Clinical Microbiology in L’Aquila, Italy

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Third year (in 2019-20 academic year) Biomedical Science students enrolled on  the module:Medical Microbiology (BIOM3005) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 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.


During the trip the students will be able to visit the famous L’Acquila University and the newly built university hospital labs. L’Acquila University was established in 1952, and now is home for about 26,000 students and more than 500 researchers; this university is famous globally for research expertise in biology, chemistry, informatics, medicine and biotechnology.

The biomedical and life sciences programme at L’Acquila university have a curriculum that is closely aligned with the Biomedical Science undergraduate course syllabus at DMU, and both universities cooperate in teaching and learning, research and pedagogy for public outreach.

The academic content of the trip is tailored to BMS Year 3 Medical Microbiology module BIOM3005. This trip will involve the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa as disease causing agents in humans. Students will study molecular detection methods as well as prevention and treatment of emerging diseases and microbiological investigation techniques for patient samples.

During the trip the students will participate in the creation of a podcast in collaboration with our international collaborators from L’Acquila and our DMU academic staff. The podcast will include molecular detection methods, sample preparation, discussion points on prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases. This study material may greatly help with the preparation for the unseen BIOM3005 summer exam.

Cultural activities

As part of this trip students will have the opportunity to the visit the historical and cultural site of the 12th century old town of L’Acquila, which sits at the foot of Gran Sasso, whose peak at 9596 ft is the highest point of the Italian mainland south of the Alps.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel. It is recommended that all students book flights from London Stansted on Monday 4 November to Rome Ciampino airport, followed by a transfer with Flixbus (£20) to L’Aquila.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation at a local bed & breakfast 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 Italian 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 Italy 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: Monday 4 November 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 10 July 2019 9am