Indiana University Bloomington


European Union Center


About West European Studies at Indiana University

A flexible approach to the study of modern Europe

West European Studies (WEST) at IU promotes knowledge of Western Europe and the European Union through education, scholarship, and public outreach. Our academic degree programs train specialists committed to strengthening transatlantic ties through careers in public service, business, research, and teaching.


For nearly 50 years, WEST has prepared students for work in a wide variety of fields, including government, business, academia, and K-12 education. Through our flexible degree programs, students have the opportunity to tailor an educational experience to their unique interests and goals. Course offerings from 20 departments in eight schools and the chance to study any of ten West European Languages ensures that WEST students have the expertise, analytical ability, and communication skills necessary to be an asset to any team. WEST offers two undergraduate minors, a Master's degree, a Ph.D. minor, and the opportunity to earn joint Master's degrees with the prestigious Kelley School of Business (MA/MBA) or renowned School of Public and Environmental Affairs (MA/MPA).

WEST's mission also takes us away from the IU Bloomington campus. It is our duty to increase knowledge and awareness of Western Europe and the European Union in the local community and beyond. We have a variety of resources, programming, and funding opportunities for K-12 educators looking to bring Western Europe into the classroom, and our relationship with local businesses and IU's Center for International Business Education and Research has created a better understanding of the European business environment.

Be it cutting edge research by our affiliated faculty or teaching grade school students about Carnival, something is always happening at WEST. To learn more about us, we invite you to browse our website. We also have a blog and are on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter, so be sure to check us out there! And of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Ballantine Hall 542
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-3280
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