VIU Baking and Culinary Field School to Belgium and France 2024

Belgium , Europe France , Europe Past Program Professions and Applied Sciences

Duration of Program:

16 days

Field School Dates: January 13 to 28, 2024

Join us as we set out on our sixth field school to explore the world of chocolate, pastry, and bread in Belgium and France.  Both culinary and baking afficionados will enjoy the dizzying array of hands-on workshops, tours of chocolate and baking factories, Belgian chocolate shops, and the very best of Parisian pastry, bread, and chocolate. Cheer on Canada at the Baking Coupe du Monde (World Cup) Competition at Europain in Paris.  This is one of the world's largest baking related trade shows and it is jam-packed with vendors selling everything from gigantic revolving ovens to the very latest pastry gadgets.  You will also have two free days in Paris to explore the city or take a day trip to nearby historical sites such as Versailles, Fontainebleu, Chantilly and many more.

All successful applicants must be able to legally travel outside of Canada and through/to the USA.

Find out more information in the 2023 Baking & Culinary Field School Brochure.


Field School Fees Include:

  • Flights
  • All chartered busses
  • Walk-on ferry fares
  • Paris Metro passes and tickets
  • Accommodation (shared in hostel style housing, 4 perroom)
  • All breakfasts (except Day 1, 16 – flight days)
  • Final group dinner on Day 14
  • All group activity, entrance fees


Expenses Not Included:

  • Participants need to be prepared to pay out of pocket for approx. 10 lunches, and 13 dinners not included in the program cost, efforts will be made to offer affordable café, cafeteria or restaurant options, or purchase of some basic groceries
  • Personal expense money
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Sightseeing, visits, entrance fees for other activities not listed in itinerary
  • Items of a purely personal nature
  • Travel Medical Insurance (mandatory enrollment inGuard.Me)
  • Vaccinations, immunizations, passportapplications/renewals
  • Schengen Visa for Entry to France/Belgium (for non-Canadian citizens)


Payment Schedule

Type Amount Deadline
Deposit $500 September 15, 2023
Payment 1 $1950 October 13, 2023
Payment 2/Final Payment $1950 November 17, 2023

All payments must be made by the student record. Credit cards are NOT accepted.


Please review the VIU Education Abroad Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy.


Ken Harper


Education Abroad

Building 255, 2nd Floor
Phone: (250) 753-3245 local 2494