Mourning and remembering alumnus James Foley

James FoleyThe Office of International Education joins the global Marquette community in the mourning and remembrance of alumnus and courageous journalist James Foley. His career was a model in social justice and international education as he sought to share the stories behind the complex realities of today’s interconnected world. Additional information about James Foley, a video of the vigil held at Marquette and a wide array of media coverage can be found online. In addition, Marquette has established the James Foley Scholarship Fund in the College of Communication. His tragic death is a reminder of the critical need for cultural knowledge and understanding today.


Study Abroad Fair Friday, Sept. 5

Study Abroad Fair PosterStudying abroad is an ideal way to enhance intercultural understanding. Visit the joint Office of International Education and Office of International Business Studies Study Abroad Fair Friday, September 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor lobby of AMU. Marquette students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore Marquette's study abroad opportunities and meet program representatives, students who have studied on the programs and study abroad coordinators. To learn more about specific programs, attend region-specific information sessions September 8-12 in the OIE Program Center on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall.

Monday, September 8
4:30 p.m. South Africa
5:30 p.m. Spain
6:30 p.m. Latin America

Tuesday, September 9
4:30 p.m. Canada
5 p.m. France
6 p.m. Germany
7 p.m. Italy

Wednesday, September 10
4:30 p.m. Denmark
5 p.m. England
6 p.m. Ireland
7 p.m. Australia

Thursday, September 11
5 p.m. China and Hong Kong
5:30 p.m. Japan, South Korea and Philippines

Friday, September 12
4 p.m. Vietnam and Thailand
4:30 p.m. Project GO Jordan, Morocco and Turkey


A warm welcome to new international students

A group of international studentsThe Office of International Education is happy to welcome its newest group of international students. From Denmark to Zimbabwe, 175 undergraduate, graduate and exchange students arrived on campus to begin their studies at Marquette this fall.

The new international students came together for three days of orientation to get acquainted with the campus and life at Marquette. After a day full of information, new students met current students at a welcome picnic where they played games and got to know each other. Please help welcome our international students to the Marquette family.


Boren Awards for International Study Rep on Campus Next Week

Boren Awards LogoBoren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying uncommon languages in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year abroad, and graduate students can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. A Boren Awards representative will be on campus on Thursday, September 11 for an information session at 3:30 p.m. in the Office of International Education, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.


Dr. Sebastian Luft recognized as DAAD Research Ambassador

Map illutrating diasporaSebastian Luft, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant chair in the department of Philosophy, has been selected to serve as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Ambassador. Dr. Luft is one of 19 individuals who were selected in honor of their high quality, long-term research projects in Germany at the doctoral level or above. Dr. Luft’s research interests include 19th and 20th century European philosophy, especially the German tradition, and the philosophy of culture. He has studied at the Universität Freiburg, Universität Heidelberg, Universität Wuppertal where he completed his doctoral degree and later completed a degree of habilitation at the Universität Würzburg.

As a research ambassador, Dr. Luft is well versed on the latest developments in German higher education, research and the many funding programs available to U.S. scientists and academics through DAAD and is a key resource and liaison here at Marquette.


Marquette expands international partnerships to Vietnam

Map illutrating diasporaMarquette continues to expand international education opportunities throughout the world with the addition of two new partnerships in Vietnam. An agreement with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training will enable government sponsored STEM students to attend Marquette. In addition, Marquette recently signed a bilateral student exchange agreement which will enable Marquette students to study at the Vietnam National University: International in Ho Chi Minh City and allow their students to attend Marquette.

For students interested in studying in Vietnam, the department of Foreign Languages and Literature at UW-Milwaukee is offering two courses on Vietnam this semester: "Vietnamese Culture and Civilization," which is an online course, and "First Semester Vietnamese," which is a first year foreign language course. Marquette University students are able to take courses at UWM. It is a great opportunity to gain insight and knowledge on the unique culture and history of Vietnam. Contact instructor Thu-Anh Than for additional course information (


Global Village Program now accepting ambassador applications!

Global Village LogoThe Global Village is now accepting ambassador applications for current sophomore and junior students interested in joining this unique and thriving community!

The purpose of the Global Village program is to support international students in their transition to the United States. Ambassadors have the opportunity to live and learn with others from all over the world. The Global Village is known as a tight-knit community with 60 students calling it home. The community is housed on the third floor of the  Campus Town West Apartment complex. Each apartment typically houses two Marquette students (known as ambassadors) and two international students. Throughout the semester, the ambassadors and international students spend a significant amount of time together exploring Marquette and the greater Milwaukee area. The relationships established through this program are long-lasting and many students continue to stay in touch with their friends across the world.

If this opportunity interests you, please consider filling out an application. Applications are available beginning September 5 on MU Career Manager, Marquette Involvement Link or by visiting the University Apartments website. All applications are due October 3. For additional information contact Hannah Barr.


Promote human rights at the School of the Americas Watch Vigil

Suburban homeThe Center for Peacemaking is working with SOA Watch-Wisconsin to organize an annual trip to the School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23 in Columbus, GA. Subsidized $75 rates are available on a first come first serve basis to the first 10 students who complete their application.

SOA Watch-Wisconsin is a grass roots organization committed to upholding human rights and advocating for an investigation into atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.  Download the application here. For more information about the trip, contact Chris Jeske in the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444 or via email.


Marquette alumnus serves as U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Map illutrating diasporaThis summer, the Senate confirmed John Tefft, 1971 Marquette alumnus and Madison native, as the United States’ ambassador to Russia. Tefft has worked as a foreign service officer since graduation previously serving as ambassador to Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine.

