Study Abroad Fair - TODAY!

passportToday, OIE will host it’s biannual Study Abroad Fair in the AMU from 10-2 p.m. Step out of the cold and dream about where your next semester will take you. This semester’s fair will highlight summer programs including new faculty-led summer programs: Criminal Justice Study in Finland & Estonia, El Camino de Santiago walk in Spain, Genders & Sexualities studies in South Africa and a language and culture study in China. Talk with advisors, program representatives, and study abroad alumni at the fair.

For further information about specific programs or regions, attend one of OIE's information sessions held Feb. 3-11. For a complete schedule visit our website.

We recently had the opportunity to ask our study abroad alumni to describe their adventures abroad in one word. Watch this short video to hear what they have to say!


Dr. Mark Dybul as keynote speaker on Thursday's Mission Week Event

passportAmbassador Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will speak on Thursday as a part of Marquette’s Mission week.  Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in creating and implementing the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the largest global health initiative undertaken to address a single disease.

Recently at the World Economic Forum, many world leaders including Dybul gathered to discuss their work thus far. Germany announced that it will increase its overall financial contribution to The Global Fund to 1 billion Euros which adds tremendously to the push to end AIDS. “This commitment is a tremendous milestone,” said Dybul. “It means health workers and the people they serve in countries like Ethiopia, Myanmar and Haiti can make a huge difference. Everyone is grateful to Germany for its generosity and for its recognition that investing in global health benefits us all.” Dybul joins the Marquette community from Geneva, Switzerland. Read more about mission week here and watch this video to see what Mission Week is all about.


U.S. Department of State on target to send 100,000 Americans to study in China by 2014

students studying in ChinaIn a study done by IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research with support from the Ford Foundation, research has shown many students are taking advantage of educational opportunities in China. In support of students studying in China, the U.S. Department of State has set a goal to send 100,000 Americans to China by 2014 and is likely going to be met. To read the full article and the report, click here.


Jesuit Commons addresses the importance of thinking critically

passportJesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) is an initiative of the Society of Jesus that brings Jesuit higher education to those at the margins of our society. The organization currently works in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service to offer online higher education courses to more than 500 refugees in Malawi, Kenya, Syria and Jordan. Muzabel Welongo, a student at JC:HEM is from South-Kivu, in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of his classes at JC:HEM was a philosophy class that taught him how to think critically and for himself. Welongo said “the logic course changed his [my] reasoning, as it had changed many of his [my] fellow colleagues.” Welongo noted that he is now able to communicate more effectively and hopes to pursue writing in the future so that he can share truth to his readers. Read the full story here.



CalendarFrom excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, The Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.


Study Abroad Information Sessions

February 3-11
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor
View full schedule on website.

Program- and region- specific information sessions are held at the beginning of each semester. Learn more in-depth information about the programs and locations that interest you. Talk to study abroad advisors and students who have been on the program.


OIE Film Screening: The Way

Sunday, February 3
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Come join us in the Program Center for a screening of the film, The Way. This film follows the story of a father's journey of El Camino de Santiago add was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago. If you're feeling inspired after watching, be sure to check out our study abroad program offered in the summer that takes students along the El Camino de Santiago.


Honduran LGBT Activist Jose “Pepe” Palacios Lecture

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor

Hear leading Honduran LGBT activist Jose "Pepe" Palacios give an eyewitness account of his movement and the challenges it faces. Palacios is a founding member of the Honduran LGBT group, Diversity Movement in Resistance (MDR), and a member of the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). Contrary to stereotypes about predominately Roman Catholic countries, Honduras has a vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement, which is among the leading forces organizing against the coup regime. LGBT communities there have joined indigenous peoples, African descendants, farmers, teachers, women, students, and trade unionists in numerous, massive, non-violent street demonstrations of resistance

Cosponsored by: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center - Anti-Violence Program, Latin America Solidarity Committee, Peace Action Milwaukee & Honduras Solidarity Network. For more information email: Babette Grunow


OIE Film Screening: Not One Less

Sunday, February 10
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Come join us in the Program Center for a film screening of Not One Less, a film about a Chinese student and teacher. Popcorn and drinks will be served!


Valentine's Day Party and Candy Exchange

Wednesday, February 13
6-8 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Try candy from around the world and celebrate Valentine's Day at OIE. Decorate cookies and make valentines for your sweetheart.


