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Text, Memory, Monument

Summer School of Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication and Arts, 10 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1360 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 552 EUR


The Italian Renaissance (c. 1350–1550) is a key period in European cultural history. Italian Renaissance writers and artists were instrumental in modelling our view of the individual, of nature and the surrounding world, and by reviving a number of the literary and artistic idioms of classical antiquity they effectively decided the development of European art and literature for centuries after.

This international 2-week summer university course will show how Italian Renaissance Humanism produced a broad spectrum of new political, philosophical and scientific ideas, and artistic developments which became key elements in the formation of modern Europe. It will take advantage of its setting in Rome to explore the relevant sights of Ancient and Renaissance Rome. Teaching will be conducted by a team of experts in Renaissance Humanism, literature, philosophy, language and art.

The interdisciplinary scope of the course ensures that a large range of renaissance writers, artists and monuments will be discussed during lessons and visits.

Examples of relevant contemporary writers:

Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Leonardo Bruni, Leon Battista Alberti, Lorenzo Valla, Poggio Bracciolini, Marsilio Ficino, Benvenuto Cellini, Baldassare Castiglione, Ludovico Ariosto, Giorgio Vasari

Examples of relevant monuments and artists:

The Capitol, St Peter’s, the Vatican, Villa Giulia, Villa Farnesina, Castel St Angelo, San Pietro in Vincoli, Bramante, Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli, Pinturicchio, Piero di Cosimo, Andrea Bregno, Raphael, Giulio Romano, Michelangelo 

The on-site course consists of the following modules:     
- Places of Power I: the Capitol and the heritage of republican Rome
- Places of Power II: the Vatican and the heritage of imperial Rome
- Places of study and leisure: palaces and villas, urban and rural lifestyle
- Images of man: portraits and biographies
- The Papacy and the Ottoman Turks

The course has been developed together with the Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies and is organised as a collaboration between the four Nordic institutes and the American University in Rome, and Aarhus University. The teachers are internationally established specialists in their fields. The course is open to qualified students from all countries.

Venue, Travel and Accommodation
The course takes place in Rome. Students arrange and pay for their own travel. The Nordic Institutes in Rome offer housing at an affordable price (more information will be provided to accepted participants). Participants will be charged a fee of appr. €50 to cover entry fees.

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


The tuition fee varies from course to course. Find the price on the individual course page. Find more information here

For Further Information

You can find more information on the programme here
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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 10


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