European Dimension on Youth Work in Antwerp

Ref: 10003026


First year Youth Work & Community Development students enrolled on Learning, Education & Youth Work (ASCS1801) and Developing the Professional Practitioner (ASCS1803) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This project will be exploring and comparing international youth work with a specific case study of youth work practice in Antwerp. On the way to Belgium, aid collected by fellow classmates will be dropped off in a migrant camp, under the supervision of reputable aid agencies. The
group will stay overnight in a hotel near the Belgian border (in the French town of Lille).

Participants will be living in a hostel in Antwerp with students from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. The core activities will be visits to youth work centres and projects to observe and learn about professional approaches to work with refugees/migrants, disadvantaged young people and marginalised ethnic groups. The project will take participants into Antwerp communities where they will discuss with local practitioners about their innovative and effective interventions.

Outreach, detached and centre-based projects will be visited and, working in mixed international groups, DMU students will be able to engage with service users to ascertain their perspective on the effectiveness of the services provided. Students will be expected to apply youth work theory to each experience and to evaluate the value of the interventions to a UK setting. The project will culminate in mixed international group presentations on the participants’ findings.

On returning to the UK, DMU students will be expected to present in class to their peers. Participants will also be offered the opportunity to co-author an academic paper, with a member of staff, on their case study. A suitable journal will be sought to seek publication of these papers, should this option be taken up.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities will include a tour of the Antwerp Jewish quarter, which is famous for its diamonds industry, numerous synagogues and diverse range of Kosher restaruants in the ‘Pelikan’ area. As part of this trips students will also have the chance its world famous museums such as the Rubenshuis, the home and studio for celebrated painter Pieter Paul Rubens.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – A minibus will be booked and arranged by the Faculty to take the group to Belgium.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation 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 Belgian 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 Belgium 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: Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Return date: Friday 10 May 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food and drink, cultural activities (£15), and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED