Founding Europe: From Antiquity to the 19th Century - Track

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Course fee (excl. housing)
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Come and study in two of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome and Utrecht! You will dive into the exhilarating history of Europe, from the rise of civilization in Antiquity to the modern era of the 19th century. Together, these courses will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the history of these cities and nations, as well as an exciting overview of the history and workings of Europe.

During the first two weeks you will be introduced to Roman and Italian history, studying its fascinating political, religious and cultural development in relation to Europe. During classes we will treat topics like the Roman Republic and its transition into imperial rule, ancient religion - including the birth of Christianity - and the Middle Ages that followed the fall of the Roman Empire and were characterized by religious and secular strive. After treating the Renaissance and Baroque period, we will even  briefly glimpse ahead to Mussolini’s Rome.

The next two weeks you will be studying the history of Europe from a Dutch perspective. We will study the Golden Age of Dutch Art; the era spanning roughly the 17th century in which the Dutch became one of the world’s greatest maritime, economic and artistic world powers after rebelling against their Spanish rulers. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, will help you understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe.

C55 The Making of Europe from Middle Ages to Modernity 2023_1.pdf
C56 The Making of Europe. Rise of Civilization 2023_1.pdf
Course director
Thom van Leuveren, Jet Weerkamp & Maarten Paulusse

Target audience

The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Study load

Twelve to sixteen hours of lectures per week; approximately ten hours of field trips; self-study.


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

Additional information

The course fee includes travel between Rome and Utrecht, as well as entrance fees for all field trips that are part of the course programme. If you wish to arrange the transfer yourself, you are welcome to do so. Some travel suggestions are listed here. If you decide to arrange the transfer yourself, please clearly mention this in the application and you will receive a  €150 course fee reduction.

The transfer from Rome to Utrecht is included in the course fee based on current prices (November 2022). In case transfer prices increase drastically, with 10% or more, you will receive an additional invoice. By applying to this track via our website, you agree to the above terms.

Students are responsible for the travel arrangements from their home country to Rome and from Utrecht back to their home country. 

More information regarding the accommodation in Rome will be shared with you on this page in early 2023. Housing is optional.

Contact details

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