Euro Challenge!

Euro Challenge: Educational Competition for High School Students

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What is Euro Challenge?

Similar in concept to the Model UN, Euro Challenge is an exciting educational competition for high school students that provides the opportunity to learn about the European Union and the euro. Students in 9th and 10th grades at all schools are eligible, and students in 9th-12th grades at Title I schools are eligible. Teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the euro currency. 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.

After preliminary rounds, the winning school’s team will travel (expenses paid) to New York City, where the national finals are held. Top teams in the national Euro Challenge win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the European Union Delegation (embassy).


UP NEXT: 2022 Euro Challenge Competition

Get ready for Euro Challenge 2022! Registration and participation are FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship by the European Union Delegation to the United States. Euro Challenge at the University of Washington is co-hosted the World Affairs Council, and Working in Support of Education, and sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

This year’s Euro Challenge Northwest Orientation will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:30pm PST.

  • Online via Zoom
  • Registration and orientation are FREE for students and teachers

The orientation for students and teachers will include a general overview of the Euro Challenge competition, information about how you and your school can participate, and a Q&A session. Register below! (Please note: schools who have already registered to participate in Euro Challenge should ALSO STILL REGISTER below for the orientation, as this is a separate form. Thank you!)

Orientation Registration

This year’s Euro Challenge Northwest Preliminary Round will take place on March 29, 2022

  • Online via Zoom
  • $150 honorarium for lead teacher of each school with a competing team (first 20 schools to register)
  • Registration and competition are FREE for students and teachers
  • No previous knowledge of economics or Europe is required

Teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the euro currency, and identify policies to address problems in their chosen euro-zone member state. After preliminary rounds, the winning school’s team will travel (expenses paid) to New York City, where the national finals are held. Teachers may register their school now, even if they don’t have their team formed yet.

Register Your School (no team formed yet)

Register Your Team(s)


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.

Learn more about Euro Challenge competition in the video below:

Read about past Euro Challenge events at UW here.

For more information, please contact cweseuc@uw.edu.


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