The Making of Europe - Track

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Dive into the thrilling history of Europe and its role on the world stage, zoom in on three of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome, Utrecht and Berlin! The combination of three courses, designed by three excellent European universities, will provide an overview of the history and functioning of Europe. Immerse yourself in Europe’s history and culture.

During this course we will trace the making of Europe, from its most ancient roots to its most current affairs. This will be done through a multidisciplinary approach in which political, economic and societal perspectives will be offered. You will come to understand these historical developments from both a national and an international viewpoint. The programme will offer you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics starting with the history of the Roman empire, continuing to the Medieval Era and the Renaissance.

The second part of this special track stretches from the Dutch "Golden Age" to the end of the 19th century and includes the topics of (Early) Modern European state-building, the rise of the bourgeoisie and the genesis of the modern welfare state. In the final part of the course you will be introduced to major developments of the 20th century: the First and Second World Wars, the Interbellum and the Cold War, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes, and the birth of modern international relations and European integration.

The topics addressed in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin will have strong ties to the specific locations, but at the same time the broader European historical developments will be kept in focus during all lectures and excursions.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Thom van Leuveren, Maarten Paulusse & Stefan Cetkovic

Target audience

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

Aim of the course

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy, The Netherlands and Germany;
  • Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historical developments;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments;
  • Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Study load

12 to 16 hours of lectures per week; appr. 10 hours of fieldtrips; self study.


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

Additional information

Your accommodation is available to you from Sunday the 3th of July onward. Check in is between 2 PM and 10 PM. Course fee also includes travel between the different course locations, as well as entrance fees for all field trips that are part of the course programme. Please note your baggage must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Rome and from Berlin to their home country. Because Utrecht Summer School arranges travel between the different locations, housing is mandatory.

The final payment deadline for registrations is May 22, 2022. After May 22, 2022, 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 May 23, 2022, the service fee (100 EUR) as well as the fee for accommodation at Ju-Li Hostel in Berlin (400 EUR) amounting to a total of 500 EUR cannot be refunded. The remaining amount will be refunded according to our regular cancellation policy.

More information

Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: + 31 30 253 4400


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