Two Marquette students awarded Gilman study abroad scholarships

GIlman LogoJeydelyn Martinez and Angelica Rodriguez were awarded grants from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for overseas academics for this coming fall semester.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by awarding grants to undergraduates who might otherwise not participate in abroad programs due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study and intern experiences around the world.

Martinez will be attending and studying at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain and Rodriguez will be studying on the Marquette South Africa Service Learning Program this coming fall.


International alumni offer advice to Marquette seniors

Students at MarquetteEach spring, alumni working in the finance industry return to campus to network and share tips with College of Business Administration students. In addition to presentations about what alumni do in various areas of finance (including sales, research, private banking, investment, etc.), alumni share tips on applying for jobs and internships, tailoring the job search and dressing for success.

This year, international alumni staff from the Office of International Education (OIE) and the Business Career Center offered special sessions about the various work options available to international students. The alumni who participated in 2015 are from Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, and South Korea. They work in a variety of fields throughout the U.S. including Citigroup Global Markets, BMGI, Gerald Group, Northwestern Mutual, and Oppenheimer & Co.


Participants needed for MU's International Friendship Program

Photo of two international studentsMeet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community! Marquette's International Friendship Program is currently looking for Marquette 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 2015-2016. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in your usual social or family activities. For more information and an application to get involved, visit


The #BlindAbroad campaign calls all to participate

Justine headshotThe National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is launching their newest campaign #BlindAbroad which aims to increase awareness to the blind and impaired vision community on the benefits of international exchange and travel. 

Marquette has always supported this idea by advocating and assisting blind and low vision students through the process of studying abroad, including Marquette alumna Justine Shorter. When Shorter was 14-years-old she started to lose her eye sight due to glaucoma and cataracts. However, she did not let her lack of vision stop her from experiencing studying abroad. In 2012, Shorter studied in South Africa with the help of a chaperone and the Marquette study abroad office. Since then she has visited Uganda and Rwanda to attend the SIT University’s Peace and Conflict Study Program.

“I want to be an advocate, be vocal about the needs and assists that would be most helpful,” said Shorter back in 2012. “It’s important for students to serve as their own advocates and I hope that my own experiences will show them that anything is possible.”
The NCDE is looking for blind or low vision people who have studied, taught or volunteered abroad to share their stories with them so they can publish them on their website as well as share it on social media. They are also interested in participants who want to do public speaking as well as meet with blind or low vision college students to discuss the importance of international exchange.

The NCDE is also looking for organization and university participation by either spreading the #BlindAbroad message on their social media platforms and website, or by reaching out to the NCDE and organizing a past participant to come speak at the university. 

For more information on how to get involved with the #BlindAbroad campaign click here.


The global struggle to respond to the worst refugee crisis in generation

RefugeesExtreme poverty and violence has caused eleven million people in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to be uprooted, making it the worst migration crisis since World War II.

Due to the abundance of people fleeing Syria, causing the unemployment rate to double in Jordan and refugees making up 20 percent of Lebanon’s population, Syria’s neighbors are taking drastic measures making harder for migrants to cross into their territories. For example, in March Turkey announced that it will shut down the two remaining border gates with Syria. 

In Southeast Asia thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas, fleeing from poverty and persecution, have resorted to fleeing by sea in smuggler boats to Indonesia and Mayaysia. Indonesia and Mayaysia announced mid-May that they will provide shelter to migrants still at sea, however that inflow has started to subside.

The European Union is now taking action in reducing the amount of smugglers at sea especially near the African coast. In May, European leaders said they want to build a naval force based in Italy to help relieve the burden on countries like Italy and Greece, which are becoming main landing points for smugglers.

Finally, due to a Ukraine’s crippling economy around 867,000 Ukrainians have left the country, most of them going to Russia. Ukraine’s economy is expected to shrink by nine percent at the end of the year. For more information click here.


