Academic Centers & Programs
European Union Center
The European Union Center (EUC) is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center and a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that serves as the focal point for teaching, research, and outreach on the EU and transatlantic relations across campus, in the local community, and regionally. The EUC also proudly offers a Master of Arts in EU Studies, the first such degree program in the United States.
The EUC was established in 1998 with support from the European Commission, as one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education designated the EUC as a Title VI National Resource Center. In 2011-15, the European Union recognized the EUC as a European Union Center of Excellence, and in 2015-18 as a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.
The EUC brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus to promote the study of the EU and transatlantic relations, making it one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the United States. The EUC is privileged to work with Center-affiliated faculty, many of whom are internationally-renowned experts in their fields. The EUC also works closely with many other national and international institutions and partners to provide high quality programs to a variety of audiences.
- To promote scholarly research on the EU and transatlantic relations by serving as a national resource center.
- To strengthen the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula on the EU across all colleges at the University of Illinois.
- To educate and train a new generation of experts on EU policies and EU-US relations.
- To deepen the understanding between the peoples of the US and the EU through an extensive outreach program to K-12 educators and students, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public.