Colonialism in Amsterdam

Key Information


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

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Other

Ref: 10007975


Departure Date: 05/02/24

Return Date: 09/02/24


£350: 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: £250


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

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


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Aamena Meidell -

How to pay

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


DMU students who are on block teaching (and have enhancement week during the trip dates) are eligible to participate on this opportunity but it would be particularly relevant for students with a demonstrable interest in history, colonialism, multiculturalism, equality and diversity. There are a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Using the Dutch Empire and the Netherlands as an example, this trip will allow students to learn about Colonialism and how it has shaped the world we live in. Specific focus will be put on understanding the exclusion and inequalities caused by colonialism which continue to influence the way we look at each other, how we treat each other and how it manifests itself in the present through existing inequalities and exclusion.

Visiting the Tropenmuseum and its ‘Colonial Inheritance’ permanent exhibition is one way that this will be explored. The museum is housed in a former colonial organisation set up to show off Dutch colonial objects which contributed to the common perception that people from formerly colonised countries were inferior. Students will be able to learn about how the empire profited from its colonies, usurped their wealth and relied on slave labour and how in response to this, enslaved or colonised people resisted, showed resilience, and used their creativity. This will be linked to the current context by discussing concepts such as cultural appropriation and expression of identity.

Other activities may include reflecting on how history is shaped by visiting the Black Archives, a unique historical archive recording literature and a range of other resources documenting, Caribbean and African people in the Dutch context. Or to learn about the work of Imagine IC, an organization aiming to highlight the culture and identity of migrants as seen from their own perspective, through the lens of the multicultural community of Southeast Amsterdam. This will facilitate conversations on the importance of heritage and the importance of belonging in one’s local environment.

Students will be expected to actively participate in pre-trip sessions and discussions whilst overseas, sharing their reflections, perspectives and experiences on these topics and how this can also impact student life at De Montfort University.

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 Amsterdam are for students to:

  • Learn about the colonialist past of the Netherlands
  • Understand the role of colonialism and how it continues to manifest itself in the 21st century
  • Reflect on how we can actively decolonise in our daily lives and at De Montfort University
  • Have an increased awareness of equality and diversity
  • Enhance intercultural competency, and understand and appreciate different world views

Cultural Activities

While in the capital of the Netherlands and one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, students will have time to enjoy what Amsterdam has to offer in their free time. Take in more history and learn about how Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years after fleeing persecution in Germany during World War II by visiting the Anne Frank House.

Discover world-famous art at Rijksmuseum or visit Vondelpark, which receives 10 million visitors per year and is Amsterdam’s largest park. Cycle around the city, spend some time in Amsterdam’s independent shopping streets or smell the tulips in the heart of the city as bulbs spill out of bouquets at the Bloemenmarkt.

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).