SAS Global Forum Washington

Ref: 10003227


Students enrolled on the following modules are eligible to apply for this opportunity: Data Mining (IMAT3613); Data Management (IMAT2402);  Data Mining Techniques (IMAT5238), Data Management (IMAT2402); Statistical Modeling (IMAT3224/IMAT3223); Statistics (IMAT1226/IMAT2225). The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 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.


Students will experience the SAS Global Forum hosted in the capital of the United States of America, offering a unique combination of American culture combined with a conference that hosts the world’s leading technology in big data analytics.

The symposium brings together the SAS user community from both business and academia. Data can have an extraordinary impact on the world from humanitarian issues to complex business challenges, the event provides the opportunity for these stories to be told and shared. Users come from all over the world the conference hosts many internationally renowned plenary speakers.

Students will partake in interactive discussions sessions with participants as well as have the opportunity to interact directly with the plenary speakers. They will have the opportunity to see the breadth of problems and applications that use data mining techniques some of which they may have encountered in their studies. They will be able to inform themselves of the SAS certification process and identify its value to a job in the field. Students may also wish to use the event as a networking opportunity.

SAS Global forum will provide the student with an opportunity to see a broader range of commercial applications of data mining and solutions to real life business problems in addition to those presented in their course. Students that use SAS tools will be able to better appreciate the real value of the skills they have learnt and the type of work that they may go into. They will also hear about the latest developments and enhancement to the software that they might come across should they get a job in the field. They will the opportunity to learn about SAS certification and understand how it might enhance their career in the future.

Sunday is dedicated to a student symposium. At last years symposium students were given practical tips on employability, job applications, CVs, presentations and LinkedIn profiles. This session is unique as you will get a more international perspective of what recruiters are looking for.

Cultural activities

In the evening SAS global forum provides for food an entertainment. These events are usually themed and well worth attending. This is a great way to network, meeting participants in a relaxed atmosphere.  In addition to the SAS social events there are many possibilities for the students to explore what Washington has to offer with highlights including Lincoln Memorial, White House, National Space and Air Museum and the Jefferson Memorial. There are also the cosmopolitan districts of old George town, Foggy Bottom and Dupont circle which have a range of bars, shops and restaurants easily accessible by Metro

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 US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. 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.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 28 March 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 4 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1050
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, visa/ESTA
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am