University of Washington

Trans-Atlantic Studies Program

The TAS program offers innovative degree or certificate options for both graduate students and undergraduates interested in trans-Atlantic relations, political culture or comparative public policy through a US-European consortium. This program was developed at the UW and eight other universities in 1996-97 with a grant from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission. Our US partner in this consortium is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our European partners are the University of Bath (UK), the Université de Paris III (France), the Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany), Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin (Germany), the Universita' degli Studi di Siena (Italy) Sciences Po (France), Charles University (Prague) and the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). All of the European universities involved originally began their collaboration when they established Euromasters, a 12-month graduate program focusing on contemporary European political culture. Our TAS program builds on the Euromasters foundation to provide unique programmatic opportunities for both American and European students.

The University of Washington's membership in the consortium allows it to send approximately six UW students each fall quarter to participate in the Core Module of the Euromasters program at the University of Bath. There the UW students study contemporary European politics and society with students enrolled in the Euromasters program. After the fall quarter at Bath, the UW students return to Seattle in the winter quarter to complete the American Module of the program. These two modules together constitute the Certificate in Trans-Atlantic Studies, a program open to UW graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in any relevant discipline (i.e. International Studies, Political Science, Public Affairs, etc.).

The Euromasters students who have chosen to take part in the Trans-Atlantic-Track of their program will also spend winter quarter at the UW. In Seattle the students study European-US relations and American politics, society and history. The American Module that both the Euromasters and returning UW students take consists of two courses. The core course, "The United States and Europe in World Politics," traces the development of US-European relations from the dawn of the American republic to the post-Cold War era. Students choose their second class from a menu of courses on American politics and society offered during the winter quarter. UW students for whom this requirement poses a problem (for example, due to conflicts with courses required for their degree program) may petition to take only one of the American Module courses.


2006/07 Euromasters and TASP students' VIP tour of Boeing


The American Module also include a "Special Events Series" that provides TASP and Euromasters/Trans-Atlantic Track students with a Northwest view of American politics and US-European relations through visits and meetings at Boeing, the Washington state legislature, the Trade Development Alliance and other organizations and institutions.

  • Further information and application materials for the TASP program for UW students can be found on our TASP page.
  • If you have been admitted into the CTAS program and you are looking for more information about what you have to do before you leave for Bath, you should visit the TASP Checklist page.
  • Euromasters students coming to Seattle, please click here.


2006/07 TASP and Euromasters students
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