Enter to win the MU Global International Photo Contest

Photo ContestThe Office of International Education will hold its seventh annual International Photo Contest on OIE’s Marquette Global Facebook page. All Marquette students are invited to submit photos that capture the essence of Marquette Global. Submit your photos using the International Photo Contest tab on the Facebook page by Sunday, Nov. 15.
To vote, viewers need to visit the Marquette Global Facebook page during International Education Week starting on Nov. 16 through Nov. 20. The photos with the most votes will receive awards over $100 value:

For contest rules and submission instructions, please visit the International Photo Contest tab on the Marquette Global Facebook page. Winners will be announced on Friday, Nov 20.


International Education Week kicks off November 16 - 20

Students in South AfricaA joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It is through focusing on international perspectives and understanding that we become better collaborators, competitors and compassionate neighbors in today's global society. From November 16- 20, the university will be hosting a wide variety of international themed events for students and faculty.

Tuesday, November 17
America’s Coalition Against the Islamic State: Report Card After 18 Months
4:30 p.m. | AMU 227
Former ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford will discuss the progress of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State.

Wednesday, November 18
Soup with Substance: Global Health and Justice in Health Care: A Liberating Approach From Below
12 p.m. | AMU 157
Alexandre Martins, Ph.D. candidate in theology, will share his experiences researching social justice and the barriers to health care in Bolivia.

Exploring China
3 p.m. | Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites
Marquette student Andrea Edwards will share her experiences studying in China and how the Gilman scholarship helped make study abroad a reality.

Photography 101: A primer for travel
4 p.m. | Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites
Join Dan Johnson, MU chief photographer, to learn the basics on how to document your experience abroad through photos you’ll treasure for years.

Blogging From Abroad
5 p.m. | Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites
The MU Writing Center shares tips on how to successfully share your experiences abroad through a personal blog.

Thursday, November 19
Arabic Souk/Arabic Market
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | AMU 2nd Floor
Experience a traditional Arabic Market with the Arabic Language and Culture Club.

International Pop Quiz @ the Annex
9 p.m. | Annex

Friday, November 20
Europe: Integration/Disintegration? (click here for PDF event poster)
8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. | | Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites
Join MU faculty experts at this daylong symposium focused on the contemporary issues facing the European Union.



Maximize your international experiences and earn elective credit

stack of booksThe 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.



Rabbis take up collection for damage done to Muslim property in Israel

A Jewish woman and Muslim man talking to one anotherFollowing recent Israeli-Palestinian violence in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, Israeli Rabbis took up a collection for damage done to Muslim property as a sign of interfaith unity. Among the Muslims who bore substantial property damage were a number of people involved with the Interfaith Encounter Association, an Israeli-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study. They believe that religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts in the region. The organization maintains on-going interfaith encounter groups that bring together neighboring communities to foster mutual respect and friendship. IEA supports 14 groups that bring together Israelis and West Bank Palestinians.



Mexico offers university scholarships to Syrian refugees

Habesha Project PosterEssa Hassan was named the first recipient of The Habesha Project, a full-scholarship program that will enable 30 Syrian refugees to continue their university studies in Mexico. This program was designed in light of the current Syrian conflict and rapid increase of Syrian refugees, specifically in Mexico.

The Habesha Project is funded through private donations with the focus to “send a message of solidarity to the Syrian nation.” Recipients receive “full scholarships in some of the most prestigious Mexican universities, health insurance and a monthly stipend.” This project will enable Hassan to continue his engineering studies at the Universidad Panamericana in Aguascalientes.

Beyond supporting Syrian refugees through education, the Habesha Project views program recipients and the project itself “as an asset and opportunity to promote an intercultural dialogue that fosters an international culture of peace.”



Studies show that international experiences contribute to career readiness

Think. Live. Work. GlobalInternational experience is becoming increasingly important to include on a resume. The Institute of International Education outlines eight studies that demonstrate the affect study abroad can have on creativity, cognitive ability and student success. Studies also document how intercultural competencies make up a necessary skill set to be successful in the modern workplace. Click here to view the complete list and links to these studies.



