Wellbeing, Art and Culture in Italy

Key Information


Application Deadline: 06/11/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

Ref: 10007897


Departure Date: 27/02/24

Return Date: 02/03/24


£450: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country transfers (£15), visits and train to Florence (£45), food and drink, visa (if applicable))


DMU Global Bursary: £150


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

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


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

Trip Lead: Victoria Ruby-Granger - victoria.ruby-granger@dmu.ac.uk

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £300 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and UK transfers (if included) 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.


Third year Psychology students taking Well-being and Positive Psychology (PSYC3099), as well as MSc Psychological Wellbeing and MSc Health Psychology students are eligible to apply. 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

A recent paper in the journal of Positive Psychology (Cotter and Pawelski, 2021) suggested the health and wellbeing benefits of art museums. Thus, this visit to Italy will give undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology students the opportunity to look into the benefits of the arts for wellbeing and health in one of the most important cultural centres in Europe.

Students will gain an appreciation of the arts for wellbeing through an art museum visit and by taking part in an arts and culture-based positive psychology intervention where they will be able to assess their own level of wellbeing before and after the museum visit, likely to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Students will also be able to reflect on their visit in a written form, and we will consider how this approach could form part of a mixed methods research program, which will also deepen their understanding of this type of research design.

Students will also be able to visit sites related to the University of Bologna, including the Archiginnasio di Bologna which was built to combine all the university’s activities in the 16th Century, and Palazzo Poggi, the site of the current university. They will also visit the Anteros Tactile Museum where they can gain an appreciation of how artworks are brought to life in 3D for people with visual impairments, increasing their understanding of the arts and therefore their wellbeing benefits can be extended to groups who may not have previously been able to access them.

The estimated total cost for flights and accommodation for this trip to Italy is £450. Students will be expected to pay £300, as the £150 DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Italy are:

  • To participate in an arts and culture related positive psychology intervention
  • To understand how art and culture might contribute to their own sense of flourishing and wellbeing
  • To appreciate how the positive psychology intervention of art museum visits could be part of a mixed methods research programme
  • To gain further knowledge on how the arts could be made more accessible, potentially increasing avenues of wellbeing for all

Before the trip students will be encouraged to read the paper by Cotter and Pawelski (2021) to become familiar with the health and wellbeing benefits of art museum visits. In addition, they will be given access to the aggregated group data from the trip where before and after comparisons are made with the wellbeing measures, so this data can be analysed, which could inform future research.

Cultural activities

Students will be able to visit a number of additional cultural landmarks, including the towers and porticoes of Bologna (the latter are also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and landmarks in Florence such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its bell tower and dome. There will be opportunities for free time so that students can enjoy soaking up the atmosphere in both cities, and can include shopping in the local markets, relaxing in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (perhaps with a visit to the church which includes the burial site of Michelangelo and others) or visiting one of the many other museums.

Students can also sample the local food in both Bologna (which was voted the food capital of the world in a Conde Naste Traveller poll) and Florence. This could include enjoying a gelato while strolling through the porticoes of Bologna, trying one of the famous pasta dishes, or maybe trying to work their way through one of the many lists of the top ten foods to try while in both cities.

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).