Euro Challenge


Euro Challenge Brochure (PDF) / Euro Challenge Flyer (PDF)



Join Euro Challenge Competition and get a chance to win


Welcome to the Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge – 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 access an array of educational resources and training materials on the competition website:

Euro Challenge Teacher Orientation/Information Workshop

Friday, November 11, 2016
12:00–4:00 pm


200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606

“Orange & Blue Conference Room”


Schedule [pdf]

11:30 – 12:00: Participants arrive

12:00 – 12:15: Welcome, introductions, lunch (we’ll have lunch delivered and ready by 12 pm)

12:15 – 12:50: Sebnem Ozkan, U. of Illinois EU Center: Overview of Euro Challenge [presentation slides — PDF]

1:00- 1:50: Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Economics Light [presentation slides — PDF]

2:00 -2:50: Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economics and Financial Affairs Section Delegation of the EU to the US: Current Economic Situation in the Euro Area [presentation slides — PDF]

3:00 – 3: 50: Rebecca Steffenson, Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology: Overview of EU history and institutions [presentation slides — PDF]

3:50- 4:00 : Wrap-up


REGISTER NOW for the workshop — seats are limited! Registration is now closed!
Deadline for registration was: Nov 4, 2016


There is no registration fee or cost to attend this workshop!


Travel and substitute teacher support to Illinois teachers are available
to participate in the workshop on November 11th and in the Midwest competition in March.

Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Illinois K-12 educators and Continuing Education Units for others will be offered

What’s in it for students and teachers?

  • Expense-paid trip to Chicago for teacher orientation workshop and Midwest regional round and to New York City for Finalists (For Illinois teachers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply early!)**
  • Winning teams win a monetary prize
  • Opportunity to present to experts at Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Chicago
  • All competing students will get a certificate of accomplishment
  • Option of participating virtually in the competition. To learn more, view the orientation video and visit the Euro Challenge website

Teacher testimonials:

“In my opinion, the Euro Challenge is one of the most transformational experiences of my students’ high school careers.” — Kathleen Brennen, Mount Saint Mary Academy (A Euro Challenge Veteran): Read more here.

“My students gained knowledge about the EU that far outweighs that of typical high school content. The invaluable experience through the team work required to prepare for the Euro Challenge and the competition itself, judged by EU specialists, will serve them a lifetime. All of this gives them an enormous advantage as they look towards college and career choices.”
 — Letitia Zwickert, Naperville Central HS, (Midwest Reginal Competition Winner 2015): Read more here.


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


Learning Resources and Support

  • Orientation webinars and workshops give teachers (and students) a chance to learn about the competition.
  • Check out the Euro Challenge Website for training videos, research materials, and web resources
  • Participate in the Euro Challenge @ Facebook

How do you find out more? How to register?

Registration is currently not open. For more information about the competition in Illinois, please contact Sebnem Ozkan (; 217-244-0570)
at the University of Illinois European Union Center (


Congratulations to the 2016 Midwest Preliminary Round Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest preliminary round and their teacher: York Community High School (teacher: Tamra Carl)



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 University of Illinois EU Center has funds to cover expenses for Illinois teachers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply early!