Contemporary European Economic Issues in Paris

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Second year BA Economics students enrolled on ECON2549 European Economic Issues and ECON2551 Economics of Financial Markets 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.


This opportunity will give students the chance to learn about how economists inform key policy debates that help markets and institutions function. As part of this opportunity students will visit the OECD. The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of individuals at a global level. This is reflected through their research and engagement with Governments and Institutions on the factors that drive economic and social change. Our principal academic activity is to take our level 5 students currently studying Economics of Financial Markets (ECON 2551) and European Economic Issues (ECON 2549) to visit the OECD. The purpose of the visit is to learn about the work of the OECD and to receive an Economics talk. From participating in this visit students will develop their understanding of economic theory to inform opinion on key European Issues and will enhance their understanding of the role played by regulatory bodies in regulating the capital markets and financial institutions

In addition, students will take part in a structured task, ‘The Economics of the Champs Elysees’ in which they will look at location and pricing decisions of firms. The setting of the Champs Elysees, one of the most famous shopping and tourist areas in the world provides an excellent environment for the application of economics principles to explain firm and consumer behaviour. Students will be set a guided group task to perform, with a group discussion to analyse findings afterwards. The learning objectives of this activity are that students will find economic data and key facts relating to economics, and understand how this evidence relates to economic theory.

Cultural activities

Outside of scheduled academic activities, students will have the opportunity to have a taste of Paris and its culture. Participants may choose yo have head to the Eiffel Tower, go on the Seine River cruise, visit the Arc de Triomphe or walk down Champ-Elysees through jardin des Tuileries. Or perhaps cross over Pont des Arts bridge to Ile de la Cite to see Notre Dame, to name but a few highlights Paris has to offer.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel by Eurostar 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 DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the overall cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the immigration requirements for France. 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 Global Mobility Office 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 DMU Global. 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 8 June 2020
  • Return date:  Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300-350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 24 February 2020 9am