The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies calls Marquette University home

Event PosterThrough the support of Dr. Bob Bishop, OPUS dean of the College of Engineering, Marquette is home to an innovative global engineering organization: the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).

IFEES, in collaboration with its member societies, works to establish high-quality, effective engineering education practices around the world to ensure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates. IFEES brings together engineering education societies, industry representatives, students, government delegates, and stakeholders from around the world to network and develop unique initiatives that will enhance the ability of engineering faculty, students and practitioners to gain the necessary intercultural competence to succeed in the 21st century.

Dr. Hans Hoyer, secretary general of IFEES, explains that, “IFEES members all have knowledge, experiences and differing perspectives to offer each other. But there has to be someone to organize those communications and meetings, and bring those good ideas together in one place – that’s what our office does.”

The presence of IFEES on Marquette’s campus offers a great advantage to the university. Dr. Hoyer explains, “Marquette faculty and students have access to the most cutting edge topics in engineering education.” In addition, many Marquette faculty and students have already gotten involved in IFEES activities including Engineering Without Borders, which has become an observer member; students, who have become involved with the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development; and faculty, who have the opportunity to connect with IFEES members from around the world.

IFEES is located in the College of Engineering. Visit the IFEES website to learn more about the organization and the critical role they play in developing the next generation of engineers.


University of Michigan President donates $1 million for study abroad scholarships

Poster Session presenter and her posterOn Tuesday, Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and her husband announced that they would donate $1 million towards scholarships for U-M students to support international study, internships and service work.

Both Coleman and her husband studied abroad during their college years. She explains, “What intrigues us so much about education today is the rich variety of international experiences with which students may engage. We want to help students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience what we did as students.” Ongoing supporters of international education, the Colemans gave $25,000 in 2009 to create the Mary Sue Coleman and Kenneth M. Coleman Student Global Experience Fund, where their new gift will also be housed. In 2012, they also made a gift of $17,600 for study abroad scholarships. Read more on the University of Michigan website.


Clinton Global Initiative members announce 160 new Commitments to Action

International students and their friendsThe Clinton Global Initiative held its ninth annual meeting last month in New York City convening more than 1,000 CGI members and leaders from business, government, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Attendees included Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Bill Gates, Sean Penn, Premal Shah, president of, and President Barack Obama among many other well-known public figures.

Over the four-day meeting, CGI members made over 160 new Commitments to Action. A wide variety of corporations outlined their commitments including:

  • McDonald’s Corporation: committed to increase families’ access to affordable fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy in 20 major markets by 2020.
  • West Elm: committed $35 million in financing to artisans who use handcraft techniques, creating over 4,500 economic opportunities for artisans.
  • Barclays PLC: committed to forming the Banking on Change partnership to extend and develop access to basic financial services for poor people in Africa, Asia and South America.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) mission is to turn ideas into action. Former president, Bill Clinton, established CGI in 2005 under the Clinton Foundation in an effort to bring together global leaders to develop and implement creative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, CGI members have made 2,500 commitments valued at $87.9 billion, which are working to improve the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. Learn more on the CGI website.


Lessons from the Road

Video Contest Ad Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, assistant professor of Theology at Marquette, will discuss how her interest in Christian antiquity began during a study abroad experience in Florence, Italy at a lunch event on Tuesday, October 29 in AMU 163. She will share the lessons she learned during her time abroad and how the experience impacted her scholarly worldview, and shaped her decisions to become a professor, and other important aspects of her life. Lunch will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development and the Theology Department.


Making Wisconsin Avenue feel like home

International students and their friendsThe Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) along with ART Milwaukee and Beintween received a grant from ArtPlace America to develop ‘Creational Trails: A Placemaking Experience in Milwaukee. The project is working to creatively develop public space on Wisconsin Avenue downtown. The end goal is to grow the area’s capacity as a walkable, livable place that celebrates the overlapping flows of vibrant culture that already pass through the area. Marquette students, local homeowners, business owners, workers, shoppers and tourists all traverse Wisconsin Avenue on a daily basis and contribute to a diverse community.

‘Creational Trails is currently looking for creative ideas to reinvent Wisconsin Avenue asking the question: How can we make Wisconsin Avenue feel like our home? Marquette students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit ideas. How can MU share its global perspectives in the broader public space that is Wisconsin Avenue? For more information and to submit your idea, please visit:



MAM After Dark: Once Upon a Time
Friday, October 18
6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Meet at OIE at 6:30 and take the bus to the Milwaukee Art Museum

Join OIE for a magical evening at the Milwaukee Art Museum After Dark event featuring the Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, fairy tale bingo, the Scarring Party, and the wickedly animated storytelling of curator William Rudolph. Admission is $14 at the door, or $9 in advance. Be sure to bring cash for admissions and bus fare (or UPass and MU ID).  Feel free to come in costume! 


Revolutions: Women and the Arab Spring in North Africa
Wednesday, Oct. 23
6 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites

Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, the 2013-14 AMUW Chair of Humanities and professor of history at the University of Arizona-Tucson, will deliver the annual Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture on Oct. 23. Titled "Revolutions: Women and the Arab Spring in North Africa," the lecture will argue for a long-term historical perspective in understanding why women are at the heart of the Arab Spring.

