The mission of the Center for European Studies is to advance understanding of the social, political and economic events that shape contemporary Europe, in particular the European integration project. The center disseminates knowledge about contemporary Europe by enriching the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s work in graduate and undergraduate education and in outreach programs with public schools, business and media organizations.
In addition to being a National Resource Center, the center is also a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded by the European Commission, one of only five such centers in the United States to hold both designations.
Programs and outreach include:
- Academic programs: An undergraduate curriculum in Contemporary European Studies (the EURO major) and the TransAtlantic Masters Program
- Languages Across the Curriculum: A campus-wide program designed to support undergraduate students in language study relevant to their coursework in the social sciences and humanities—students from the center study French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish—and to provide graduate students training through a Certificate in Languages Across the Curriculum Instruction
- Teaching resources to support K-12 and community college instructors:
- Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium: A unique opportunity for high school students to conduct and present preliminary research in their language of study
- Classroom resources:
- Teaching the EU toolkits: Common Core-aligned K-12 lesson plans
- Business briefs on Europe: A database of business and media briefs, updated throughout the year, on current event topics ranging from Brexit to the refugee crisis in Europe to transatlantic data privacy.
- Teaching websites, Brexit maps and more K-14 resources
- Professional development resources:
- Brussels Study Tour: A fully funded, week-long trip to Brussels for UNC undergraduates, and K-12, community college and HBCU/MSI educators
- EU in NC Study Tour: Funded trips to UNC for K-12 and community college educators to meet with experts on Europe and develop lesson plans
- EU2U trainings: In-house trainings from UNC experts on Europe tailored to the needs of students, faculty and staff at NC K-12 schools, community colleges and four-year institutions
- Workshop materials archives, external resources and more
- High school student opportunities including the Euro Challenge, a project-based learning challenge for high school students to learn about the European economy and its single currency, the euro