DMU Global Trip to Nigeria


This trip provides students with an opportunity to contribute to an exciting multidisciplinary research project supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Frontiers of Engineering -Seed funding scheme. The project explores utilizing up-cycled and locally engineered materials to design an inexpensive, self-sufficient home essential for economically deprived population in developing countries. For example, walls could be made of plastic bottles, filled with water, and bound together with an organic composite such as clay, sugarcane, coconut shells and/or banana stems. Students will evaluate and optimize the building design and/or prototype, by working with local manpower.

Evaluation and optimization will be in terms of the structural, energy, aesthetic and economic performance as well as user acceptability. This multidisciplinary approach therefore allows students from various disciplines to participate in this trip, and will provide a multifaceted learning experience.


DMU students in the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development and Leicester School of Architecture are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is five. 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. If you have already received a bursary for an academic-led trip in 2016-17 you are still able to participate, but without the #DMUglobal bursary.


Cultural activities

This trip provides the opportunity to visit Abuja, the capital of Africa’s most populous country. Cultural activities will include visiting Abuja Art and Craft Village, National Gallery of Art, Julie Useni Park. You will also visit and interact with rural communities and understand how our needs differ from some of the world’s economically challenged populations.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked independently by students.

Contact details

Visa information

British passport holders will need a visa to enter Nigeria. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the Nigerian High Commission. British nationals’ passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Nigeria. Please also make sure you have two blank pages left in your passport.

For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Nigerian High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Nigerian High Commission.

If you do need a visa, 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 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 to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

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