Frequently Asked Questions
How early should I apply?
Early application is advised. This will ensure that you have sufficient time to submit all required documents and be certain that, upon acceptance, you are enrolled in the course and program of your choice. Please note: Blyth Academy reserves the right to cancel the program or course due to insufficient enrolment. Every effort is made to notify parents and students of changes or cancellations as soon as possible.
Do I need a visa?
Blyth Academy will assist students with Canadian citizenship in obtaining visas for programs where applicable. Students can always opt to secure their own visas but must ensure that they meet all eligibility requirements. For Term 2, students will require a visa for China. Blyth Academy will provide the necessary travel documents and will assist in the process.
What would you recommend for cell phone plans while I’m away?
There are a few options to choose from:
1. The most economical way to use your phone abroad is to set it to Airplane Mode while outside of your hotel and connect to the free wifi while at the hotel or in cafes and restaurants.
2. If you want regular access to your phone while abroad, you can purchase a travel pack from your Canadian provider. Costs may vary. Examples of average daily costs are:
Travel to US – $7 a day
Travel to Europe/Asia- $12/day with max of 15 days/months
3. Purchasing a SIM card in your host country may be a possibility, however, it may require you to unlock your phone. Please note it can be difficult to purchase a SIM card for a single month in some countries.
For a helpful guide to travel cell phone plans, please visit https://www.goabroad.com/articles/travel-cell-phone-plans
Is there a curfew?
Yes. Curfew for students will be determined by the Head of School.
How much money should I bring?
Please bring enough local currency to pay for a few public transit trips per day, a light lunch (unless provided), some water, and entrance fees for any local sites that you would like to visit during your free time. Many students also like to bring a little money for extras such as gelato, movie tickets, a gondola ride, or souvenirs. Please anticipate around $150 (CDN) a week for European and Oceania destinations, $100 (CDN) a week for Central and South American and Asian destinations.
Are meals included?
Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily, but part of the fun and immersion of your program will involve exploring local gastronomy. Program staff are on hand to help you with restaurant recommendations for lunches.
Do I need to bring or buy books for my class?
The cost of textbooks and / or course packs is not included in your program fee. Teachers will send their students an email outlining class materials needed and are required to purchase prior to departure.
Do I need a passport?
Students will need a passport for all programs. Please note that you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months following the anticipated return date of your trip. This is a mandatory requirement for travel and is non-negotiable.
Will I have any free time?
Absolutely. Students will have free time outside of classes or community service activities for independent study and leisure activities.
What should I pack?
Packing lists are available in your student handbook, distributed prior to departure. Please understand that you are visiting a different country and culture, and North American style of dress may not be appropriate for every occasion. Please ensure that you pack clothes with sufficient coverage to be culturally sensitive.
What are the class sizes?
Classes run at an average of 8 students, with a maximum of 14.
When will I meet my fellow travellers?
There are two opportunities to meet fellow students prior to departure. First, Orientation Sessions allow plenty of time to meet your classmates and future friends. Second, prior to departure at the airport, the Blyth group will meet at a central location within the Terminal for announcements, introductions, and distribution of tickets.
Can I make a roommate or classmate request?
Yes. After registration you will be sent a Personal Information Form. You can indicate on the form your roommate and classmate requests. Students taking different courses on the same program may still room together. Please note: Most roommate and classmate requests can be accommodated, but cannot be guaranteed. We cannot guarantee airplane seating requests.
How are allergies & dietary requests managed? Can I request special meals?
Yes, we can cater to most diets in many of our locations. You must notify us of any dietary restrictions on the Medical Form. We will forward this information to the accommodation providers and airlines.