Step Outside

Educational Travel

NJC students are those willing to step outside and embrace an experiential education. The travel program is designed to inform and inspire students' worldview. We are those who understand that learning happens anywhere and everywhere. 

Zack Billick '18

Witnessing a part of history, learning about Kenyan culture, and standing on top of Mt. Vesuvius and the Acropolis are all experiences that stay with you. It is one thing to read and learn things from a textbook, but it changes the game entirely when you are up close and in the present with the practical.

Mandatory and Optional Travel

Curriculum-based, faculty-guided travel gives students the chance to experience Europe in a safe, nurturing and knowledge-based context. Every effort is made to make educational travel part of the curriculum; examples include: exploring the World War I and Second World War battlefields, concentration camps and memorials that make history come alive; witnessing how Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette lived at the magnificent palace of Versailles, to comprehend the French Revolution; touring the world-famous CERN facility where physicists are solving the mysteries of the universe!

Independent Travel

In addition to organized class trips, students who have shown they are academically sound and behave responsibly are permitted three weekends of independent travel per semester to experience nearby cities like Vienna, Munich, Paris, Brussels and Milan on their own. These weekends away help students to develop maturity and self-confidence; to appreciate and respect different cultures and people; and to build a sense of responsibility and self-reliance. 

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Sarah James '17

"10 countries, 2 languages, 60 new friends and 1 family are the main things achieved this year…All the skills gained this year will benefit me in ways I won’t even realize. Come to think of it, before NJC I never wanted to move on from high school, I never wanted to leave home, but now I am more than excited to begin the next journey of my life at university.”
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap