Marquette University global health and safety protocols

MU Global logoIn consideration of the recent violent events around the world, please know that Marquette University takes the safety of our students, staff and faculty seriously. The Office of International Education monitors international events daily through governmental and security reports, including the U.S. State Department, the Overseas Advisory Council, International SOS and other news sites in countries where we operate to stay informed of all potential international crises situations that might affect our students abroad.

To ensure international health coverage, we enroll students in HTH Worldwide medical and accident insurance, which includes a security evacuation benefit. In addition, OIE registers all students traveling with the U.S. State Department registry. Students are also asked to register their in-country cell phone number and any side trips in the online study abroad system so that we know where and when they are traveling away from their program site.
At this time, OIE also wants to confirm there are no plans for any Marquette study abroad programs to be suspended this fall, nor next spring. Please click below to view the guidelines and policies that have been communicated to students currently overseas regarding the recent Worldwide Travel Alert., hosted by Xavier University, is home to a multitude of prayers for peace in times of terrorism; quotes for peace, justice and unity; and links to nonprofit organizations critical to worldwide disaster relief and emergency assistance. Our hearts are with those affected by the recent tragedies.

Prayer for Victims of Terrorism
Loving God,
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.



MU International Photo Contest Winners

2015 Photo Contest WinnerThe Office of International Education hosted its 7th Annual International Photo Contest as part of International Education Week in late November. While there were multiple entries from students, three photos were announced winners after the voting polls closed. Congratulations to our winners Jayger McGough Tomasino, Sarah Cortez and Elizabeth Pearl. These photos were unique, thought provoking, authentic and captured the essence of Marquette Global. To see the winning photos and all photo entries visit our Facebook page by clicking here.




Marquette students honored with Gilman Award

Gilman LogoThe Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a program offered to undergraduate students with plans to study abroad in non-traditional study abroad destinations. The scholarship is aimed to support students financially while they grow both academically and professionally while abroad. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded each year. The selection process is competitive as it looks to assist students from both private and public institutions nationwide. 

This year, four Marquette University students were named Gilman recipients receiving up to $4,000. Airicka Currie, Nailah Johnson and Payne Elliot will be studying abroad in Spain, South Africa, and China respectively next semester. Additionally Kylah Gage will be studying in South Africa in the upcoming year. Congratulations to these students on their award as they prepare to embark on their semester abroad!



Reminder: Maximize international experiences and earn elective credit

A Jewish woman and Muslim man talking to one anotherThe Office of International Education is excited to once again offer two courses for students interested enhancing their intercultural competencies.

ARSC 1005: Cross-Cultural Issues in Study Abroad (1 credit) Take this course before studying abroad. Through discussing cross-cultural issues, this course will help students from all majors and colleges maximize their future international experience whether it is studying, interning or service-learning abroad.

ARSC 3005: Bridging the Local and Global: Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience (2 credits) This course is designed for students who have returned from an overseas experience. Through discussion and service learning, students will discern the transformational moments and learn how to integrate their experience now and after graduation.



A call for inquiry into 1980 churchwomen deaths

A Jewish woman and Muslim man talking to one anotherOn the 35th anniversary of the rape and assassination of four churchwomen in El Salvador, human rights organizations as well as the faith community call for a new inquiry to those responsible for these murders. Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Cleveland Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan were victims of the El Salvadoran military. Those responsible for ordering and carrying out their murders have never been brought to justice. Click here to learn more.



Open Doors Report tracks international education trends

Open Doors LogoIn mid-November, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs shared the results of the 2015 Open Doors Report. The Open Doors report is a comprehensive resource on data and trends pertaining to international students studying in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad away from their home institution for academic credit.

Five percent more U.S. Students studied abroad in 2013/14 compared with the prior year, the highest rate of growth since the 2008 economic downturn. Although the numbers reflect an all-time high, still only about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students study abroad. The Open Doors report reflects the top three study abroad destinations for U.S. students include the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Double digit growth was also noted in the number of U.S. students studying in Mexico, Chile and Peru.

The number of international students in the U.S. increased by ten percent, the highest rate of growth in 35 years. This year's Open Doors report indicated that last year alone, approximately 5 million students internationally studied away from their home country. This number is double the 2.1 million in 2000 and nearly triples the number from 1990. There were large increases in students supported by national government scholarship programs such as Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program and the ongoing Saudi government scholarship program. The top three places of origin for international students include China, India and South Korea, and students from these countries now represent nearly 51 percent of the total enrollment of international students in the U.S.. This continued growth in international students also brings a significant positive economic impact. International students contributed more than $340.7 million to the Wisconsin economy in 2014.

