MU students build housing in Santiago, Chile this summer

Flowers lying on the bridgeMarquette study abroad students at Pontificia Universidad Católica participated in a pilot program for foreign exchange students that enabled students to experience first-hand the issues of poverty in Santiago, Chile this summer. Alongside a group of twenty-five other students, they stayed at a local school in a campamento, or tent city, to help with the construction and repairs of basic homes. The students spent the weekend walking in solidarity with the residents who live there, striving to understand their reality. Along with revitalizing houses, they played with the local children, visited with the elderly, and shared a meal with the community.

“My experience in campamento San Francisco was incredible because it was the first time I saw the other side of Santiago,” Marquette student Joseph Martínez explains. “We have to accept that poverty exists and take the time to help the people in our community who need it most. This weekend taught us to become better and more conscious citizens that are aware of the problems that exist in our society.” Read more on PUC’s website (in Spanish).


International students support job creation and the U.S. economy

A rescued scholarNAFSA: Association of International Educators released new economic data this summer showing that the 764,495 international students studying across the United States supported nearly 300,000 jobs in cities across the country and contributed $21.8 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2011-2012 academic year.

International students not only contribute to the larger economy, but they bring critical global perspectives into U.S. classrooms, build bridges between the U.S. and countries around the world, and support global innovation across disciplines. Marquette is proud to host more than 600 international students and scholars to campus each year.

Locally, the 9,987 international students studying in Wisconsin contributed $256.4 million to the local economy in the 2011-12 academic year. To support the presence of international students in the state, nearly 2,500 jobs were directly or indirectly created in higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, telecommunications, transportation and health insurance.

For more details on the data and methodology, visit NAFSA’s International Student Economic Value Tool, which highlights ten-year trends.


Study abroad offers positive psychological benefits

Map illutrating diasporaStudents who participate in study abroad or “sojourning,” demonstrate a “growing openness and emotional stability” in their personality development, according to recent research conducted by Dr. Julia Zimmermann and Dr. Franz Neyer of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

The study titled “Do we become a different person when hitting road? Personality development of sojourners” sampled more than 1,000 students from nearly 200 German universities over the course of an academic year.  It measured five key personality traits including openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and emotional stability.

Dr. Zimmerman explains, “People who integrate successfully into a different culture may find it easier to cope with new situations and master challenges.” The researchers believe that higher numbers of international contacts helps explain the growth they found in personality development amongst students that studied abroad compared to the control group, which stayed in Germany. Learn more on the Friederich Schiller University website.


Gilman International Scholarship for 2014 study abroad now open

Suburban homeThe Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship opened its online application for spring 2014 study abroad programs and internships with a deadline of October 1. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study or intern abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than 14,000 scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students.

For more information about the scholarship, application and selection process, visit the website. Read current Gilman Scholar’s experiences on the Gilman Global Experience Blog


The Next Great Travel Writers Contest

A wire form head with a globe as its is hosting “The Next Great Travel Writers” contest providing students the opportunity to have their travel story published as a featured article on the website and the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000.

Submitted entries must fall into one of three categories including guidebook with a twist, travel feature, or top five/top ten. Submitted articles will be judged on creativity and uniqueness of content, quality of writing, ability to hold a reader’s attention and knowledge of the subject matter. Full contest entry guidelines are available on the contest webpage. The contest closes on October 31, 2013.


Participants needed for MU's International Friendship Program

Photo of two international studentsMeet 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 alumni, staff, faculty or other community members interested in spending time once a month with a new international student over the course of the academic year 2013-2014. 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 to the Office of International Education or via email to



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

Irish Fest
August 15-18
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Mexican Fiesta
August 23-25
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


St. Sava Serbian Days
August 23-25
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 3201 S. 51st Street


Indian Summer Festival
September 6-8
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Welcome Back Celebration
Friday, August 30
5 – 7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Reconnect with old friends, make new friends, share stories, and tell us about your summer fun wherever you were. Wisconsin-made food and drinks will be served: cheese curds, Kopp’s custard, root beer floats, and more.


Club Global Meeting
Friday, August 30
7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Consider joining Club Global, a student organization focused on all things international. This kickoff meeting will introduce you to the organization and its leadership.


Study Abroad Fair
Friday, September 6
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Outside AMU

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


Study Abroad Information Sessions
September 6-13
5-8 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Interested in learning more about specific study abroad programs? If so, put the study abroad information sessions on your calendar. Study abroad coordinators and students who have been on the program will discuss program highlights to help you decide on the best program for you. Visit our website for exact dates and times.


Social Entrepreneurship Luncheon
Monday, September 9, 2013
11:30-1 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Join the Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette at a fall luncheon featuring Dr. Carolyn Woo, president & CEO, Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo will describe how Social Entrepreneurship – a burgeoning field dedicated to solving social problems, including poverty, education and health care – is changing the way CRS impacts the lives of nearly 100 million of the world’s poorest people in over 100 countries. RSVP to 


International Student Day with Marquette Soccer:
Men's and Women's Double Header

September 8, 2013
Tailgate starts at 12:30 p.m.

Join Marquette Soccer in celebration of soccer around the world. Meet at OIE at 12:00/noon and we’ll head down to Valley Fields together for a tailgate. Enjoy free food, play 3v3 soccer, secure player autographs and enter to win a USA soccer prize pack or an international soccer jersey. The Marquette women’s team plays Colorado College at 1:30 p.m. and the Marquette men’s team plays Drake University at 3:30 p.m.



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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences
- Call for Abstracts: Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale
- Gilman International Scholarship for spring 2014 study abroad now open
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholarships International Fellowship Program
- Whitaker Biomedical Engineering International Summer Grants available
- Whitaker Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Scholarship for Spring 2014





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Dr. Jennifer Clinton, Arts ‘94
President, National Council for International Visitors

"The aptitude I gained from learning a language is a huge part of who I am today. I learned discipline and stepped out of my comfort zone. Through language you can connect with others on a very basic level,” Dr. Jennifer Clinton, Arts ’94, explains, “You can never underestimate the importance of learning another language.”

Clinton entered her career through the lens of language and followed her passion for bridging cultures, people and ideas. From working with a high school student exchange program, to a position helping businesses embrace the global market, to facilitating experiential internship opportunities for college students in Washington D.C. with The Washington Center, Clinton remained grounded in her Jesuit education and embraced organizations focused on promoting common good throughout the world.

Currently, Clinton serves as president of the National Council for International Visitors, a network of over 90 community-based nonprofit organizations across the United States that works to develop more globally competent and engaged citizens. Member organizations, including the International Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, host groups of current or emerging leaders from around the world. These individuals are nominated by U.S. embassies to participate in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Collectively, NCIV member organizations host 20,000 international leaders and scholars from 150 countries each year. International leaders connect with local experts on topics including civic education, democracy, energy security, and entrepreneurism among many others. Well-known leaders such as Tony Blair and Indira Gandhi participated in the program early in their careers.

NCIV believes that individual citizens have the responsibility to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time.” Clinton strongly believes in the importance of exposing people to new perspectives through international exchange. “Students can make a difference by recognizing opportunities to engage in cultural exchange on a daily basis,” She encourages people to be proactive and seize the opportunities they encounter to build bridges of mutual understanding.



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