W23 Portugal – Sun, Sea & History



Trip Destination


Approximate Price

$1850 (BWR grant applied)

Trip Date




Application Deadline


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)

Program Information

This opportunity is available to all Niagara College students. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for the Be World Ready Grant.


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W23 Portugal – Sun, Sea & History

Join Be World Ready this Winter to explore the land set between some of the oldest borders in Europe, a land where old, unique cultural traditions collide with the modern day in a harmonious way, a destination that is as cute as it is delicious – Portugal! Was there ever a more perfect reason to sample world class wines in a picture-perfect setting other than on a trip to Portugal with your fellow Niagara College peers? Stroll the cobblestone streets, roam the lush hills that are scattered with vineyards and dine on mouth watering local delicacies that are made with impeccable ingredients, all while enhancing your global skillset and improving your resume.

Arrive in Lisbon and feel absolutely captivated by the beauty that surrounds you. We will waste no time and spend our first day becoming acclimated with the area by enjoying a city tour that includes some of the best highlights of Lisbon, such as the Tower of Belem and Jeronimo’s Monastery. The excitement continues throughout the week, with a diverse range of activities scheduled that will surely include something for everyone. From exploring Portugal’s top soccer club, visiting a local vineyard, to learning about how for the past 5+ years Portugal has been considered the 4th most innovative country in Europe, its an action-packed week that dives deeper into life in Portugal than the average visitor would experience.

They say that seeing is believing, and what better way to learn why Portugal continues to be one of the most popular destinations with visitors from all around the world year after year than to join Be World Ready this Winter on an incredible journey to Portugal.  Sign up today and put travel and enhanced education on your calendar this Winter! Are you ready to let Portugal wine and dine you?

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.

DAY 1: February 25, 2023

Passport? Check. A bit of spending money? Check. Excited for the most incredible break week ever? Triple check! Make your way to Toronto Pearson International Airport to meet up with your fellow travel mates to check in for your direct flight to Lisbon, Portugal! Get comfy, enjoy the flight, and try to catch a few winks as the excitement begins upon landing!

DAY 2: February 26, 2023

Olá Lisboa! Wipe the sleep from your eyes and let your excitement fuel you for the day ahead.

After checking in to our hotel and a mandatory orientation and safety briefing, you will have free time to acclimate yourself to the time zone and area for the week. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Find a cute café to grab a bite for dinner, explore the neighbourhood or relax to shake the jetlag to feel rested for the days ahead.

  • Free time in Lisbon

DAY 3: February 27, 2023

Today we visit a local olive oil farm! While we all know that Spain generally takes the grand prize for being the largest olive oil exporter, Portugal managed an impressive $604 million in pure olive oil exports in 2019! Our visit to the farm will include learning more about the national production and exports and no visit would be complete without trying a delicious sample!

After enjoying free time for lunch, we head out for a city tour of Lisbon. With your camera in hand and looking Insta ready, you will be taking in some of the most beautiful sights that Lisbon has to offer. Some of the amazing highlights include Edward 7th Park, Liberty Avenue, Rossio, Blackhorse Square, Quarter of Belem, Jeronimo’s Monastery and Tower of Belem.

Tonight, we will dine together as we enjoy a delicious welcome dinner!

  • Visit an olive oil farm
  • Walking city tour of Lisbon
  • Group welcome dinner

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DAY 4: February 28, 2023

Load up on a delicious breakfast at the hotel this morning to prepare for our educational day ahead. We begin our sessions today with what it is to do business in Portugal, with a focus on start-ups. Towards the end of 2021, the Portuguese government made a move to further expand Portugal’s already dynamic start-up ecosystem by announcing an additional €250 million in support of local start-ups. We will meet with a company at the forward edge of the Portuguese start-up wave to learn more. Wow!

Continuing with our business theme, we will also discover the pharmaceutical and MedTech fields with the need for advanced and accessible medical solutions. We will have the opportunity to meet with one of the pharmaceuticals/MedTech companies with operations in Portugal to learn more about what they do and the impact that they have.

