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Title: Study Abroad


1
Study Abroad-
  • CHEAP!
  • Sixth Biennial Conference for International
    Business Community College Faculty
  • Wednesday 18 May 2005, 215-300pm

2
Mac McGuire
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

3
My Vision
  • To offer students an affordable international
    experience on a biennial schedule

4
MEXICO?
  • Our college does a language study every summer in
    Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • 14 day trip
  • Family housing, 2 meals
  • Transportation
  • Spanish classes at Centro Bilingui
  • Price around 1800
  • Great trip (I went in 2001), but very few
    students get to go because of the price.

5
Canada!
  • In January 2005, I started searching the Canadian
    colleges web sites to find one that had an IB
    program similar to Forsyth Tech.
  • In February, on the blind, I sent an email to my
    higher-paid counterpart (Ms. Jennifer Singh) at
    Seneca College in Toronto sharing my vision for
    the trip.
  • She responded back the very next day offering to
    help. Toronto it is!
  • Proposed Dates 12 21 MAY 2006 (Seven nights
    in Toronto, one night on the road each way)

6
SENECA COLLEGE
  • Seneca, which is in Toronto, is Canadas largest
    community college with over 100,000 residential
    and non-residential students from 85 different
    countries. (Forsyth Tech has about 7500
    non-residential students from 26 countries).
  • Seneca offers decent room accommodations at a
    very reasonable double-occupancy price during the
    summer (two separate small bedrooms per suite),
    continental breakfast included.
  • WEB SITE http//www.senecac.on.ca/index.html

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INT110-80Travel Study Abroad
  • INT 180 Travel Study Abroad 3 0 3
  • Prerequisites None Corequisites None
  • Effective Term 199803
  • This course is designed to apply language and
    theoretical skills in an appropriate
    international business setting in a foreign
    country. Emphasis is placed on strengthening
    foreign language skills, performing with greater
    competence and confidence in the international
    workplace, and completing objectives outlined in
    training plan. Upon completion, students should
    be able to understand and utilize cultural
    patterns and business practices in the region of
    study.

8
For Credit
  • For those taking Travel Study Abroad INT180, I
    will create an online class on Canada consisting
    of four modules covering
  • History/Geography
  • Cultural/Legal/Political elements
  • NAFTA participation
  • Toronto/Ontario
  • This class will be offered in the second half of
    the spring 2006 semester. To complete the course,
    students will have to write a 5-8 page paper
    after they return comparing their expectations
    with their actual experiences.

9
Non-Credit
  • While I expect a few students to take this trip
    for credit, most who join us will probably just
    be looking for an adventure.
  • My guess is that of the 18 people paying to go,
    more than a dozen will be non-credit
    participants, comprised mainly of faculty, staff,
    and community members.
  • There will be a priority established as follows
    for-credit students, non-credit students, staff
    and faculty, and finally community.

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11
Trip Handouts
  • Toronto Bars and Nightclubs
  • http//www.where.ca/toronto/article_feature.cfm?l
    isting_id70
  • WISH(3 CHARLES ST. E., 416-935-0240)
  • THE SPOT Wish's owner Renda Abdo has brought a
    slice of South Beach to the heart of Yonge
    Street. White couches with big white pillows are
    strewn haphazardly and featured inside and
    outside on the patio. Clear plastic chairs and
    metallic tables make for flamboyant patio
    furniture, while inside is a modern mix of metal
    and wood. And for those actually looking to make
    a wish, a wish fountain is the patio's
    centrepiece.THE 'HOOD Yonge and Charles is a
    high-traffic area packed with shops and
    restaurants galore, from Burger King to Starbucks
    to Sunrise Records to Aldoyou name it and it's
    got a storefront on Yonge Street. THE CROWD As
    Yonge Street draws in the masses, it's clear that
    Wish's crowd is made up of a bit of everything.
    From professionals to students, anyone and
    everyone comes to Wish. Nevertheless, the crowd
    shares at least one commonality everyone oozes
    urban style and generally looks fashionable
    without being over the top. THE NIGHTS It's
    bustling pretty much every night of the week
    here. Wednesday nights are ideal, as it's busy
    but not crowded. Weekends tend to get hectic, but
    are fun nonetheless. Music is chosen by the staff
    after they've surveyed the general aura of the
    night's crowd. THE DRINKS While the drink
    offerings are exhaustive in scope, their martinis
    are among the best in the city. One of the first
    places to offer a stellar coffee-based martini
    Wish's Black Martini is a crowd favourite. A
    standard martini list is always available with
    featured additions based on the season. New is
    the Wish Kir Royale, made with sparkling wine and
    a cassis wine rather than the traditional
    liqueur. THE VIBE For a place steeped in so
    much urban style, Wish is relaxed and inclusive.
    No one will feel uncomfortable here, as there is
    always a little something for everyone.

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Trip Handouts
  • AFFORDABLE RESTAURANTS
  • DELICATESSEN
  • CORNED BEEF HOUSE, THETucked away in a converted
    house, and located in an area more likely to
    contain high-tech dance clubs than comfort food,
    this traditional deli serves up corned beef and
    smoked meat sandwiches. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Casual.
    Sandwiches 5.99-6.99. AE, DC, MC, V.303
    Adelaide St. W., 416-977-2333
  • DRUXY'SDeli sandwichesespecially the corned
    beef on rye, and roast beef on a Kaiserare
    specialties of this casual, cafeteria-style
    restaurant. Also serves salads, chili, soups, hot
    dogs, sandwiches, and bagels, plus coffee.
    Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily (10 a.m.-530
    p.m., Fri. to 9 p.m.). Casual. Entrées
    5.99-6.89 100 Queen's Park Cr., Royal Ontario
    Museum, 416-586-5563
  • SHOPSY'S DELI AND RESTAURANTIn the business
    since 1921. Serves deli favorites like corned
    beef on rye and cheesecake. Large selection of
    cigars. Catering. Breakfast, lunch, dinner,
    late-night daily. Casual. Entrées 9.99-14.99.
    AE, MC, V 33 Yonge St., 416-365-3333
  • YITZS DELICATESSEN RESTAURANTVenerable New
    York-style deli serving hearty foods prepared
    fresh daily. Soups, corned beef, knishes, big
    salads, bagels. In store bakery. Well-stocked
    humidor. Lunch, dinner daily weekend brunch.
    Casual. Entrées 6.50-18.95. AE, MC, V. 346
    Eglinton Ave. W., 416-487-4506

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Trip Handouts
  • NEIGHBOURHOODS
  • http//www.where.ca/toronto/subcategory_guide.cfm?
    subcategory_id25category_id24subtitle_id166
  • ANNEX, THEA hippie hangout in the 1960s, the
    area retains much of its artsy flavour and is
    home to many students, professors, writers and
    members of the arts community. Bloor is the main
    retail strip, and the side streets are lined with
    historic Victorian, Georgian and Tudor homes.
    Honest Eds bargain emporium at Bloor and
    Bathurst streets, owned by theatre mogul Ed
    Mirvish, is a neighbourhood landmark. Mirvish
    Village, on Markham Street just west of Bathurst,
    is a stretch of restored homes that house
    antiques shops, bookstores and a Saturday organic
    foods market. Avenue Road to Bathurst Street,
    Bloor Street West to Dupont Street. Accessible
    from St. George, Spadina and Bathurst subway
    stations.
  • BEACHES, THEAntiques shops, clapboard houses and
    quirky stores and restaurants typify this
    lakeside neighbourhood. Queen Street East is the
    main shopping and dining hub, and patios offer
    perfect sipping spots. On and around the
    boardwalk, some parts of which were constructed
    in the 1800s, theres constant activity. All year
    long, Kew Beach and Ashbridges Bay are popular
    with strolling families and joggers. Queen Street
    East, from Coxwell Avenue to Neville Park
    Boulevard. Take the streetcar eastbound along
    Queen Street and get off anywhere between Coxwell
    and Neville Park.

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Trip Handouts
  • Theater Sports
  • http//www.showmetoronto.com/tour20theatre20toro
    nto20prod.htm
  • CAST IRONPreviews Feb. 12, opens Feb. 16 to
    March 13. Libya Atwell, journeys from the cane
    fields of Barbados, to the frozen tundra of
    Winnipeg. Hear her story. Tue.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.
    Sun. 230 p.m., 16-33. Call 416-531-1827 for
    tickets.Tarragon Theatre, Extra Space30 Bridgman
    Ave.416-531-1827

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Trip Handouts
  • LOCAL FEATURES
  • Ice Age History of the Niagara River and
    Whirlpool Rapids
  • http//www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/geology.php
  • The Niagara River, as is the entire Great Lakes
    Basin of which the river is an integral part, is
    a legacy of the last Ice Age. 18,000 years ago
    southern Ontario was covered by ice sheets 2-3
    kilometers thick. As they advanced southward the
    ice sheets gouged out the basins of the Great
    Lakes. Then as they melted northward for the last
    time they released vast quantities of meltwater
    into these basins. Our water is "fossil water"
    less than one percent of it is renewable on an
    annual basis, the rest leftover from the ice
    sheets.
  • The Niagara Peninsula became free of the ice
    about 12,500 years ago. As the ice retreated
    northward, its meltwaters began to flow down
    through what became Lake Erie, the Niagara River
    and Lake Ontario, down to the St. Lawrence River,
    and, finally, down to the sea. There were
    originally 5 spillways from Lake Erie to Lake
    Ontario. Eventually these were reduced to one,
    the original Niagara Falls, at Queenston-Lewiston.
    From here the Falls began its steady erosion
    through the bedrock.

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Trip Handouts
  • TOURS
  • http//www.where.ca/toronto/subcategory_guide.cfm?
    subcategory_id25category_id24subtitle_id143
  • CITY PASSTour the city aboard an open deck bus.
    Then board a boat to cruise the Toronto islands
    and surrounding lagoons. Pickup available. Adults
    19.95, children 11.45. Call 416-410-6103 for
    reservations.
  • CITY WALKSTours of Toronto, led by knowledgeable
    and enthusiastic guides, that explore historical
    old-town Toronto and the architecture of the
    city. Includes the St. Lawrence Market, Union
    Station and St. James Cathedral. Adults 12,
    children under 12 are free. Call 416-966-1550 for
    information and reservations.
  • GREAT LAKES SCHOONER COMPANYSail the Toronto
    islands and harbour aboard the traditional
    three-masted tall ship, Kajama. Licensed bar on
    deck. Adults 18.95, seniors 16.95, children
    10.95. Tours depart Sat. Sun. 1130 a.m., 130
    330 p.m. Located at 249 Queens Quay W. at York
    St. Call 416-203-2322 for information and
    reservations.

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Trip Handouts
  • MUSEUMS
  • http//www.showmetoronto.com/index.html
  • The Textile Museum of Canada engages audiences
    through its unique exhibitions and programming,
    focused on the traditions and aesthetics of
    historic and contemporary textile arts. With a
    collection of over 10,000 artifacts from over 190
    countries and regions, the Textile Museum of
    Canada promotes an understanding of human
    identity through textiles. Hours/Season Year
    round. Tuesday, Thursday Friday - 11 am- 5 pm
    Wednesday-11 am-8 pm Saturday and Sunday 12 noon
    to 5 pm. Closed Mondays. Admission General C8
    Students, Seniors Children C6 Families C22.
    Wednesdays after 5 pm are pay-what-you-can.
  • 55 Centre Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2H5Area
    Downtown
  • www.textilemuseum.ca Tel 416-599-5321Fax
    416-599-2911
  • info_at_textilemuseum.ca

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Trip Handouts
  • SHOPPING
  • http//www.where.ca/toronto/article_feature.cfm?li
    sting_id51
  • French import Pavillon Christofle (150 Bloor St.
    W., 416-925-5534) features fine tableware,
    flatware, crystal and table dressings. Le
    Caprice de Marie-Claude specializes in luxurious
    high-end bath lines and bed linens. Ashley
    China, at street level in the Manulife Centre,
    has a tremendous selection of china, crystal,
    flatware, silverware and giftwareand the prices
    are excellent. The prestigious retail complex
    also houses Mirella Parfums, Bay Bloor Radio
    (416-967-1122), Indigo (416-925-9488), Divine
    Decadence and Sunde Fashion Design
    (416-944-8406).

