Marquette study abroad students witness history

passportOn Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke publicly for the last time to more than 10,000 people who came to say goodbye as he retires at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence. Twenty-two Marquette students studying abroad in Rome this semester have the unique opportunity to watch these events unfold.

Marlo Marisie, a sophomore broadcast communications and marketing major currently studying abroad at John Cabot University, shared her reaction with friends and family on her blog. "I just can't wrap my head around the fact that I'm Catholic and from a Jesuit University studying in Rome and witnessing history being made… I'm really looking forward to seeing the election smoke from the Vatican." With the possibility of a new Pope elected by Easter, Marquette students will have the opportunity to celebrate Easter mass at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican with a new Pope in place.


Middle East discussion examines region's future

passportOn February 20, OIE, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Raynor library hosted “What’s Next for the Middle East?”, a discussion on what the future holds for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The event was led by Marquette faculty, including Louise Cainkar, an assistant professor of social welfare and justice; Phillip Naylor, professor of history and expert in North Africa and the Middle East; Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology; and Risa Brooks, assistant professor of political science.

The discussion focused on the most recent troubles that the region has faced, including the conflict in Syria, revolts in Egypt, and the sudden resignation of the Tunisian prime minister. Also discussed was Turkey’s recent rise to international recognition and the country’s opportunity to play a pivotal role between the Western world and the Middle East. To keep the conversation going, librarian John Jentz assembled a dynamic research guide focused on the Middle East and North Africa. The research guide pulls together news from key newspapers around the world, relevant articles, books and cultural materials. For additional perspectives, read the Marquette Tribune article covering the event.


"Ring out Ahoya" around the Globe for (Inter) National Marquette Day

passport(Inter) National Marquette day is this Saturday, March 2 in celebration of the men’s basketball game against Notre Dame. Marquette students and alumni all around the world will watch, cheer, and party as the Golden Eagles take on the Irish. Whether you can make it to the game, or decide to organize your own viewing party, make sure to show off your Marquette pride and passion this Saturday. To find out how you can get involved, visit the National Marquette Day website.



Oscar-winning film "Argo" Faces Criticism in Iran

passportIranian citizens did not appreciate the Oscar win for “Best Picture” this past Sunday. "Argo", directed by and starring previous Oscar winner Ben Affleck, tells the true story of six U.S. diplomats who were rescued amid the turmoil of the U.S. Embassy takeover, under the cover of making a Hollywood sci-fi film. 

According to Iranian citizens and several critics, the film portrays negative anti-Iranian stereotypes and presents a distorted history. Among the complaints is that the film represents all Iranians as being bearded and fanatical. The film was widely viewed in Iran and discussed in popular newspapers. Many fear that it not only has done little to help international relations, but has also put Iran in a bad light during an important time in history. Read an LA Times article to learn more.



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.


(Inter) National Marquette Day
Saturday, March 2
11:30-12 pre-game party at the Annex; 1 p.m. tipoff

Free food! Free face-painting! Free giveaways! Free shuttles! Marquette Trivia! What better way to celebrate National Marquette Day on Marquette’s campus! All students are welcomed to the Annex on Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. to celebrate.


International Dinner
Sunday, March 3
5:30 – 11 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee will present the third annual International Buffet Dinner, Dance and Entertainment Sunday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Admission is free and open to all members of the Marquette community. Business casual attire is required; ethnic attire is strongly encouraged. To reserve tickets, contact the Department of Psychology at 8-7218.

This event is cosponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Multicultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Sodexo.


Midterm Study Break
Sunday, March 3
6-7:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Take a break from mid-term papers and test preparation! Enjoy some healthy snacks and relaxation before heading back to work. The menu includes “make your own pizzas”, vegetables, fruit, cookies, candy, hot chocolate, coffee and tea. If you want a more active break, come play ping-pong/table tennis.


What Chinese Businesses Want Today and How They're Trying to Get it.
Tuesday, March 5
5:30-7 p.m.
David Straz Hall 105

The Chinese government says that it wants Chinese investment in the United States to double every year for the next decade. What do they want to buy? And considering what the Chinese say about the U.S. today, why do they want to invest here in the first place? This seminar examines what the Chinese say and what they actually do in the areas of business, law, and negotiation. The three panelists have extensive experience dealing with the Chinese and have unique insights into how Chinese deals actually get done. Post-event social hour catered by Jing's. Event sponsored by the college of Business.


Income Tax Information Session
Thursday, March 7
1-2:30 p.m.
AMU 227

All international students studying in the US in 2012 are required to file income tax documents. A representative from the US IRS will explain what is required, what forms should be used, and answer questions. Be sure to attend this informative event!


Job Search Strategies (for students graduating in 2013)
Friday, March 8
3-4:30 p.m.
Career Services, Holthusen Hall (ground floor)

Are you graduating in 2013? If yes, this session is for you! Topics that will be covered include work options for students (OPT and STEM OPT), resources for resumes, cover letter writing, improving interview skills, and how to effectively search for jobs and internships. This session is specifically for students graduating in May, August or December 2013. (A session for students graduating in 2014 and after will be offered on March 22.)


Passport Day in the USA
Saturday, March 9
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Various locations

On Saturday, March 9, U.S. citizens may apply for or renew their passport book or passport card at any one of 25 passport agencies/centers that are open to the general public. No appointment is necessary on March 9 – normally, U.S. citizens would have to make an appointment at passport agencies. Click here for details.


An Encounter with Oscar Romero: Inspiration and Challenge for the 21st Century
Saturday, March 9th
8 am – 3 pm
St. Mary Parish, Hales Comers

This event provides an opportunity for Lenten reflection and dialogue based on the prize-winning new documentary film, Monseñor, The Last Journey of Oscar Romero. Guest speakers will include Fr. Robert Pelton, CSC, a leading Romero scholar who was the inspiration for the film, and a Faculty Fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which produced it. Event cost is $10.


MENA Studies Conference - Engaging Islam and Muslims: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
March 19-20
Marquette University

Marquette’s MENA faculty group applied and was granted funding this fall from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences for a two day conference titled “Engaging Islam and Muslims: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.” The conference will feature a broad spectrum of Marquette University faculty from six different departments exploring a range of scholarly engagements with MENA topics. Marquette has faculty who have strong publishing histories in these areas. In addition, scholars from the Midwest region who are also experts in the field will be invited to attend. Students will be engaged as panel participants and active co-conveners of the conference. All Project GO scholarship recipients who live in the area will be highly encouraged to participate in the conference. More details will be released soon.


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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences
- Workforce & Talent Development: Training Personnel to Compete in a Global Economy
- Apply for USAID Impact Evaluation and Research
- Apply for Qatar Foundation’s 2013 WISE Awards




Never too Soon to Consider Study Abroad

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By Peter Setter, COMM '16

Arriving on Marquette’s campus last fall, big-eyed and ready to conquer whatever the college life had to throw at me, I knew the one thing I want to accomplish in my four years here is to study abroad in a foreign country.

As the year dragged on, stacks of homework piled up, paper requirements became more demanding and tests proved to be more challenging. I soon forgot about the one experience I vowed to myself I would do.

Yes I am a freshman and I plan on studying abroad in my junior year, but everyone I talk to says to start planning as soon as possible. Being on my own for the first time, I thought I had everything handled and soon dismissed these suggestions as mere nuisances.

I started my second semester without an inkling in my mind about studying abroad. As I began talking to my friends about the different programs, I started losing my cool about the process. I started to worry about the various schools abroad not offering the courses I needed and about taking courses here I should have saved for abroad and vice versa.

Coincidentally, I had missed the Study Abroad Fair and all the individual info sessions about each study abroad program. And in typical fashion, I went to the worst scenario possible: studying abroad was no longer an option.

As I researched and reported on my first beat story, I had the opportunity to sit down with Study Abroad Coordinator Brock Price, who handles all the programs in non-English speaking countries.

After interviewing him, I nervously asked if he had free time to talk about my study abroad plans. I needed to get this process moving and in order to do so, I needed to take this opportunity that was given to me. Aware that I would never actually get myself into the Office of International Education until I absolutely had to, I asked and luckily, he had a free block of time.

The session was beyond helpful. I had previously made a list of countries I thought I might be interested in and Brock talked to me about the programs he covered: Germany and Italy. We went through the pros and cons of each place, the housing situation at each university, the urban versus small town environments and the academics.

I recommend to all to set up an info session soon, with one or both of the coordinators. Both Brock and Jessica Lothman, the other coordinator, can help decide which program is a perfect fit for you, based on a set of criteria they go through with you.

Because I stopped putting off the process and got into the OIE to talk to a coordinator, I now know where I want to study. I want to attend John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. I hope to fulfill a large portion of my electives abroad by taking interesting and unique classes only found in universities around the world. Because if you’re going to study abroad, why not take a class you cannot find at Marquette?




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