After lunch, we visit the former monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Belem, Jeronimos Monastery! The Jeronimos Monastery is the final resting place for explorer Vasco da Gama and is one of the most visited places in Lisbon. The monastery includes a one-of-a-kind church with unique architecture, and stunning cloisters in the Manueline style.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure.

  • Discover doing business in Portugal
  • Pharmaceutical/MedTech
  • Visit Jeronimos Monastery


DAY 5: March 1, 2023

There is a saying, “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do” and that’s exactly our philosophy this morning as we set out to one of Lisbon’s colourful, bright and bustling markets that is simply bursting with fresh vegetables and a variety of fresh fish and shellfish. We will be purchasing fresh ingredients for our morning cooking classes! Lean to cook several delicious and traditional dishes in this engaging morning session!

This afternoon, we make our way to Museu do Azulejo, located in the Madre de Deus Convent, Portugal’s national tile museum. This museum was founded in 1509 and offers extensive collections that showcase the journey of the history of tile from the 15th century to present day.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure. Consider trying some local dishes that the area is famous for! You can read more about the gastronomy of Portugal here.

  • Visit a local market
  • Cooking class of traditional Portuguese dishes
  • Visit Museu do Azulejo


DAY 6: March 2, 2023

Today we visit an absolute can’t miss destination in Portugal – Sintra! This one-of-a-kind, beautiful destination is located just outside of Lisbon and looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Sintra gained the UNESCO Cultural Landscape classification back in 1995 due to its wonderful natural characteristics and impressive historic landmarks.

This afternoon, we have an exciting activity for those who are interested in marketing! We will be learning about the Institute of Communication and Media of Lisbon. The ICML is a private research center, which is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the communication domain. We will learn about their approach to communication and politics, advertising, marketing, strategic communication and PR, journalism, media, and digital culture.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure. Consider trying some local dishes that the area is famous for! You can read more about the gastronomy of Portugal here.

  • Visit Sintra – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Institute of Communication and Media of Lisbon


DAY 7: March 3, 2023

Today we focus on some of the most infamous aspects of Portuguese culture, their love for wine and football. We begin with exploring football, or soccer as we know it in North America. Football is an important staple in Portuguese culture and this afternoon we will visit one of the country’s top clubs, SCP. This morning we visit the stadium and learn more about this iconic club and sports marketing in Portugal

Next up, we take on manufacturing in Portugal and learn about its natural resources, a source of great pride for the local communities. The manufacturing industry plays a very important role in the country’s GDP. We will visit a local manufacturing plant to learn more about their products and operations.

Continuing with infamous aspects of Portuguese culture, we get back into a key cultural aspect of Portugal, wine. The production of wine is vastly important to Portugal, of which the country is known worldwide for a wine that comes from its homegrown vines. We will visit a local vineyard and learn more about their incredible wine industry and what goes into vineyard operations.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure, perhaps with the perfect wine pairing after knowledge gained today!

  • Visit the famous SCP and learn about football
  • Manufacturing & natural resources
  • Visit a local winery


DAY 8: March 4, 2023

Take this day to enjoy some free time to have one last opportunity to visit a sight you wanted to see, but have not yet, or return to your fave spot for one last glimpse before we travel back to Canada!

We get together one last time as a group in Lisbon this evening to enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on our incredible week.

  • Free day

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DAY 9: March 5, 2023

It’s an early wake up call this morning as we pack up our suitcases and hopefully a couple of amazing souvenirs and head back to the airport for the journey to Toronto. We hope you had an incredible week and leave feeling inspired and already planning your return adventure. Adeus Lisboa! Till next time.

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 Winter 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
    • Breakfast daily at hotel
    • 2 dinners
    • Ground transportation in country
    • Activities as described in the itinerary
    • Rate per student is inclusive of taxes and fees


  • Not Included
    • Visa Fees (if necessary)
    • 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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