Euro Challenge

EURO Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge!

The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for 9th- and 10th-grade students to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the U.S. – and its single currency, the euro. The competition offers students 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:

Congratulations to the Greenwich High School team for winning the final round of the 2020 Euro Challenge! Stay tuned for information on registering for the 2021 Euro Challenge.

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 Regional Competition Winner 2015): Read more here.

For more information:


Euro Challenge Brochure (PDF)
Euro Challenge Competition Guide (PDF)
Euro Challenge Score Sheet (PDF)
Competition Guide and Score Sheet can also be found on the Euro Challenge website under the resource section.


York Community High Euro Challenge winnersCongratulations to our regional winners of the 2018 Midwest Euro Challenge! The team from York Community High School of Elmhurst, Illinois (advised by Tamra Carl) and the team from St. Joseph High School of South Bend, Indiana (advised by Julia Chismar and Phil DePauw) have both advanced from the Midwest challenge to the national competition held annually at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. We’re so pleased to see these talented young scholars representing the Midwest!

St. Joseph High Winners Euro ChallengeCongratulations to the team from Saint Joseph High School in Indiana for taking third place in the 2018 national competition! The European Union Center applauds the student participants and their advisors for their outstanding efforts!

Learning Resources and Support

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

St. Joseph Team with Trophy

How do you find out more? How to register?

For more information about the competition in Illinois, please contact the EU Center (; 217-265-7515)

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 Illinois and the Midwest.