EU-US Atlantis Program


The EU-US Atlantis program is an integrated excellence mobility program, complemented by an innovative cohort design. The 4-year mobility program at the master level gives 48 students the opportunity to study together in their cohorts at five diverse and accomplished schools of economics, and experience different educational, cultural and linguistic settings. It enables students to emerge with an enhanced understanding of market institutions and social systems that are shaping the future development of regional, national and global economies.


The objective of the EU-US Atlantis Program is to enable students from both sides of the Atlantic to increase their knowledge through study in state-of-the-art courses in their Master programs, focusing on the highly relevant and timely theme of international monetary economics. It is a 4-year mobility program at the Masters level involving 5 universities and 48 students equally distributed among the EU and the US universities.

Students are given the opportunity to study together in their cohorts at five diverse and accomplished schools of economics, and experience different educational, cultural and linguistic settings. US students will be able to broaden their cultural understanding by being immersed in French or Dutch speaking communities in three different countries in the heart of Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, and France). The EU students will gain understanding of US culture in two very different states (South Carolina and California), and acquire a very high level of fluency in English. All teaching is in English, but special linguistic and cultural courses are included in the program.

A thorough understanding and application of economic principles and theories are the key to growth and stability of a global knowledge-based economy and the global financial system. The curriculum structure takes advantage of the similarities and flexibilities with the Master in International Economics Studies (IES) degree at MU, the “Master in Economics” at UCL, the “Econométrie et Statistique Appliquée” program at UO, and the significant number of similar courses that are offered at UCSC and CU. No new programs are created; rather AIME is merging courses in existing programs into a seamless plan of study. The AIME Universities are renowned for their excellence in economics teaching and research, offer courses for students in international economics and monetary economics, and have prior previous research collaboration that will enhance the program.

Schedule and Work Plan

The Work Plan is presented in detail project objectives in eight areas:

  1. development and dissemination of innovative transatlantic curricula,
  2. arrangement for academic credits, development of organisational frameworks for student mobility,
  3. development of organisational framework for student mobility
  4. development of language and cultural preparation and assessment,
  5. joint development of strong project evaluation plan
  6. structured exchanges and teaching assignments for teachers, trainers, administrators and other relevant specialists,
  7. joint development and dissemination of web-based and computer-based technologies, and
  8. student recruiting




The study schedules for each of the cohorts is described below. It gives the best way to understand the progression of successive student cohorts through the five partner schools. The acronyms stand for the university in which students study. The five universities are Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands, Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, Universite d’Orleans (UO) in France, Clemson University (CU) in South Carolina and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in California.

Administrative Structure

The management structure of the consortium is outlined in the diagram below. The meeting schedule for the Project Directors is twice a year, plus virtual meetings every month. They will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the AIME project. but will receive substantial assistance from their Departments. They fully support this project as well.

The student services committee will meet once a year, and virtually four times a year to discuss particular student cases. The program steering committee will meet virtually once a year, mostly to discuss possible modifications in the course offerings. The supervisory board will meet virtually once a year.