Congratulations Class of 2014!

As another semester ends, Marquette seniors prepare to take the next step into the world. On May 18, more than 2,000 graduates and their families will pack the BMO Harris Bradley Center to celebrate their final moments as Golden Eagles. Rev. James Martin, S.J., will be Marquette University’s Commencement speaker. As part of the ceremony, Father Martin will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. The Office of International Education would like to wish the class of 2014 best wishes in their future endeavors. We are Marquette!


OIE raises $1,520 towards international student scholarship in crowdfunding project

In just 30 days, the Office of International Education's first crowdfunding campaign raised $1,520 that will be used to help bring an international student from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to Marquette University next yeara student who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study at Marquette. The scholarship will cover student expenses such as housing, food and health insurance.

"Even a single international exchange student can have a transformative effect on Marquette students. And, we are so grateful for the generosity of the Marquette community in supporting our efforts to ensure that the Marquette legacy includes students from around the world," said Terence Miller, director of OIE.

The crowdfunding project was accomplished through a partnership with students in Marquette's Diederich College of Communication. As part of a course focused on social media analytics, the students planned, launched and managed seven crowdfunding projects to support innovation at Marquette University. "Analytics and big data mean nothing if you don't have a clear mission and something you want to accomplish," instructor Tim Cigelske explained. "I wanted to create a project where they could make analytics applicable."

The full story on the crowd funding projects and social media analytics can be found here.



Traveling internationally under the auspices of Marquette this summer? Remember to follow Marquette's policies and procedures

Globe with airplanes flying around itAs faculty and staff prepare for Marquette sponsored international travel this summer, please remember that under current university rule, any Marquette sponsored international travel must follow the procedural guidelines outlined in University Policy and Procedures (UPP) 1-18 and register with the Office of International Education. Sponsored travel is not limited to credit bearing study abroad programs, but also includes conference travel, funded research projects, site visits or service trips.

Specific requirements depend upon the exact type of travel and full details can be found in UPP 1-18 at Marquette's Office of International Education website. General requirements typically include submitting the Employee Travel Information Form and detailed flight itinerary, accommodation information, and contact information for the duration of the overseas stay to the Office of International Education and appropriate chair, dean or director.



Participants needed for MU's International Friendship Program

Stephanie Graham photoMeet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community! Marquette's International Friendship Program is currently looking for 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 2014-2015. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in social and family activities.

For more information and to complete the online application, visit the OIE website.



Applications to join the Marquette delegation to El Salvador now open

Stephanie Graham photoMarquette University, along with Jesuit colleges and universities across the world, will send a delegation to San Salvador, El Salvador for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the killing of six Jesuits and two women at the University of Central America. Faculty, staff and students are invited to apply to become members of this delegation. Delegates will attend on-campus events throughout the fall semester and travel to El Salvador November 12-17, 2014. Travel is fully funded through the generous support of the Merkel Family Foundation. To apply, click on the appropriate application below.

The application deadline for students, staff and faculty is June 30, 2014.



Does studying or working abroad make you smarter?

A recent article published by Time Magazine claims that studying or working abroad actually makes people smarter. A study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their “multicultural engagement”—the extent to which they adapted to and learned about new cultures—predicted how “integratively complex” their thinking became. More generally, writes Maddux, “People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests. What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.”


Studying or working in another country can make us better thinkers—more flexible, creative, and complex—if we’re willing to adapt and learn from other cultures. As the title of an article by William Maddux advises: “When in Rome . . . Learn Why the Romans Do What They Do.


For more evidence as to how studying or working abroad makes us smarter, read the full Time Magazine article here.



New phone app helps navigate culture

New iPhone application, CultureGPS is a global positioning system that navigates through intercultural differences. Based on national cultures research done by Professor Geert Hofstede, CultureGPS enables users to analyze visible behavior differences in intercultural encounters and to predict which interactions evolve when people from different nationalities meet. With the app, users can compare 98 countries and 3 regions with each other or with their personal profile.

CultureGPS lite is now available in the AppStore for free.






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.



Beyond the Veil: Dress Identity and Tradition through the Eyes of Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee

Inauguration of the Exhibit

Thursday, May 15
6 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Museum Garden Room


"Beyond the Veil" caps a 4-year-long project led by AMWRRI (Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute) founded by Dr. Enaya Othman, Arabic professor in Marquette’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The work on this exhibit has been made possible by the Marquette University Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences’ Mellon Grant for Undergraduate Student Research. AMWRRI’s research has been funded by Wisconsin Humanities Council.





Sunday, May 18
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Bradley Center

Celebrate commencement with friends and family at the Bradley Center. Additional information and directions is available on the Marquette website. Congratulations grads!



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.

Professional Opportunities

-European Institute of Peace

-Gerda Henkel Foundation: Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

Fellowship Opportunities

-Fellowship in Latin America and the Caribbean 

Internship Opportunities
-Communications Internship in Costa Rica: Summer 2014








Alexis Sammarco, ARSC ‘15
Critical Language Scholarship Recipient
Boren Scholarship Recipient

Alexis Sammarco, a junior studying criminology and law studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently awarded with a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman this summer, and a Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Jordan next fall.

Sammarco began studying Arabic when she came to Marquette. “I knew it would be an interesting skill to have and it would be a fun challenge,” she explains. “I love the challenge of learning new vocabulary words and seeing how different words connect and have new meanings.”

After hearing about the Boren Scholarship through a program at Marquette and searching for other language opportunities online, Sammarco decided to apply for both Boren and CLS. “I figured why not?” she says. “It was at least worth a shot to put my application in, and although the applications were a lot of work, I knew the outcome would be worth it if I got in.”

Sammarco hopes studying abroad will help her reach a higher level of understanding of Arabic so that she can learn the different dialects more quickly.

Although she says she’s nervous about adjusting to her new surroundings, Sammarco is also looking forward to immersing herself in the rich cultures of Oman and Jordan. “I want to learn what it’s like to be a citizen of the country, experiencing cultural celebrations, food, and understanding their hardships and prosperities,” she says.

Learning about Middle Eastern culture is one of Sammarco’s favorite parts about studying Arabic. “[I love] sharing what I learn with others so they will have a better understanding of a culture that is so widely misunderstood in the United States.”


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