Employability and Engineering in Toulouse – The capital of Aeronautics and Space

Key Information


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

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips, Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10008755


Departure Date: 18/11/24

Return Date: 21/11/24


£365: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £200


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

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


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Regina Toth - regina.toth@dmu.ac.uk

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £165 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 students from the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development are eligible to participate on this opportunity.  If the trip is oversubscribed, priority will be given to undergraduate students. 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 aims to enhance student employability and raise awareness of work experience, internship and placement opportunities in the Engineering sector, as well as explore various job roles and careers Engineering students can enter after graduation. As part of the trip, there will be the following:

  • Visit to the Aerostructures Facility of Collins Aerospace on an exclusive tour where you’ll learn about the work of Collins in the Toulouse area and more internationally, as well as have the chance to see their workshop area and see nacelles and engines being worked on up close and personal.
  • Visit to the Aeroscopia museum – walk amongst dozens of aircraft in this fantastic museum including stepping aboard a Concorde, standing in the cargo hold of a Super Guppy or A400M and exploring the double decker A380. Learn more about aviation and its history, and get the chance to design and decorate your own aircraft.
  • Hear from innovative students at ISAE SUPAERO – the world-leading higher education institute in aerospace engineering. Enjoy a tour of their Innovation Workshop and hear from opportunities to undertake an English language Masters course to further enhance your knowledge and skills at ISAE SUPAERO.

There will also be a range of optional/recommended activities for students including a visit to Airbus Factory in Blagnac, to discover the latest generation of Airbus aircraft. This will include a presentation of the on the history of Toulouse aviation, a tour of the 700 Airbus infrastructure and a visit to the A350XWB assembly line. Furthermore, a trip to the Cite L’Espace will provide an opportunity to explore the life of an astronaut and view real space craft such as the Mir Space station.

As part of the trip there is also the plan to arrange an employability talk and Q&A with a DMU alumni based in Toulouse. There will also be an employability a workshop delivered at ISAE-SUPAERO, as well as opportunities for peer-to-peer mentoring throughout the week

Why take part?

Toulouse is commonly known as the European capital of Aerospace and Aeronautics Engineering with world-leading companies such as Airbus and Collins Aerospace operating in the area. Our exclusive tour of the Collins Aerospace facility will give the students unique insight into the work of an Engineer in these fields and they will get to hear first-hand from professionals about their job, informing students of their choices after graduation and exposing them to a highly technical, industry specific environment.

Toulouse is a vibrant and culturally rich city filled with amazing architecture, colorful markets, French food, and chic boutiques. It has an ancient historic centre with the panoramic Garonne flowing through it, perfect for walks and exploring, and cosy cafes and unique bars to enjoy for those more interested in soaking in the French atmosphere while sipping a coffee or cocktail.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and knowledge that enhance your studies. Through participation in this trip to France we expect that you will enhance your knowledge of work experience opportunities, gain insight into STEM/Engineering career journeys and different job roles. In addition, we expect that students will develop communication, networking and professional conduct, skills and build confidence and improve motivation to pursue further DMU Careers activities.

Pre-trip, students will be encouraged to attend the workshops offered by the CEM Placements Team in the Summer and in Term 1 to help them build their CV, learn about cover letter writing and to create a well-built LinkedIn Profile, which they can use to connect with people from the industry they will meet on the trip.

Post Trip, students will be required to attend a De-brief where they will be asked to sum up their experiences, highlighting what they learned and how this will impact their placement/job searching going forward. The Team will also offer 1:1 appointments to advise students and support with their placement searching. Students will also have the opportunity to join the CEM Placement Mentoring Scheme.

Cultural activities

During the trip there will be the opportunity to visit some of the culture highlights that Toulouse has to offer! Runway of Giants is a unique cultural venue which highlights and publicises aeronautical adventure and is dedicated to the pioneers of aviation.

Other cultural highlights include the Basilica of Saint-Sernin which is one of the largest churches of it’s kind in Europe, UNESCO World Heritage site the Canal du Midi which links Toulouse and the Mediterranean Sea, and Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Toulouse which crosses the banks of the river Garonne.

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).