Thursday, February 15




news from the office of international education


Tomorrow: Join us for International Day!

International Day

Help us celebrate the 34th annual International Day tomorrow from 10a.m. to 2p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby.

International Day celebrates the sights, sounds and flavors of the many cultures that compose our university community. Students from a number of countries and regions, including Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Africa, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, will host tables to share information about their home countries or where they studied abroad through music, food and samples, and other traditions. In addition, food samples (Chinese dumplings, West African rice and rice pudding) will be available in the innovative kitchen between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Marquette student groups interested in hosting a table can contact Susan Whipple at

Study Abroad Deadline: March 1

Marquette global

Apply by March 1, 2018 to study abroad this summer, fall, and academic year!



The deadline is fast approaching, don't miss the opportunity to submit applications for this summer, fall, and year long programs.

Wether you choose to independently study for a year in Rome, Italy, or spend a few weeks this summer learning about the gender, sexualities and culture in South Africa on a faculty-led program, there is a program fit for everyone. New faculty-led study abroad programs include; Literature, Culture and History of Ireland, International Perspectivies in Sports Sciences in Berlin, Germany and West African History and Culture in Accra and Ashanti, Ghana. Interested students should first attend an Abroad 101 session.

We have a variety of different programs accomodating different majors, personal interests, and regions of the world!

Launching: Marquette Global Summer School

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Marquette is launching a new program that will allow international students Experience U.S. Higher Education for a summer at Marquette University!

June 18- July 6, 2018

This program will give undergraduate students from Marquette's partner insitutions the opportunity to spend three weeks at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying topics such as international buisness and U.S. history, and honoring your English language skills.They will be given the chance to immerse themselves in the U.S. culture while exploring the city of Milwaukee and living in Marquette's residence halls..

Students select from several course options, taking up to 6 credits. Take a look at the program components If you are interested in additional information regarding the program.

Follow study abroad students on the MU Global Tumblr blog!
Marquette Global tumblr

This semester, we will have the opportunity to live vicariously through the overseas experiences of our newest Global Correspondents listed below!

For the past few semesters, study abroad students from different majors, programs, and areas of the world have volunteered to share their global experiences through the universities official study abroad blog.

We hope that Marquette Global's study abroad blog can serve as a resource not only for the Marquette community, but also for students planning to study abroad during their college career. Read about student adventures abroad here:

Name :Renata Mussi
Universidad del Salvador
Biomedical Sciences

Renata Mussi- Marquette tumblr blog

Name: Haley Velez
University of Sacro Cuore
Public Relations

Haley Velez- Marquette tumblr blog

Name: Cassie Wessing
John Cabot University in Rome, Italy
English Literature with minors in Public Relations and Marketing

Cassie Wessing

Name: Alexandra Hristakos
Institute Catholique de Paris
Phycology (with French minor)

Alexandra- Marquette global tumblr blog

Name: Sierra Zima
Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE, Madrid, Spain
International buisness and Marketing, and a minor in Spanish

Sierra Zima

Name: Ellie Vonderhaar
Australia Catholic University- Brisbane
Major: Advertising

Ellie Vonderhaar

Name: Claire Bruns
Sciences PO: Reims, France
Phycology and writing intensive English

Claire Bruns

Name: Danny Smerz
La Universidad de Loyola Andalucia (Seville, Spain)
Finance, Accounting, Spanish minor for the buisness professions

Danny Smerz

Name: Claire Barten

Claire Burton


Marquette's 2017 International Research Award winner announced!

The Office Of International Education announces winner of the 2017 International Resarch Award!

Dr. Abir Bekhet's, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, has received a $3,000 award to help fund his research project "Psychometrics Properties of the Arabic Version of the Positive Thinking Skills Scale (A-PTSS) among First Generation Middle East Immigrants" for the 2017 Marquette International Research Award. To date, there is no existing Arabic measure of positive thinking skills; this is an initial step toward implementing a positive thinking training intervention among first generation Middle Eastern immigrants.

This project includes three bilingual Marquette University students who came from diverse backgrounds and interests. Veronica, Rawan, and Nadia have access to first generation Middle Eastern immigrants through their affiliations with Middle Eastern churches and Mosques. This project will not only benefit from international callaboration but will allow our students to callaborate with faculty members internationally and from Marquette University.

Each year, The Office Of International Education announces a call for submissions for the International Research Poster Session. Held in conjunction with the Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy sponsored by ORSP, this event if helf annually in the fall. Along with supporting promising international research, the overall aim of the poster session is to encourage and showcase international research among faculty members from all disciplines. One project presented at the poster session will be awarded a $3,000 Marquette International Research Award by a peer review panel.






Marquette study abroad alumni Zachary Wierschem- globally being the difference

Photo of Zach at the conference

OIE congratulates senior Zachary Wierschem for being the winner of the IIE and New York Times in Education Generation Abroad Voices Video Challenge!


Over the summer, Zach along with other study abroad alumni from across the United States were asked to share how their experiences abroad gave them a competitive edge, along with what impact it had on their lives and the world. IIE nominated Zach as the winner of the video contest. He was flown to Washington DC the weekend of October 1-3 to attend the Summit on Generation Study Abroad 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 business cards, and left with a wallet full of other people's business cards! I was chosen to be a "Summit Voice", which is a nominated group of students from around the country to give the student perspective 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?
First 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?
Follow 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 towards. 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 to be held April 5 - 7

Caribbean studies conference poster

Join the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on April 5-7th for Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Spaces and Topographies.

Tickets are available for purchase on the conference website.

OIE is proud to cosponsor this conference. Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Professor Emeritus of Africology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Oungan asogwe, a priest of Vodou
Talk: "Constructed Neocolonial Spaces and Conflicted National Identities: The Case of Haiti"

Dr. Lester Tomé, Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of the MFA Program in Dance, Smith College
Talk: "Ballet and Revolution in Cuba: Calibanesque Choreographies for Political Bodies On- and Off-Stage"

See the conference website for the full description.


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