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Dutch Culture: History and Art

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1075
Bachelor level

Studying in the ancient and beautiful city of Utrecht, according to the Lonely Planet one of the 10 most unsung cities in the world (!), you will be receiving a wonderful and in-depth introduction to the history and art of The Netherlands. You will discover the rich cultural traditions of the Netherlands from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day and learn about Dutch traditions of literacy, tolerance and Dutch connections with the wider world.

Lectures include topics ranging from the Dutch “Golden Age” to contemporary Dutch art and literature or the Dutch-American relations. During excursions you will visit some of the most world renowned paintings of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. To offer you a clearcut programme this course will be devoted to two specific themes:

Theme 1: Dutch Identity and History
We will start with some historical lecturers that will give you insight in distinctive historical periods of Dutch history. Topics that will be discussed are the productive Golden Age of the 17th Century, as well as Dutch-American relations, Dutch traditions of tolerance and accommodation, and the challenges it met during periods of war and upheaval.

Theme 2: History of Art, Literature and Learning
Within the historical context of the preceding topics, students will be introduced to the cultural expressions and traditions that support the Dutch in their claim to international fame as a cultural nation. During this part of the course lecturers will discuss Dutch photography, architecture, literature, academic learning and famous painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Mondrian.

You will experience an intensive two-week programme with lectures and seminar groups during which you are expected to participate in discussions and work on assignments and group presentations.

Tags: history, culture, the netherlands, religion, tolerance, golden age, calvinism, rembrandt, vincent van gogh, second world war

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dr. Jaap Verheul


The programme is open to students from all disciplines, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.


This course introduces participants to the history of the Netherlands and to Dutch art.


A minimum of:
7 lectures
4 seminars
1 day excursion
1 exam
1 certificate ceremony


• € 1075 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 725 - Course + course materials


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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


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Deadline for registration: 01 July 2017

Application closed