Habemus Papam Franciscum!

MU students at St. Peter's Square

Featured: (left to right) Meghan Hickey, Mary McNellis, Kelly Taylor, Drew Möller, Hunter Bedford









Working around class schedules, Marquette study abroad students followed the events at the Vatican this past week. After seeing the white smoke billow out of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, they joined thousands of Catholics on St. Peter’s Square to await the announcement of the next Pope. Marlo Marisie, study abroad student in Rome, described the experience in an email.

“People were stampeding down the street, and so we all started running towards the Vatican. We made it in 10 minutes and as we approached you could hear people all around yelling "La Papa! La Papa!" It was so surreal.

When Pope Francis I finally came out and was recognized as the Argentinean cardinal, the Argentinean man in front of me flipped out and went crazy! ...The excitement poured out of this man and it was so emotionally touching.

When the Pope was speaking or when he asked for a moment of silence you could hear a pin drop. The square was full of serenity and grace, but also excitement and emotion!

Being a Catholic from a Jesuit University and witnessing this historical moment as well as the weeks leading up to it has been more than I could have ever imagined would happen during my semester abroad! I feel so connected, especially being surrounded by all of my fellow Marquette friends. We all went out to dinner to celebrate tonight and I could not be more grateful for this unforgettable experience.”

Upon the announcement of a Jesuit Pope, the Marquette social media sphere exploded as students, faculty, staff and alumni expressed their shock and elation. Kyle Dooley tweeted from Italy, "@MarquetteGlobal Was an awesome experience! The fact that he is Jesuit is even more exciting!" To hear more from our students, listen to Kelly Taylor, Kyle Dooley and Seamus Doyle discuss their experiences with WISN-TV (ABC 12) WTMJ-AM (620).


Marquette students place at Chinese Speech Contest

students who won Chinese contestMarquette students participated and excelled in the 10th annual Wisconsin Chinese Speech Contest on Feb. 23 at UW-Milwaukee. Nearly 150 participants from all major universities in Wisconsin including UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and Marquette were represented. Contestants delivered a speech on a topic that best demonstrated their level of proficiency in Mandarin.  These original speeches covered topics relevant to each speaker’s own personal interests, background, or experience.  

Students were encouraged to recite their speech from memory and two Marquette students from the second semester Chinese class performed exceptionally well. Eric Elert, a freshman in the College of Business, won first place in the category of non-heritage/university/beginning level. Danielle Theis, a freshman in the College of Business, won the third place in the category of non-heritage/university/beginning level. Congratulations to professor Jing Zhai and her students.


Spanish language summer program for Marquette faculty and staff

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla logoUniversidad Iberoamericana Puebla, a fellow Jesuit institution in Mexico, will offer a non-tuition Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions. During the two-week program, participants will take Spanish classes in the morning and have the opportunity to teach, offer seminars or explore collaboration with peers in the afternoons. Instruction at all levels of Spanish is available. Click here to read more about the program.



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.

TEFL Institute Information Table
March 19
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
AMU 2nd Floor

Are you looking for ways to go abroad after graduation?  Teach abroad with the TEFL Institute, a worldwide leader in training of International English teachers.  Based in Chicago, IL, with course locations in more than 20 cities around the globe, TEFL Institute offers intensive onsite and online TEFL training courses and lifetime job placement assistance. Connect with TEFL Institute’s Student Affairs Coordinator, Megan McNabb this Tuesday. If would like to explore your various opportunities abroad, but cannot stop by, please contact Megan McNabb at 773.945.1505 or


MENA Studies Conference - Engaging Islam and Muslims: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
March 19-20
Raynor Library Conference Center

This Middle East and North Africa 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.

Dr. John P. Entelis, professor of political sciences and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, will deliver the opening plenary, "A Comparative Assessment of Political Islam in Contemporary Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco," Tuesday, March 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Provost John Pauly will deliver the welcome and Dr. Phillip Naylor, professor of history, will serve as the chair. A reception will follow this free event. Conference presentations will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The full schedule is available online.


Income Tax Information Session for International Students
Thursday, March 21
1-2:30 p.m.
AMU 227

Representatives from the IRS will provide information about completing the necessary forms, guide you through the forms and answer your questions.


Job and Internship Strategies for International Students (graduating in 2014 and after)
Friday, March 22
3-4:30 p.m.
Career Services Center, Holthusen Hall (ground floor)

This session is for international students interested in working in the U.S. during their studies as well as after they graduate. Topics that will be covered include work options for students (CPT, OPT, STEM OPT), preparing for the job search, resources for resumes, cover letter writing, improving interview skills, and how to effectively search for jobs and internships.


Colores – Latin American Student Organization
Friday, March 22
6-8 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium

Join the Latin American Student Organization for their annual cultural showcase of art, poetry and dance.


Les Miserables Movie at Varsity Theater
March 22-23
Varsity Theater

Watch the Oscar winning film at Varsity Theater this weekend. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.


Recognizing the Bigger Picture: The Danger of a Single Story
Sunday, March 24
2-3:30 p.m.
AMU 163

Join Service Learning for an engaging discussion and reflection. Sometimes, despite our good intentions, sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, and ethnocentrism can blur our ability to develop relationships with our community and prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. This session will explore “the elephant in the room” that makes it difficult to engage, whether it’s our unconscious stereotypes of those we’re serving or the stereotypes they might have against us.


Celebrate Easter with OIE
Tuesday, March 26
5:30-6:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Celebrate the arrival of spring and learn how Easter is celebrated in the US and around the world. Make an Easter basket, decorate eggs and enjoy delicious “French toast”.


Fulbright Scholars Program Info Session
Thursday, April 4
12-1 p.m.
Raynor Library, Beaumier Suite C

Any Marquette faculty interested in the Fulbright Scholars program should attend the Office of Research and Sponsored Program’s Fulbright Brown Bag Lunch information session. The university’s 2011-2012 Fulbright recipients—Dr. Dan Meissner, Dr. John Borg and Dr. Larry Soley— will discuss their experiences with the program, ranging from writing the application to the teaching and research projects they engaged in while abroad to the impact their Fulbright had on them personally.  A question and answer period will follow their remarks.

Beverages and desserts will be provided.  Please reply to by April 1st if you plan to attend.


International Day
Friday, April 5
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AMU, 2nd floor

Discover the many cultures that are represented across Marquette. International students and student organizations put together informative booths to share their culture with the greater Marquette community. Join us for great food, music and more.


Marquette Henna Wedding Day Celebration
Saturday, April 6
5:30-8:30 p.m.
AMU 227

Experience a traditional Arabic-Muslim Henna Night – a celebration that takes place the night before a wedding as the bride, groom, their family and friends gather in ceremony. This re-creation will feature a real Marquette couple, Alexander Fabrizio and Rochelle Christensen, who will be married this summer. Share in a ceremonial feast, listen to traditional music and spread the cheer. This is a public event. For more information and to RSVP, please contact



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
- SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
- Job Opening at Ayuda: Case Manager for survivors of human trafficking
- Association for Asian Studies 2013 Conference
- Student Travel Writing Contest
- National Geographic Expands Young Explorers Grant Program



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