Female leaders talk to teens about the power of an educated girl

Image of speakers on the stage at the eventMichelle Obama alongside activist Charlize Theron, former Australian Prime minister Julia Gillard and Nurfahada, 16 year-old Plan International ambassador, participated in a recent panel discussing the power and importance of education for girls.

Speaking to an audience of nearly a thousand teenage girls, each panel member stresses the significance and opportunity an education really holds. But as Obama explains, receiving an education is beyond attending class each day. It’s about the work put in, reading, writing, the grades received, and not being intimidated to compete with the boys.

The discussion reached beyond the academic classroom setting. Activist Charlize Theron said “the empowerment of women is so important. World Poverty, world hunger health issues–all of this stuff lies within the empowerment for young girls and women.”

Glamour magazine sponsored the event in support of the magazine’s The Girl Project and the White House’s Let Girls Learn initiative championing efforts to help girls around the globe attend and complete school. The event also promoted the new White House #62MillionGirls social media campaign.



The Boren Awards: A Report of Oral Language Proficiency Gains During Academic Study Abroad

Boren Awards LogoLast month the International Institute of Education released a new report examining the language gains made by recipients of Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for language study overseas. The Boren Awards allow undergraduate and graduate students to “study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East” To date, this report is one of the largest presentations of data on oral language proficiency gains during study abroad.

The authors conducted research on 2,466 Boren recipients studying 53 different languages who received the award between 1996 and 2011. Research indicated that recipients studying for six months or longer can make an average increase in two sublevels on the oral proficiency scale while new language learners can make a four sublevel gain in three months or fewer. Participating, learning and immersing oneself in a lesser-known language can have impressive impact language proficiency. View the full report on the IIE website.



5 ways international students, parents can discuss liberal arts

International student talking to her momDeciding to follow an education or career path that does not match with your parent’s insights or opinions can be challenging. Recently US News published an article from an international student point of view on discussing a liberal arts education with your parents.

The key takeaway is all about communication when presenting (what some parents might classify as surprising) news. The first step involves having a personal understanding of what a liberal arts education entails and why you want to pursue this. From there, knowing your parents and how to present this information to them in a gradual manner is also important. Additionally, looking to others for support on this decision and being patient in explaining your choice is beneficial as well.

It is also important to remember after reviewing decision and hearing your parents reasoning, changing your mind or modifying you plan is okay too. Including a handful of liberal arts courses instead of making it your primary academic focus is a great alternative. Communicating with your parents in an effective manner will help you both realize and conclude what academic path is best for you. 




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.


Brazilian Cultural History and Linguistic Identity
Monday, November 9
2 p.m.
Todd Wehr 100

Learn more about Brazil’s cultural history and linguistic identity from speakers Dr. André Joanilho and Dr. Mariângela Joanilho of State University of Londrina-Brazil. This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Office of International Education and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.


Lorenzo Mateo Francisco: Guatemalan Journalist and Recipient of the 2015 Human Rights Defender Award
Monday, November 9
7:30 p.m.
La Casa de Esperanza 410 Arcadia Ave., Waukesha

Lorenzo Mateo Francisco, a member of the community news agency Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press Group) and the coordinator of the Snuq' Jolom Konob' community radio station in Santa Eulalia, will speak about the repression of community journalism in Guatemala. He will share information about local resistance movements, as well as the criminalization of community leaders from his region. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by Guatemalan Human Rights Commission USA and Plowshares


Building a Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Students
Tuesday, November 10
5-6 p.m.
Cudahy 001

The Academic Integrity Council invites you to join Dr. James Lang in a talk with students in leadership roles about ways to build a culture of integrity. In this special session, he will ask student leaders for their impressions of academic integrity on campus and show them how they can help make a positive change the culture. Lang is an associate professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Soup with Substance: Native Americans in Wisconsin
Wednesday, November 11
12-1 p.m.
AMU 157

Inspired by the round table discussions of Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker Movement, Soup with Substance is a noon-time series of presentations on contemporary issues related to peacemaking and social justice. Soup with Substance is open to the public and a simple meal of soup and bread is provided at each presentation. This month the presentation will focus on Native Americans in Wisconsin.


