Architecture & Architectural Technology in Amsterdam

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First year BA Architecture students and second year BSc Architectural Technology students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 60 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of the trip is to enhance the student experience of architecture, the emphasis being on experience, by visiting renowned works outside of their own culture as a means towards a
more critical understanding and reflection of their own culture. The objective of the trip is to present to the students all aspects of the city’s architecture including its cultural history, theory and construction as it relates to the embodied experience that includes but is not limited to understanding of scale, subject-object relationships, and the architectural promenade.

Amsterdam is a leader in the development of modern architecture in the Netherlands and also internationally. Out of the early 20th century rationalist architecture from the Berlage was influential in the direction modern architecture in the Netherlands. Students will visit and study the work of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, The De Stjill Movement and Jacobus Oud. The city hosts a number of architectural works by Rem Koolhaas, Winy Mass of MVRDV and Mecanoo ideal for first year students to study the design process in Year 1.

Cultural activities

As part of the learning experience students will be given opportunity to maintain a journal of interpretative and analytical drawings or diagrams that will not only enhance their communication and analytical skills but will also enable the student to contemplate some of the key issues being addressed as first year students such as scale, proportion, spatial composition and organisation, materiality and atmospheres as they relate to the embodied experience.

Additionally, through a guided visit in the city of Amsterdam students will have the opportunity to explore traces of its history that reveal its significant role under during the VOC (Dutch East India) 17th influence still visible in its medieval quarters, the city’s industrial expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries and finally the new 21st century development at Borneo Dock and Java Island.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the overall cost of the trip. To align with DMU’s sustainability goals and efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, students will travel by Eurostar to Amsterdam instead of flying.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Dutch immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Netherlands and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 23 February 2020
  • Return date: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activites and museums (£20), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 25 November 2019 9am