The Making of Europe – special track, Short Course

The Making of Europe – special track, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 40 days


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.

The Making of Europe – special track course is offered at China Europe International Summer School (CEISS).

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 40 days
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.


Students of the humanities and social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required.


  • Dr. Jaap Verheul

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


  • None
Entry level
  • Advanced Bachelor

Required application documents

  • none

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 days.
  • National Applies to you

    3650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • tuition fees include: course fees + course materials + housing + travel

Living costs

  • Berlin, Germany

    836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Utrecht, Netherlands

    900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Roma, Italy

    850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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