Marquette Magazine - The Global Issue

Marquette Magazine’s summer issue shares stories of Marquette students, faculty and alumni engaging the world and being changed in the process. Feature articles include:

1) The game-changer: “This alone you can take to the bank.”
From London to Morocco, Marquette’s short-term study abroad programs focus on boosting the academic credentials and knowledge base of students. Read more.

2) “Karibu” It seemed I would never fit into life in Tanzania. But then I spoke Swahili.
Gretchen Geerts shares her experiences working with Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Tanzania, “Participation in the South Africa Service Learning Program my junior year gave me a greater awareness of injustice in the world and a better sense of who I am…I left South Africa feeling as though I was leaving a piece of myself there and could only make myself whole again by returning.” Read more.

3) Corps of compassion: Ever wonder how to change the world?
An off hand comment about going to Honduras for Marquette’s spring break developed into Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development nonprofit, serving the poor in Honduras, Panama and Ghana. Read more.

4) Overseas flight: When Golden Eagles migrate
Less than one percent of college basketball athletes make it to the NBA. The majority of Marquette players head overseas to continue their basketball career in leagues around the world. Read more.

Read the full summer issue online! In addition, check out web exclusive articles on Marquette's international students and Raynor Library’s list of books that transport readers around the world.


Participants needed for MU's International Friendship Program

Meet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community! Marquette's International Friendship Program is currently looking for Marquette staff, faculty and administrators or other community volunteers interested in spending time once a month with a new international student over the course of the academic year. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in your usual social or family activities.

For more information and an application to get involved, visit Submit your completed application by Friday, September 21 to the Office of International Education or via email to


Olympic Connections

"The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." – Olympic Charter

The future of MU Olympians: Samantha Kennedy, Marquette sophomore from British Columbia, captured a gold medal in the women’s hammer throw at the 2012 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kennedy’s winning throw of 50.85 meters outpaced competitors by approximately two meters. Watch her winning throw online. Maybe we’ll be cheering for Kennedy in a future Olympics!

MU student covers the Olympics: Marquette broadcast and electronic communication major, Tess Quinlan, had the exceptional opportunity to work as an NBC intern at the London Olympics this summer. Her primary role at the International Broadcast Center in London was to watch footage of events and mark the best segments for highlight reels. “When I ended up applying for this, it was something I really wanted to do,” Quinlan explained to Marquette Magazine. “It was just sheer elation and validation that I was good enough for NBC to work for the Olympics.” This year, Quinlan will continue along her path in sports broadcasting working with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as coordinator of video services and as a feature reporter.

Historic MU Olympians:
John Bennett, Marquette athlete and two-time NCAA National Championship, won the silver medal in the long jump at the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia. Bennett still holds the Marquette University record in both the indoor and outdoor long jump events. In a 2008 interview with Marquette, Bennett describes his Olympic experience, “It has been a phenomenal privilege to have been an Olympic medalist. You come out of the experience a better person. The key is hard work. It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot.” Read more about historic Marquette Olympians on



Europe's Erasmus Exchange Program celebrates 25th year

If you studied abroad in Europe, you likely ran into one or more students studying abroad as part of the Erasmus Exchange program. An article in the New York Times discusses the program. “By providing a framework and financing for studying and training abroad, [the Erasmus Exchange Program] allows young Europeans to look beyond their national borders when considering their education and their future. The program, which is financed by the European Union and named after the 16th-century Dutch-born pan-European scholar, has made it mainstream in Europe for students to experience adapting to a different culture while learning a new language." Of the 10 percent of European students that study abroad, nearly half receive funding from Erasmus. Participants in the program develop the cross-cultural skills that are essential to be successful in modern day Europe.

To read the full article, please visit the New York Times website.


The 'Globals' Generation

photoAn excerpt from NPR story 'Globals’ Generation Focuses On Experience: Jennifer Larr has the itch to go abroad. She’s 26 years old and has already spent a year studying in France and two years in Rwanda with the Peace Corps, and she is headed to Uganda this summer for an internship. She’s also a graduate student, studying international relations at UCLA.

Larr is part of a growing number of 20- and early 30-somethings whose American dream has moved beyond suburban homes and traditional nuclear families, and it’s one that now goes even beyond U.S. borders.

Larr and others like her are more likely than previous generations to live, study and work abroad. As they travel the world, they’re now abandoning some of the traditional tenets of the American dream that their parents held dear.

National pollster John Zogby has been chronicling this trend for years. His book The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream discusses some of the changes taking place in Larr’s generation. He has a name for young people like her: “first globals.”

"Two out of three of them have passports," Zogby says. "They are well-traveled; technologically they have networks that include people all over the world. They have a desire to be nimble, to go anywhere and to be anywhere. They also have a desire to change their world and feel like they're in a position to do that.



