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Fall 2016
Oct 24-28

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STUDENT INFO SESSIONS (Graduate & Undergraduate)

Wed, Oct 26 | 4 pm
319 Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright - Export to Outlook & iCal

Thu, Oct 27 | 4 pm
126 iSchool (formerly GSLIS) | 501 E Daniel - Export to Outlook & iCal


Mon, Oct 24 | 12 pm
Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth - Export to Outlook & iCal

Tue, Oct 25 | 12 pm
507 E Green St., Room 411 - Export to Outlook & iCal

FLAS Fellowships Info Sessions for 
Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017/18

Student Info Sessions: 

Wed, Oct 26 | 4 pm
319 Gregory Hall – 810 S Wright
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Thu, Oct 27 | 4 pm
126 iSchool (formerly GSLIS) – 501 E Daniel
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Departmental Info Sessions: 

Monday, October 24 | 12 pm
Room 101, International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth
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Tuesday, October 25 | 12 pm
507 E Green St., Room 411
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The fellowship is open to both Undergraduate & Graduate Students and may include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend. It may be used with Study Abroad or studying on U of I campus. The fellowship requires the study of a modern foreign language in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies, or international studies. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible. Fellows can hold additional graduate/undergraduate appointments (TA, RA, GA, student hourly appointments) concurrently with FLAS fellowships.

Eligible languages: European Union Center FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of many languages, including: 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.

Deadline for applications: February 3, 2017
Online aplication will soon be availbale on the Illinois FLAS website


Thanks to additional funds the EUC has recently received, we will also be offering Spring 2017 FLAS Fellowships

Deadline for Applications, including Recommendation Letters for Spring 2017 FLAS fellowships:
November 4, 2016 (5 pm CST)

Online Application Form for Spring 2017 FLAS can be found here
More information about Spring 2017 FLAS fellowships is avaiable on the EUC FLAS Fellowships Webpage


Questions? Contact: EUC FLAS Coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan (217-244-0570 or

For more information about FLAS Fellowships, visit the Illinois FLAS website

EUC Lecture

Fri, Oct 28 | 12 pm  
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge). 707 S Mathews 

Language Attitudes, Regional Loyalty, and the Implications of Regional Language Maintenance for the EU's Strategic Goals on Multilingualism

Speaker: Zsuzsanna Fagyal, French & Italian, University of Illinois

Since the adoption of the Barcelona objective (2002) and Communication 566 on Multilingualism (2008), the European Commission has worked extensively with the Council of Europe, national governments, and various civil society platforms to implement the EU’s multilingualism policy that strives to protect Europe’s linguistic diversity and promote language learning. Framed as an issue of social cohesion, human rights, and economic competitiveness, multilingualism has been declared an asset and a strategic goal to attain from a young age via mobility and national language learning. In this presentation, I will argue that the effective and durable development of multilingual repertoires should also focus on micro-level social factors and local identity that are not typically reported in official polls and reports. By contrasting EU statistics on multilingualism with fieldwork data on language use and attitudes in two regions of francophone Europe, I will show that the most promising targets of multilingual and multicultural development appear to be young speakers of regional minority languages. Their strong but inclusive regional identities allow local, national, and transnational identities to coexist and, thus, facilitate the parallel use of languages in multiple domains of communication.



  Upcoming Events


Global Career Opportunity Series: Carees at UN and International Organizations

Wed, Nov 2 | 3-6 pm

School of Information Sciences, Rooms 126 & 131, 501 E Daniel 

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Global Career Opportunity Series: 

Careers at UN and International Organizations 

Are you interested in learning more about career opportunities at United Nations and international non-profit organizations? Come listen to recruiters and alumni in this field! Informal networking time will be provided after presentations and a panel.  The event is hosted by The Career Center and Area Studies Centers at Illinois. RSVP (Career Development Program on I-Link) is not required but encouraged.


Part 1 – 3:00-5:00pm: Presentations and Panel (@Room 126)

John Ericson (Chief of Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resource Management at United Nations): Employment Opportunities at UN 

Peride Blind (Governance and Public Administration Officer, Department of Economics and Social Affairs at United Nations): Career Experiences in International Organizations  

Mac Steele (People & Culture Partner at Rotary International)
Alexandra Lively (UN Delegate at OSMTH)
Tamar Frolichstein-Appel (Sr. Employment Services Associate at Upwardly Global) 
Ping Li (Former UN Department of Management Intern/ Ph.D student in HRD)
Lenore Matthew (Consultant at ILO Headquarters /Ph.D student in Social Work ) 

Part 2 – 5:00-6:00pm: Resource Tables and Informal Networking with Guests (@Room 131)

United Nations
Rotary International
Upwardly Global  
Peace Corps
University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers

For more information, please visit the event webpage

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center. 


Related Events


Film Screening

Wed, Oct 26 | 6 pm
1080 FLB (Lucy Elis Lounge)

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Film Series
"Hassan wa Morcus" - A film by Rami Iman
Arabic with English subtitles

When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Imam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts them into a witness protection program that requires them to disguise themselves as the Christian Marcus and a Muslim Sheikh, Hassan el-Attar, respectively.When, unwittingly, they move into the same building, a friendship blossoms that must, along with a romance between the protagonists' children, withstand the difficulties of prejudice and social persecution.

Free and open to public

Sponsored by the University of Illinois LCTL and Arabic Studies Program

Film Screening

Thu, Oct 27 | 6 pm
FLB, G130

Catalan 401 Movie Night
“Pa negre” (Black Bread)

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him.



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Could Sound-Change in Language Contact Situations Threaten a Language? The case of Spanish-Catalan bilingualism

Stephanie Landblom,a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wrote this blog entry for the course “Language and minorities in Europe” (FRIT 418) in Spring 2016. She suggests "while it is important to preserve languages, we must be cautious in determining the true threats to the language, and be cautious by carefully measuring the pros and cons of bilingualism." 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!




UACES Student Forum Seminars 

Up to 50 funded places are available to attend!

UACES Student Forum Seminars: Adapting for the Future of European Studies

London, 17-18 November 2016

Up to 50 funded places are available to attend the seminar (organised by UACES Student Forum), which will focus on the skills required by European Studies PhD students in order to successfully complete doctoral work.

For more information click here, to register click here.

Spring 2017 Course

Interested in service-learning off the beaten track?

SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations

In this course, students complete a service-learning placement during a 6- to 8- week immersion experience abroad with an international grassroots organization of their choice.

In addition to receiving credit, students completing the program are eligible to earn a Certificate in Critically Informed International Development.

This course is facilitated in partnership with Omprakash EdGE.

Enrollment begins in November 2016.

Please contact Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange and and see here for more information.

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

Catalan Conversation Group
Tuesday Nov 1st | 5pm | Espresso Royale 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
F: (217)333-6270

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to: 

Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 |

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.