Intercultural Competence in Berlin

Key Information


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

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10007874


Departure Date: 25/02/24

Return Date: 01/03/24


£450: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK airport transfers (£15), Berlin-Frankfurt (Oder) return train journey (£35), in-country transfers in Berlin, visits (museum entry fees), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £350


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Travel will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Damla Finch -

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 as long as they are enrolled on the extra-curricular Intercultural Competence Course. There is 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

Exclusive for the Intercultural Competence Course participants, led by the Global Mobility Office in cooperation with Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Germany, this trip presents an opportunity for students to immerse themselves into the historically rich, multicultural city of Berlin over 5 days in February. Students will have a chance to collaborate and be involved in cross-cultural interactions with Europa Universität Viadrina students whilst also exploring the neighbouring towns of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice (Poland).

The group will visit Europa Universität Viadrina campus in Frankfurt (Oder) and participate in planned activities with Viadrina students. There will be opportunities for deep conversations, research and exchange around current relevant issues connected to ecological as well as social justice questions of (global) co-living. On the same day, there will be an opportunity to cross over the Stadtbrücke bridge to visit the Polish town of Słubice where students can observe the visible cultural differences between Germany and Poland in just a few steps.

Provisional plans include DMU students meeting with Viadrina students in Berlin to visit places of interest relating to the course, such as, Futurium. This visit will encourage students to think about sustainable ideas in relation to 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and strategies for future intercultural encounters and integration amongst people from different cultural and national backgrounds, answering questions, such as ‘What does future/s look like?’ and ‘How do we want to live?’.

The purpose of this trip is for students to develop a stronger appreciation of diversity and inclusivity, and to practice skills learnt and improved through the course for effective communication with people from different cultural backgrounds. It will also support the development of soft skills such as, teamwork and communication. Students will be able to make connections with fellow students on the trip and in Germany, and observe the fascinating cultures in the cities, countries and of locals and fellow students.

Students on the trip will be encouraged to explore and be inspired by the conversations, discoveries, and sessions and workshops they will be able to be a part of, and upon return will be able to reflect on these as part of their presentations for the Intercultural Competence Course.

Why participate?

  • Through engagements, attending sessions and workshops, and bonding via extra-curricular activities with Europa Universität Viadrina students, expand your network and interpersonal skills whilst experiencing a university campus in a different country and culture
  • Develop your intercultural skills, which will give you the ability to interpret global issues, understand and appreciate different world views, and effectively interact across cultures
  • Learn about German culture and the city of Berlin, which is a melting pot of cultures
  • Develop knowledge and skills that will enhance the learning outcomes of the Intercultural Competence Course

DMU Global Funding

Students that successfully apply for this opportunity will qualify for a special DMU Global bursary. The estimated total cost for flights and accommodation for this trip to Berlin is £450. With the deduction of the £350 DMU Global Bursary,
the cost to students for this opportunity is just £100!

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).