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Fall 2016
Oct 17-21

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2017 Spring EUC
FLAS Fellowships

Info session:

Tue, Oct 18 | 4 pm -

Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St.

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Thanks to additional FLAS funds our Center has recently received!

Deadline for Applications, including Recommendation Letters:
November 4, 2016 (5 pm CST)

Info session:
Tue, Oct 18 | 4 pm | Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St. | Export to Outlook & iCal

Online Application Form | EU Center FLAS webpage


  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.
  • FLAS fellowships might be used to study abroad.
  • Fellows can hold additional graduate/undergraduate appointments (TA, RA, GA, student hourly appointments) concurrently with FLAS fellowships.
  • Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $7,500 payable over the Spring 2017 semester. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
  • Undergraduate students: may receive $5,000 towards tuition and fees and a stipend of $2,500 payable over the Spring 2017 semester.


Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French (graduate students only), German (graduate students only), Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian, Spanish (graduate students only), Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

Undergraduate fellowships are NOT available for Spanish, French, or German. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs), i.e., any modern foreign language other than Spanish, German, or French. Applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) level in Spring 2017.

Graduate students might apply to study any one of the languages listed above at the beginners level if they already have proficiency in another language listed above. Otherwise, graduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of the languages listed above and applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) level in Spring 2017.
Graduate students applying to study French at the intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) level will be given priority, all other things being equal (see below for selection criteria).


  1. Online Application Form (available here:
  2. Statement of purpose
    Submitted through the online application form (Max. 500 words)

    Statement of purpose should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your thesis, dissertation research project or degree program and how it relates to EU Studies as a field of study. Statement should also illustrate how you intend to use the language and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences, formal and informal.
  3. Recommendation letter
    Your recommendation letter should preferably be from your academic advisor. If this is not possible, the letter can be from a professor of your choice. We strongly recommend you contact your letter writer ASAP to allow enough time for the submission of your recommendation letter by the deadline, Nov 4, 2016 (5 pm CST). It is your responsibility to inform your recommendation letter writer and make sure s/he submits the letter at the link below by Nov 4, 2016 (5 pm CST).
    Your recommendation letter should be submitted by your letter writer at the link below by Nov 4, 2016 (5 pm CST) – please share the link with your recommendation letter writer:
  4. Transcript(s)
    Submitted/uploaded through the online application form as a single PDF.

    Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts for graduate applicants; undergraduate transcript(s) for undergradaute applicants, including the transcript for the the Fall 2016 semester, are required. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.


Applicants are judged on their

  • Record of academic achievement
  • Demonstrated and proposed commitment to language and area studies
  • Statement of purpose
  • Recommendation letter
  • Transcript(s)

Contact: EUC FLAS coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan at



  Upcoming Events


Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Thu, Oct 20 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Room 411

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An Uncertain Future: View of the US Elections from Europe

Professor Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science) will moderate this virtual roundtable looking at how the U.S. Presidential Elections are perceived by Europeans. The 2016 elections have been fraught with controversy. Yet few countries' presidential elections generate such global interest as those in the U.S. What is the view of the Trump and Clinton campaigns from across the Atlantic? How are European leaders preparing for a possible Trump or Clinton presidency? What is at stake in the transatlantic relationship? Join our panel of experts for a lively conversation on these topics and more.

Sponsored by European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University


Fri, Oct 21 | 9 am - 12pm ; 1:00 - 6:45 pm

Illini Union, Room 104

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New Directions in the Scholarship on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Memory and the Transnational Impact 60 years After

Participants: Stefano Bottoni, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Kenneth Cuno, University of Illinois; Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz; Arpad Klimo, University of Pittsburgh; Maya Nadkarni, Swarthmore College; David Ost, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Emanuel Rota, University of Illinois

Organizers: Zsuzsa Gille, University of Illinois; Richard Esbenshade, University of Illinois

For more information, please see here

Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)
Co-sponsored by College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, European Union Center (EUC),
Center for Global Studies (CGS), and Department of Anthropology




Fri, Oct 21

3-5 pm: Roundtable, followed by reception from 5-6:30 pm
Levis Faculty Cenetr, 3rd Floor -- Export to Outlook & iCal

7-9 pm: Film screening
Spurlock Museum, Auditorium -- 
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Roundtable: Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media and New Publics: France, Europe and Beyond

Oct 21 | 3-5 pm | Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois, Urbana - Export to Outlook & iCal


Rokhaya Diallo, Journalist & Filmmaker
Christian Lequesne, Sciences Politiques-Centre de Recherches Internationales
Jean-Philippe Mathy, Director, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics; Professor of French and Comparative & World Literature, University of Illinois
Moderator: Felisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor of French, Univserity of Illinois

Followed by a reception from 5:00-6:30 pm


Screening: "Networks of Hate"

Oct 21 |7-9 pm | Spurlock Museum, Auditorium, 600 S Gregory, Urbana - Export to Outlook & iCal
Featuring pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A by the director, Ms. Rokhaya Diallo

For further details about the Roundtable and the Screening, visit here.