The lecture is presented by the Association of Marquette University Women, which promotes the interests of Marquette's past, present and future female students and strives to enhance educational and cultural opportunities for women. Registration for this free event can be completed online. For additional information, contact the AMUW or Carol Winkel, director of regional engagement in University Advancement, at 8-7633.


Haunted Hoops
Friday, October 25
7 – 8 p.m.
Meet at OIE at 6:30 p.m. and walk over to the Al McGuire Center

This annual scrimmage provides an opportunity to see the team play in a festive atmosphere (many people come in costume) as well as the opportunity to experience a game in the “AL”.  Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to meet the men’s basketball team, have your photo taken with them and get their autographs. Admission is free.  This event is open to all Marquette students and family members.  Friendship families are also welcome to attend.


Preparing for Winter
Sunday, October 27
6 – 6:30 pm
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Learn how to stay warm and healthy during the winter months – and how to make the most of the winter season. This helpful and informative session will be presented by the Peer Health Educators. All Marquette students are welcome to attend.


Halloween Spooktacular
Sunday, October 27
6:30 – 8 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Halll, 4th Floor

Celebrate Halloween, a beloved holiday in the U.S. Make a mask, decorate scary (but delicious) cupcakes, carve a pumpkin and learn about the history behind this strange celebration. This event is open to all Marquette students and family members. Friendship families are also welcome to attend.


Lessons from the Road
Tuesday, October 29
12:30-1:30 p.m.
AMU 163

Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, assistant professor of Theology at Marquette, will discuss how her interest in Christian antiquity began during a study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. She will share the lessons she learned during her time abroad and how the experience impacted her scholarly worldview and shaped her decisions to become a professor. Lunch will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development and the Theology Department.


Living with North Korea
Wednesday, October 30
4:30 p.m.
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom

The Department of Political Science will host the Dr. John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture on Asian Affairs on Oct. 30. Dr. Robert Gallucci, president of the John D. and Catharine MacArthur Foundation, will deliver "Living with North Korea," which will discuss management of relations with the government in Pyongyang, including how to reduce the likelihood of conflict, reassure allies, avoid provocations and attract domestic support at home regarding relations with North Korea.

Gallucci previously served as dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and with the U.S. Department of State as ambassador at large. An expert on Asia, Gallucci has authored several publications about political-military issues, including Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam and Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis.

For more information, contact Kelley McCaskill, director of development for University Advancement, at 8-1590.


Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
September 20 – January 6
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

This international exhibition brings to the United States, for the first time, one of the most distinctive collections of Afghan rugs in the world. Purchased throughout Central Asia and in Europe, the rugs feature world maps, portraits of kings, khans and military leaders, cityscapes, and armaments.


Scholarships & Conferences

diplomaCheck 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.

Faculty Fellowships
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program

Student Scholarships – Grad and Undergrad

The Irish Cultural Project Grant
Swedish Scholarship Awards 2014
David L. Boren Study Abroad Scholarships & Fellowships

Employment/Internship Opportunities
The Bader International Study Center – Academic Travel Intern
The Board of Education of Baoying, China- English Teacher Positions
Youth Venture- Executive Innovator

High School Scholarships
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) - Germany
The American Youth Leadership Program





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Marquette University currently has 32 international student athletes participating in various sports. These international students are not only faced with the challenge of going to college in a different country, but also the constant demand of being a collegiate athlete. Tennis player Rocio Diaz from Argentina and golfer Patrick Sanchez from Mexico are just two examples of exemplary student athletes that bring culture and talent to Marquette athletics.

Rocio Diaz, a senior finance major, said she chose Marquette because of its size. “I am not just a number here like I would have been at a larger school,” said Diaz, “I am a student.” The most challenging aspect of being an international student athlete for Diaz was adapting to the American college athletic culture. Although five of the eight players on the Marquette woman’s tennis team are international athletes, Diaz said, “We all come from different cultures, but we come together and make one team.” The team practices six days a week for a total of 20 hours, but in addition to maintaining a hard serve, Diaz also has to maintain her grades. Even with a grueling schedule, she has still managed to be successful on and off the court. As a freshman, she made it to the conference semi finales. Diaz also won the sportsmanship award at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in 2012. With this season being her last, Rocio Diaz has big plans for senior year. “Of course you have to have fun, but you have fun when you win,” said Diaz.

Patrick Sanchez, a sophomore international business major, chose Marquette because of the good academic system, and growing golf program. Sanchez has found that the most challenging aspect to being an international student athlete is time management. Sanchez said, “Golf involves a lot more time than other sports, and you never seem to have enough time to complete tasks during season.” Three of the 11 men on the golf team are international students, but Patrick also shared that it is difficult to adapt in a different country than you are otherwise used to. Patrick earned three Mexican national titles as a junior golfer prior to attending Marquette. As a sophomore, Sanchez has already achieved great things such as being named player of the year, and a member of the All Academic Big East Team - both in the 2012-13 season. Patrick has two seasons remaining with the Marquette men’s golf team, and the university wishes him the best of luck.



Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881