Since 2003, the US Department of Education has designated the European Union Center (EUC) as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC). The NRC program provides grants to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area studies centers that serve as national resources. On campus, the EUC promotes the interdisciplinary teaching of courses relevant to Europe and its languages, most notably through the global-reach of the Master of Arts in European Union Studies program and by offering several less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) that attract students from around the world. Additionally, the EUC supports innovative research both at the University of Illinois and through collaborations with other scholars and institutions of higher education. Finally, the EUC organizes outreach programs and curricular assistance to K-12 teachers and community college educators, the business sector, community organizations, and the general public. Information is further disseminated through conferences, lectures, radio/TV broadcasts, social media, and webcasts.
During the 2014-18 grant cycle, the EUC will emphasize education, outreach, and research on several themes that are important for modern Europe: Race/Minorities & Education studies; Cultures and Languages of the Mediterranean, Scandinavian/Arctic, and Eastern Europe; Transatlantic relations; and Translation and language training. The Center will continue to strengthen its programs concerning migration in Europe. Programs on transatlantic relations will include security and the EU-US trade & investment partnership as themes.