The Making of Europe - Track

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
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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. This track is a combination of three courses, designed by three excellent European universities, and provides 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.

C55 The Making of Europe from Middle Ages to Modernity 2023_0.pdf
C57 Making of Europe From the 20th to the 21st Century in Berlin 2023_1.pdf
C56 The Making of Europe. Rise of Civilization 2023_0.pdf
Course director
Thom van Leuveren, Jet Weerkamp, Maarten Paulusse & Dr. Stefan Cetkovic

Target audience

The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in European 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

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


Check-in information will be shared with you early 2023, via this course page. 

Information housing in Rome can be found here
Information housing in Utrecht can be found here

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 1 June 2023. In case of cancellation by the participant after 24 June, 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.


The transfer from Rome to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is included but optional. You are welcome to make your own travel arrangements. More information is can be found here. If you wish to book your own transfer, please state this clearly in your application. If you would like us to arrange the transfers, please note that your luggage may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). 
- If you arrange your transfer from Rome to Utrecht yourself, you will receive a € 150 reduction on the course fee.
- If you arrange your transfer from Utrecht to Berlin yourself, you will receive a € 65 reduction on the course fee.

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 expected to make their own travel arrangements from their home country to Rome and from Berlin back to their home country.

Contact details

Utrecht Summer School | E:


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline