Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, January 28

The Office of International Education will host its biannual Study Abroad Fair 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, including all faculty-led summer programs. Students will have the opportunity to chat with advisors, program coordinators, faculty leaders and study abroad veterans. Visit the study abroad website for more information about the fair and information sessions.



A warm welcome to new international students

a group of international students smilingOn Wednesday, Jan. 7 in the midst of the bitter cold weather, OIE welcomed new international students from around the world as they arrived to begin their study abroad experience at Marquette. From learning how to stay warm and healthy during the winter months to registering for classes to experiencing MU basketball, orientation was packed with information and introductions to Marquette culture. On behalf of everyone at OIE, we would like to send a warm welcome to our new international students as they embark on their journey at Marquette.



Faculty research develops an interactive travel map connecting history to today

Have you ever wanted to go back in time to see what a place was like hundreds of years ago? Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, an associate professor of Spanish at Marquette, is working on developing an interactive map of Spain that connects travel literature of the 19th century (1789-1914) with present day locations.  “People decide to visit a place based on its reputation that is steeped in oral or written tradition. Qualitative mapping of texts is a way of studying these traditions and making them visible,” Afinoguénova said in a recent interview with junior Wyatt Massey.

In 2011, Dr. Afinoguénova received a grant to fund her research project and to learn how people of different eras traveled and how they described the places they visited. Her team created a bibliography, designed a questionnaire for the texts, prepared instructions for volunteers, and built the project’s website. The data for the map was collected by fifteen volunteers and so far forty books have been entered into the map.


This historical travel map is the first of its kind to exist and once published more maps like it could potentially be created – sparking a new resource for historic research and interactive learning. The project will create opportunities for Spanish tourism in addition to academic uses. Afinoguénova stated, “Users will not only visualize text on a map, but also see how different variables affect the stories that people tell about places.”


The interactive map and more about Wyatt Massey’s report on Dr. Afinoguénova’s project can be found here.


Intensive online Italian course to be offered Summer 2015


Interested in learning Italian? The Foreign Language Department will be offering a four credit online Italian 1001 course during the 2015 summer session. This course is a great introduction to Italian for interested students, in particular those students planning to study in Italy during the 2015 fall semester. The new online class will be a very intense course to ensure that students have a solid Italian language foundation. Having a basic knowledge of the language can contribute to a more complete experience abroad allowing students to fully immerse themselves in Italian culture. Students with questions regarding the new online course can contact the foreign languages department.



Host a table at International Day

The Office of International Education invites all international students, cultural student organizations and study abroad alumni to host a table at the 31st annual International Day, from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, February 13.


International Day is held in the AMU every spring to celebrate diversity in the Marquette community, which includes over 700 students from 67 countries and a wide variety of cultural groups. With the help of student volunteers, the union comes alive with the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of many countries and cultures. Student organizations and students from the same country set up booths introducing traditional activities, offering food samples, displaying arts and crafts, modeling traditional fashion, and playing music to be enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.


One does not need to be a recognized group to participate; a few students from the same country (or region) can host a table. To participate, please email Susan Whipple or stop by the Office of International Education (Holthusen 4th Floor) to obtain an application. Applications are due by February 2. Late applications will be accommodated as space permits; requests for space and equipment will be filled in the order the applications are received.



Center for Peacemaking encourages faculty to invite Peacemaker in Residence to speak in the classroom

The Center for Peacemaking encourages faculty to consider inviting this year's Peacemaker in Residence, Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, to address students in the classroom. Wright is a prominent American peacemaker, received the State Department award for heroism in 1997, and she has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. Wright is available to address classes on March 16, 17 and 19. Please contact Chris Jeske to reserve a time slot.


Col. Wright will also be giving a number of public presentations, including:

  • Careers in the Foreign Service | Monday, March 16 | 4 pm | OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
  • Stories of Following My Conscience in Foreign Affairs and Peacemaking | Tuesday, March 17 | 7 pm | AMU Henke Lounge
  • Soup with Substance Presentation | Wednesday, March 18 | 12 pm | AMU 157
  • Panel on Just War, Pacifism, and Peacemaking | Wednesday, March 18 | 4 pm | AMU 157



Tips and resources for finding a job in the fields of social change, development and peace building

Searching for a post-grad job can be a stressful journey. As with any position, finding the right fit takes experience, training, and a little bit of luck. Craig Zelizer, CEO and founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) gave his expert advice on finding a job in social change, development and peace building fields in his most recent blog post. In the article, Zelizer offers career development suggestions such as having a strong and compelling resume and cover letter, developing strong networks, and gaining experience through internships. He also suggests several key web and job lists to subscribe to in the fields social change, development and peace building that frequently post internships or jobs. His full list of suggestions and tips for a successful job search can be found on the PCDN website.  



Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

The following scholarship deadlines are approaching. For additional scholarship information, please visit our website at:


Killam Undergraduate Fellowships Program for study in Canada

The Killam Fellowships Program through Fulbright Canada is an opportunity for U.S. undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in Canada. The award carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes a health coverage allowance. The 2015-2016 competition is now open and applications are due on February 2. Click here for more information.


Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad offers approximately 40 awards, of up to $10,000 each, for students studying abroad for at least four weeks. In addition, FEA offers the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students and the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship for study in Vietnam. Deadline is January 16, 2015 for students planning to study abroad during summer ’15, fall ’15 or spring ’16. Click here for more information.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
These scholarships are available to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are currently receiving federal Pell Grant funding as part of their financial aid package. Awards are made of up to $5,000 (with the average award being $4,000), with an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement available, for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Deadline for fall 2015 and academic year 15-16 study is March 3, 2015 For additional scholarship information, please visit their website.

Rotary Study Abroad Scholarship 
Rotary Scholarships sponsored by Southeastern Wisconsin have been released. These include up to $30,000 Global Grant Scholarships for juniors, seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate programs overseas in the fields of: peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. The deadline is January 31, 2015 for programs starting fall 2015. Click here for more information.






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.



Welcome Back Mixer

Friday, January 16
4-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor


Meet new students while reconnecting with “old” friends and enjoying foods from Wisconsin.  Start the semester on a fun note and join us for this annual event.  Friends, roommates, family members and classmates are all welcome!



Bucks v. Raptors Basketball Outing

Monday, January 19
Game starts at 7 p.m.


Experience an NBA game at the Bradley Center. Advanced registration required. Please contact to register.




Tour the Al McGuire Center

Friday, January 23
Meet at OIE, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor at 6 p.m.


Get an exclusive look at where the Men's Basketball team practices and tour of the Al McGuire Center before the women take on Providence at 7 pm. The tour and game are free to all Marquette students. All tour attendees will receive a surprise gift from Athletics. Please reserve your spot by emailing Be sure to include your name and the name of any other students/family members joining you.




Summer Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, January 28

10 -2 p.m.

AMU Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

Marquette's January study abroad fair highlights all summer study abroad options available to students, including all faculty-led summer programs. Students will have the opportunity to chat with advisors, program coordinators, faculty leaders and study abroad veterans. Visit the study abroad website for more information about the fair and information sessions.




Working in the US: What you need to know

Thursday, January 29

3 – 5 p.m.

Career Services, Holthusen Hall Ground Floor


Are you thinking about an internship or permanent job in the US?  Are you wondering what you need to do to get a job or what options are available to you?  This informative session will provide all the information to get you started and ready for the Career Fair in February. 




International Day

Friday, February 13

10 - 2 p.m.


Celebrate the many cultures at Marquette University and share your own at this annual event. Student organizations and individuals reserve tables in the union sharing their cultural traditions, favorite foods, language and more to showcase the cultures represented by Marquette. All cultures and countries are encouraged to participate.





Scholarships & Conferencesdiploma

Visit 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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences








Criselda Harsono
Major: Biomedical Engineer and Computer Engineering 
Country: Indonesia 

Born and raised in Indonesia, Criselda Harsono, a biomedical engineering major at Marquette, embraces her international student status with pride. She first learned about Marquette from a college fair at her high school. With one of the top-ranked programs in the country, Marquette’s College of Engineering became her final college destination.

On campus, Criselda is involved in many service activities. “Some activities I am involved in on campus are Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Midnight Run, Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, and Hunger Clean up. Being involved in a religious service broaden my social circle and strengthened my faith. Being able to have an impact in the community helps me understand the Marquette/US culture through direct interactions with the locals and people from different backgrounds,” said Criselda.

In addition to her activities on campus, Criselda also had the opportunity to travel with the Marquette Action Program on a service trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. It was an eye-opening experience for her and a chance to see a different side of the country while helping the community.

When asked what she likes most about her international experience at Marquette, Criselda’s answer was simple and genuine. She said, I really enjoy the opportunity to make a new lifelong circle of friends from different countries, living on my own and learning about new cultures.” As with any experience abroad, Criselda mentions that she does get a little homesick, but Marquette has become a second home.  

Criselda advises Marquette's newest international students, “I wish I had known more how incredibly fast the years go by. Do not take your college life for granted and use the endless opportunity to get engaged and take initiative to get involved in what you’re passionate about. And, unless you are coming from a country with winter, buy your winter coat in the United States.”




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