The Making of Europe - Track

Organizing institution
Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) - Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin - Freie Universität Berlin
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 2490

Dive into the thrilling history of Europe and its role on the world stage, studying in three of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome, Utrecht and Berlin! The three combined courses, designed by three excellent European universities, will provide an exciting overview of the history and workings of Europe. Emerge yourself in Europe’s history and culture and visit many of the tangible remains during excursions.

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, and continuing to the Medieval Era and the Renaissance. The second part of the 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.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Rome: Aimee Plukker, MA & Koen de Groot, BA, Utrecht: Dr. Hans Schouwenburg, Berlin: 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.

Course aim

At the end of this course, students should 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
€ 2490
Housing fee
€ 1180

Housing through A third party, Utrecht Summer School

Your accommodation is available to you from Sunday the 7th of July onward. Check in is between 2 PM and 10 PM.

Course fee also includes travel between the different course locations (Rome to Utrecht and Utrecht to Berlin), 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 Utrecht to their home country.
Because Utrecht Summer School will arrange for the travel during the course, housing is mandatory.

More information

Utrecht Summer School

+31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 28 June 2019