The Rise of Modern Europe - Track

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Seize the opportunity to stay in two of the most exciting cities of Europe: Utrecht and Berlin, and travel back in time! The two parts of this programme will provide you with an exciting Dutch and German outlook on the history of Europe and help you understand the different factors that came to shape modern Europe. You will immerse yourself in Europe’s history and culture from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century and visit many of its actual physical remains.

The programme starts in the beautiful city of Utrecht, studying the history of Europe from a Dutch perspective. You will, for example, gain insight into the Dutch Golden Age; 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. Utrecht will provide you with a strongly interactive course programme, visiting several historical museums in Utrecht: the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the thirteenth-century royal palace in The Hague where the Dutch government is seated today. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, will help you to understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe.

The last two weeks will be spent in Berlin. Where better than the thrilling city of Berlin to study the making of Europe in the 20th century? You will not only explore the background and history of the World Wars and the era leading up to it, but you will also be introduced to the Interbellum, the Cold War, and the relations of Europe with Russia and the USA. Several excursions will be organised in which you will visit some of the most iconic German landmarks. Being such a crucial city in Europe’s modern history, Berlin is not only the most perfect location for this course, it is also one of the most vibrant and bustling cities in Europe nowadays!

C55 The Making of Europe from Middle Ages to Modernity 2023_2.pdf
C57 Making of Europe From the 20th to the 21st Century in Berlin 2023_0.pdf
Course director
Maarten Paulusse, MA & Dr. 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;
  • Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic 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

Transfer fee

The course fee includes travel between Utrecht to Berlin. If you wish to make your own travel arrangements, you are welcome to do so. A travel guide is presented here. If you want arrange the transfer yourself, please do mention this in the application and you will receive a € 65 course fee reduction. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Berlin back to their home country. 

The transfer from Utrecht to Berlin 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.


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.

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