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Trip Handouts
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • http//www.where.ca/toronto/subcategory_guide.cfm?
    subcategory_id25category_id24subtitle_id142
  • FERRIESTo visit the Toronto islands, take a
    ferry from the docks at the foot of Bay Street at
    Queens Quay. From Union Station, you can take the
    Harbourfront LRT (No. 510 streetcar) and get off
    at the first stop, or walk south on Bay to The
    Westin Harbour Castle Hotel the docks are down a
    path on the west side of the building. Call
    416-392-8193 for fares, schedules and
    information.
  • GO TRANSITGO trains and buses travel around the
    Greater Toronto Area and to cities just outside
    the GTA. To catch them, buy day passes and
    tickets at stations across the city. Fares are
    charged according to the distance travelled. Keep
    your ticket or day pass handy when riding as
    proof of payment. Call 416-869-3200 for more
    information.

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Trip Handouts
  • MORE TO COME
  • Emergency medical care
  • Public safety and local laws
  • Currency exchange and VAT
  • Emergency telephone contacts
  • Trip etiquette and rules (smoking, behavior,
    disclaimers, grounds for being sent home, etc.)
  • Other

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The Package
  • INCLUDED
  • Transportation (rental vans, college credit card)
  • Motel on the road each way (two nights double
    occupancy)
  • Lodging at Seneca (seven nights double occupancy)
  • Transit tokens (5)
  • Niagara Falls (Maid of the Mist and Under the
    Falls Tour)
  • Walking tour of Toronto (Footsteps)
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Tarragon Theater production
  • Continental breakfast at Seneca
  • One lunch or dinner daily in Toronto (7 in all)
  • Toronto Stock Exchange tour
  • Visits and tours of local companies

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The Price (Subject to change)
  • LESS THAN
  • 800 (U.S.)
  • Based on 18 paying travelers and two gratis trip
    leaders.

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Caveats
  • This trip is pending Forsyth Techs Board of
    Trustee approval
  • Prices subject to change (exchange rates, etc.)
  • If a participant must return home unscheduled for
    any reason, it will be at their own expense and
    any monies previously paid will NOT be refunded.
  • If trip is cancelled, funds remaining from the
    100 initial deposit will be returned (If for
    lack of participants, ALL funds will be returned,
    but if for Force Majeure, pro rata share)
  • Minimum number of paying participants required
    for the trip to take place is eight.
  • Estimated out-of-pocket living expenses
    (excluding alcohol, souvenirs, etc) 200
  • No minors permitted unless accompanied by parent
    or legal guardian
  • Usual liability disclaimers will be utilized

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Payment Schedule (pending college approval)
  • A non-refundable 100 deposit will be due
    sometime in November 30th, 2005
  • By January 31, 2006, an additional 300
    (refundable) will be due.
  • By the end of February 28, 2006 200
    (refundable)
  • By the end of March 31, 2006 Balance
    (refundable)
  • 50 refund after April 10, 2006
  • No refund on or after May 1st, 2006

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PROMOTION
  • After BOARD approval, promotion will consist of
  • Campus flyers and handouts in fall 2005
  • Web site advertisement
  • Emails to alumni and faculty/staff
  • Off-campus flyers beginning in spring of 2006
    aimed at large firms, trade groups, other schools
  • Visits to classrooms with power point promo
  • Personal solicitation

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Follow Up
  • After the trip, participants will be asked to
    complete an open-ended survey which will be used
    to evaluate and plan the next trip.
  • Since the frequency of this trip is biennial, we
    hope to work out a reciprocal trip for Seneca
    College to North Carolina in alternate years.
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