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Undergraduate Conference on the European Union

IES supports the annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the EU held at Scripps College. The conference is open to all undergraduates in California, and Berkeley always has strong representation. The primary purpose of the conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US/European relations and to allow US students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with international faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today and design the curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations. Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and their faculty mentors gather for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research.  Drawing over 50 students annually from institutions across the nation, it is the only known forum for undergraduate students to share their research on the EU.


Political Economy (PE) is one of the six undergraduate majors in the interdisciplinary dept. of International and Area Studies; it offers a Minor in European Studies (ES). PE majors must complete nine upper-division courses including PE 100 and PE 101: both have a primary focus on Europe. A course providing historical context is required—for ES concentrators this might be “Old and New Europe” (History), or “Politics of European Integration” (Poli. Sci.). The remaining four courses comprise the ES concentration and are selected from UC Berkeley’s diverse departments under the guidance of a PE faculty advisor. IES Assoc. Director Crawford serves as its faculty advisor. For more, go to Minor in European Studies.

A second interdisciplinary undergraduate option for ES concentrators is the Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (ISF), providing undergraduates the opportunity to develop individual interdisciplinary majors with courses selected from all disciplines under the guidance of an ISF faculty advisor. IES Assoc. Director Crawford is the faculty advisor for ISF students who choose a European focus for their Senior Thesis. For more, go to ISF.

IES coordinates a DeCal course on Europe, taught by students for students. For applications, go the DeCalwebsite. To learn more about the course, please click here.

IES supports the annual Travel Study course to the Benelux countries in Europe, where students learn about the EU in Brussels and Luxembourg. They also visit the European Investment Bank and the European Parliament. To learn more about this course, please click here.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is an unparalleled way of experiencing Europe during your time at UC Berkeley. By engaging firsthand with European people and cultures, you will be able to expand your understanding of European history, language, and contemporary issues, while enriching your studies in new and dynamic ways. UC Berkeley offers study, research, and internship programs in Europe to students from all majors. Summer, semester, and year-long study programs are available, and most programs do not require any language prerequisites.

European Languages

IES supports the teaching of Less Commonly Taught European Languages (i.e. all European languages with the exception of English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) on the UC Berkeley campus. It also wants to encourage the use of LCTL library materials for academic research. Currently, undergraduate can learn European languages from seven language departments: Comparative Literature (Greek), French, German (German, Dutch), Italian, Scandinavian Studies (Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Irish/Gaelic, Welsh), Spanish and Portuguese (Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan), and Near Eastern Studies (Turkish). Slavic languages and Eastern European languages are supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. For an overview of all European languages taught on the Berkeley campus, go to our European Languages Portal.

IES supports the creation of new European LCTL courses on the Berkeley campus as well as the creation of new courses in existing LCTLs that privilege reading knowledge and new teaching methodologies that facilitate academic research.

IES also wants to encourage students and faculty to use more European LCTLs library materials for academic research. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty who wish to use Library materials (books, ebooks, graphic novels, dissertations, DVDs, etc.) written in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, can fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention “IES LCTL Support” in the Comments section. IES provides special funding to the UC Berkeley Library to finance the purchase of these materials. This support only applies to LCTLs that are still spoken in Europe; no support will be given for classical or extinctlanguages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

In cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, IES supports the work of the UC Berkeley Library subject specialists to enhance the European collections in general and LCTL collections in particular. For more information on all European collections at the UC Berkeley Library, please contact our subject specialists:

Michaelyn Burnette (English and Celtic languages)
English collections

Jim Church (International Documents + EU Depository Library)
EU Depository Library collections

Shayee Khanaka (Turkish, Kurdish, and Maltese)

Jeremy Ott (German and European Nordic languages)
German collections
Scandinavian collections

Steve Mendoza (Dutch)
Dutch collections

Liladhar Pendse (Slavic and other Eastern European languages, including Romanian)
Slavic and Easter European Collections

Claude Potts (Romance languages + Breton and Euskara)
French collections
Italian collections
Spanish and Portuguese collections


Through the Undergraduate Research Assistance Program, IES offers undergraduate students an opportunity to do research and to participate at the organization of events about Europe. Students interact with distinguished scholars, journalists and politicians, enrich their resume, and allows them to do a great service to our university and beyond. Every semester, IES looks for motivated students with a strong interest in European Studies to join us. For applications, go to URAP and look for Institute of European Studies/Professor Jeroen Dewulf.

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Berkeley, CA  94720-2316


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