Career Purpose Searching in Berlin

Key Information


Application Deadline: 05/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10008485


Departure Date: 17/06/24

Return Date: 21/06/24


£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, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £350


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: Andy Morris -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £100 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.


All DMU students are eligible to participate on this opportunity but it would be particularly relevant for students interested in the idea of exploring their purpose, specifically in relation to career plans.. There are a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommend to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


Trip description

This DMU Global trip aims to provide you with a fresh, alternative, environment overseas away from your current circumstances, to venture out and play with the idea of your purpose and what it means to you, specifically in relation to your career plans.

Together we will experiment with the topic of purpose, ideating new ways to play with your time and energies. Here we will carve our quality time to reflect on your unique combination of strengths, interests, passions, values, aptitudes and skills- and how these can inform your vision for the future. By attending DMU led workshops in Berlin, this will be quality space away from the ordinary, to play your thoughts, and help you try and figure stuff out.

DMU alumni now living in Berlin will be play a crucial part this experience, inspiring and guiding you on this visit, and in settings free from scrutiny, pressure and assumption, all in the spirit of giving you a moment in time to think and work creatively.

This is not about figuring out your lifelong purpose in a matter of days… It’s about placing yourself in an exciting setting with the intention of prioritising yourself and your dreams, away from the pressures of daily life, with the guidance and support of DMU staff and DMU alumni on hand. We aim to create an environment where you can speak openly on your ideas, interests, and aspirations, no matter how much these relate to or differ from your course of study, and importantly, the pressures of what others may be placing on you currently.

Your purpose is yours to play with, discover, explore and build. Let’s head to a city, world famous for creativity, culture, vibrancy, and vision to help that process.

Is this trip for you?

  • Are you studying a course at DMU, but not set on following that line of study through into industry?
  • Are you at a crossroads and would value some time out and away, to think things through options?
  • When you think about the future, have you been wrestling with purpose and yearn for clarity?
  • Would you like to immerse yourself in a city, celebrated for cultural diversity and creative expression?

DMU Global Funding

Students that successfully apply for this opportunity will qualify for a special DMU Global bursary. The cost to students for this opportunity is just £100!

Learning Objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills, and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Berlin are for students to:

  • Improved motivation and inspiration to then work on these things when you return home
  • Increased number of theoretical models to work on and critically explore the topic of purpose
  • More connection with alumni, keen to build on the conversations started as part of your network
  • Greater self-belief when planning ahead in consideration of your potential purpose

Cultural Activities

The capital of Germany, Berlin, is a hive of culture and activity, a patchwork of old and new. This historically rich city offers an incredible political past, architecture and access to world famous sights and museums. Students will be able to fully immerse themselves in its history while enjoying its modern-day quirks, hip streets and great cuisine.

Alongside the activities that will be offered as part of the trip, students are encouraged to take time to explore Berlin, and visit places such as the iconic Reichstag building, home of the German parliament, and the Brandenburg Gate , East Side Gallery and Checkpoint Charlie which give an insight into life in the city whilst it was divided. Students are also encouraged to visit the Holocaust Memorial and the range of museums at Museum Island.

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).