Our Region

What is European Studies?

Where does Europe begin, and where does it end? Answers to these questions have changed with time and remain contested today as borders become more porous, political regimes change, and the European Union takes on many of the responsibilities which once were the exclusive purview of the European nation states.

At the Institute of European Studies, we offer courses, degrees, and programming on issues facing the countries of Europe—from Iceland in the northwest to Turkey in the southeast; from Finland in the northeast to Portugal in the far southwest. For more about the region, the markers in the map below link to official websites, tourist information, European Union membership details, and US State Department notes.