International Programs & Activities


Network for European-United States Regional & Urban Studies, is an international consortium of universities dedicated to the collaborative study of urban and regional development issues around the globe. The origin of the acronym, with its focus on the U.S. and Europe, derives from the consortium's original title when first established in 1998. At that time, the network consisted of six universities, three in Europe and three in the United States. Today, the thirteen university consortium is continuing to explore partnerships with universities and colleagues elsewhere in North America, Asia, and Latin America. It is no longer a network comprised only of institutions in Europe and the United States.

A centerpiece of the consortium is the NEURUS Fellows program, a framework of agreements and supportive environments designed to give scholars and students flexible opportunities to enhance their study of urban and regional issues from comparative perspectives. NEURUS is heavily focused on applied research as opposed to conventional student exchange. Participating DURP students are typically in their second year of the MUP program or a PhD candidate interested in investigating a specific comparative issue. Often they are working with a faculty member on a comparative research project, and might be able to receive funding in support of their participation in NEURUS. For more information consult Professor Brian Deal, UIUC's co-coordinators of the NEURUS program. NEURUS universities outside the United States include:

  • Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
  • Korea University, Seoul
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Pécs, Hungary
  • Answers to UIUC-specific questions regarding admissions, academic requirements, funding and travel arrangements and experiences, as well as former UIUC NEURUS alumni reports are available at the Student Information Portal.