For more information on the Open Doors report click here.



The impact of international education

IIE Networker Magazine CoverThe Fall 2015 edition of the IIENetworker magazine focuses on the importance of assessing and documenting the profound influence of international education on individuals and society as a whole. Articles analyze the distinct aims of international education and discuss ways to improve how we measure its success. Articles cover topics including the economic impact of international mobility, the influence of international scholarships, the role of international education in addressing civic values and more. Read the interactive magazine online.



Let Girls Learn: Michelle Obama's girls and education efforts

Let Girls LearnEarlier last month, Michelle Obama wrote an article featured in The Atlantic about her international Let Girls Learn initiative. There are 62 million girls in this world who at this very moment are not receiving and education and it is Obama’s hope to decrease that number.

With the Let Girls Learn campaign Michelle Obama aims to provide resources that will enable these girls to attend school and receive an education. Resources include scholarships, school supplies, uniforms, safe transportation and much more. But beyond these resources Obama notes that addressing cultural beliefs and practices that create educational barriers will provide a greater change in girl’s education opportunities.

Michelle Obama will be traveling across the world to countries such as Jordan and Qatar to share this message. While in Jordan and Qatar, Obama will highlight how discussing and addressing cultural beliefs and practices will make it possible to educate the 62 million uneducated girls and in turn create greater opportunities and an empowered life.

Obama makes it clear that she will always advocate for these 62 million girls. It is a moral obligation. To read the entirely of Michelle Obama’s article and her Let Girls Learn efforts click here.



Learning abroad through mindfulness

Boren Awards LogoThe traditional classroom in the United States has a very well established teaching and learning structure. Students typically sit at their desks and focus on the lesson or lecture their teacher provides. The students respond and interact as directed.

Although this educational style is the cultural norm, The Huffington Post examines the differences in educational structure when students make the decision to study abroad. While students are accustomed to learning through the “classroom presence” a semester of studying abroad focuses learning on the ‘travel presence’.

Described by The Huffington Post, the travel presence “frees students up from the more controlled, linear modes of knowledge exchange in the classroom. They aren't meant to keep their mouths shut, eyes ahead or on their own paper, but encouraged to swivel their gaze and bodies on all three axes, 360-degrees.”

A semester abroad offers so much to a student, including the opportunity to experience learning in a new and refreshing way. A new eagerness to learn from not a teacher, but a new environment, traditions, culture and beliefs creates a sense of mindfulness that cannot always be found in the classroom. More information on how to cultivate this sense of mindfulness before and while studying abroad can be found in this Huffington Post article.



International education: a key strategy around the world

International student talking to her momHigher education is facing numerous challenges in the U.S. and around the world, including declining enrollment levels, changes in government funding and the rising costs of education. Enhancing international education is viewed as a key strategy around the world.

The Korean ministry of education has plans to attract more foreign students. By 2023, South Korea hopes to increase enrollment totals to 200,000 foreign students from the 84,891 enrollments total in 2014.

A statement from the Korean ministry was released explaining, “Countries across the world are engaged in efforts to host foreign students to expand their higher education industry and bring talent from outside their borders. In light of the decreasing number of students and productive population, we need to follow suit,”

The Korean ministry is planning to push universities to provide opportunities that are appealing and beneficial to potential foreign students. These opportunities include special degree programs and specific scholarship and residency choices to those studying in Korea. Additionally the ministry hopes that providing more opportunities in the country’s largest and strongest industries will attract more foreign students. For more information on Korea’s action plan, click here.

Likewise, Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand the U.K. have all identified global student engagement a national priority. Canada has embraced a comprehensive national strategy for internationalization supported by government policy and funding at both the federal and provincial levels. A recent Forbes article explores possible lessons the U.S. can learn from Canada’s example.



Internationalization and tenure

International student talking to her momA new American Council on Education (ACE) report analyzed how internationalization plays a role in the tenure and promotion process at universities. According to the report, 52 percent of universities indicated internationalization is a top five theme in university strategy. However, a mere eight percent said they have incorporated international experience within the faculty tenure or promotion process.

“There seems to be a disconnect between what do institutions say they want to accomplish and what message they’re sending to faculty in terms of what’s important in terms of international engagement,” said Robin Matross Helms, associate director for research at ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement and author of the report.

