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The Rise of Modern Europe

Organizing institution
Utrecht University with Freie Universität Berlin, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 2540
Bachelor level

Seize the opportunity to stay in two of the most exciting cities of Europe: Utrecht and Berlin, and travel back in time! The two courses of this programme will provide you with an exciting Dutch and German outlook on the history of Europe. You will emerge yourself in Europe’s history and culture from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century and visit many of its physical remains.

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.

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 he 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.

The special track consists of:
- 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

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dr. Jaap Verheul, dr. Hans J. 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


• € 2540 - Course + course materials + housing

Course fee also includes travel between Utrecht to Berlin, as well as entrance fees for all field trips that are part of the course programme.
Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Berlin 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