Cultural Policy Research in Amsterdam

Key Information


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

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007836


Departure Date: 04/03/24

Return Date: 08/03/24


£350: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global bursary). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits (£35), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


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

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


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Jacqui Norton -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £200 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.


Arts and Festivals Management Level 5 (AMAN2202 International Research Visit) and Level 6 Global Arts Management (AMAN3051 International Cultural Policy) students are eligible to apply. There is a maximum of 30 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

This trip is an opportunity to undertake a critical exploration of an area of cultural policy that interests the students, in the context of a comparative study between the UK and the Netherlands. Students will arrange meetings with and visit cultural organisations, institutions and creative professionals in order to understand how the Dutch system works and what differences this makes to the arts that are produced in the Netherlands.

This trip is a key element of the module learning outcomes for students, and is embedded as a cultural policy research trip for Arts and Festivals Management level 5 AMAN2202 International Research Visit and Global Arts Management International Cultural Policy AMAN3051 (top-up).

As part of this trip students will engage with DMU’s student exchange partner, InHolland University, Amsterdam, who we have had a relationship with for over 20 years. DMU students will work on a placemaking project during the week. DMU students who are interested can also complete a year abroad at InHolland after completion of their second year of studies and can find more information on the Student on Exchange webpage.

The estimated total cost for Eurostar and accommodation for this trip to Amsterdam is £350. Students will be expected to pay £200, 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a cultural policy in the Netherlands
  • To organise a meeting with an arts organisation in a different country
  • To compare a cultural policy between the UK with the Netherlands
  • To expose students to different culture to that of UK and widen knowledge of cultural life of different European country

Before the trip there will be a series of workshops to enable the students to prepare and arrange their cultural policy meetings. Staff will also be arranging some of the meetings/activities. Post-trip the students will be supported during the lecture series to prepare for their assessment in the form of a presentation.

Cultural activities

Some contextual visits will be arranged by trip lead(s), such as group visits to the Boekman Foundation (cultural policy library), Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. There will also be visits to the Paradiso and Royal Concertgebouw.

Students will also arrange individual and group meetings with cultural organisations in Amsterdam. There will also be free time to explore popular cultural attractions such as the Anne Frank Museum and Rembrandt House.

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).