Marquette alum plays important role as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Tefft and PutinJohn Tefft, Arts ’71, serves as the U.S. ambassador to Russia and has been working out of Moscow since September. Tefft has more than 40 years of experience in the Foreign Service and came out of a brief retirement following President Barack Obama’s invitation to serve as ambassador.

In a recent interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tefft describes U.S.-Russia relations as, “Difficult.” This response comes within the context of the Russia annexation of Crimea, which is part of Ukraine. Despite the challenges, however, Tefft enjoys his role and explains, “deep down Russians still have affection for Americans.”  Read more about Tefft’s career in the Foreign Service on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


International flag sash orders due April 10

flag sashesGraduates walking in May commencement who hold citizenship from another country or who have gone overseas on an international program through Marquette have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the ceremony.

To purchase a flag sash, students must complete the online order form. Return the form and a check made out to “Marquette University” to the Office of International Education in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor, by Friday, April 10. The cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash. Flag sashes from all countries are available. Contact Erin LeMoine, international marketing and communications coordinator, at 8-7289 for more information.


The Forum on Education Abroad announces the publication of updated standards

Standards coverThe Forum on Education Abroad, an organization that provides training and resources to education abroad professionals, announced publication of its 5th edition of the “Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.” The “Standards” was developed by professionals in the field and is considered the authoritative guideline for the development, management, assessment and improvement of education abroad programming in order to make the experience as rewarding and meaningful as possible for students.

The “Standards” features the best ideals of the field alongside practical resources that make the application of the guidelines accessible to study abroad professionals. One new feature of the 5th edition is that it is now available on an interactive web site, which makes it easier to navigate for the casual user. Marquette study abroad staff attends the Forum on Education Abroad’s annual conference each year in order to remain current on new standards and trends in the field.


Marquette alum represents MU at college fair in the country of Georgia

Alum recruiting in GeorgiaOnce a member of the Marquette family – always a member of MU! College fairs are taking place at high schools and education advising centers across the globe every week. Unfortunately, OIE’s small advising team is only able to attend a very small portion of these fairs. However, thanks to one Marquette alumnae, we were able to have presence at a March college fair in the western Georgian city of Zugdidi. Karen Kalnins (Arts ’94) volunteered to promote Marquette at the Education USA fair in Georgia. She had a great turnout and was able to answer many student questions throughout the day. 


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Southwest Airlines partner to offer college students a chance to receive travel awards.

Southwest Airlines logoThe Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines have partnered once again to offer college students the opportunity to apply for the “Dándole Alas a Tu Éxito/Giving Flight to Your SuccessTM” ¡Lánzate/Take Off! Travel Award program. Marquette is an institutional member of HACU.

Southwest Airline tickets are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students with socio-economic needs who journey away from home to pursue higher education. Students must submit two essays with their application. Each student is eligible to receive between one and four tickets for use by the student or immediate family to travel to/from a college or university. Online application with essays will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 15, 2015. For complete eligibility and additional guidelines, click here.



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.

Fulbright Program Brown Bag Info Session
Wed. April 8
Noon – 1 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suite A

A panel of Marquette faculty who are Fulbright award recipients will share their experiences, including information on the application process, the benefits of receiving a Fulbright award, and the teaching and research projects they engaged in while abroad. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions. The panelists include: Erik Ugland, associate professor in the Diederich College of Communication and Daniel Meissner, associate professor of history. RSVP to Mindy Williams, assistant director of project planning and development for Research and Sponsored Programs. Refreshments will be provided.


Soup with Substance on Jewish Milwaukee
Wednesday, April 8
Noon – 1 p.m.
AMU 157

The Center for Intercultural Engagement, Campus Ministry, Center for Peacemaking, Jewish Student Union and Hillel Milwaukee will co-sponsor the next Soup with Substance Wednesday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 157. Rabbi Hannah Greenstein will present on Jewish Milwaukee and her experiences working with the Jewish community around the nation. A light lunch of soup will be provided. For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking, at (414) 288-8444.


Igbo Studies Association to host annual international conference
April 9-11

The Igbo Studies Association will host its 13th annual international conference Thursday, April 9, to Saturday, April 11, at Marquette. The 2015 conference will examine the general theme: “Ọganihu Igbo: Strategies for Development – and its relevance to the Igbo within their homeland, within the Nigerian polity and in the context of the globalized world.” Both local and international experts, activists and intellectuals at all stages in their careers will join together in discussion. More information is available online. For additional information, contact Chima Korieh, associate professor of history, at (414) 288-3563 or (856) 520-0101.


