Politics in Urbino, Italy

Ref: 10003004


First year Politics and International Relations and Politics students enrolled on the module British Government and Politics (POPP1407), are eligible to participate in this opportunity, with second year students studying Comparative Local Government (POPP2011) 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 visit to Urbino will provide an opportunity to deepen students’ knowledge of politics in comparative perspective, help to build friendship and visit a wonderful city, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Students will engage in an immersive learning experience, mainly through two activities:

Firstly, participants will work together with peers studying politics at the University of Urbino. The two cohorts will be connected using a ‘buddying system’ through social networks before the visit. In the first two days of the trip, the two groups will engage in student-led activities, hosted by the School of Political and Social Science at the University of Urbino. This will culminate with the delivery of group presentations – DMU students will explain to the Italian cohort key issues in contemporary British politics, and vice versa – so as to facilitate mutual understanding of how politics works in the two countries, and highlight the challenges ahead by developing comparative insights.

Secondly, students will visit political institutions at different tiers, including Urbino/Urbania local council, and the province in Pesaro or the regional government in Ancona. Organised tours will provide the opportunity to hear from policy-makers (i.e. senior politicians and officers from all the institutions involved), visit the historical buildings that host the local/provincial/regional governments, and gain a first-hand understanding of how multi-level governance functions in a different country.

Cultural activities

On this trip, students will visit important landmarks and immerse in the rich cultural history of one of the most beautiful regions in Italy – Le Marche. The entire city centre of Urbino is a UNESCO world heritage site. During the 15th century the city experienced a great cultural flowering, attracting artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond, and influencing cultural developments across Europe; and represents, still today, ‘a pinnacle of Renaissance art and architecture’.

Students will visit the stunning Ducal Palace, which was home to the Duke Fredric III of Montefeltro, and hosts today the National Gallery of Le Marche – one of the most important collections of Renaissance art in the world (including works from Raphael, Van Wassenhove, Piero della Francesca, Titian). Students will also visit the quirky ‘Church of the Dead’ in Urbania, with 18 natural mummies from the Middle Ages exposed behind the altar. The trips to the province and regional government in Pesaro and Ancona will give students the chance to see other historical landmarks. Urbino has also a rich variety of museums and churches, which students can explore at their own pace.

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 Italian 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 Italy 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 1 April 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 7 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activites and museums, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am