BA Architecture Field Trip to Barcelona

Key Information


Application Deadline: 29/05/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10008757


Departure Date: 17/11/24

Return Date: 21/11/24


£450: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits (approx. £50), food and drink, visa (if applicable). The final price may fluctuate dependent on price of flight at booking.


DMU Global Bursary: £200


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel booked by DMU

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


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Vinesh Pomal -

How to pay

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

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


BA(Hons) Architecture students who will be in their second or third year of study in the 2024-25 academic year are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 40 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 purpose of the visit is to expose the second and third-year BA(Hons) Architecture students to the architecture and design culture of Barcelona, a coastal city full of history with a vibrant cultural offering. Activities will include visiting a variety of prominent historic, modern and adaptive reuse building typologies and spaces; ranging from markets, museums to housing and places of worship.

There will be site visits to a number of locations including:

There will be the option for a day trip by bus to visit the Igualada Cemetery by Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos in Igualda and the Museu del Barroc by David Closes in Manresa. There is also a provisional plan to visit a couple of architectural practices and a school of architecture in Barcelona as part of the trip.

Learning objectives

This opportunity will allow participants to physically experience buildings that are discussed in lectures (to relate concepts learned in the design studio to a real building); engage with practice and professionals; and give exposure to a new context of Design and Architecture.

Students will undertake research in small groups about the buildings that they will be visiting. Trip leads will also help prepare students with questions to ask the practices that they will be visiting. During the trip, there may be a mini photography/sketch competition. Upon return this could form a mini-exhibition in the architectural studio.

The trip is an opportunity to visit the wonderful city of Barcelona, a coastal city full of history with a vibrant cultural offering. Students will get to visit a variety of buildings and places with time to explore the city in their own small groups too. The trip will allow students to meet other students from the school and will broaden knowledge and understanding of different cultures. It will be exploratory, allowing participants to think critically about the places, but equally fun and social.

Cultural activities

Students will have free time allocated to explore the city in their own small groups visiting places such as the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona Cathedral, various houses and Park Güell by Antoni Gaudi, and Anella Olímpica (site of the 1992 Olympics).

Students are also recommended to visit Las Arenas by Richard Rogers and Alonso y Balague, the Mercat Fira de Bellcaire Els Encants, aand Arquitectos, Diposit de les Aigues to name a few. Students will also be able to explore the various markets and cultural offerings the city has to offer.

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).