Tuesday, January 23




news from the office of international education


Join Us tomorrow for the Spring Study Abroad Fair!

Study abroad fair poster

The Office of International Education will hold the Spring Study Abroad Fair on January 24 from 10:30a.m.-2:30p.m. on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union.

This event gives students the opportunity to explore over 50 study abroad programs and chat with advisers, program coordinators, faculty leaders, and study abroad alumni.

Questions about the fair or study abroad should be directed to studyabroad@marquette.edu or (414)-288-7289. For more information on education abroad, visit marquette.edu/abroad/.


New international students arrive on campus!

international student story

Please help welcome our international students to the Marquette family!

34 new undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are here to acheive their degrees at Marquette, while 16 new exchange students join us for a semester from Marquette partner institutions around the world.The new international students came together on January 10-12 for three days of orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus and their new life here at Marquette.


Student Profile: Molly Moore


Senior nursing student Molly Moore reflects on her time spent abroad in Dublin last Spring.


Name: Molly Moore
Year in School:
Cleveland, Ohio
University College- Dublin

Were you aware of the Dublin study abroad program when you chose to pursue nursing school here at Marquette?
When pursing nursing school at Marquette, I was aware that they offered study abroad options for nursing, which is rare for many nursing programs. This played a really big part in my decision to choose Marquette nursing.

What made you study abroad?
There are a countless reasons I wanted to study abroad. I wanted to experience fully living in a new culture as well as be able to learn about health care and nursing from a different and international perspective. I come from Irish Heritage, so I was interested in learning about the history of the country and seeing where my family came from. I also wanted to take advantage of the opportunities to travel both within Ireland and outside to other countries.

While attending school in Dublin, do you feel you learned about nursing through a new perspective?
definitely was able to learn about nursing through a new perspective in Ireland. The differences were especially evident in our maternity and community courses. In both of these specialities, the role of the nurse in Ireland differs greatly from the role of the nurse in the U.S. In my introduction to Health Systems elective. I was able to learn about the similarities and differences in the health care systems between the U.S. and Ireland.

Tell me about the nursing classes you took and how they helped fufill your requirements?
Each of the classes that I took in Dublin were able to transfer back to Marquette towards my nursing credits. I took Maternal and Fetal Wellbeing. Community and Population Health Nursing, and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, which are all core nursing classes. I also took introduction to Health Systems, which I was able to use as a health elective.

What are your most memorable experiences in Dublin?
is such a hard question, because the entire semester I spent there was so much that was memorable. I think the most memorable part of my experience in Dublin was the Irish culture. Everyone that we met was so friendly and made us feel welcome. Dublin is an incredible city full of history, beautiful scenery, friendly people, great pubs, and lots of live music, making every day different and exciting.

Did tyou experience reverse culture shock when you returned hom?
I did experience a bit of a culture shock when I returned to the United States. I had become very used to the way of life in Dublin, making coming home feel very unusual. However, after being home for only a day, I had to begin clinical, which in a way helped me get back into the swing of things.

Spanish Langugage Program for faculty and staff from Jesuit Colleges & Universities

spanish program

Apply for a travel Grant to attend a two-week Spanish language course in Puebla, Mexico this summer!

Click here for application process and further information.



With the intention of strengthening ties between Jesuit institutions, the Ibero Puebla, through its International Academic Affairs office, offers non-tuition Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions. During the two-week program, participants will take Spanish classes from 9a.m. to 1p.m. with the possibility to teach, offer seminar

Marquette's Office of International Education will sponsor four faculty/staff round-trip airefare to Puebla for participation in either two weeks of the program (twelve-month staff members are required to have immediate supervisor approval).

The dates for the program are as follows:

  • Summer session 1: Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 16. Application deadline is Saturday, April 15
  • Summer session 2: Monday, June 19, to Friday, June 30. Application deadline is Sudnay, April 30.

Those interested should write a one page response to the question: How would this Spanish launguage opportunity assist you and your role in the university realizing Hispanic-serving Institution status by the 2026-27 school year?

Submit responses to Karen.Hess@marquette.edu by April 15th for award consideration.

