koehler_jimDirector A. James McAdams greeting Horst Koehler, the former president of Germany

The mission of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is to enrich the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today. Consequently, the Institute is heavily involved at Notre Dame in five areas:

  1. Promoting European studies
  2. Transforming undergraduates
  3. Professionalizing graduate students
  4. Fostering interdisciplinary faculty research
  5. Building an international network

The Institute is administered by a Directorstaff, a faculty committee, and an Advisory Board. Over 150 faculty from across campus affiliate with the Institute, along with a growing list of visiting European scholars. The Institute collaborates frequently with other centers, institutes, programs, schools, and European universities. It routinely sponsors over one hundred undergraduate and graduate-level students annually in research and European projects. Friends of the Institute can be found in every corner of Europe.

“The idea of a program that could grow, evolve, and have an impact on the lives of students appealed to me.” - Bob Nanovic