Footwear Manufacturing in Alicante, Spain

Key Information


Application Deadline: 30/05/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007689


Departure Date: 20/11/23

Return Date: 24/11/23


£400: 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: £150


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 -

Trip Lead: Phil Stewart -

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.


Footwear Design students that will be in their second or third year of study in the 2023-24 academic year are eligible to participate on this opportunity. 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

During this DMU Global opportunity, students will have the opportunity to explore the footwear industry in Alicante, Spain. As part of the experience, there will be a number of visits, including the Elda Footwear Museum – showcasing collections from around the world documenting the evolution of footwear production from the 19th to the 20th century and the heritage of the industry in Elda.

A visit to INESCOP, a 3Dcad footwear manufacturing company who are leaders in the development of computer-aided footwear design systems, will offer an opportunity to learn firsthand about innovation in the footwear sector. Further visits in this region of Spain will include the footwear factory Pau Hormas, the sole and heel manufacturer Tecnotac and the foot consultancy Biomech.

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 Spain we expect that you will:

  • Contextualise your learning and skill development within Block 1
  • Develop research ideas in preparation for Block 2 of your studies
  • Build upon a sense of community within the footwear discipline, including networking opportunities

Before the trip to Spain, there will be a number of preparatory talks with factories and facilities. Students will have completed Block 1 of their studies in bespoke shoemaking by the time the trip departs – and the winner of the competition within the module will be able to see their design in production during the visit.

Cultural activities

There will also be free time during the week for exploring Alicante independently. Top attractions include the 16th Century castle Castillo de Santa Bárbara which offers sweeping views of the city; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante home to an excellent collection of 20th Century Spanish art; and Basílica de Santa María, the old-towns flamboyant 18th Century church. Additionally, there’s a long waterfront with numerous beaches and an excellent food scene.

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).