BA1 Architecture & Building Studies in Porto

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First year Architecture students enrolled on ARCH1050 – Architecture Design 1 and ARCH 1051 – Architectural Design 2 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 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.


Students will have the opportunity to experience life in Porto, described as an outstanding urban landscape with a two thousand year old history. As part of the visit, students will conduct an architectural and urban study of the city to understand how Porto is considered as such a desirable destination. It is traditional Portugal at its finest, without the crowds of Lisbon or the tackiness of the Algarve.

Porto provides excellent opportunities to visit architectural gems from a variety of time-periods, starting with Porto’s old historic centre, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, home to many and varied fascinating buildings, as well as the more contemporary architecture of the wider city, ranging from Art Deco to the modern day. This city is compact enough to explore much of it on foot and provides many beautiful vistas to take the opportunity to stop and sketch.

An architectural and urban study of Porto will give the students an opportunity to reflect on the city’s architecture through time and reshape their own knowledge and thoughts in how they design future contemporary buildings in Leicester. Whilst visiting the city students will specifically visit the Piscinas de Mares, Porto Faculty of Architecture and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art by Alvaro Siza, and Sao Bento train station and Dom Luiz I bridge. There will also be visits to the Casa da Musica by Rem Koolhaus, Cinema Batalha and Porto Cathedral. The visit will include sketching and documenting buildings in the historical city centre, and students will learn from the architects, engineers and urban designers that were involved in shaping contemporary Porto.

Cultural activities

Students will also have the opportunity in their free time to explore the city at their own pace, stroll along the old harbour and waterfront of the Duoro river, gaze at the tiled buildings and cobbled streets of the old town or visit the Bombarda district around Miguel Bombarda Street, for cool street art, galleries, vintage shops and cafés.

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.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Portuguese 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 Portugal 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 24 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities and museums (£50), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am