The European Studies Group at the University of Iowa coordinates research projects, lectures and panel discussions, and other events focusing on European issues. Enriched by library and museum collections, visual and performing arts programs, lively film series, and more, European Studies at the UI conceptualizes Europe as

  • a world region and a focus within a larger global flow of people, culture, and commerce;
  • a cultural construct that has evolved over centuries and a location that shifts geographically and geopolitically;
  • a region whose limits are continually being revised and redefined, in part by the formation of the European Union;
  • a synthesis of politics, economics, education, religion, culture, and the arts;
  • a diverse multi-ethnic population both within and beyond national boundaries;
  • a history of ideas, beliefs, values, and practices.

The European Studies Group seeks to understand all of these aspects of Europe through trans-historical, trans-national and multi-disciplinary teaching, research, and exchange of ideas.


International Programs’ affinity groups contribute to Iowa’s global mission

Monday, July 1, 2024
The faculty-led affinity groups create opportunities for faculty to advance research and teaching through a focus on collegiate issues and perspectives, provide opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines to interact and collaborate, and develop public engagement projects to benefit communities in Iowa and abroad.

In the news: Professors discuss Russia-Ukraine war after year of conflict in UI panel

Monday, February 27, 2023
Professors from universities in the Midwest discussed the Russia-Ukraine war in an event put on by UI’s European Studies Group at the Iowa Memorial Union.

In the news: Looking back at a year of war in Ukraine

Friday, February 24, 2023
Ben Kieffer speaks with guests about how the last year has changed global politics and what may be next.

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Academic Programs

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa offers an International Studies BA, an interdisciplinary program that allows students to choose a geographic or thematic area as the focus of their studies. Students interested in concentrating on European Studies are encouraged to consider an International Studies major with an emphasis in European Studies.

Contact us

Marina Zaloznaya

Director, European Studies Group