Photo contest winners announced!


Congratulations to the winners of our International Education Week 2017 photo contest!


First place winner
Name: Catherine Bell

Major: International Affairs and Latin American Studies

Location of picture: Taquile Island, Peru



Caption: "Living on Taquile Island reinforced many values, one of which being the extreme importance of community through all things. This photo was taken while working in my host family's farm shucking corn, with bright eyes at each discovery of color. The little hands are that of my 8 year old host sister, sifting through our findings. It was an amazing, inclusive experience with every member of the family, old or young, pitching in. But as much as they worked for themselves, to provide food for their animals and family, they work firstly for Pachamama (Mother Earth). A practice long forgotten in my culture."

Marquette's study abroad alumni "Zachary Wiershem"- globally being the difference!


OIE congratulates MU senior (Zachary Wirshem), for being the winner of the 2017 IIE and New York Times in Education Generation Abroad Voices Video Challenge!


Over the summer, Zach along with other study abroad alumni from different parts of the United States were asked to share how their experiences gave them a competitive edge, along with what impact it had on their lives and the world. IIE nominated him as the winner of the video contest. He was flown out to Washington DC the weekend of October 1-3 to attend the Summit on Generation Study Abroad conference. Read below to hear about Zach's experience at the conference.


Could you explain what the conference was like?
Well, the conference was a place of hustle and bustle! People were networking with each other, many companies were tabling, and powerful speakers and panels shed their wise light on the future of international education. I came in with a wallet full of my own buisness cards, and left with a wallet full of other people's buisness cards! I was chosen to be a "Summit Voice", which is a nominated group of students from around the country to give the student persepctive on issues that attendees were discussing in their breakout sessions. Important note: there was an embassy party (yes, a party at the embassy!) where attendees could have the choice to go to either the Irish, Norweigian, or Finnish embassies and have small portioned food come out to you on big plates while having conversations-fancy!

How did you hear about the video challenge?
I heard about the video challenge via Marquette's study abroad email that they send out.The ad was a shameless plug that caught my eye because I saw the words,"Video Challenge," and,"inspire Generation Z," and I was like, "Yup, that's for me (haha)."

Who did you have the chance to meet at the conference?
IFirst off, I able able to meet
many of the VPs and the CEO of the Institute of International Education, which was quite humbling. I also got to talk with the Norwegian ambassador to the United States at the embassy party and he gave me a hug at the end of it! (Needless to say we were pretty tight). Finally, I got to meet some amazing college students and Fulbright recipients, who were Summit Voices with me, whose study abroad experiences had such an impact on the way they live now. They really inspired me to cherish my time abroad.

If you could give prospective study abroad/international students one essential piece of advice, what would it be?
IFollow your heart and be not afraid.This is super cheesy, I know it's like a Papa John's on Tuesday,but let me explain myself. I had NO clue how I was going to find opportunities to serve refugees when I studied in Greece, but I knew that serving was something that my heart was calling me to do. My heart didn't literally speak to me (silly goose!), but the desire definitely didn't leave me. Additionally, it was my creative and fearless search for opportunities to expand my experimental horizon that made my stories and encounters abroad impactful. So be unafraid to try something new that your heart draws you towads. Because that might just change your life. It did for me and there's a pretty good chance it'll happen to you if you let it it (:

Caribbean Studies Conference



April 5-7th, 2018

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Marquette University

For more information, please contact caribbeanconference@marquette.edu


Playing with the metaphor of the rebellious Caliban as protagonist, this interdisciplinary conference is guided by the following questions: How has the Caribbean been constructed historically as as geographic place and an imagined space both from within and without? How did the colonial encounter shape the notion of Caribbeans as "subhuman Calibans" or "cannibals", and how has the coexistent resistance to such othering continued to revise colonal and neocolonial misperceptins? How have the 20th and 21st century diasporas further lead the notion of real and imagiend boundaries of space, nation, and identity? And given 21st century political changes that have opened the Caribbean incrasingly to global markets, how have the continued intertwinements between langauge, power, and mobility led to inventive artistic and literacy production? View the website to see the list of issues that the conference invites papers to reflect on.



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