About the BMW Center for German and European Studies
The BMW Center for German and European Studies is part of the prestigious Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The BMW Center is one of three North American “Centers of Excellence” founded in 1990 through a generous grant from the German government.
The BMW Center provides an institutional foundation at Georgetown University for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching on modern Germany and Europe, with emphasis on cultural studies, economics, history, and political science. In its Master of Arts in German and European Studies program and joint graduate degree programs with other academic units of the university, the BMW Center educates future generations of transatlantic leaders. Through its event programming, partnership initiatives, and outreach activities, the BMW Center fosters a thorough understanding of Europe and a broad conception of US-European relations.
The Center has played an important role in deepening our understanding of the complex political, economic, and social transformations underway in Europe. Research and teaching at the Center consistently address larger themes of regional integration, globalization, and the evolving, and sometimes fractious, transatlantic partnership.
"The decision 20 years ago to create a set of demanding academic degree programs with the original gift from the German government has paid dividends beyond all expectations. The BMW Center has become a magnet for talented young people seeking to deepen their understanding of Europe and to integrate that knowledge with practical skills. At the same time, the Center has generated strong impulses at Georgetown and within Washington, D.C. that have, in no small way, helped to maintain and even strengthen transatlantic ties during challenging times."
--Jeffrey J. Anderson, Graf Goltz Professor and Director
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) is the oldest and largest school of international affairs in the United States. Established in 1919 by Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., as an institution that is “particularly devoted to the preparation for foreign service in public and private interests,” it has since become an important source of candidates not only for the Foreign Service, but also for a multitude of public and private sector institutions concerned with international affairs.