Event Organizers:
University of Illinois Department of French and Italian and University of Illinois European Union Center

Main Event Sponsor:
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

University of Illinois Co-sponsors:
School for Languages, Cultures, & Linguistics (SLCL)
Center for Global Studies (CGS)
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Center for Advanced Study (CAS)



  Related Events


Arabic Coffee & Sweets

Tue, Oct 18 | 4-5 pm

1080 FLB (Lucy Elis Lounge)


Arabic Tea Party

The University of Illinois Arabic Program icordially invites you to come and enjoy tea and snacks with  students and faculty

Meet fellow students and make new friends!

Free & open to the public.

Film Screening

Wed, Oct 19 | 5 pm
109 English Bldg.

Yiddish and Hebrew Film Series: The Cantor's Son

USA, 1937, 90 minutes
B&W, Yiddish with English subtitles

A musical about a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York's Lower East Side.

Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Film Screening

Wed, Oct 19 | 6 pm
1080 FLB (Lucy Elis Lounge)

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Film Series
"Iki Dil Bir Bavul" (On the Way to School)

Synopsis: One year in the life of a Turkish teacher, teaching the Turkish language to Kurdish children in a remote village in Turkey. The children can't speak Turkish, the teacher can't speak Kurdish and is forced to become an exile in his own country. On the Way to School is a film about a Turkish teacher who is alone in a village as an authority of the state, and about his interaction with the Kurdish children who have to learn Turkish. The film witnesses the communication problem emphasizing the loneliness of a teacher in a different community and culture; and the changes brought up by his presence into this different community during one year.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois LCTL and Turkish Studies Program
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Find us on facebook: University of Illinois Turkish Circle



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Exploring the Erasmus Experience: Participating in exchange may impact intercultural competency

Julianne Micoleta wrote this blog entry for the course “Language and minorities in Europe” (FRIT 418) in Spring 2016 as a rising senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Global Studies. Read more on the EUC's Linguis Europea blog.
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!




Additional Seats Now Open!

New EURO Course

EURO 199 – Contemporary Challenges Facing the European Union

1pm-1:50pm beginning October 18th, 2016

Room 1024, Lincoln Hall

Due to overwhelming demand, the EU Center’s new course, EURO 199, has opened up seven additional seats for this Fall’s Part of Term B. EURO 199 explores topics of contemporary importance to the European Union. This semester, the class will be studying immigration and its impact on Europe. The course concludes with special final project involving an in-class simulation of an EU institution. This course is excellent fit for anyone interested in Model EU, and will allow students to practice their public speaking skills while at the same time learning about a topic of significant international importance. Be sure to sign up soon, as these seats will be going fast! For more information, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Neil Vander Most, at

New Library Guide on Brexit

New Library Guide on Brexit

A new library guide on the Brexit has been created and can be found here. It includes general resources on the process as well as more specific items from a variety of think tanks and EU institutional resources.  You can follow tweets from the Brexit Watch and also access a variety of videos and podcasts.  Our thanks to Lindsay Ozburn (Graduate Student in the MA in EU Studies program, MAEUS, and Libary & Information Sciences) for pulling this all together.
Call for Proposals for the IIP International Grants Program

Illinois International Programs (IIP) is happy to announce the call for proposals for the IIP International Grants Program.  As you may know, each year Illinois International Programs has a limited amount of money to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty.  You can find out all the pertinent details and requirements at the websites listed below:

IIP International Conference Grants

IIP International Research Travel Grants:

Deadline for proposals: November 4, 2016

Proposals should be submitted electronically here (travel) and here (conference).

Any questions can be directed to Julie Misa at 333-9192 or

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Tuesday, Oct 11 | 4-5 pm |Espresso Royale (2nd floor) on Goodwin

Turkish Conversation Table
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Goodwin


Swedish Coffee Hour
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Oregon


If you would like to announce your Fall 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.





European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217)265-7515
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The European Union Center (EUC) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant,
and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.
The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.