The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, or CEUCE, was founded in 2008 by the European Commission with the aim of making people aware of the importance of the European Union, and to create transatlantic relations between the American and European people. The European Center promotes a better understanding of the EU – US relations through different methods, the most important being teaching and research activities at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in the broader Mountain West region.
Although CEUCE’s main characteristic is academic, it offers numerous opportunities to a large number of people, in their mid 20’s to mid 40’s, such as students, educators, journalists, policy makers, business and legal professionals. CEUCE’s program is also a good opportunity for the other residents of the Centennial State who are interested to learn more about international issues.
The On-Going Opportunities offered by the European Union Center refer to a number of grants and fellowships, to which any graduate student can apply. These opportunities include Faculty Research and Graduate Research Grants, Faculty Teaching Grants, CU-Boulder Grants and European Graduate Fellowship. Also, the Colorado University at Boulder graduates can apply for a fellowship corresponding to their specialty.
Moreover, the Center offers programs intended to provide mobility and the unique opportunity to meat great personalities of Boulder and Denver. The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP), the CEUCE Undergraduate Internship Program and the International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) are some of the programs from which participants can benefit extensively.
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) is a chance for the categories of people mentioned above to visit the EU countries, to learn more about their societies. The change of experience between European and American Universities, including Colorado institutions, is a great occasion for non-Europeans to better understand the European Union.
The CEUCE Undergraduate Internship Program aims to develop and expand the skills of the participating students by giving them the opportunity to interact with personalities from the Boulder and Denver area who have impressive careers in various fields.
The International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) refers to an EU – US annual exchange of six students, who have access to a global research network on citizenship studies. More than that, the CEUCE organizes conferences, such as Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, which gives the attendants the possibility to train in the field of EU – US relations.
To draw a conclusion, CEUCE represents a chance for people who want to become familiar with social issues across the EU world, and who are eager to get a better perspective over the relations between countries of different history.