Marquette uses an online study abroad system to facilitate the application process. When you log into the system, you will be able to select your program, view all application requirements, upload documents, request recommendations and submit questionnaires.
Note: Some programs have deadlines before our October 1 and March 1 application deadlines. Please be sure to visit your program’s brochure page to learn more about program specific application deadlines and next steps.
GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
You will need to have the following items submitted or completed within your online application by the above deadlines to be considered for study abroad.
NOTE: Your application is complete when you see a "check" next to each requirement. There is no final "submit" button within your online application.
1. Motivation essays
The motivational essay responses are a critical part of the application process, as they are the primary way in which you can communicate the academic appropriateness of your program selection and your preparedness for study abroad. You will submit your responses through the online system.
Answer each question below in one complete paragraph that is approximately 250-300 words in length. (Please note: Project GO-ROTC Arabic Scholarship Program applications have a unique set of questions. Refer to the online application for complete essay prompts.)
- What are your study abroad goals (think about the pre-advising or Study Abroad 101 session)? How does this program align with those goals?
- How will this study abroad program build upon your education to date and connect to your studies when you return to campus as well as your vocation? Please describe the classes you plan to take abroad and how the academic focus of this program relates to your major, minor, and/or demonstrated academic and extracurricular interests including student organizations, service-learning, internships, research or other experiential opportunities.
- One learning outcome related to study abroad is increasing one's intercultural competence: the ability to accurately recognize and respond to cultural similarities and differences. What attitudes, knowledge and skills do you currently possess in this domain that will help you during your study abroad experience? How do you plan to enhance these while abroad?
2. Academic letter(s) of recommendation
All programs require at least one letter of recommendation.
(Project GO-ROTC Arabic Scholarship Program requires two, and the South Africa Service Learning Program requires three.)
Contact your recommender, share your study abroad plans and gain their permission BEFORE emailing them through the online application system.
To obtain recommendations, enter your recommender's information into the online application. The system will email login details to the recommender, who will then able to complete the online recommendation. The box next to the recommender's name on your application homepage will be checked when the recommendation is submitted.
3. Passport signature document
Sign the passport signature document acknowledging that you understand the following requirements:
- It is my responsibility to secure and possess a valid passport for the duration of my time abroad, including the six months following my program.
- It is my responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements and apply for any required visas. (Your study abroad advisor will point you in the right direction)
- Once I am accepted to a study abroad program and have a valid passport, I will upload a scanned copy of the identification and signature pages of my passport into my MU online study abroad application.
4. Emergency contact info
Enter primary and secondary emergency contact information.
5. Next steps and deadlines
This document outlines all requirements, events and deadlines that will take place after acceptance notifications are emailed. You will digitally sign that you have read this document confirming you are responsible for meeting all deadlines listed.
6. Program-specific materials
Depending on the program to which you are applying, additional program-specific application materials, signature documents or questionnaires may be required. These will be listed within your application requirements online. Your application will not be considered complete until you see a "check" next to each requirement.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-MARQUETTE STUDENTS
Non-Marquette students can apply to several programs. They need to submit the following additional forms by mail or through the online application system.
1. Transcript request form
This will ensure that upon completion of the program, a student's home institution will receive his or her Marquette transcript.
2. Study abroad adviser recommendation
Students must enter their study abroad adviser recommender's name and email into the online application. The system will email login details to the recommender, who is then able to complete the online recommendation. The box next to the recommender's name on the student's application homepage will be checked when the recommendation is submitted.
The purpose of this form is to ensure that the student understands what their home university’s study abroad processes are such as application process, course approvals or fees. This recommendation tells Marquette that the student has connected at least once with his or her study abroad office or equivalent.
Non-Marquette students can study in the following programs:
- South Africa Service Learning Program
- Project GO: ROTC Scholarship Program for Arabic Language Studies
- Marquette Faculty-led Summer Programs (released in December each year)
APPLYING FOR A NON-MARQUETTE PROGRAM
If you are applying to study abroad on a non-Marquette program, you will first need to meet with a study abroad coordinator in person to discuss your program of interest. The coordinator will discuss with you your program preferences, eligibility and goals.
Once you and the coordinator determine that a non-Marquette program is truly the best fit for you, then the coordinator will open a non-Marquette online application allowing you to petition to participate in the selected program.
In addition to completing the general application requirements, you will need to complete the requirements below as part of your online application prior to the study abroad deadline. Non-Marquette program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by OIE or the Office of International Business Studies for business students. Submit your application as early as possible to allow time for review. Please note that approval of students petitioning to attend a non-Marquette program is considered on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
1. Petition questions
You will need to answer 10 questions regarding the non-Marquette program you are interested in and describe how it aligns with your personal, professional and academic goals. To answer these questions, you will need to research critical components of your desired study abroad program, including courses, costs, on-site support and health and safety.
2. Course approval form
More information about the course approval process can be found on the course approval process page.
3. Financial aid questionnaire
This questionnaire is to confirm if you are planning to use financial aid for your term abroad.
4. Consortium agreement
This is an agreement between Marquette University and the host university that enables students to use financial assistance on the host university program.
All students approved to participate in a non-Marquette program must attend orientation and comply with all procedures and policies for study abroad students.
All students, except those in the College of Business Administration, should deliver required hard-copy documents — as noted in the online application system — to:
Office of International Education
Holthusen Hall, 4th floor
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
College of Business Administration students should deliver their hard-copy materials to:
College of Business Administration — International Business
David A. Straz, Jr., Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
I'VE APPLIED. NOW WHAT?
A general timeline is listed below. More information will be available within your online study abroad account.
Following your commitment to study abroad, you will need to read, sign and submit additional information to prepare for your experience abroad. Specific deadlines will be outlined in your online study abroad account. This includes: