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Euro Challenge – Competition for 9th and 10th Graders



What is the Euro Challenge?

Similar in concept to the Model UN, Euro Challenge is an exciting educational competition for 9th and 10th grade high school students to learn about the European Union and the euro. Teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the single currency, the euro. They are also asked to pick one member country of the “euro area” (the 19 EU member countries that have adopted the euro so far), to examine an economic problem at the country level, and to identify policies for responding to that problem.

The preliminary round for the Northwest region will take place at the University of Washington.


Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Time: 4:30 – 9:00 pm

Location: UW Communications Building, Room 202/204, Simpson Center for the Humanities


The winning school’s team will travel (expenses paid) to New York City, where the national finals will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Top teams in the national Euro Challenge win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, DC to visit the European Union Delegation (embassy). 

Learn more about Euro Challenge competition in the video below:


Registration and participation is free because the UW and national events are sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the United States.

Each school’s lead teacher who brings a team from their school to the 2020 PNW Euro Challenge at UW will earn a $100 honorarium. UW will also cover the cost of teacher parking on campus. UW will additionally provide catering for this event.

Help your students experience the history that is unfolding before our eyes in the European Union. Participation is FREE!

The competition does not require previous knowledge of economics or Europe. Students and teachers can gain access to an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website.

Students from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska who are unable to come to Seattle are encouraged to participate and compete through an online version of the event.

Competitors and judges pose for a photo after the 2017 competition at UW

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Read about the 2017 Euro Challenge at UW here.

This event is co-sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, the Center for West European Studies, and with generous support from the World Affairs Council of Seattle.