Freedom to Achieve – exploring the identity and success of black and minority ethnic communities in New York

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003045


First and second year students from all faculties and programmes are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Selection will be based on applicants who can demonstrate in their application how they can transfer the learning from the trip into furthering an inclusive and integrated environment for all at DMU.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 45 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

Please note that this opportunity is classified as an extra-curricular trip, and DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This will be an inspirational trip providing cultural and personal insight, and a celebration of the lives of black and minority ethnic communities of New York. The trip will be based around Harlem and other diverse areas of New York. Activities will include visiting iconic centres of black and minority ethnic culture and learning such as the Apollo Theatre and the Schomburg Centre.

Exciting opportunities to explore black identity will be provided around Malcom X Boulevard, and the trip will include a visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and a a bus tour of the Bronx,  Brooklyn and Queens. Additional opportunities will include visiting prominent galleries of black and minority ethnic communities’ art and walking food tours.

Participants will explore how identity, belonging and community are critical aspects to student success and reflect on how they can bring the experiences of students in New York back to DMU, enhancing both their learning outcomes and the outcomes of other students.

A visit to a pre-eminent New York university is being planned to  allow students to understand how the educational process in America can translate to enhance their experiences in the UK. There will also be an opportunity to meet with campaigners, and academic staff and students of colour, developing your networks and skills. A possible tour of the UN is also being explored.

Application process (CLOSED)

The first stage of the application process for this trip will require students to answer three questions specifically related to the opportunity. The answers to these questions will be used to evaluate and decide upon suitable candidates for the opportunity. Successful applicants will then be required to complete the mandatory #DMUglobal application process.

Cultural activities

As well as organised academic activities, you will have the opportunity to explore some of New York’s most famous and exciting landmarks, venues and districts. Museums you could visit include the 9/11 Memorial Museum or the MoMA If you have a head for heights, you can enjoy the views from the top of the Empire State Building, the bar at the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center or the tallest building of them all, the One World Trade Center. If you fancy a trip on the Hudson River you can take the free Staten Island Ferry which passes the Statue of Liberty. Another highlight of New York is the High Line, a former raised subway track now converted into a park.

Travel and accommodation

Flights, accommodation and UK transfers for this opportunity will be booked by DMU. The #DMUglobal  and DMU Freedom to Achieve 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

All students travelling to the United States will require some form of a visa. You will need to check if you are eligible for the Visa Waiver, if you are, you will need to apply for an ESTA, if you are not, you will need to apply for a full non-immigrant visa.

All students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the US immigration requirements. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. Should you require visa advice, please attend one of the #DMUglobal Visa Advice Sessions. 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.

If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 2 June 2019
  • Return date: Friday 7 June 2019 (Flight departs NY on Thursday 6 June)
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation, transfers and included trips to Ellis Island Immigration Museum and a bus tour of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens: £949 (without bursaries)
  • Students will also be required to pay for: optional cultural visits, food, drink and visa costs (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400 plus an additional £200 DMU Freedom to Achieve Bursary
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am