How to Best Prepare for a Career in Global Health – Webinar
Thursday, April 16
3-4 p.m.
your computer

Learn from leading experts about how to best prepare for a successful career in global health. Learn about the diversity of skills and expertise needed within the broad field of global health, as well as suggested preparations in academics, field experiences, internships, and jobs. For example, what is the best way to stand out in job applications and job interviews? What are pitfalls to avoid in cover letters and resumes? How should undergraduate and graduate students best prepare for a global health career? Register at


U.S. Federal Courthouse Visit
Friday, April 17
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(leave from OIE, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor at 8:30 a.m. )

Have you ever wondered what happens in a U.S. courtroom or wanted to ask questions about what is portrayed on TV? Join other Marquette students for a unique opportunity: tour the historic Federal Courthouse, watch federal proceedings, hear about the international law experiences of US attorneys, and ask questions. Students who attended the events last year had high praise and recommend the experience to others!  The event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm and includes lunch. (We will leave from OIE at 8:30 am.) To reserve your place please email before Monday, April 13.


H1B and Working Visas
Friday, April 24
4:30 p.m.
David Straz Hall, Room 105

This session is for all international students interested in working in the United States after Graduation. Join the Office of International Education, the Business Career Center and the Career Services Center for this informative seminar delivered by immigration law expert Bob White, J.D. who will discuss visas and employment eligibility for international students. 

Mr. White is a frequent lecturer, moderator and panel participant on immigration issues affecting the business and academic communities.  He serves as immigration counsel for numerous colleges and universities and is a member of the leadership team of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region V. Mr. White was previously Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), member of the AILA Board of Governors and a member of the Chapter's Department of Labor Liaison Committee


Diversity Gala
Saturday, May 2
6 p.m.
AMU Monaghan Ballrooms

Students from the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will host the 15th annual Diversity Gala Saturday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in AMU Monaghan Ballrooms. Dr. Joseph Green, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, will be the keynote speaker at the event. A silent auction will also be held. Dress code is formal attire. Hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. The cost of the event is $20 for GSO members, $25 for non-GSO members, $35 for professionals and $5 extra for tickets purchased at the door. Checks can be made out to “MU CECP.” RSVP by Wednesday, April 15, to Michelle Retzer.




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 and Scholarships
- Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan




America at las Fallas
America Davila
OIE Global Correspondent

One of the most intimidating aspects of studying abroad can be to engage in the culture of the host country. For me, although I am a native Spanish speaker it is still difficult to engage in conversations with the Espanoles because of differences in Spanish pronunciation and lexis. Nevertheless, it is always better to try than to never do it.

In order to better adjust to and enjoy my study abroad experience, I have actively engaged in the Spanish culture through different social activities.

Language: There is no better way of improving my Spanish speaking skills than to practice them! So I have joined a program offered by my university called intercambios where I am paired up with a Spanish student to engage in informal conversations in English and Spanish. While my intercambio practices his English, I practice my Spanish. So far this has been an amazing experience and opportunity to make friends, learn more about the culture, and to improve my language skills.

Social relationships: There is no better way of learning more about the Espanoles than to live with them! As part of the Madrid program at my home university, I have been placed in a home stay living with a senora. This experience has taught me so much about Spanish customs, family traditions, and my favorite part, the Spanish cuisine. I have also been able to find a job as an English tutor for two little boys. Through them, I have seen another important aspect of the culture by being exposed to child rearing and education.

Traditions: The best way to learn about Spanish traditions is to attend their festivals! Fortunately, I was able to go to one of the most popular Spanish festivals of the year: Las Fallas in Valencia. Throughout the year, different Valencian communities create huge (and very expensive) artistic monuments in commemoration of St. Joseph that are burnt as huge bonfires. This was the most wonderful experience!

Yeah, it may be intimidating to engage in the host culture (i.e. speaking the language, meeting people, trying out their food, or attending festivals) but it is also the most rewarding and wonderful experience for a study abroad student. So wherever you may be going, remember that taking cultural challenges are the most fun and life-changing experiences you can ever get!

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