MA Architecture Tour of Austria

Key Information


Application Deadline: 31/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007182


Departure Date: 22/01/23

Return Date: 28/01/23


£350-400: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers, in-country travel to Graz (£30) visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


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

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


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Ben Cowd -


MA Architecture students are eligible to apply for 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

Austria is best known for the splendour of its Baroque and Rococo buildings and churches. It also contains a wealth of internationally renowned Gothic and Modern Architecture. Vienna is best known for having the best example for public housing in Europe. Therefore, as part of this for MA Architecture students there will be the opportunity to visit and conduct architectural studies of selected buildings and urban planning examining how Vienna and Graz are leading cities in Architecture and Social Housing in Europe.

In addition, as the MA Architecture Programme is heavily focused on sustainability, Vienna is the ideal location as it is a leading European capital for sustainable design, with an array of examples for design in deconstruction, retrofit, reuse, urban sustainability, and sustainable energy. The capital is also the best example in Social Housing for Equality and Social Justice, and its 100-year history for social housing is an important learning theme, where students can implement in their design project after the trip.

This trip will also see students engage with The Institute of Architecture (IoA) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna/die Angewandte, to foster cooperation between students and staff.  

The estimated total cost for flights, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Austria is £350-400. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

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 Austria are:

  • To review and criticize current architectural ideas and theories showing knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design, and synthesize original concepts and test new hypotheses and speculations from buildings visited in Vienna and Austria.
  • To demonstrate through a design solution the understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and the need to relate buildings to human needs and scale after the visit. This is by visiting key buildings and site in Vienna and Graz.

In preparation for the trip, staff will work with students to identify buildings and designs in Austria that will link to their studio projects. Personal tutorials with students after the trip will follow-up how these building ideas are applied in their design.

Cultural activities

Austria’s is as grand as its imperial history. Vienna is for its stately streets, once at that are lined with palaces and baroque masterpieces. It is up to date earning more than just a visually beautiful city but among the most liveable cities in the world. The fact that Viennese is the name of a specific cuisine says a lot about the city’s culinary history and significance.

It’s the capital of strudel, schnitzel, sausages and sachertorte. Culturally, the city continually invests in its world-class museums and galleries with generous grants and ongoing support, in which we can learn in generating wealth for the arts here. Students will be able to experience this unique metropolitan cultural experience whilst they are in Vienna, Graz during the Austrian Architectural Tour.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Austria is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Austria.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.