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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for European Studies!
These are turbulent times on the Continent. The economic downturn—first in the form of financial crisis and now as fiscal malaise—refuses to subside. Uncertainties associated with immigration and identity have given rise to new forms of political and social expression. The forces of economic and cultural globalization have called into question the solvency of the once-vaunted European welfare state and, arguably, what it means to be a sovereign nation-state.  And the lines separating Europe’s affluent West from its post-communist East have become increasingly blurry.
These many changes give us reason to revisit our basic assumptions of what makes Europe “Europe.” Simple analogies like “socialist Europe” versus “capitalist America” or the “developed West” versus “East in transition” now appear outdated and outmoded.  All this makes it a fascinating time to study Europe. Our mission at Indiana University’s Institute for European Studies (EURO) is to facilitate this process of discovery.  We do this through a variety of curricular, programming, and outreach activities including undergraduate minors in European and European Union (EU) Studies, masters’ degrees, programs for K-12 teachers, and by hosting talks and symposia by scholars of Europe, both established and emerging.  Resources unique to IU—including unmatched language instruction, partnerships with award-winning professional schools, and the new School of Global and International Studies—add to the quality of our offerings.   
I invite you to explore these pages and learn more about EURO@IU.  Information included on this website can address many of your questions about graduate degree programs, undergraduate minors, funding opportunities, and outreach.  Also feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and we will respond to any questions you may have.  We also invite you to visit us in person on our Bloomington campus.
Yours sincerely,
Tim Hellwig