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CES has a longstanding commitment to supporting undergraduates. Our faculty and staff teach and advise Harvard College students interested in studying European history, politics, economics, and other social sciences. The following pages offer information about the programs available to undergraduates who are just beginning to discover new European interests and those who are refining their academic expertise. For further information, we encourage students to contact Elaine Papoulias, CES Executive Director.

H.E. Mario Monti, Former Prime Minister of Italy (2011-2013) & European Commissioner (1995-2004) meets with Harvard undergraduates at CES, September 2014


  • By overseeing the Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS), CES provides Harvard College students a coherent plan of curricular study on Europe.
  • Through a broad network of faculty and other affiliates CES allows students to encounter a rich set of course offerings, deep faculty knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, and regular opportunities to hear from key policy makers and scholars on the latest political, social and economic developments.
  • In their junior year students can take part in CES thesis workshops to help develop and craft a senior thesis or identify career paths after graduation.
  • CES is deeply committed to providing students with the resources to travel to Europe for research and offers summer thesis research grants.
  • Undergraduates have access to first-hand learning about Western and Eastern Europe and beyond through summer internships with European alumni in exciting range of fields.