Tefft expounded upon his career choice in a 2013 interview with The Politic, the Yale Undergraduate Journal of Politics, "Well, coming out of college, the possibility of traveling overseas was really appealing. I was also drawn, of course, to the opportunity to practice foreign policy. It just seemed like a great opportunity." His diplomatic career led him to learn six languages including Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Russian and French.

Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Ambassador Tefft will be going to Moscow at a time where it’s going to be a difficult period. But, that’s the kind of time where you want somebody with his skill set there.” Tefft’s experience and demeanor will be a critical support to U.S.-Russian relations during a complex political climate.


Women's basketball competes in Europe

Map illutrating diasporaThe Marquette women’s basketball team completed a six-city European tour in France and Italy from Aug. 10-20 competing against teams such as the Netherlands National Team and AMW Team France. According to head coach Carolyn Kieger, the tour enabled new staff and players to bond as a team while playing against globally competitive teams and exploring new cultures and countries, including a visit to the Vatican. View photos, videos and more from the team online at




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 Fair
Friday, September 5
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AMU, 2nd Floor

Learn about Marquette's study abroad programs. Talk with advisors, program representatives and study abroad alumni. Find out what taking your education global is all about.


Study Abroad 101
Friday, September 5 (Every Friday)
2:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

All students interested in studying abroad are first asked to attend a Study Abroad 101 Session. These sessions are designed for students at the very beginning stages of the study abroad process and are led by OIE study abroad coordinators. Topics include selecting a study abroad program, academic planning, application procedures, finances and scholarships. No registration necessary.


Explore Brady Street
Friday, September 5
Meet at the AMU Info Desk at 5:25 p.m.

Join fellow students for a night of food and exploration on Brady Street - one of Milwaukee's best known streets for food, fun, shopping and community. Bring money for dinner and your MU ID & UPass/bus fare/tickets. All students, family, friends are welcome to attend. Please meet at the AMU info desk at 5:25 p.m.. The group will leave at 5:30 p.m.


Indian Summer
Sunday, September 7
5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

MUSG invites students to Milwaukee's Indian Summer Festival, which is held at the summerfest grounds. The festival features traditional dancing, a tribal farmers market, a traditional marketplace, canoe rides, a special exhibit on native languages from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and more. The festival also offers a wide array of traditional Native American food including frybread, buffalo meat, venison, freshwater fish and roasted corn. Buses leave from 16th and Wells St.


Mazaa Clinics with Marquette's Bollywood Dance Team

Sunday, September 7 and Monday, September 9
8-10 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium

Marquette's premier competitive Bollywood dance team is looking for new team members! A dance routine will be taught during this clinic where students can get a feel for what Mazaa is all about. This also is the routine that will be performed at tryouts on September 11th. 



Study Abroad Information Sessions
September 8-12, evenings
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Interested in learning more about specific study abroad programs? If so, put the study abroad information sessions on your calendar. Study abroad coordinators and students who have been on the program will discuss program highlights to help you decide on the best program for you. Visit our website for exact dates and times.


Explore the Third Ward
Friday, September 12
Meet at the AMU Info Desk at 5:25 p.m.

Join fellow students for a night of food and exploration in Milwaukee's Art and Fashion District, which offers a dynamic array of restaurants, shops, spas, galleries, and theatres in historic warehouse setting. Bring money for dinner and your MU ID & UPass/bus fair/tickets. All students, friends and family members are welcome to attend. Please meet at the AMU info desk at 5:25 pm. The group will be leaving exactly at 5:30 pm



Scholarships & Conferences

diplomaCheck 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
- David L. Boren Scholarships & Fellowships for study abroad
- Whitaker International Study Abroad Program for Engineers
- Jesuit Commons:Higher Education at the Margins Subject Matter Experts Needed
- Peace Action Wisconsin Fall Internships Available





Caitlyn Bastable

Caitlyn Bastable '15
Gilman Scholarship Recipient

Caitlyn Bastable, a senior studying nursing and psychology with minors in family studies and Spanish for the health professions, was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad on the Nursing in Peru program this past summer.

Bastable explains, “As a nurse, I need to be prepared to tackle any number of challenges, under any number of circumstances, and with varying personalities, cultures and backgrounds. Piura, Peru will assist me in learning more about my own strengths and weaknesses as a nurse in a diverse, economically impoverished, underserved area, help me to overcome my weaknesses, and aid me in being a more culturally competent individual.”

The financial assistance offered by the Gilman Scholarship enabled Bastable to make this study abroad experience a reality. Gilman Scholarships are available for students who receive Federal Pell Grants. The application process requires students to write an essay, a service project proposal and detailed descriptions of the study abroad program and academics. Award recipients are then selected through a competitive process.

Bastable recommends that students start the Gilman application process early and try to be creative with the service project proposal in order to truly stand out. “Take responsibility of ways to maximize your own experience: take a chance, trust your abilities, be confident, and be the difference in someone’s life!” Bastable advises.


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Victoria Zidek ‘15
Alliance for Global Education Scholarship

Victoria Zidek, a senior studying sociology, was awarded a scholarship to study abroad in Varanasi, India this fall through The Alliance for Global Education. The program immerses students in the Indian culture through placement with a host family in addition to courses in sociology, theology and peace studies.

Zidek explains her expectations for the program, “I hope to gain a more complete sense of the individuals that make the world so unique. I also hope to meet and interact with the local culture to challenge myself by realizing the different philosophies and ideologies that shape various cultures.” Zidek plans to put her experiences abroad to work in the field of development within the nonprofit sector.

Following her own success, Zidek encourages fellow students, “Apply to anything you can! You would be surprised who and how people are willing to help you, especially in regards to studying abroad.”



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