Milwaukee's Ethnic Festivals

Enjoy Milwaukee's numerous ethnic festivals this summer through the music, food and cultures that make up our city.

Irish Fest

August 16-19
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

Mexican Fiesta

August 24-26
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

St. Sava Serbian Days

August 24-26
St. Sava Serriah Orthodox Cathedral, 3201 S. 51st Street

Indian Summer Festival

September 7-9
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Welcome Back Celebration

Friday, August 31
4-6 p.m.
OIE Program Center

Welcome back to campus! Reconnect with old friends, make new friends, share study abroad stories, and tell us about your summer fun wherever you were. Food and drinks will be served.


Indian Summer Festival Excursion

Friday, August 31
6 – Midnight
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)

Experience Wisconsin’s Native American culture. Features include cultural crafts like finger weaving, horsehair and twine baskets, moccasin making, quillwork, beadwork and more. Stop by the Tribal Farmers Market and sample traditional foods like fry bread and Indian Tacos. Watch a Pow Wow – the Native American way of gathering together to sing, dance, renew old friendships, and make new friends.

Students will meet at OIE and walk or bus down to the festival grounds together. Don't forget your U-Pass.


International Club Informational Meeting

Wednesday, September 5 and Sunday, September 9
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center

Do you want to be part of a dynamic cultural group at Marquette?  Would you like to learn about new cultures and share your culture with others?  If yes, this event is for you.  This meeting is to discuss the formation of an International Club, determine a meeting date for the semester and to plan activities for the year ahead.


Study Abroad Fair

Friday, September 7
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
West Town Mall (outside of AMU)

Explore your study abroad options! Meet with study abroad returnees and decide where in the world your education will take you.


International Student Job Search

Friday, September 7
2-3:30 p.m.
Career Services, Holthusen Hall, 1st Floor

This session is geared towards international students interested in working in the U.S.. Topics that will be covered include work options for students, resume tips and tricks, cover letter writing, interview skills and where and how to effectively search for jobs and internships.


Men's Soccer Celebrates Soccer Around the World
Friday, September 14
5:45 meet at OIE, 7:05 p.m. game

Join us for a celebration of the spirit of soccer through international communities. Meet at OIE and we’ll head down to Valley Fields together. Marquette song/chant sheets will be available to all fans. One lucky student will take home a 2012 FC Barcelona Lionel Messi long sleeved jersey, valued at $100. Stay around after the game to meet your favorite Marquette men’s soccer players. Head over to the main entrance for a post-match autograph session.

Donate one new or used soccer equipment item and receive two for the price of one admission. Wish list includes: soccer balls, cleats, uniform/practice shorts, uniform/practice shirts, ball pumps and new socks. All of the items collected will be donated to children in need as part of the Marquette Global Brigades 2012-13 trips.




Scholarships & Conferences

Visit 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
- Educational Seminars: Bring the World to Your School
- African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) Annual Conference
- 40th Annual International Association for Experiential Education Conference

Fellowships and Scholarships
- ISAC Fellowship Program - Communication Fellow for Educate Girls
- East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students
- Financial Aid Opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean Students
- Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs – Establishment of a University Partnership in Islamic Culture and Civilization with the University of Karachi, Pakistan Grant





new studen

Kathryn Bimson
South Africa Service Learning Program, Spring 2011
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship recipient

Kathryn Bimson, Marquette South Africa program alumna, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship – one of only 20 scholarships awarded for Thailand. Bimson graduated last May from Fairfield University with a degree in biology and a peace and justice studies minor. This year, she will have the unique opportunity to integrate her interests in biology into teaching English to students in Thailand.

While studying abroad during her junior year in Cape Town, South Africa, she was readily accepted into the community of students she taught in the Langa Township. She also had the opportunity to teach marine biology to students ages three to 75 through Cornell University's Marine Environment Summer Camp and was a teaching assistant in the biology program at Fairfield. After her Fulbright year, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marine biology.

"The idea of living abroad and teaching in a new community is one that excites me greatly," she said. "I can't wait to meet my students and the rest of the community at the Mae Chan Wittayakom School in Chiang Rai, a northern province of Thailand. I hope to learn about their customs and traditions while also inviting them to learn more about my life as an American. I have heard that the Thai people are very welcoming and lighthearted, and I hope to also show them that Americans can also have those same qualities. The chance to do this is a great honor and I am ready to begin this amazing experience!"

Janie Leatherman, Ph.D., director of the Fulbright program at Fairfield and professor of politics, said she's very proud of this year's Fulbright recipients. "They will be wonderful cultural ambassadors for the United States," she said. "And they will bring back home new perspectives, understandings, as well as lifelong friendships and ties that will shape their contributions to American society as well - another vital element of the Fulbright experience."

Read more about Bimson's experiences studying abroad in South Africa on her blog.



Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7289