History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights - Track

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level

Stay in three of Europe's most wonderful cities, cover around 2000 years of Western art, visit all the relevant museums and sites and yet feel like you’ve done no more than just skim the surface. The European Highlights course combines a broad approach with profound analysis over a period of six weeks in Florence, Utrecht and Berlin. Seize this opportunity to travel back in time and through some of Europe's most incredible museums in only one summer.

In Florence, you will have the chance to see the works of the great Italian Masters of the Renaissance in the flesh, visiting the many renowned museums, magnificent cathedrals and grand palaces.

The journey then continues up north, to Utrecht. Since the Netherlands is a relatively small country, we will visit several cities to discover the Golden Age of Dutch Art. All the landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes may look so realistic that one can feel the sea-breeze and smell the grapes, but in fact, nothing in these artistic works really is what it seems.

The last two weeks you will stay in Berlin, where you will focus on the circumstances that shaped the production and reception of German art during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Upon completion, you will have experienced Western Art in broad strokes, and covered particular periods in great detail. The course is highly interactive, and for a large part takes place in front of the original artworks.

Course director
Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein, Anna Koldeweij, MA & Dr. Matthias Vollmer

Target audience

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History. No previous experience required.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
A third party

Additional information


The final payment deadline for registrations is TBA. After the application deadline, this course will only be available without housing in Berlin, i.e. participants who register and are confirmed after that date will then have to find their own housing in Berlin. In case of cancellation by the participant after TBA, the service fee (€ 100) as well as the fee for accommodation at Ju-Li Hostel in Berlin (€ 400) amounting to a total of € 500 cannot be refunded. The remaining amount will be refunded according to our regular cancellation policy.

Your accommodation is available to you from Sunday 2 July onward. Check-in is between 12.00 noon and 20.00 PM. All course materials, excursion tickets and accommodation are included in the total fee.

Information on housing in Berlin and Florence can be found here
Information on housing in Utrecht can be found here


The transfer from Florence to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is included but optional. You are welcome to make your own arrangements. More information is presented here. If you choose to do so, make sure to indicate this in your application. If you like us to book the transfers, please note that your luggage may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). 

- If you arrange the transfer from Florence to Utrecht yourself, you will receive a € 150 course fee reduction.
- If you arrange the transfer from Utrecht to Berlin yourself, you will receive an
65 course fee reduction.

Students are responsible for travel arrangements from their home country to Florence and from Berlin to their home country.

Contact details

Utrecht Summer School | E: info@utrechtsummerschool.nl | T: + 31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline