Traveling internationally under the auspices of Marquette this summer? Remember to follow Marquette's policies and procedures

As faculty and staff prepare for Marquette sponsored international travel this summer, please remember that under current university rule, any Marquette sponsored international travel must follow the procedural guidelines outlined in University Policy and Procedures (UPP) 1-18 and register with the Office of International Education.
Sponsored travel includes credit bearing study abroad programs in addition to conference travel, funded research projects, site visits and service trips.

Full details can be found on Marquette's Office of International Education website. The required MU Faculty and Staff Travel Registration is online and asks for travel itinerary, accommodation information, passport details and contact information for the duration of the overseas stay. Upon submission, an email notification will be sent to the appropriate Dean or Vice-President seeking final approval travel.



Two MU students awarded Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships

Every year, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. This year, two Marquette students were awarded this scholarship. Andrea Edwards will be spending the summer in Beijing through the Alliance for Global Education, and Emily Castillo will be participating in Sogang University’s Korean Studies summer program.


For more information on how to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, visit their website.



Participants needed for MU's International Friendship Program

Two community friends and their studentMeet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community! Marquette's International Friendship Program is currently looking for alumni, staff, faculty or other community members interested in spending time once a month with a new international student over the course of the upcoming academic year 2015-2016. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in social and family activities.

For more information and to complete the online application, visit the OIE website.



Responding to the Nepal earthquake

Mexian Consulate entrance plaqueOn April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the county of Nepal killing nearly 5,000 people with thousands more injured. People have been left without adequate food, water or shelter for days and volunteers from around the world are rushing to aid. The international community is very willing to help, but the question becomes how.  

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy published an article with suggestions for those who want to be a part of effective philanthropic support. It encourages volunteers to not rush into donating items, but to instead donate money so professional rescuers can purchase the items necessary to aid the victims locally so as to diminish logistical and transportation concerns. Secondly, the article advises people to donate to both global relief organizations as well as local efforts. Confronting the problem from both sides offers a vast array of resources that contribute to the relief efforts. Lastly, it reminds us that help is needed way beyond just the first few days after the disaster. Often times there is a surge of support immediately following any natural disaster but this support declines rapidly as public attention shifts. With this in mind, several organizations, including the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Geneva Global, and Global Giving have set up pooled funds, which can channel funds to local grantees once medium and longer term needs have become clearer.



Fullbright Scholar Global Flex Award

Fulbright has announced a new Global Flex Award that provides U.S. academics and professionals with the flexibility to engage in advanced regional or trans-regional research and/or teaching. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to collaborate and engage in scholarly activities in two or three countries, in one or more regions.


Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus. Submitted proposals should reflect topics which would benefit from a global perspective and clearly demonstrate a need to spend time in each of the proposed countries. Applications are due on Monday, August 3, 2015. For more information visit the Fulbright website or contact



Student Job Openings at the Office of International Education

globe and computer miceThe Office of International Education is looking to fill several positions for this summer and the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in gaining experience in the field of international education – these jobs are for you! Check JobConnection for application instructions. If any of the positions haven't been posted yet, they will be soon.

Global Student Assistant for Communications: This position supports marketing and communication efforts in the office. Responsibilities include writing and managing newsletters, updating social media platforms, promoting events, graphic design work, coordinating volunteers, and project management.

Global Student Assistant for International Student and Scholar Services: This position assists staff with the international student admissions process. Students provide support for recruitment activities such as monitoring and responding to email inquiries, entering vital data from applications in the university's database, and other administrative projects.

Global Student Assistant for Study Abroad:
Study Abroad GSAs provide administrative support for the entire study abroad process. Tasks include promoting programs, collecting and tracking applications, editing pre-departure handbooks, preparing orientation sessions and resource materials, as well as responding to inquiries, among other projects.

Global Student Assistant for ESL: The ESL Global Student Ambassador will work 7-10 hours a week assisting the ESL lecturers in correcting tests and homework from the ESL listening, reading and writing courses. The ESL Global Student Ambassador will also assist in data entry and light photo-copying.



Neuroscientists say travel leads to creativity

There are many benefits to studying abroad like making new friends, having new experiences or living on your own. But in recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have learned that spending time abroad may have the potential to affect mental change. According to research reviewed by Brent Crane for The Atlantic, creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is wired. He writes, "Neural pathways are influenced by environment and habit, meaning they’re also sensitive to change: New sounds, smells, language, tastes, sensations, and sights spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to revitalize the mind."

Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School has authored numerous studies on the connection between creativity and international travel. Galinsky says: “The key, critical process is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. Someone who lives abroad and doesn’t engage with the local culture will likely get less of a creative boost than someone who travels abroad and really engages in the local environment.”

Traveling may have other brain benefits, too. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California, says that cross-cultural experiences have the potential to strengthen a person’s sense of self. “What a lot of psychological research has shown now is that the ability to engage with people from different backgrounds than yourself, and the ability to get out of your own social comfort zone, is helping you to build a strong and acculturated sense of your own self,” she says. “Our ability to differentiate our own beliefs and values … is tied up in the richness of the cultural experiences that we have had.”


So get out there – see the world! The benefits are endless.



China's appetite for Spanish language is growing

HolaA Chinese government official recently remarked at an international forum on Spanish that the demand for teachers and language learning opportunities is not being met in China. The PIE news reported that in 2013, the Spanish government made targeted efforts to increase its influence in Asia, specifically China. Trade ties have grown over the past decade, and the demand for Spanish language learning has increased significantly.


“The job opportunities for Spanish speakers is constantly growing, especially for teachers,” commented Lu Jingsheng, the Chinese government’s National Coordinator for Spanish. “China is a challenge, but also a great business opportunity.” He added that around 40,000 students are enrolled in Spanish teaching courses creating a trend that has put Spanish on course to overtake traditionally studied European languages French and German.



Marquette alumnus featured in University of Southern Denmark Admissions video

University of Southern Denmark created a video featuring Marquette alumnus Blake Brigman! Blake studies brand management and marketing communications and has learned to speak Danish throughout his time abroad. He hope to one day live in Denmark after his studies. Check out his story about studying and living in Denmark 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.

Farewell Celebration
Friday, May 1
4-6 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

As the semester comes to a close, we want to take the time to recognize the important contributions all our students make to the campus community, to bid a fond farewell to those who are leaving us and to celebrate the accomplishments of all the May and August graduates. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held from 4 to 6 pm at OIE (Holthusen Hall 4th Floor). All students, family members and friends are invited to attend.


Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival

May 1-3
Marquette University

The inaugural Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication and will show environmental movies from around the world, with some screenings including question-and-answer sessions with visiting filmmakers. Admission is free. For film titles, dates and times, visit


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.”


Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. presents "Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God"

Thursday, May 7
7 p.m.
Church of The Gesu (Upper Church)

Father Boyle is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the U.S., now in its 25th year. His dedication to finding a place for all in our society brought him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles, where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 through 1992. It was there that Father Greg started what would become Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that employs and trains more than 300 former gang-members every year in seven social enterprises. Homeboy Industries also provides critical services to the 12,000 people who walk through the doors every year seeking a better life. Father Greg is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” There is no charge for Fr. Greg’s presentation, but a donation of a non-perishable food item for Central City Churches Outreach Ministry would be welcomed!


2015 Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 17
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
BMO Harris Bradley Center

Marquette University alumna Sister Margaret “Peggy” O’Neill, S.C., will be the keynote speaker at Marquette University’s 134th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 17. Sister O’Neill is the founder of El Centro Arte Para la Paz in El Salvador, an agency dedicated to helping the country’s poor and marginalized. Learn more about Sister O'Neill





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
- Fulbright Junior Internship Program
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement




Dr. Stephen Saunders
Department of Psychology

Last year the Office of International Education sponsored Dr. Stephen Saunders, professor and director of clinical training, to travel to Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest, Romania to help facilitate a mental health conference. Run by Dr. James Maddux, a professor emeritus at George Mason University, the conference filled a training gap in Romania and provided professional development workshops for mental health professionals from across the country. Professors from University of Colorado and University of Alabama Birmingham also traveled to the conference to speak on issues of mental health. In prior years, Maddux has held training workshops in Latvia, Ukraine and Moldova.

With the help of OIE, Dr. Saunders will assist again with Dr. Maddux's professional mental health training workshops this summer. The same academic group is planning a new round of workshops with the University of Porto in Portugal. Saunders stated, “Similar to Romania, Portugal is a fairly impoverished country with the result that the training of mental health professionals is deficient.” The group will provide three to four days of day-long workshops for professionals. In addition, the team will offer consultation services at several local mental health clinics and discuss research and teaching opportunities with faculty in Portugal.

In the future the group hopes to establish a formal project that will involve students. Dr. Saunders stated, “The students would be supervised by faculty at their home institution. This developing project is of great interest to the American Psychological Association (APA), and numerous universities around the country are getting involved. I am part of the organizing committee because of my work last year in Romania with Dr. James Maddux.”


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