De Montfort Students’ Union Sustainable Activism in Amsterdam

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003305


All students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Ideally, students applying for this opportunity will have a keen interest in sustainability and student activism, including Sustainable Development Goal number 11; sustainable cities and communities. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 50 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 20. DSU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details. If you have already received a bursary for an extra-curricular trip in 2019-2020 you are still able to participate, but without the #DMUglobal bursary.


According to NUS Responsible Futures, 67% of students have not heard of the Sustainable Development Goals or are unaware of their importance and purpose. Regardless of student’s prior knowledge, this opportunity will serve as a safe and open space to be educated on topics of sustainability and activism.

The purpose of this trip is to have a core focus on Amsterdam as a city for activism and change which incorporates the SDG number 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. During the trip, students will be visiting DMU’s Erasmus partner – InHolland University. Participants will spend one day learning about their sustainability initiatives including a tour of their famous ‘Clean-tech playground’. Clean-tech playground is known as on of the 7 wonders of non-touristy Amsterdam-Noord and comprised of old houseboats fitted with clean technologies.

In uncertain times, it is also vital that student voices are not only listened to, but utilised and celebrated and so therefore, there will be a whole day dedicated to student activism and human rights including a visit to important NGO’s such as AISA (Amnesty International Studentgroup Amsterdam) to join in with a masterclass in how students can use their voice to create change.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend human rights and climate change lecture series.

Cultural activities

Outside of scheduled activity, students will have free time where they are encouraged to explore this culturally and historically rich city. The variety of transport from boat, bike, tram or on foot allows students to venture out independently to popular tourist attractions such as the A’DAM Lookout, tour of Red Light district and the Amsterdam Royal Palace.

Students have the chance to tailor this opportunity to their personal interests by choosing between two optional cultural activities on each of the full days to enrich their experience. These will be available at an added cost to book in advance prior to trip departure. The first choice will be either Anne Frank House or Moco museum of Modern, Contemporary, and Street Art in Amsterdam . The second choice will be either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum.

DSU will also be taking students on a canal tour on the first evening to absorb the vibrant city life at night.

Travel and accommodation

Trains and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by DSU. Students will stay in shared single gender multi-bedded rooms. The £150 #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the booking. Students will be required to pay the remainder via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance from #DMUglobal.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Dutch 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 the Netherlands 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 24 February 2020
  • Return date: Thursday 27 February 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation : £300-£350 (booked by DSU)
  • Students will also be required to pay for: local travel, food & drinks, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Student cost: £150-£200
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 21 October 2019 9am