Founding Europe: From Antiquity to the 19th Century - Track

Organizing institution
Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) - Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1690

Come and study in two of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome and Utrecht! You will dive into the exhilarating history of Europe, from the rise of civilization in Antiquity to the modern era of the nineteenth century. The two combined courses will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the history of these cities and nations, as well as an exciting overview of the history and workings of Europe.

During the first two weeks you will be introduced to Roman and Italian history, studying its fascinating political, religious and cultural development in relation to Europe. We will explore the city of Rome, enjoying its remarkable architecture, art and museums. During classes we will treat topics like the Roman Republic and its transition into imperial rule, ancient religion - including the birth of Christianity - and the Middle Ages that followed the fall of the Roman Empire and were characterizes by religious and secular strive. After we treated the Renaissance and Baroque period, we will even glimpse ahead shortly to Mussolini’s Rome. The next two weeks you will spend in the beautiful city of Utrecht, studying the history of Europe from a Dutch perspective. We will study for example 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. As with the Rome course, 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.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

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

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 conceptualizations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy and The Netherlands
• 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

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


Course fee
€ 1690
Housing fee
€ 750

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 Rome to Utrecht, 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