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

Stay in three of Europe's most wonderful cities, cover around 2000 years of Western art!

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Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands Berlin, Germany Florence, Italy


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.

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A02_Day to day programme_2024.pdf

Summer School NIKI Florence 2024.pdf

Green Travel Guide.pdf

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.


  • Price €2975.00
  • Fee covers Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €1250
  • Housing provider: A third party

Additional information


Information on housing in Berlin and Florence can be found here

Utrecht: Information on housing in Utrecht can be found here

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. 

Berlin: housing is optional. After the application deadline, you cannot adjust your housing option (with or without arranged housing) in Berlin, i.e. participants who register without housing will then have to find their own housing in Berlin, or students who applied with housing, cannot cancel this after 22 June 2024. In case of cancellation by the participant after 22 June, the service fee (€ 130) as well as the fee for accommodation at Ju-Li Hostel in Berlin (€ 400) amounting to a total of € 530 cannot be refunded. The remaining amount will be refunded according to our regular cancellation policy.


The transfer from Florence to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is NOT included. A travel guide is visible hereStudents are also responsible for travel arrangements from their home country to Florence and from Berlin to their home country.