Simulated Buying in Porto, Portugal

Key Information


Application Deadline: 13/02/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007326


Departure Date: 08/05/23

Return Date: 12/05/23


£350: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£70), visits via minibus (£10-20), food and drink, and 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: Siobhan Merrall -


Second & Third year Fashion Buying students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. 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.


The purpose of the trip to Porto is to give students insight into a ‘real-life’ buying trip so they can see first-hand what it is like to visit factories and negotiate face-to-face with factory managers. As part of the trip, there will be visits to the factory portfolio for Dias Textil whereby we will visit dye houses and printers, spinners and knitters and the garment factory itself.

The students will have the opportunity to ask questions about these processes to grow their knowledge and also be able to challenge the factories on sustainable practises. The experience will finish with live negotiations whereby students can design a garment using fabric from the showroom and then negotiate the cost and delivery with the supplier. This experience gives the student a chance to practise their negotiating skills and appreciate some of the challenges involved.

This trip also aligns with DMU’s wider commitment to addressing the UN SDGs, in particular sustainability. The factories that the group will visit operate sustainable practices, demonstrating how the fashion industry is making moves to becoming more environmentally friendly.

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 Porto are:

  • To see first-hand all the process within garment manufacture within sustainable-focused factories
  • To experience another culture and understand how business is conducted internationally
  • To learn behaviours expected of a buyer travelling on business
  • To understand how to negotiate costs with a supplier in the fashion industry

This trip will feed into students’ final year module related to sourcing and supply. Post-trip it will be expected that they use this experience as primary research to support this work. Pre-trip, the Trip Leads will meet with students to discuss the purpose of a buying trip and what can be expected. We will examine and prepare the types of questions a ‘buyer’ might ask on the trip and how to assess a factory for some basic safety standards.

Cultural Activities

Porto is culturally and historically extremely interesting. During the visit students will have time to visit the Ponte de Dom Luis 1 bridge which spans the Douro River. The architecture includes historic sites such as the Palacio da Bolsa, the Cathedral Torres dos Clerigos Tower and observation deck and the recently renovated Church of Santa Clara.

There are fascinating examples of the famous tiled walls which illustrate Portuguese history. There are parks, river tours and shopping including the Lello bookshop famous for the ‘Harry Potter’ staircase.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Portugal is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Portugal.

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.