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The Making of Europe

Organizing institution
Utrecht University in collaboration with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Freie Universität Berlin, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 3660
Bachelor level

Dive into the thrilling history of (ancient) 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.

A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

During this course we will trace the making of Europe from its most ancient roots to its most current affairs via a multidisciplinary approach to numerous life-changing events from a political, economic and societal perspective. You will come to understand developments from both a national and an international perspective. The programme will offer you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics stretching from the rise of Western Civilization with the Roman Empire on one hand, followed by the Medieval Era, the Renaissance and Baroque on the other hand. But also the Dutch Golden Age, the age of European state-building, the rise of the welfare state and the bourgeoisie are on the programme. To round off this programme you will be introduced to major developments in the 20th century with treatment of the First and Second World Wars, the Interbellum and the Cold War, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes and the rise of European collaboration and global relations.
Of course the topics addressed in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin will have strong ties to the specific locations, but in the meantime will keep the full picture of the developments throughout Europe in sight, during all your lectures and multiple excursions.

The special track consists of:
- The Making of Europe: Rise of Civilization
- The Making of Europe: From Middle Ages to Modernity
- The Making of Europe: the Long 20th Century

Tags: europe, history, multidisciplinary approach, europe in the world, political history, economic history, societal development, cultural history, art, international, making of europe

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Mphil, dr. Jaap Verheul, dr. Wendler


The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.


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 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.


12 to 16 houres of lectures per week; appr. 10 houres of fieldtrips; sufficient self study


• € 3660 - Course + course materials + housing

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 Florence and from Utrecht to their home country.

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


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Deadline for registration: 18 June 2017

Course fully booked