Architecture in Rotterdam and Amsterdam

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10008002


Departure Date: 04/02/24

Return Date: 09/02/24


£450: the estimated cost for coach travel, in-country travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms will be provided in a hostel/hotel

Travel: Coach travel booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Shirish Joshi -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £250 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers (if included) after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.


First year BA (Hons) Architecture students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. There is a maximum of 80 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

The Netherlands and its culture for architecture and design presents unique opportunity for DMU students. First year Architecture students who are new to field will be able to see various experiments in contemporary architecture in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam, starting from 1920s to 2020s. Exposure to these different styles will be vital for the design project that follows in Block 3.

As part of this trip there will be the opportunity to visit a couple of different architecture offices in Rotterdam, to expose students to the office working environments and what that entails. Discussions with architects in their workplace could lead to future collaboration and networking opportunities.

Core activities will include visiting some of the prominent buildings in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Visiting one or two architecture offices in Rotterdam, visiting the TU Delft campus and buildings around the University. Students will get to see the works of architects Herman Hertzberger, Rem Koolhaas, Aldo Van Eyck, Piet Blom, Jo Coenen, Renzo Piano, Michel De Klerk, MVRDV and Zus Architects. The schedule for the proposed trip is as follows:

  • Sunday 4 February – travel by coach from Leicester to Rotterdam
  • Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February – visits in Rotterdam
  • Wednesday 7 February – day trip to Delft, and onwards travel to Amsterdam via coach
  • Thursday 8 and Friday 9 February – visits in Amsterdam and depart on Friday afternoon returning to Leicester by coach

The estimated total cost for coach travel to the Netherlands and accommodation for this trip to is £550. Students will be expected to pay £300, as the £150 DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Amsterdam are:

  • Physically experiencing some of the buildings that will be discussed in their lectures (to relate concepts learned in class to the outside, physical building)
  • Engagement with Practice and Professionals
  • Exposure to a new context and culture of Design and Architecture

The trip is organized between Block 2 and Block 3, which are focused on ASC (Architectural space and context), AHE (Architectural humanities and ecologies, ATE (Architectural technology and environments) and APE (Architectural practice and ethics). The visit will also inform potential case studies for Block 4 journals and essays.

Cultural activities

Students will have free time to explore a range of museums and cultural attractions such as the Rijksmuseum (£18) and Van Gogh Museum (£20). A visit to the Anne Frank Museum (£16) is recommended, and visits to the New Institute Museum for Architecture Design for Digital Culture will also be included as part of the itinerary.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).