|NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
International exchange increasing
Each year, the Institute of International Education releases The Open Doors report on international educational exchange in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week.
According to the report, international students on U.S. campuses are at an all-time high showing a 6 percent increase over last year with a record high of 764,495 students. The Open Doors 2012 report confirms the United States as the top destination for international students. Much of this growth can be seen from two main countries: China and Saudi Arabia. These increases continue to grow international student contributions to the U.S. economy to upwards of $22.7 billion.
Like many universities, Marquette continued to see these trends this fall with an 18 percent increase in undergraduate students and an 8 percent overall increase over last year. Marquette currently hosts 673 international students. The countries with the most number of students at Marquette include China and India.
The growth of Americans studying abroad continues to grow, but at a slower rate. Study abroad grew by 1.3 percent for a total of 273,996 in 2010-11. Approximately 14 percent of American students receiving Bachelor’s degrees last year had studied abroad at some point during their undergraduate programs. This is compared to 23% of Marquette’s graduating class. Marquette also saw a 2.5% increase this fall and summer compared to last year.
Study abroad numbers as a whole are on a two-year lag, which has can be attributed to a number of factors including the recession, a record drop in the number of students going to Japan following the tsunami, and a significant decrease in the number of students studying in Mexico. Europe remained the preferred destination with 55 percent of all students heading to Europe. However, non-traditional destinations are on the rise with China as the fifth most popular destination. Marquette students have also followed those trends with Europe as the most popular destination.
International education strengthens ties between the United States and countries around the world bringing diverse perspectives to classrooms both here and abroad. Visit the Institute of International Education webpage for the full Open Doors report.
Congratulations to our International Photo Contest winners
A huge thank you to all of our students, faculty and staff who participated in the 2012 International Photo Contest in honor of International Education Week. Each of the photos submitted truly captured the essence of Marquette Global.
Grand Prize Winner: Poland - Aaron Ledesma, Public Relations, junior
$100 STA Travel Voucher and $50 gift card to Umami Moto
First Place Winner in Landscapes & Landmarks: Italy - Lisa Philbin, Nursing, senior
$50 gift card to Umami Moto
First Place Winner in People & Culture: Italy - Rachel Berkowitz, Public Relations, sophomore. Award: $50 gift card to Lowlands Grand Cafes (Cafe Hollander, Trocadero, Cafe Benelux, Cafe Central)
Second Place Winner in People & Culture: South Africa - Jessa Hackman, Social Welfare and Justice, senior. Award: $25 gift card to Chez Jacques
Second Place Winner in Landscapes & Landmarks: France - Sam Geselbracht, International Business and Supply Chain Management, senior. Award: $25 gift card to Chez Jacques
Crowdfund your study abroad experience
GoAbroad recently launched FundMyTravel, a new online funding website for individuals who desire to study or volunteer abroad. With FundMyTravel, individuals can create a customizable campaign that specifies a destination, program type and reasons for wanting to study or volunteer abroad. Through the use of social media and the FundMyTravel platform, people can share their fundraising goals and aspirations for traveling with family, friends and other passionate travelers. The GoAbroad team recognizes the importance of international education and their platform allows individuals to accept donations that help raise money for their transformative educational experiences. Read more about this website here.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is easy to see the many gifts the world has to be thankful for. Here at OIE, we are thankful for the courageous international and study abroad students who are learning the beauty and importance of cultural diversity. The gift of exploration is something the world can celebrate together. OIE staff reflects on the things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
- Student worker at OIE, Patrick Szozupak, is thankful for his family.
- “I’m grateful for the optimistic disposition I have on life,” said Jess Lothman, study abroad coordinator at OIE.
- “I’m thankful that I attend Marquette University,” said Alex Onyiego, student worker at OIE.
- Kathleen Ryan, student worker at OIE, is grateful for her mother.
- “I’m thankful for the services our students are providing for the people of Cape Town, South Africa, a great staff and wonderful students,” said Terence Miller, director of OIE.
On behalf of everyone at OIE, we hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
From excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, The Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.
Thursday, Nov. 22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cobeen Hall Dining Room
Staying on campus this Thanksgiving? Come to the 63rd annual Father McEvoy Thanksgiving dinner. Menu includes rice, fish, turkey, vegetables, desserts and beverages. Dinner is free, but tickets are required. Pick up your free ticket in Campus Ministry, AMU 236. Dinner is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Office of Residence Life and Sodexho Food Services.
Interfaith Panel Discussion - Working Together Against Violence: The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony
Tuesday, November 27
4 - 6 p.m.
Cudahy Hall, Room 001
Religious leaders from Buddist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities from the Milwaukee-Madison area will address the challenges faced in their communities and identify ways to increase mutual cooperation. Reception to follow.
International Research Poster Session and Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy
Wednesday, November 28
1 - 3:30 p.m.
Find out about the exciting research that is taking place on the Marquette campus! The goal of this event is to celebrate and encourage faculty research from all disciplines that involves students and international research. Learn about current research and connect with students and faculty across the university. Reception to follow. Hosted by the Office of International Education, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
An Evening with John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting: What Kind of World do You Want?
Thursday, November 29
What kind of world do you want? Think anything. Join John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting as he shares what kind of world he wants and what he has done in his own life and career to fulfill his vision. Come hear John speak about this BIG Question and perform several songs.
John's hit song, World, challenges each of us to think about what kind of world we want to live in. Who will we be in this world? How will we work to create what we want to see? What experiences will we open ourselves up to in order to imagine what kind of world we want? At the event, student organizations and university departments like OIE will have tables to share their vision for what kind of world they want and what they are doing to work toward that vision and what opportunities are available to Marquette students to help them imagine their responses to this question.
Sponsored by: Marquette University Student Government, the Office of Student Development, the Office of International Education, Active Minds, Alpha Xi Delta, Engineers Without Borders, For the Kids, Kappa Sigma, and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus.
Scholarships & Conferences
Check out our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Click on the links below for details and the complete listing.
Academic and Conference Opportunities
- Global Issues Network 2013 Conference at NYU Abu Dhabi
Fellowships and Scholarships
- TEFL Scholarship Opportunity
- USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Program Fellowship
- National Science Foundation: United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) Looking for Researchers