EU in NC Study Tours: K-12 & Community College Instructors

The application for our January 25-26 Study Tour is open! For questions about the tour, contact
The final deadline for applications is January 15.

On January 25-26, 2018, CES will host a study tour open to K-12, community college and HBCU/MSI educators. A few spots are still available! Application details are below.

The 2018 tour will follow a format similar to the 2017 tours. Among other engaging sessions, there will be a screening of Leroy, a film highlighting the Afro-German experience, with discussion led by UNC Professor Priscilla Layne.

2018 study tour participants will be able to receive certification of two continuing education credits and approximately 20 hours of professional development provided they complete the post-tour lesson plan and module creation.

Hotel accommodations will be provided for the nights of the conference. All meals will be provided. Travel support and funding to cover substitute teacher costs are available to selected applicants.

These study tours are generously funded through a Jean Monnet Project of the European Union.

In 2017, CES hosted two-day study tours on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus open to K-12 and community college educators. Each tour focused on two themes: “The European Union Today: the EU as a Global and Local Actor” and “The European Union Citizen: Issues Facing the Contemporary European.”

The two-day study tours included meetings, discussions, and interactive sessions with faculty experts on European and EU studies as well as with practitioners in the Triangle. Additional sessions were held on integrating content learned into the classroom.

Participants on the May 2017 tour for community college educators were housed in Aloft Chapel Hill. The resources, agenda and pre-tour survey link are available on this page. Access the May 18-19 study tour program here. The 2017 study tours for community college educators took place on May 18-19, and the tour for K-12 educators on August 14-15.

Community college and HBCU/MSI faculty listen to a tour of European art at the Ackland Art Museum on May 19.

Application Details

Apply Here

This application is very simple and consists of:

1) Personal Information
2) School & Teaching Information
3) Written Statements
4) Confirmation

K-12 and community college educators

K-12 criteria: Any teacher currently teaching in a K-12 public, private, or charter North Carolina school. Priority will be given to educators teaching outside the Research Triangle, and/or at schools with students from historically underserved populations.

Community college criteria: Any community college instructor currently teaching at a North Carolina community college, or current faculty of any HBCU/MSI in North Carolina.
For community college instructors, strong preference will be given to applicants from colleges participating in the NC Global Distinction Program.

There are three main qualities we are looking for in a K-12 applicant:
1. Impact on students – how will the information learned and connections made on this trip reach the students?
2. Teacher impact – how will this opportunity impact the applicant, both professionally and personally?
3 Multiplier effects – how will the resources, information, and connections reach the applicant’s community of teachers at their school or in their district?

Many times, because of these three priorities, selected applicants come from either rural districts or Title I schools. However, any strong applicant should be prepared to address these questions.

In a community college (CC) applicant, we are looking for many of the same qualities as in K-12 teachers: impact on students, personal and professional impact on the applicant, and multiplier effects. However, a strong CC applicant should also have a documented academic interest in contemporary Europe as shown in their CV.



On the tour as a whole:
“I will recommend this tour to my Colleagues! Biggest take away: I have great ideas to help fully add an EU component to the courses for Global Scholar Program! Great Job!” – 2017 Participant

On the first session, 21st Century Varieties of Capitalism with John D. Stephens:
“This was excellent. I learned far more that I expected in such a short period of time. I’m especially appreciative of having such a knowledgeable presenter who puts things in context and offered exampled to clearly explain the content.” – 2017 Participant

John D. Stephens lectures on varieties of capitalism in the 21st century, and what it means for Europe.

Key Staff Members


John D. Stephens

CES Director


Katie Shanahan Lindner

CES Executive Director


Noel Bynum

International Education Program Coordinator


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