Promotion of Health & Wellbeing in Amsterdam

Ref: 10003672


First and Second Year Nursing students enrolled on Promotion of Health & Wellbeing (NURS1020) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum places on this opportunity is 40 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 trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria.


The Netherlands are key players in public health prevention programmes, especially those relating to sexual health care, HIV, and drug use. Dutch intervention strategies are based on a public health harm-reduction model rather than a criminal activity perspective, which has translated into better health outcomes for its citizens. This visit will provide an opportunity for nursing students to learn more about different public health promotion perspectives and to compare and contrast UK and Dutch health care policies, especially in relation to sex work and drug use.

The range of proposed visits are to clinical environments (the majority not accessible to the tourist or member of the public) and will explore topics such as anatomy and physiology, physical and mental health, the impact of lifestyle choice on well-being, sexual health and HIV, pharmacology and drug use/misuse, as well as enabling students to reflect upon the ways in which personal and societal attitudes and stigma can impact on health inequalities.

This trip offers participants a unique opportunity to explore the health promotion strategies that are successfully embedded into Amsterdam culture and health policy. Students will gain insight into how drug users are supported to use harm reduction strategies and how the effects of drug misuse are kept off the streets. Students will also listen to a talk delivered by a Nurse and Sex Worker, who discusses how her work helps the vulnerable people she treats. Students will also experience Body Worlds which offers a unique opportunity to examine anatomy and physiology in a variety of displays of human cadavers.


Outside of scheduled activity, students will have free time where they are encouraged to explore this canal-lined city, with the many cultural highlights that can be found in the Dutch capital. You can enjoy the city by foot by joining one of the many free walking tours, whilst an abundance of bike-rental shops allows tourists to explore on two wheels, or if preferred, you may wish to hop aboard a canal boat.

For students interested in art, The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection of his work; the Rijksmuseum is home to some of Rembrandts finest work, whilst the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its many pieces.

Other tourist attractions include a visit to Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, whilst boutiques, bars, market stalls and hip eateries can found in Jordaan.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty 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. Once accepted, should you require visa advice, please contact the Global Mobility Office.

The Global Mobility Office 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. 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 13 July 2020
  • Return date: Friday 17 July 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £365
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food & drinks, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 24 February 2020 9am