See the world: Study abroad
January 07, 2020

As a Georgian student, you can study abroad and see the world! Intercultural skills are valuable in life and an asset on your resumé. To help you gain international experience, many of our programs have organized group trips you can take part in, or you can create your own study abroad opportunity with support from the Segal International Centre.

Study abroad with a group

Travel creates closer bonds between people – your classmates and yourself. If your program is listed below, start thinking about ways to save an extra bit of money. The experience is more than worth it.

Euro Tour

Trip frequency: annual. The next trip is from April 20 to May 3, 2020.
Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Cost of trip: $3,950
(includes round-trip airfare, local transportation, accommodations and some meals)

For more than a decade, faculty have been guiding students on an annual Euro Trip. During this 13-day European tour, students are immersed in the local culture to experience history, view art, taste food and observe customs in a shared and safe environment. The group:

  • visits world-renowned heritage sites like the Vatican, Colosseum, Ponte Vecchio, and Michelangelo’s David in Italy
  • tours local wineries to experience the very best of European food and hospitality
  • charters a private coach to drive through the scenic and mesmerizing Swiss Alps via the Gotthard Road Tunnel
  • hops aboard the TGV “high speed train” in Strasbourg to rapidly arrive in Paris
  • dines atop the world-famous iconic Eiffel Tower sampling Champagne and Parisian cuisine before returning home

This international learning experience is open to all Georgian students, alumni and employees from all programs and campuses.

To register, you must fill out the application form, pay a $2,000 deposit and provide passport photo ID by Jan. 15, 2020. Payment can be made via certified cheque, money order, debit or credit card.

For more information, contact the faculty leads Anthony Borgo and Karen Woods.

Health care in the Dominican Republic

Trip frequency: annual. The next trip is in April 2020.
Application deadline: November

Hands-on learning is critical for health and wellness students. The annual trip to the Dominican Republican allows students to work directly with patients, develop an awareness of another culture, and problem solve in a foreign country where the culture, health care system, language, and sociodemographic is very different from Canada.

This international experience includes visits to community clinics, hospitals, homes, long-term care facilities and orphanages to deliver interprofessional health care.

There are up to two student trips per year. The trip to Consuelo is open to students from the Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs who are in second year or above, and who meet the course and minimum grade requirements. Practical Nursing students receive 40 hours of clinical time for this practicum experience.

The trip to Ocoa is open to students from any Health, Wellness and Sciences program, including Pre-Health Sciences. Students receive recognition on their co-curricular record.

All trips are organized in partnership with Rayjon Share Care, and are approximately 10 days. To learn more, contact the faculty leads Rosie Healy and Susan Vodarek.

Golfing in St. Andrews, Scotland and Florida

Our Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) degree is the only one of its kind in Canada, and the international trips that students take are equally as unique. A highlight of the final year of the program is a trip to the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, considered the oldest golf course in the world.

Trips to Florida are also organized for both degree and Golf Facilities Operation Management diploma students. They visit multiple courses, the Golf Channel studios, meet industry experts from  organizations like the Jack Nicklaus Group of Companies, watch a PGA tournament, and take part in a Ryder Cup tournament format. All of these trips are included in the program tuition fees! Learn about the inner workings of some of the most popular institutions in the golf industry when you visit them in person.

Learn more on the program’s Facebook page at Golf Management – Georgian College or contact faculty lead Tim Zado.

Policing in Barbados

Trip frequency: every other year. The next trip is in April 2020.
Application deadline: September

It’s important for police officers to understand and appreciate diversity. That’s why our Honours Bachelor of Police Studies students get out of the classroom and learn about law enforcement in another country. Third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to travel to Barbados in the springtime. The jam-packed week includes visits to police headquarters and local stations, the fire service, Supreme Court, psychiatric hospital, Regional Police Training Centre and Regional Security System.

There is also time to take in local sites during a Jeep tour of the island, a catamaran cruise, and visits to landmarks like Harrison’s Cave and the Concorde Museum.

The trip is optional and students receive recognition on their co-curricular record. But more than that, they come back with transferrable skills for their careers, including cultural awareness, leadership, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.

To learn more, contact faculty lead Eleanor Gittens.

Study abroad solo

Go Abroad Squad

Georgian’s Go Abroad Squad is here to help students who are going on study/co-op/work abroad experiences. They assist with cultural training, travel visa and insurance preparation and arrival services. Plus, they’ll help you through any culture shock or homesickness you may experience.

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Erasmus exchange

Georgian students can do a semester abroad for course credit through the EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (Erasmus) program. This includes grants for travel and living expenses.

Students in second or third year from the following academic areas can apply: Business and Management; Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation; Engineering Technology; and Computer Studies.

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Additional opportunities may exist depending on program funding and partnerships. Please contact the Segal International Centre to inquire.