious whiskies. Scotland has so much to offer.

Our journey begins in Edinburgh, where we will explore historic castles, enjoy traditional meals, and hear ghost stories of the past before we continue our journey into the Highlands to visit the highest distillery in all of Scotland, and of course with enjoying a few samples along the way before concluding our journey in Glasgow.

From the bustling cities in the lowlands, all the way to the highlands where mystery and folklore offer much allure. Come join Be world Ready to experience all that Scotland has to offer and determine for yourself whether the Loch Ness Monster really is out there. Will you be kilt-y as charged?

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 22, 2023

Passport? Check. BWR Swag? Check. Bags? Check. Sounds like you’re all set and ready to go! Make your way to Toronto Pearson International Airport to meet up with the gang and check in for your overnight flight to Glasgow. Close your eyes, count some sheep, and wake up in Scotland (we promise it’s not a dream!).

DAY 2: April 23, 2023

Welcome to Bonnie Scotland! You have just touched down in incredible Glasgow! Don’t get comfortable, we are promptly making our way over to the breathtaking capital – Edinburgh! Don’t worry, we’ll be back to explore Glasgow at the end of the week. After collecting our belongings, we will be met by our guide for the week and whisked off to Edinburgh to get started on our adventure!

We kick off our adventure with a walking tour of Edinburgh. With stunning architecture, endless winding streets, and an awe-inspiring castle that is perched on a dormant volcano, it’s clear to see that this is certainly a special place. It’s not enough to see the incredible Edinburgh Castle from the outside, so we will venture inside and learn more of the exciting tales of its time as a military fortress, royal residence, and prison of war.

Tonight, we enjoy A Scottish Evening as we celebrate our arrival to Scotland as a group over a hearty meal and show.

  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Castle Tour
  • A Scottish Evening – dinner & show

(B, D)

DAY 3: April 24, 2023

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up and feel ready to seize the day, the Scottish way. Today, we join our colleagues and fellow students at New College Lanarkshire for an educational session and tour of their Motherwell Campus!

Next stop – the Scotch Whisky Experience on Royal Mile. This five-star attraction sits at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and has been educating its visitors about Scotch whisky for over 30 years. We will enjoy a guided tour where we will become ‘one-hour-whisky-experts’ and perhaps discover our favourite Scotch region to aid in choosing a dram of a single malt or blended Scotch whisky in The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky!

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without exploring it above and below ground. This evening, we join Mercat Tours for a ghostly tour of the underground vaults. Listen to the chilling stories of the of Old Town Edinburgh’s grim and ghostly past.

  • AM Partner visit
  • Scotch Whisky Experience tour and tasting
  • Underground Vaults & Ghost Tour with Mercat Tours

(B)

DAY 4: April 25, 2023

This morning, we collect our things and say our goodbyes to Edinburgh to head for the highlands. We will join our friends at New College Lanarkshire again this morning for more educational activities before making the drive north.

On our way to Inverness, we stop at one of the most notable distilleries in the Highlands – Dalwhinnie Distillery! This distillery stands in the majestic Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands and is the highest distillery in Scotland, sitting 1164 feet above sea level. The name Dalwhinnie is derived from the Gaelic language, meaning “meeting place”, referring to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers’ routes through the mountains. Here, we will enjoy a tour and tasting before arriving in Inverness where we will settle in for the evening.

  • AM Partner Visit
  • Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and tasting
  • Arrive in Inverness

(B)

DAY 5: April 26, 2023

Welcome to the incredible Scottish Highlands! Today, we dive deep into local folklore as we set out to discover the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. The birth of this legend dates back well over 1000 years when the Highlands were occupied by tribes the Romans called Picts. The modern legend of Loch Ness that we are more familiar with dates from 1933, when a local couple was driving home and spotted “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”. Their account was shared by the Inverness Courier, where the animal was described as a “monster”, launching it as a media phenomenon ever since.

This afternoon, we visit the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre and learn more about the history of the kilt. This national dress of Scotland represents tradition, history, and culture and here we will discover the incredible craftsmanship that goes into the making of each and every kilt.

  • Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle
  • Scottish Kilt Maker Visitor Centre

(B)

DAY 6: April 27, 2023

This morning we get a real taste of adventure as we make our way to the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola! Being the only one of its kind in Britain, reaching an impressive height of 650m, it is a truly unique attraction to experience. Enjoy a scenic ride to take in the stunning views and the fresh mountain air.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to explore all this beautiful town has to offer.

  • Nevis Range Mountain Gondola
  • Overnight Fort William

(B)

DAY 7: April 28, 2023

Rise and shine! This morning we pack up our things and we make our way back down to Glasgow, but not without a bit of adventure along the way.

Enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens with a visit to Stirling Castle. Learn of their history, uncover their secrets and marvel in the glorious craftsmanship that the castle has to offer.

Before we check into our Glasgow hotel, we link up with our friends at New College Lanarkshire for more insights into life as a Scottish student.

  • Morning departure to Glasgow
  • Visit Stirling Castle enroute
  • Visit NCL Motherwell Campus

(B)

DAY 8: April 29, 2023

Today is about all things Glasgow. We kick off our morning with a city tour, followed by visits at both the People’s Palace and Clydeside Distillery.

The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum and is set in historic Glasgow Green and is home to a collection that offers a unique view into how Glaswegians lived, worked, and played in the years gone by to the present day.

Clydeside Distillery, located beside the River Clyde, is the city’s first dedicated single malt whisky distillery in over 100 years. From just 3 humble ingredients, the master distillers apply amazing craft to produce incredible spirit and we will learn more about their incredible process on our tour and tasting.

  • City tour of Glasgow
  • People’s Palace
  • Clydeside Distillery

(B)

DAY 9: April 30, 2023

What an amazing time it has been! Pack your bags, souvenirs and reflect on the great week its been as we depart Glasgow for Toronto. Haste ye back!

(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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