Euro Challenge

The 2019 Midwest Region Teacher Information Workshop is happening soon.

REGISTER NOW for the orientation — seats are limited!
The deadline for registration: Monday, October 15, 2018.

Free / expense-paid
Information Workshop
Friday, October 26, 2018
12:00—4:00 pm
Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606 [map]

See the information below for a detailing of the Euro Challenge.


Join Euro Challenge Competition and get a chance to win


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.

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:

The York Community High team at the Midwest Euro Challenge, 2018

Congratulations to our regional winners of the 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!





The St. Joseph High School team at the Midwest Euro Challenge, 2018

Congratulations 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!


To participate in next year’s Euro Challenge, watch this page for updates.




The St. Joseph team with their national trophy


The Midwest Preliminary Round
will take place on
Friday, March 23, 2018
at the
Illini Center ( Orange & Blue Conference Room), 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

Schedule for the Midwest Preliminary Round will be posted soon but please plan to be available from 11 am – 4 pm.

The University of Illinois EU Center has funds to cover some of the expenses for the Midwest Preliminary Round for Illinois teachers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply here!

Euro Challenge Teacher Orientation & Information Workshop
Friday, Dec 1, 2017
11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606
“Orange & Blue Conference Room”

Schedule [PDF]

11:30 – 12:00: Participants arrive

12:00 – 12:30: Welcome, introductions, lunch (we’ll have lunch delivered and ready by 12 pm)

12:30 – 1:30: Ben Carliner, Senior Economist, Delegation of the EU to the US; and Moreno Bertoldi, Minister Counselor, Special Advisor to the Ambassador, and Head of the Economic and Financial Section; Delegation of the EU to the US

“Brief Introduction to the EU and Current Economic Situation in the Euro Area” (presentation for about 45 minutes to be followed by Q &A) [PDF]

1:30 – 1:40: Break

1:40- 2:15: Sebnem Ozkan, U. of Illinois EU Center: “Overview of Euro Challenge” [PDF]

2:15 – 2:30: Break

2:30 – 3:30: Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: “Economics Light” (presentation for 40 minutes to be followed by Q &A) [PDF]

3:30 – 4:00: Q & A with W!se (via skype)

4:00 – 4:30 Wrap-up


Registration is now closed!


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 December 1st and in the Midwest competition on March 23.

Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Illinois K-12 educators and Continuing Education Units for others are available for the December Orientation.

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.

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.

How do you find out more? How to register?

Register your team by February 16th on the Euro Challenge Website

For more information about the competition in Illinois, please contact Paul Myers (; 217-265-7515)
at the University of Illinois European Union Center (

Congratulations to the 2017 Midwest Preliminary Round Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest preliminary round and their teacher: Naperville Central HS (teacher: Letitia Zwickert)

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.