BA2 Architecture Study Trip to Paris

Ref: 10003280


Second year BA Architecture students 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.


As a global metropolis with significant architectural value, our visit to Paris aims to help students appreciate the distinction of architectural, urban and planning characteristics of this global metropolis and analytically compare it to British cities. Through this trip, we will visit some important projects and canonical buildings which are associated with important cultural and political moments in architectural history and paradigmatic shifts. The trip is aligned with ARCH2060 Studio Design 3 as well as ARCH2052 Architecture History and Theory, in addition to ARCH2062 Urban Studies which specifically focuses on the understanding of architecture, urban design and habitation, within the context of the global cities and globalization. The trip follows the learning outcomes anticipated in ARCH2060, 2062, 2052 modules including the understanding of urban design approaches and contextual strategies, the theoretical underpinning of the building design in global cities, tectonic qualities and approaches to construction, environmental design and building processes. In short, this trip will offer you an opportunity to extend your understanding of the relationship between architecture, cities, planning and urban design in one of the most significant global cities in the world.

Our trip will include visits to historical architecture such as the Grand Louvre Museum and the architect I.M.Pie’s famous glass Pyramid there. It will also include a visit to the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur Basilica and the famous street of the champs de Elise. We will also visit many contemporary architectures in Paris such as Arch De La Defense and the contemporary development around it, Park de La Villitte by the architect Bernard Tschumi, Centre Georges Pompidou by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris by Frank Gehry as well as buildings by the Swiss and French architect Le Corbusier and by Jean Novel.

Cultural activities

In addition to the scheduled itinerary, students will have the opportunity to explore Paris’ monument-lined boulevards, museums, iconic buildings, bistros and boutiques. No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, a stroll along the glamorous avenue des Champs-Élysées or a visit Sacré-Cœurthe beautiful Roman Catholic Church and stunning views of the city of Paris.

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 Paris instead of flying.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet French 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 France 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, accommodation and transfers: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities and museums (£30), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am