State Department announces launch of study abroad branch

State Department announcing launchThe U.S. Department of State announced that it will launch a study abroad branch to increase diversity among study abroad participants. They hope this new branch will build partnerships with foreign governments as well as promote more non-traditional opportunities for students.

“We lag behind other countries in student mobility to our detriment,” said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan. “We want to make sure the future leaders of our country are international and globally competent.”
According to The Pie News, the U.S. study abroad sector already sends 300,000 U.S. students abroad annually for short-term or semester long programs. However, with the launch of the new branch they hope to increase that number as well as increase two-way mobility between U.S. and other countries.

“The State Department is excited to launch a new U.S. study abroad office that will promote even greater participation in study abroad by U.S. students, who reflect the full diversity of American society,” Ryan said to The Pie News.

The State Department as yet to release the opening date of the upcoming branch.


Generation Study Abroad video challenge

Generation Study Abroad LogoThe Institute of International Education and The New York Times in Education are looking for past study abroad alumni to share their experiences abroad by entering the “Generation Study Abroad Voices” video contest.

They are looking for students and alumni to submit a digital story about the impact of studying abroad. Videos should be aimed to highlight an experience abroad that helped them gain new qualities and skills such as language acquisition, a sense of independence, global awareness, cross-cultural communication, and so on.

The Institute of International Education will select two winning videos. The winners each will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, an iPad and will be invited to attend the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in October as “Generation Study Abroad Voices” Ambassadors. Ten runner-up videos will also be selected and featured on the IIE’s Generation Study Abroad website.

Click here for more information on Generation Study Abroad and how to apply.


A map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries

MapThe Washington Post published the research of two Swedish economist who set out to discover whether economic freedom made people any more or less racist. The economists used the World Values Survey, which has been examining global opinions for decades.

Though the study found no correlation, amongst the many questions asked in the survey, the economists found one question that they believe was the best indicator of tolerance for other races. The question asked people in over 80 countries to identify people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents of the survey, picking from a list, chose “people of a different race”.

The data shows that Anglo, Latin and Scandinavian countries are generally the most tolerant of other races. The study also found a wide and interesting variation across Europe perhaps reflective of the relatively recent demographic shifts due to immigration. The economists recognize that some respondents may be more honest than others regarding their own race preferences when answering this survey and that these results do not necessarily represent all views of the people in these countries.

For the full article on The Washington Post and for more information click here.



EVENTS - Festival Season Begins

Enjoy Milwaukee's numerous ethnic festivals this summer through the music, food and cultures that make up our city.

Bastille Days
July 9-12
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.  


Festa Italiana
July 17-19
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Armenian Fest
July 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church, 7825 W. Layton Ave.


German Fest
July 24-26
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Irish Fest
August 13-15
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Mexican Fiesta
August 21-23
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Indian Summer Festival
September 11-13
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


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
- Innovation in Education Abroad Research Grant
- Tutor at Hong Kong Institute of Education - a MU partner in Hong Kong






Maeve McSweeney
Maeve McSweeney
ARSC '15

Maeve McSweeney, ARSC ’15, was crowned the 2015 Chicago Rose of Tralee and will represent the Chicago and Wisconsin region in Ireland this summer for the “Rose of Tralee International Festival”. The annual festival is one of Ireland’s largest and has been celebrating young women of Irish descent who exemplify inner beauty for more than 50 years. This international festival brings together the global and Irish community drawing thousands of people from around the world each year.

The Rose of Tralee application process was rigorous and included a set of private and on stage interviews as well as an on stage talent presentation. McSweeny, a past Marquette a cappella member, sang the Irish classic “The Parting Glass” at the Chicago Regional competition this past March. Both her grandfather and mother, who are originally from Ireland, were in the audience cheering her on.
McSweeny traveled to Ireland in May for the first phase of the competition and was selected as one of the 23 Rose finalists. She will return to County Kerry, Ireland in August where the 2015 international Rose of Tralee will be selected and crowned.

McSweeny says win or lose she is thankful for the opportunity to visit Ireland and to share her enthusiasm for Irish culture.




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