Researching cultural and creative cities in Amsterdam

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MSc Cultural Events Management. MSc Business Management in the Creative Industries, MSc Creative Enterprise and MSc Intercultural Business Communication students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 35 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with 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.


Amsterdam and Leicester are both super-diverse cities with populations who have migrated there from across the globe. This trip explores the ways in which creative city policies have impacted on Amsterdam North, a creative quarter that combines migrant communities and culture-led regeneration initiatives.

Through DMU’s student exchange link with InHolland University in Amsterdam, there has been academic research collaboration related to cultural diversity policies within cultural events and festivals. InHolland’s research centre, CityLab will provide two workshops for the students; one on cultural diversity and a second on creative cities policies.

Students will take a bicycle tour of Amsterdam’s new ‘uptown’, NDSM and the EYEFilm Centre to see culture-ledregeneration in action in Amsterdam North. Students will also visit the Boekmanstichting cultural studies library and research centre, a unique resource based in a traditional canal side house in Amsterdam centre.

From participating on this trip students will meet the module learning outcomes by critically exploring the links between cultural policy and other policy areas – e.g. social inclusion. In addition, students will gain an understanding of leading edge thinking and best practice in particular types of cultural planning strategies – e.g. heritage planning, cultural tourism development and creative industries strategies in an international context.

Cultural activities

The trip will offer students a variety of optional visits for students including the Anne Frank Museum. While there are a number of other museums of international note in Amsterdam, students are recommended to explore the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum.

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 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: Wednesday 22 April 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 25 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, activity fees (£35)  food, drink and visa costs (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am