Crisis and Recovery in New Orleans

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Third year Business students enrolled on the modules Business Continuity and Crisis Management (CORP3364) or Risk Management (ACFI5065) are eligible to participate in this opportunity, with students from other relevant programmes also being considered. 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 trip provides students the opportunity to learn about Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in more than 1,000,000 people losing their homes, 1,500 people losing their lives, and caused $300,000,000,000 worth of damage in 2005. On this trip students will be able to apply and evaluate their knowledge of crisis management practices and processes and consider what might have a positive impact on such a situation if it were to occur at their place or work.

The trip will focus on the impact of the hurricane on residents and businesses in New Orleans, as well as the actions taken before, during and after the event to try to limit the damage and cultivate recovery. We will talk to local business owners and residents about their experiences; what they have learned, and what people in at risk areas might consider doing before another such storm. Students will also learn about the difference between an American federal system of crisis management, and European ‘all hazards’ or local approaches.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Katrina Recovery tour at a cost of around £30.

This trip will take place simultaneously with the Migration and Enterprise, and Freelancing trips to New Orleans. All three trips will stay at the same accommodation and a range of cultural events will be open to both groups.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities for this trip are wide ranging and based on the rich and diverse history of the city of New Orleans. Students are visiting the home of Jazz music and the Mardi Gras. There are a wide range of tours available just beyond the city, to experience some of the American south. The culinary delights of New Orleans are also legendary!

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – home to a truly unique mix of culture, food and music. Whilst in New Orleans students will have chance to enjoy Jazz and Blues music in the many venues on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Alternatively they wish to visit Jackson Square to admire the St. Louis Cathedral and numerous street performers.

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 the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Return date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for cultural visits, food and drink, and visa
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 12 November 2018 9am