International Fashion Buying Trip to Amsterdam

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Second year Fashion Buying students enrolled on FBUY 2000 Core Buying and FBUY 2004 Fashion Marketing are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 12. 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.


During this trip to the exciting and cultured city of Amsterdam, students will have the opportunity to experience local galleries, museums and architecture to inspire design ideas, while visits to commercial retail outlets will inform students about contemporary casual wear brand direction. Industry visits will be organised to 2-3 key clothing brand head offices in and around Amsterdam. The intention is to visit Tommy Hilfiger and O’Neill. Additionally there will be the opportunity to experience the Amsterdam shopping scene, observing both international chain stores and independent retail stores.

Visiting Tommy Hilfiger and/or O’Neill will inform students how large brands operate at Head Office level and showcase the many varied job opportunities available within these organisations. Students from the programme have gone on to do placement years within O’Neill and this visit allows unique access to major brands and enables students to assess the organisation/s for themselves. Staff will accompany all industry visits. Through participating in this opportunity students will be able to draw upon and discuss supporting evidence to demonstrate knowledge of the global buying cycle and buying roles, including sourcing and supply and corporate social responsibility.

Cultural activities

There will be the opportunity to visit the Tassen Museum, the Museum of Bags and Purses, with its collection of more than 5,000 bags, as well as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the most important museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands and the first exhibition about a key player in early conceptual art, Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art. Students may also take a trip to the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, and situated in two buildings designed by Dutch master Gerrit Rietveld and Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • 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 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 25 February 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 28 February 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, travel card (£25), train fare to O’Neill (£15) food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am