Summer 2015 faculty-led study abroad programs released

Summer Brochure CoverThe Office of International Education is pleased to announce the summer 2015 study abroad programs. Marquette faculty-led summer programs are an ideal opportunity for students to build on their global experiences. Explore programs in Argentina, China, Finland and Estonia, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom and more.

For more information, visit the study abroad website or stop by OIE (Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor), Office of International Business Studies (Straz 101) or the AMU info desk for a copy of the summer brochure. 

In addition, OIE will host its biannual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, January 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU. Marquette's spring study abroad fair highlights all summer study abroad options available to students. Students will have the opportunity to chat with advisors, program coordinators and study abroad veterans. Visit the study abroad website for more information about the fair and information sessions.



Four Marquette students receive Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Gilman LogoFour Marquette students were selected as recipients for the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, including Mohamed Abdelrahim (HESC ’17), Diana Arroyo (ARSC ’16), America Davila (ARSC ’16), and Emily Gorz (COMM ’16). These students will be studying in the UK, South Africa, Spain and Italy during the spring semester. The Gilman Scholarship Program provides students study abroad scholarships of up to $5,000 to diversify the student population that studies abroad and the countries and regions where they study. This year, 800 undergraduates from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. were chosen to receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Contact Brock Price, study abroad coordinator, or visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website for additional information.


Institute of International Education releases annual report on national trends in international education

Open Doors Logo The 2014 annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange outlines an eight percent increase in the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States setting a record high of 886,052 students during the 2013/14 academic year.

China continues to be the primary driver in international student growth at U.S. institutions. The report found that Chinese students account for almost 60 percent of the foreign-student growth at American colleges. This means that one in every three international students in the U.S. is from China. This is the first time one country has been this dominant.

In addition to China, a wide range of countries contributed to the foreign student growth including India, Brazil, Iran and Kuwait at the high end, several of which offer government-sponsored scholarship programs.

On the other hand, U.S. students studying abroad increased by a mere two percent in 2012-13 with fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad before they graduate. However, small shifts in the diversity of students studying abroad has made positive progress. Nonwhite students now make up one-quarter of the total students studying abroad and for the first time, STEM students have surpassed social sciences students in the numbers of students studying abroad.

The Institute of International Education partners with the U.S Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to publish the Open Doors report annually. The full release can be found here.



International students contribute billions to the U.S. economy

Economy imageThe NAFSA: Association of International Educators International Student Economic Value Tool demonstrates that 886,052 international students and their dependents supported 340,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2013-2014 academic year. This shows a nearly 12% increase in dollars contributed to the economy compared to last year.

In Wisconsin alone, the 11,718 international students welcomed to the state last year have contributed $308 million to the economy and 4,132 jobs, which have been directly or indirectly created or supported.

This economic contribution is in addition to the incredible academic and cultural value international students bring to universities across the country and the local communities in which they reside. International students build bridges, bring global perspectives into U.S. classrooms and support U.S. innovation. Visit the NAFSA International Student Economic Value Tool to view the full report, including ten-year trends.


MU partnership institutions among U.S. News & World Report global ranking

US News LogoThe number of students studying outside of their home countries continues to rise each year. To help these students compare universities around the world, U.S. News and World Report launched the inaugural Best Global Universities ranking list. The ranking lists the top 500 institutions across 49 countries comparing global research reputation, publications and number of highly cited papers. In addition, students can view the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas as well as country-specific lists.

Marquette is proud to partner with six universities found in the top 100 in the world based on the U.S. News rankings.

  • University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada (#14)
  • Peking University – Beijing, China (#39)
  • King’s College London – London, England (#61)
  • University of Copenhagen – Copenhagen, Denmark (#65)
  • Tsinghua University – Beijing, China (#67)
  • Monash University – Melbourne, Australia (#88)
Read more online.



U.S. students studying in Spain add €200 million to the national economy

Spanish FlagA new report has found that U.S. study abroad students spend more than €200 million in Spain while studying abroad. As the third most popular study abroad location for U.S. students, U.S. students contribute to Spain’s national economy through the use of local transportation, mobile phones, travel and cultural activities, according to the Economic Impact of Study Abroad, Spain report published by the Association of North American Programs (APUNE).

Researchers surveyed 18 program directors that are members of APUNE to calculate the costs of items and services excluding tuition fees. For a four-month semester course, it was estimated that students pay on average €3,800 while a five-week summer session cost students €1,200. Total program costs including eight-week courses came to €118m. Mobile phones, nightlife and international travel contribute an additional €57m to the country with each student spending some €550 per month on items and services not included in their program fees. Personnel costs (which assumes there are 13 students for every one staff member) reach €14m for an academic year. The group plans to expand their research to include the social return on investment of students who stay with host families. Read more online.


