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Reflect EU + US Program

What are the common global issues affecting both the US and the EU? This is the question at the heart of our Reflect EU + US program. Through moderated digital exchanges involving both European and American undergraduate students, Reflect EU + US is intended to teach politically-interested students methods of evaluating information (in all its forms) about our mutual histories, cultures, and politics in a spirit of global responsibility. As part of the program, the virtual, cross-cultural exchange between students will be followed by an experiential, learning abroad component.

about

Culture Academy’s Reflect EU + US Program promotes global education by forging strong transatlantic relationships amongst students from both the European Union and the United States. In partnership with the Willi Eichler Academy, a well-established non-profit based in Germany with a long-standing reputation for enhancing political education, along with various European universities, the “Reflect EU + US” project is both a virtual and experiential learning program for those students interested in our mutual history, interests, and problems. It has been created out of the necessity to foster transatlantic dialogue amongst students on critical global issues, particularly in a time when physical travel has become difficult.

our challenges

  • The changing and tenuous relationship between the United States and the EU as well as the United States and the rest of the world.

  • Growing global inequality affecting economic well-being and education levels.

  • A lack of student knowledge and engagement with global history.

  • The rise of disinformation and conspiracy theories and what that does to our global relationships. 

  • The shortcomings of digital learning structures at the high school and university levels.

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Our Goals

  • We seek to forge stronger relationships amongst American and European students simultaneously by engaging in virtual learning programs and cross-cultural, experiential exchanges.

  • We offer students a space to enhance, discuss, analyze, experience, and act upon their knowledge of critical global affairs.

  • We educate students on EU/US transatlantic relations and improve student knowledge of the global issues that affect the United States and Europe.

  • We motivate students to become global citizens and enjoy the beauty of our world. 

  • We encourage both learning and travel.

  • We develop non-formal educational spaces to enhance student learning.

  • We foster political knowledge.

  • We encourage students to think critically about the complexity of our global problems as well as our global solutions.

  • We promote democratic values, tolerance, and respect for others.

  • We promote solidarity amongst students from different parts of the world.

  • We train students to be globally responsible citizens.

  • We enable active participation in a democratic civil society with the ability to weigh facts and recognize/dispel disinformation.