EuroFest Contest

The European Studies Center's EuroFest contest is a multimedia contest for students in grades K-12. Students participating in the EuroFest Contest can submit projects using different forms of media related to each year's theme as an individual participant or as a member of a group of two to four students based on the type of project. Selected student winners are awarded prizes and their work is displayed during the European Studies Center's annual EuroFest.

2017 Winners

Grades K - 2

First Place: Evan D


Grades 3 - 5

First Place: Darren K.

Grades  6 - 8

First Place: Hudson M.

Second Place: London W.

Grades 9 - 12

First Place: Enoch H. for his essay on the refugee Crisis

Second Place: Rebecca S. for her essay entitled, "United in Diversity: Religion in the European Union."


About the Contest

Through participation in the EuroFest contest, students will engage in an in-depth study of European cultures, people, history, as well as contemporary issues that are relevant to both the United States and European Union. This experience will help students develop research skills and gain expertise on a topic of their interest related to an annual theme. Any of the following submission formats are possible: paper, poster, art portfolio, documentary, podcast, or website. 

Contest Rules and Requirements - This document provides a more detailed description of the rules, divisions, and requirements for submissions.

Contest Scoring Guides - The contest scoring guide provides scoring rubrics for each division by submission type.

2017's EuroFest Themes

  • K – 5 Theme - The European Union

Students in grades K through 5 can research the culture of one member nation of the European Union, the geography of a member nation or region of Europe, money, or a variety of other topics as long as they are related to the European Union. 

  • 6 – 12 Theme – Diversity

The European Union began as a partnership between six nations in 1957 and has expanded to include 28 countries from across Europe today. The European Union fosters cooperation among its members in a number of ways including the economy, trade, human rights, and the environment to name a few. Aside from policy issues, the cooperation of European nations also establishes a network of rich multicultural roots, varied geographies and regions, and diverse histories among its members. This year’s theme asks students to analyze a topic that demonstrates the European Union’s commitment to its motto, "United in Diversity," evidenced by the Institutions many cultures, customs, and languages.

Contest Dates 
Submissions are due by Friday, March 31, 2017. Decisions will be announced by April 4, 2017. The link to the submission form will open on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

View the submission form.

All submissions must be turned in online through Submittable, an online submissions management tool used by the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, all projects must be in a digital format. Please review the contest rules attached above for submission requirements.

The second EuroFest will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. During the festival, participants' submissions will be on display for the public to view and awards will be given out to the top two projects for each division (K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12). 

Contest Winners
Contest winners will be selected for each division and announced on the main stage at the annual EuroFest in April held on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. Winners will also be prominently featured on the European Studies Center's website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center's Interim Associate Director, Steve Lund.