All full-time and part-time Niagara College students in good academic standing participating in an international activity are eligible for a Be World Ready grant to help offset the cost of their experience. You must be returning to studies in the Fall 2023 semester to be eligible. Students will not directly receive this money as the full value of the grant has already been applied to the final payment to off-set the total cost of the trip. For students who do not complete all grant requirements by established deadlines (including time of submission), the full grant amount will be charged directly to their student account. In order to qualify for the grant:
- Complete all pre-departure forms as instructed
- Complete the online pre-departure training
- Attend mandatory pre-departure meetings
- Successfully attend the international experience
- Share at least 3 quality photos to a shared OneDrive and provide content for each photo to be shared on the Be World Ready Instagram
- Be interviewed on-location
- Participate in the Focus Group and complete the Post-Participation Survey
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.
INTERNATIONAL FIELD STUDY FAQ
Q: I don’t need all the items included with my international field study. Can I opt out of certain inclusions, such as insurance?
A: 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.
Q: Can I arrange my own flight or make any changes to the flight included with the international field study?
A: 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.
Q: What types of accommodation does Be World Ready use for international field studies?
A: 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.
Q: Can I bring a friend, parent, or child from outside Niagara College?
A: Bring as many travel pals as you like 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.
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. The value of the grant can vary depending on the opportunity and select parameters but ranges from $500 – $2500.
Q: How can I receive the Be World Ready grant?
A: There are a series of mandatory requirements that must be completed in full to qualify for the grant. Some of the requirements include an online training module consisting of 5 separate modules and 4 quizzes, pre-departure forms, an in-person pre-departure training session, post-participation focus group and form submission, as well as a written post trip testimonial with pictures. Details of the requirements will be communicated by Be World Ready staff in accordance with the opportunity chosen. Be World Ready staff will also notify participants if they have successfully qualified to receive the grant via email. Students who do not complete all mandatory grant requirements by the stated deadlines risk being charged the full value of the grants back to their student account. Failure to repay Niagara College for the cost of the grants, for those that fail to complete their grant requirements, could impact a student’s ability to graduate.
Q: How is the grant awarded?
A: Depending on the opportunity, the grant may be advanced to offset the cost of the trip and will be deducted from any final payment owing. If the grant is to be awarded after return, it will be posted to your student account as a refund. Students may then request the funds be returned to their debit cards by visiting Student Accounts, if applicable.
Q: I have been on an International Field Study previously 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 complete the waivers again to qualify and receive the grant.