About IES

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The Institute of European Studies (IES) at UC Berkeley is the leading research center on Europe in the Western United States, and among the top three such organizations in the nation.

Through interdisciplinary scholarship, international collaborations, grant opportunities, and community outreach, IES fosters a deeper understanding of Europe's past, present, and future.

IES is strategically situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, enabling strong ties between California, Europe and the Pacific at a critical time when the global order is shifting. Connecting world-class research to a vibrant network of diplomats, policymakers, cultural organizations and business leaders, the Institute leverages Berkeley's crucial role as a center of academic excellence and democratic debate.

IES Mission

  • Support innovative research and teaching on contemporary and historical Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations
  • Promote academic and cultural ties with European partners
  • Provide a community for students and faculty who share a European focus to their work
  • Foster dialogue between scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and the public