Students

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Training and teaching are at the core of the Center's mission, and CES offers rich and varied programs for both graduate and undergraduate students. At the graduate level, the Center's commitment to teaching and training has been instrumental in forming the next generation of scholars of Europe, and its former graduate affiliates hold faculty positions at major teaching and research institutions across North America and Europe. CES graduate affiliates enjoy a community of peers in an intellectually stimulating environment, the ability to participate in and organize events with leaders in the field, and the means to conduct in-depth research abroad or present their work at conferences. Offering these resources enables CES to attract the best candidates to Harvard for graduate study and supplement their departmental experiences in an unparalleled manner.

Each year, the Center offers several programs designed specifically for graduate students. In the fall, students are encouraged to participate in a seminar on grant writing to secure dissertation funding. Disciplinary-based workshops for students working on dissertations take place throughout the year and offer a chance for feedback from peers and faculty members. In addition, CES graduate affiliates are encouraged to take part in all aspects of life at the Center, including conducting study groups, presenting conference papers, giving practice job talks and helping to host and introduce visiting politicians and academics at the Center's breakfast series, where they join the European student clubs across campus for intimate discussions with European leaders.

At the undergraduate level, the Center provides a welcoming environment in which students can explore and develop their interests in Europe. CES is a leader in the University's effort to provide each undergraduate student with a significant international experience outside the classroom, and offers a program tailored to the different stages of students' academic careers. Activities and opportunities focus on imparting a deep-content knowledge of the region, intensifying students' interests as they move through the undergraduate years, and offering students the support and resources necessary to have international experiences as well as to better contextualize those experiences abroad. As a complement to the courses taught by CES faculty members, the undergraduate program includes speakers and seminars throughout the year that address the academic and career interests of students; state-of-the-field dinners for freshmen that introduce them to debates of contemporary importance and enable encounters with leading European political and cultural figures; research opportunities and the chance to work closely with faculty members; a colloquium for juniors on senior thesis research; intimate master classes with short-term visiting scholars and policymakers; summer internships in Europe; funding for senior thesis research abroad; and an in-depth orientation for students preparing to go abroad for research, internships, or study.

The Center also sponsors an active undergraduate student club, the Harvard College European Society (HCES), which offers additional ways that students can explore their interests in Europe while getting involved with CES and developing their leadership capacities. HCES members serve as liaisons to the undergraduate community and plan outreach activities at the Center such as movie series, cultural activities, panel discussions, and social events such as the annual Venetian Ball. HCES also invites faculty members and visiting scholars to take part in events at the Houses as a means to further interest in Europe and familiarity with CES among students at the College. The Center strongly encourages student involvement, and we invite graduate and undergraduates to visit the student section of the CES website to learn about the opportunities that await them.