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. NJC understands that learning happens anywhere and everywhere. 

Max Laykish '20

I had the opportunity to see where history unfolded and the impact that it had on society. By being able to stand in front of buildings and historical sites I was able to see history’s relevance to me and empathize with those involved.

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! This year, travel will continue to be one of the hallmarks of our program. However, students will be expected to respect all COVID-19 related protocols set out by the school and the countries that they visit. Furthermore, itineraries of some scheduled trips may need to be modified due to COVID-19 restrictions. The health and safety of students remains our highest priority. 

Click here to browse our mandatory and optional trips offered throughout the year.

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. 

Click here to read more about independent travel.

Erin Rendell '20

In the future, I am motivated to continue to travel the world and make a positive impact on it… whatever I pursue, the respect, curiosity, responsibility, and open-mindedness that I gained at NJC will be a part of all that I do.
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap