The Making of Europe - Track

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.



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


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 the history and culture of Europe.

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.

2024-OHLHORST_The Making of Europe_D-Track_en_term_III_0.pdf

C55 Syllabus_Making of Europe_2024-compressed_1.pdf

Green Travel Guide_2.pdf

C56 Concept course programme 2024 - The Making of Europe. Rise of Civilization_0.pdf

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 a specific focus on 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.


  • Price €2975.00
  • Fee covers Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €1450
  • Housing provider: A third party

Additional information


Information housing in Rome can be found here. Exact check-in and check-out information will be shared with you in early 2024. 

Information 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 Rome to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is NOT included. Students are also expected to make their own travel arrangements from their home country to Rome and from Berlin back to their home country. A travel guide is available here.