The ACE report looked at those universities that did incorporate international language into the tenure process. The way it was incorporated varied greatly; however the report states, “Fostering a global focus among faculty in the early stages of their careers sets the stage for continued interest and activity in the international realm, and helps institutions build a globally engaged professoriate from the ground up.”

Though the report discusses the importance of faculty commitment to internationalization, it goes on to further explain that university internationalization must be achieved through the activities that best fit a university’s culture, which may or may not be the tenure process. For more information on this report, internationalization and tenure click here.



Write for GO Abroad

Go Abroad Writer's Academy LogoStarting in January 2016 the GoAbroad Writer’s Academy is looking for 10 individuals to join a six-month writing intensive program. This program will help students creatively, enhance their writing ability and produce unique, authentic and thought provoking content. The specific emphasis on this program is producing pieces on one’s travel experiences and time abroad. This program will build individual’s writing portfolio and expertise in travel advice. Applications are due December 22, 2015 for more information on the program click here.  



International Student's video contest winners capture the international experience

International Student VideoThis year marked the International Student’s 10th annual video contest. Each year International Student looks for an original and creative video which “reflects talent, determination and the urge to make a change in the world." This year multiple videos were entered, 14 finalist were selected and three winners were announced. The winning videos focused on the loss of a friend, happiness through music and tracing back to family roots. While each video held a different storyline the common theme among them demonstrated self-discovery and the world which we live. To view the winning videos and all video submissions 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.


Soup with Substance: Human Rights
Wednesday, Dec. 9
12 p.m.
AMU 157

Join the
Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry for the next Soup with Substance on Human Rights. Co-sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Engagement.


OIE Holiday Extravaganza
Friday, Dec. 11
4-6 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Celebrate the end of the semester by experiencing some traditional holiday foods and decorations. Bring your friends, family members and classmates to decorate cookies, make holiday cards, ornaments, gingerbread houses – and have your photo taken with Santa. Take a break from your studies and have some fun before finals begin. Everyone is welcome.


Exam Week Daily Coffee Break
December 14-17
4:30-8:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Need a little break from studying? Need to refuel with some coffee or hot chocolate? Stop by OIE for a warm beverage and a game of ping-pong (table-tennis). Bring your friends and study partners – everyone is welcome.


Marquette University Closed for Winter Break
December 24 - January 1

Just a reminder that Marquette University will be closed between Christmas and New Years. This includes the Office of International Education. Please contact the Marquette University Police Department at 288-1911 with any urgent concerns.



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.

- Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)
- Win a Trip with Nicholas Kristof
- US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria
- 2016 Cultural Vistas Fellowship
- Ph.D. in China Fellowship and Research Ph.D. Fellowship




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by Father T. Michael McNulty, S.J.
Scholar in Residence, Center for Peacemaking
Philosophy professor at MU, 1973-2003

Excerpted from article written for Jesuits Midwest Partners magazine

In early September, there was a picture widely disseminated on the Internet that showed a small boy lying face down on a Turkish beach. He almost looked as though he were taking a nap. But he was not. He drowned with his mother and an older sibling in an attempt to flee the violence in Syria and find refuge in Europe. His name was Alan Kurdi, and he was 3 years old.

Alan's story mirrors what has been happening on the southern border of the United States. According to Smithsonian magazine, more than 6,000 people, many of them children, have died trying to cross the US-Mexican border since 2000. Many children have died in the desert in flight from gang violence in their home countries.

Who are these migrants? They are the small merchant who has witnessed the be-heading of a journalist; the peasant whose farm has been bankrupted by "free" trade policy; the 12-year-old boy who is in im-minent danger of being forcibly recruited into a terrorist group; the 11-year-old girl whose family has been old she is to be the "girlfriend" of gang members.The fact is that migrants are desperate — they are just trying to survive. No one casually leaves home to engage in a dangerous journey of several hundred (or thousand) miles across water or desert into an uncertain future. The appropriate response to desperate people is compassion, not rejection.

The opposite of compassion is both fear and indifference. There is fear that the influx of refugees will change our "way of life." There is indifference in a sign seen in California, greeting busloads of children who crossed the border fleeing violence: "Not our children; not our problem."

In contrast to this attitude, Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, said, "The tragic stories of millions of men and women daily confront the international community as a result of the outbreak of unacceptable humanitarian crises in different parts of the world. Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying of suffocation, starvation,
violence, and shipwreck. Whether large or small in scale, these are always tragedies, even when a single human life is lost."

Read the full article by Father Michael McNulty, S.J. in Jesuits Midwest Partners magazine, fall/winter 2015.





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