DisneyWorld

Earn a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management or a Certificate in Management from the University of California Riverside (UCR). Combine academic coursework at the beautiful UCR campus with paid, academic training at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

NIC is one of six Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part in Disney’s International Academic Exchange program. This unique, international learning opportunity gives NIC business or tourism and hospitality management students a competitive edge.

As an academic exchange student, you will study at the University of California, Riverside campus and participate in field experiences at popular attractions in southern California. When complete, you will move on to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where you will have the opportunity to gain paid, work experience. You will graduate from your work term with a certificate from the University of California, Riverside in either Management or Hospitality and Tourism Management.

For more information, contact NIC employment services advisor Alex Bowman at alex.bowman@nic.bc.ca.

My co-op experience at Disney was phenomenal. I would go back in a second. I knew that I was going to experience a lot of culture but I didn't know how profoundly it was going to impact me.
Brianna Faucher
Tourism Hospitality Management diploma co-op student

Accommodations

Living at the University of California, Riverside

During the California component of your program, students will stay in the Extension Residence Center on the University of California Riverside campus (double-occupancy). The cost of the residence and breakfast is included in the program fee.

See UCR's Housing site for more information.

Living in Florida

While participating in the Disney International College program, students live in company-sponsored, fully-furnished two-to-four-bedroom apartments near the Walt Disney World Resort. A bus system provides students with transportation to work, classes, shopping and social activities. 24-hour security is provided.

The accommodation charge covers the housing fee, utilities, high-speed Internet, local phone service and transportation. This charge is deducted from participants’ weekly paychecks. See Disney International's Living Experience for more information.

Wages and Costs

Your Disney International program experience includes paid work experience opportunities. While hourly wages vary according to the position, you can expect to work a maximum of 37.5 hours a week while studying and up to 45 hours a week during non-class times.

You will graduate from your work term with a certificate from the University of California, Riverside in either Management or Hospitality and Tourism Management. The costs to participate in this part of the program is $3,800 USD. This includes:

  • Group transportation to and from the LAX airport to the University of California, Riverside
  • Residence accommodation and meals at the University of California, Riverside (double-occupancy) for the California portion of the program
  • Tuition and fees for credits from the University of California, Riverside including all texts and/or course materials for the UCR courses
  • UCR Identification card
  • Supervision during the academic training portion of the program
  • Ongoing support by UCR staff for the duration of the program

Additional Costs

  • $450 non-refundable application fee: payable to UCR when you have been accepted into the program
  • $180 non-refundable J-1 Student Visa application (SEVIS) fee, payable to the US Consulate
  • $1,215 mandatory medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • Flights from Canada to California, California to Florida and Florida to Canada
  • Disney International Programs accommodations (see Living in Florida above)
  • Some Disney courses include a material fees ($14-$55) and/or textbook fees (typically $15-$100)
  • $155 program assessment fee (submitted directly to the Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Meals while in California.
  • $400-$500 for miscellaneous living expenses and student costs You may be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship from UCR. Check with your advisor for more information.