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Schengen Visa

Whilst doing your PhD in the UK you may wish to travel to Europe (for a conference or workshop). If you do plan to travel to Europe you may need to apply for a visa. The Schengen visa permits its holder to pass freely through any of the Schengen Member States on a short term basis. There are 25 European States participating in the Schengen Agreement. For more info:

Applications should be made to the Embassy or Consulate (in the UK) of the country that you wish to visit. For more information please check the website of the Embassy/Embassies of the country/countries you wish to visit (

Please note:

  • make sure to provide the originals of the student letter you can obtain from the Online Document Store (please indicate purpose (academic) of your visit to get a waiver for the Online Document Store fee).
  • make sure to obtain travel insurance from a third party (e.g. through the post office) for – at least – the whole duration of your visit (as Embassies only accept private travel insurance applied in the whole Schengen Area).
  • if you think your stay in Europe needs exquisite elaboration, don’t forget that you have the right to compile an intention letter attached to your application.

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

A member of the Durham Centre for Academic Development facilitated the event for the CDT.

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On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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