Cultural Dress and Identity Narratives Among Arab and Muslim Women in the Greater Milwaukee Area

Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

The Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) is a nonprofit organization in the Milwaukee region that is dedicated to documenting the experiences and histories of Arab and Muslim communities while promoting an understanding of issues that impact these communities in the U.S. and abroad. AMWRRI is documenting Arab and Muslim Americans’ social history through oral interviews and surveys, focusing on the experiences of various generations. Funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Andrew Mellon Grant from Marquette University’s Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. RSVPs are encouraged at


Sogang Global Leadership Program Information Session

Friday, February 15
3-4 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program at Sogang University. This summer short-term program led by Dr. Scott D'Urso in the College of Communication is a great opportunity to meet students from across Asia, discuss world events and learn new perspectives.


MAM After Dark: Carnival

Friday, February 15
7-10 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Meet at OIE at 7 p.m. We'll leave here and head over to the Art Museum for MAM After Dark. This event's theme is the carnival. Enjoy music, food, jugglers and get tour picture taken in the photo booth. Visit the Art Museum website for more information.


"Islam" Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 pm
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Student Union 191
2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI   

Author Amitabh Pal presents his latest book, "Islam" Means Peace, a decisive account of the role of nonviolence in Islam and Muslim societies, both historically and in current times. It chronicles an often obscured but longstanding pacifist tradition.  

Sponsored by Peace Action Wisconsin, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Progressive Students of Milwaukee, Friends of Palestine, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and more.


Ice Skating Adventure in Downtown Milwaukee

Friday, Feb. 22
7-9 p.m.
Red Arrow Park on Water Street

Enjoy ice skating in the middle of downtown Milwaukee! Meet at OIE and then head down to Red Arrow Park. Ice skate rentals are available. Get some exercise and fresh air before heading into Starbucks for a warm cup of hot chocolate - you don't even have to take your skates off.



Scholarships & Conferences

Check 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.

Academic and Conference Opportunities
- Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013

Fellowships and Scholarships - Faculty
- Rynne Research Fellowships
- Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development
- Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition

Fellowships and Scholarships - Students

- Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows Application Open
- Full-time Position for Recent Grad at Witness for Peace Nicaragua
- Whitaker International Summer Program
- The American Institute for Maghrib Studies Grant Program
- InternXchange Summer Program: Internships for Journalism and Communication Students in Berlin
- International Programs Fellowship at USAID
- China Study Abroad Scholarship





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Even though Katie Coldwell is the youngest missioner to join Maryknoll Lay Missioners, the work she has completed would make it seem she has been living in service for years. From advocating for women at a public forum, pulling a prisoner out of sobs with a quiet prayer and gentle embrace, Coldwell's service work is nothing short of inspiring.

Coldwell graduated from Marquette in 2009. At Marquette, she double majored in Social Welfare & Justice and Theology. During her time as an undergrad, Coldwell formed a wonderful network of friends who have gone on to be a part of and even create nonprofits across the country. “I am incredibly proud to be part of Marquette's Class of 2009, and an outstanding group of leaders, who never cease to inspire me,” said Coldwell. She also participated in Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking as an intern. There she was able to tie together Marquette's Catholic mission with social justice issues. “For me, the Catholic Worker Community became my church: living out gospel values in a very practical, yet profound way,” said Coldwell.

After graduating in 2009, Coldwell put her majors to use and worked as a Case Manager at the Milwaukee Center for Independence which provides day services for cognitively and physically disabled through comprehensive assessment/ planning based on needs. Shortly after, she felt a calling to join the Maryknoll Lay Missioners group. She felt that by living simply in service, she could continue to grow in her spirituality and service work. “We encounter God in every human being, and show dignity and love to all by living a simple communal lifestyle and providing hospitality to those in need,” said Coldwell.

Coldwell joined the Maryknoll Lay Missioners organization in 2010. She works with youth in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Association Maria Helen Drexel. The organization welcomes children and adolescents at personal and social risk, and aims to protect, promote and guarantee their full rights and their reintegration into family and community. “The more time I spend "in mission" the more I have come to value the little victories in life,” said Coldwell. “In the beginning of my time in Brazil, a defining moment would have been getting through a trip to the grocery store without having to open my dictionary--the simplest tasks became my greatest obstacles, but also my wildest adventures.”

Coldwell enjoys living in Brazil and continues to find her calling through the service work she is completing.

“I am never prepared for the day's challenges, and you know what? I never will be.  God, however, is always prepared. And it is these moments when I am paralyzed in fear and forced to rely on God that change me, allow me to grow,” said Coldwell. “For me, everyday is filled with defining moments, as I am given opportunities to trust God and grow into woman God dreams me to be.”




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