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Euro Challenge 2015

Euro Challenge 2014-15 promotional flyer (.pdf)
Euro Challenge Brochure (.pdf)


Join Euro Challenge competition and get a chance to win

Teachers of top IL team will win a chance to go on a
Study Tour to EUROPE*

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2015

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2015 an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The program offers students of global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies a unique experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by the Moody's Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can acess an array of educational resources and training materials on the competition website: http://www.euro-challenge.org

Congratulations to the 2015 Midwest Preliminary Round Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest preliminary round and their teachers: Normal Community High School (teacher: Meghan Hassel) and Naperville Central High School (teacher: Letitia Zwickert). Read more about Naperville Central High School's experience on the EUC's Teacher's Corner blog.

What's in it for students and teachers?

Video Submissions

Video submission guidelines and scoring rubric for the Preliminary Round of the 2015 Euro Challenge are now available. These documents review the process for using Vimeo to upload and submit a video presentation, the rules for creating a video presentation and the updated scoring rubric for the Preliminary Round of the competition. THey can also be accessed on the Euro Challenge website at the links below:

Vimeo User Guide

Video Rules & Procedures

Preliminary Round Scoring Rubric

The scoring rubric for the Semifinal and Final Rounds and the 2015 Competition Guide will be posted at a later date.


Dates & Times


December 2014

Schools register at http://www.eurochallenge.org/wordpress/register-2/ and start gathering teams, picking a country and a topic

December 9, 2014

3:30-4:30 PM EST

Euro Challenge Program Orientation Webinar

Join us for an informative webinar as we go over the details of the Euro Challenge and new features for the 2015 school year.

Recordings of this Webinar are available on GoToWebinar and Vimeo.

December 15, 2014

3:30-4:30 PM EST

Euro Challenge Update on the Economic Situation in the Euro Area Webinar

Join us for an informative webinar as Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of the Economic and Financial Affairs Section at the Delegation of the EU to the US, talks about the current economic situation in the euro area and related topics.

Recordings of this Webinar are available on GoToWebinar and Vimeo.

January 8, 2015

3:30 EST

Webinar on the history of the European Union and formation of the Euro. 
Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2455781574200408066

January 15, 2015

Orientation Workshop in Chicago (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) gives teachers a chance to learn about the competition. Students are welcome to attend.

Please respond to mariann.rapp@chi.frb.org if you plan on attending the workshop in Chicago. You are, of course, welcome to bring your prospective team members and any faculty that might be interested. Just to be sure to include their names in your email. We will be covering tips and tricks to compete as well as some current topics that are sure to come up in your Euro Challenge work. Contact Sebnem Ozkan at asozkan@illinois.edu if you need travel and/or substitute teacher pay support to attend the workshop.

December 2014-March 2015

Teams research their country/toipc and prepare their "presentations"/role play.

March 2015 Teams compete in the preliminary round of the competition (regional rounds).

March 10, 2015

Midwest Preliminary Round, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

More Information is available on the Federal Reserve Bank website.

April 30, 2015 Selected teams compete in the semi-final round and then the final round in NYC
June 2015 Winning teams come on a trip to DC

Learning resources and support

How do you find out more? How to Register?

Registration is now open. Register here. Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014. December, 2014. For more information about the competition in Illinois, please


Sebnem Ozkan (asozkan@illinois.edu; 217-244-0570)
at the University of Illinois European Union Center (www.euc.illinois.edu)



The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. It is managed by Working in Support of Education and run with the help of regional partner organizations. The program is run by the University of Illinois European Union Center, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in Illinois.

* The Study Tour to Europe is funded by the European Commission’s European Union Center of Excellence grant and organized by the EUCE Network Coordinator on behalf of the Network of EU Centers of Excellence. Teachers who have participated in previous Study Tours to Europe organized by the University of Illinois European Union Center are welcome and encouraged to participate in the euro challenge competition but are not eligible to join the Study Tour to Europe in Summer 2015.

**The University of Illinois EU Center has funds to cover expenses for Illinois teacers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply early! If you are a Wisconsin or Indiana teacher, please contact Csanád Siklós at the European Studies Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 812-856-3832 at the Indiana University European Union Center respectively. If you are from another Midwest state, please contact Sebnem Ozkan at the University of Illinois EU Center.

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