The Institute for European and Global Studies brings together:

80 teacher-researchers,

– from 20 laboratories,

– and 4 institutions, the University of Nantes, the University of Angers, the University of Le Mans and ESSCA, a management school in Angers, which are members of a scientific interest group.

It favours a clearly interdisciplinary ambition, an international outlook, teaching methods open to research, and strong links with civil society and the socio-economic world.

An INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH NETWORK inserted in international networks, to study Europe in a time of multiple transitions and faced with the major challenges of the contemporary world which require placing citizens and individuals at the heart of the European project and European policies, as major factors in these transitions; looking more particularly at local and regional territories, places of expression and places where Europeans live.

AN EDUCATION OFFER from the three universities, concerning Europe and the international dimension of Europe, from bachelor’s to doctorate level, bringing together nearly 700 students in Pays de la Loire.

– European bachelor’s degrees

– 15 master’s degree specialities grouped into four areas (law; economy; history, politics and societies; cultural studies).

– A doctoral seminar on Europe organised every year

A POLE OF INNOVATION recognised for its new approaches to Europe’s major challenges

– Joint research with civil society and the socio-economic world,

– Professoral chairs,

– Innovative training courses.

Members of the Institute

Nantes University

Nantes University

Nantes University offers courses from bachelor’s to master’s degrees and excellence research projects concerning Europe in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

It is home to the Institute for European and Global Studies, which implements the Alliance Europa programme.

University of Angers

University of Angers

The University of Angers offers master courses in law, economics and management and contributes to the research areas of the Institute for European and Global Studies.

Le Mans Université

Le Mans Université

The University of Le Mans contributes to the research lines of the Institute for European and Global studies and to the education offer on European culture(s).



Angers School of Management

ESSCA equips students and managers for a successful and sustainable career while taking fully into account the human and social dimensions of a globalized world.

The director of the Institute

Michel Catala


Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Nantes - Director of the Institute for European and Global Studies.

The director of the Institute for European and Global Studies since its creation in 2015, Michel Catala launched the RFI Alliance Europa programme in 2013, with Arnauld Leclerc. A university professor since 2004, he directed the CRHIA, a history laboratory bringing together 50 teacher-researchers and 89 doctoral students in Nantes and La Rochelle. He has a long practice of directing research structures and collective research programmes on the history of Europe on a regional (DCIE) and national (Labex EHNE) scale. A specialist in the history of international relations in Europe and the history of European construction, he has been teaching these subjects for 15 years. He is the author of numerous publications on these issues, and has also launched many international partnerships. He is the founding president of the Maison de l’Europe in Nantes, and is particularly familiar with civil society and local authority actors working on European issues in Nantes and the Loire region.

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