The U.S. Jesuit Conference joined by the Jesuit Refugee Services endorse the U.S. Catholic Bishops statement in favor of President Obama's recent immigration policy reforms

Immigration image with American flag U.S. Jesuits have released a statement in support of President Obama’s temporary relief from deportation for as many as five million immigrants. While they support the president’s actions they have also acknowledged that much more help is needed. “As Jesuits, we assess each immigration policy by whether it adheres to the Catholic and American value of promoting and affirming human dignity. The President has exercised his constitutional discretion to prioritize immigration enforcement resources, while offering a process by which some of the 11 million undocumented may apply for a temporary reprieve.  Meanwhile, Congressional leaders must complete the urgent and necessary work of permanently fixing our unjust and broken immigration system,” the organization stated in a press release. The bishops offered ideas to Congress on the ongoing border control issue and plan to continue advocating for just, comprehensive and humane immigration reform. The official release from the Jesuits of the United States can be found here.


Issue Brief: Diplomacy for a Diffuse World

HandshakeThe U.S. diplomatic community must adapt to a world shaped by citizens as much as governments through public diplomacy, relationship building, understanding local contexts and leveraging existing networks abroad, according to a recently published report titled "Diplomacy for a Diffuse World" by the Atlantic Council and the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Kaitlyn Chriswell from the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange summarizes five key recommendations outlined in the report:

1) Focus more on cities. The report notes that city-to-city connections, established through public diplomacy efforts such as Sister City connections, can support U.S. government efforts to better understand local environments, and better engage the population.

2) Leverage individual empowerment. To leverage individual empowerment, the U.S. should partner with organizations working in a variety of fields, including education, sustainability, and civic involvement, according to the report.

3) Maximize convening power. To maximize convening power, the report recommends that American diplomats utilize existing networks abroad, including exchange participants, to gain local perspective needed to support U.S. foreign policy goals.

4) Use data strategically. Identifying local context and how to best inform and engage with specific populations, is important, the report suggests. These tools and data, however, "are no substitute for in-person engagement."

5) Become strategic communications experts. The report advises that U.S. diplomats take advantage of existing American "brands" such as the cities of New York and Chicago that resonate with individuals ensuring that the U.S. is not defined by its government alone.





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.



International Research Poster Session
Tuesday, December 2
1 - 3:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
AMU Ballrooms

The Office of International Education will host the Marquette International Research Poster Session in conjunction with the Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn about research projects and connect with faculty and students across the university. A reception will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the event.


Prayer Service for Four American Church Women
Tuesday, December 2
4-5 p.m.
AMU Chapel of the Holy Family

Join members of the recent delegations to El Salvador, the Ignatian Family Teach-in in Washington, D.C. and the Witness at SOA/WHINSEC in Fort Benning, Georgia for a prayerful reflection on the legacy of civil war in El Salvador. Join delegates in witness of the four American church women on this 34th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, lay missionary Jean Donovan and Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford. Read more here.


Social Media in Cuba: Repression and Communication Challenges in the Age of Technology
Tuesday, December 2
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library (lower level)

Marquette welcomes Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a Cuban blogger, writer, photographer, social activist and editor of Cuban independent digital magazines, for a discussion on his book titled "Cuba in Splinters." His fiction book "Boring Home" was censored in 2009, and since then he has not been able to publish, study or work in Cuba. In 2014 Restless Books (New York) published his digital photobook "Abandoned Havana." He is the 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow of the International Writers Project at Brown University. (Twitter @OLPL).

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Diedrich College of Communications with contributions from the Office of International Education and the Graduate Division of the College of Arts & Sciences.  For more information contact


Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba
Tuesday, December 3
4 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library (lower level)

Marquette welcomes Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a Cuban blogger, writer, photographer, social activist and editor of Cuban independent digital magazines, for a discussion on his book titled "Cuba in Splinters." His fiction book "Boring Home" was censored in 2009, and since then he has not been able to publish, study or work in Cuba. In 2014 Restless Books (New York) published his digital photobook "Abandoned Havana." He is the 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow of the International Writers Project at Brown University. (Twitter @OLPL).

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Diedrich College of Communications with contributions from the Office of International Education and the Graduate Division of the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information contact


Information session for graduate summer study abroad opportunity
Wednesday, December 3
7 p.m.
Schroeder Health & Education Complex 112

Dr. Peggy Bloom, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, will lead a study abroad program in Europe, May 8-18, 2015, for graduate students and mental health professionals. "Tracing the Development of Psychotherapy in Europe" will grant students an advanced understanding of psychotherapy theories and methods by experiencing the cultural and historic contexts of Vienna, Prague, Liepzig and Berlin. The course is available for three graduate credits or 20 to 40 continuing education hours. For more information, please contact Coreen Bukowski, academic coordinator for the College of Education, at (414) 288-5790.


OIE Holiday Extravaganza and Farewell Event
Thursday, December 4
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Experience the many holiday traditions of the Marquette and Milwaukee communities by constructing a gingerbread house, playing the dreidel game, making a stocking, decorating ornaments and cookies, and sampling holiday foods. Santa Claus will also be stopping by at 6 pm to hear your wishes. This is also a chance to wish a fond farewell to the exchange students returning to their home universities and celebrate the accomplishments of students graduating in December. All Marquette students, their friends and family members are welcome!


Study Break
Monday, December 8
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Take a break from exam preparation! Visit OIE for some fun and nourishment: hot chocolate, coffee, tea, snacks and fun await you. The ping-pong table will be out for anyone needing to relieve stress and/or get energized.  




Scholarships & Conferences

Graduation CapCheck 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 and Scholarships
- University of Northern Iowa Overseas Teaching Placement Fair
- Donald M. Payne International Development Program
- Rangel International Affairs Fellowship
- Boren Graduate Fellowships
- US- UK Fulbright – UK Summer Institute
- U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria
- Volunteering for International Professionals Malaysia
- USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
- SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Center Conference
- Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards




Devin Curda Teaching
Devin Curda
Marquette Alum
Peace Corps Volunteer

Two weeks after graduation, Devin Curda left the U.S. for Liberia, a country of 4 million in West Africa. Following in the footsteps of his father and his uncle, Curda joined the Peace Corps. Like his dad, he was assigned to teach math in a high school.

A political science major and social welfare and justice minor, Curda was not formally trained to be a teacher; however, he spent the first two months in Liberia living with other Peace Corps volunteers taking classes in Liberian English and learning the necessary skills to manage a classroom. While studying abroad with the South Africa Service Learning Program his junior year, Curda assisted in a math class at a school for children with disabilities. Though a distinct experience, Curda believes it helped prepare him for the Peace Corps explaining, “I had already gotten my feet wet in South Africa.”

Liberian English was a challenge to learn. It is a Creole with its own unique syntax. “The words are the same, but the pronunciation and grammar are very different,” Curda explains. In two short months, Curda and his roommate had mastered the basics of the language and teaching skills. They were picked up in a UN helicopter and dropped off in what was to be their new home for the next two years.

In a school with 1200 kids, Curda taught 60 students in each of his math classes instructing more than 200 students. Due to the civil war, education had been put on hold and many of his students were in their mid twenties. With few resources Curda got creative in his teaching by drawing with chalk on the floor and using students and dental floss to create interactive scenarios to teach math concepts. “Peace Corps volunteers are in 46 of the 52 high schools in Liberia. Right now we are a band-aid, but hopefully with time Peace Corps volunteers will become the teacher trainers,” Curda explained.  

Curda was able to get involved with the school basketball team and started a chess club along with his roommate who worked as a science teacher at the school. The first year was full of challenges and successes, but unfortunately the potential of the second year was cut short.

Liberians first started hearing about Ebola back in February. The first case was an hour and a half from Curda’s village across the border in Guinea. However, it did not truly arise as a major issue for a few months. As the sickness became more prevalent, volunteers had to refrain from eating meat the primary source of protein. At church, no one held hands and citizens stopped doing the traditional Liberian handshake. Peace Corps volunteers were evacuated in August. Curda and fellow volunteers were out of work without the opportunity for transfer.

Since Curda left in August, students and a fellow teacher have died from Ebola. The sensationalism in the media does not capture the fact that these are real people dying - real students listed in Curda’s grade book. Peace Corps volunteers worked in Liberia before the Civil War and after the war ended. They hope to be back again once Ebola has run its course. In the meantime, Devin Curda is heading back to Africa gearing up for an eight-month position in the education sector in Namibia.

Read additional perspectives on Ebola in West Africa from Dr. Chima Korieh in his post titled "Nigeria: Beyond Ebola and Boko Haram" on the Historians@Work blog.




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