America's Coalition Against the Islamic State:
Report Card after 18 months

Tuesday, Nov. 17
4:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Robert S. Ford joined the U.S. Foreign Service in the 1980s, serving 30 years in appointments throughout Africa and the Middle East before resigning in 2014 due to differing opinions on U.S. policy in Syria. A leading expert on the Middle East, Ford is currently a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. As the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014, Ford proposed and implemented policy while developing common strategies with European and Middle Eastern allies in efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria.


Soup With Substance - Global Health and Justice in Health Care: A Liberating Approach From Below
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Noon- 1 p.m.
AMU 157

Alexandre Martins, Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department, will share his experiences researching social justice and the barriers to health care in Bolivia from the perspective of the poor and marginalized. His presentation will highlight the structural violence that prevents Bolivians from accessing health care and bringing their voices to the healthcare debate.


The China Experience
Wednesday, Nov. 18
3-4 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites

Join study abroad alumni Andrea Edwards to learn about the national Gilman International Scholarship Program available to students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Edwards will talk through the Gilman application requirements and process as well as share her experiences studying in China last summer.


Photography 101
Wednesday, Nov. 18
4-5 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites

One of the best ways to remember your study abroad experience is through photos. Looking at a photo slide show will bring back the vivid memories of the people you met, the things you learned, and the places you visited. Whether you rarely take photos now or are an avid photographer, this session is for you. Join Dan Johnson, Marquette chief photographer, to learn the basics about how to take great photos that you will treasure for years. Whether you are using a smartphone or a DSLR camera, the basics never change. Learn about composition, lighting, resolution and more.


Photography 101: A Primer for Travel
Wednesday, Nov. 18
4-5 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites

One of the best ways to remember your study abroad experience is through photos. Looking at a photo slide show will bring back the vivid memories of the people you met, the things you learned, and the places you visited. Whether you rarely take photos now or are an avid photographer, this session is for you. Join Dan Johnson, Marquette chief photographer, to learn the basics about how to take great photos that you will treasure for years. Whether you are using a smartphone or a DSLR camera, the basics never change. Learn about composition, lighting, resolution and more.


Blogging From Abroad
Wednesday, Nov. 18
5-6 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suites

Are you planning to study abroad or do you like traveling in general? Do you want to know how to write about it? Sharing your experiences while abroad can be very personally satisfying.  It also gives you the opportunity to tell about a place many of your family, friends, and larger audience may have never been. Join the Marquette Writing Center workshop to talk about ideas for what to write about while abroad, different mediums you can use for blogs, and how to overcome the challenges of staying true to your commitment to post. 


Arab Souk/Market
Thursday, Nov. 19
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
AMU 2nd Floor

Experience a traditional Arabic market: food, sweets, tea, coffee, culture and music. Try on traditional clothes and learn about Arabic culture and language. This event is sponsored by the Arabic Language and Culture Club.


International Pop Quiz at the Annex
Thursday, Nov. 19
9 p.m.
Union Sports Annex

Pop Quiz is a trivia contest for teams of two or more. This week’s Pop Quiz will feature international trivia. First, second, and third place teams will win Marquette Cash and a Marquette Global t-shirt. There will also be a “Lightening Round” where one lucky contestant will win a plate of nachos for their table.


Symposium - Europe: Integration/Disintegration?
Friday, Nov. 20
8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites

Developed by Marquette faculty from a variety of disciplines, this symposium will focus on the current issues facing the European Union. Faculty panels will address topics including immigration and migration, economics, Russia and Ukraine, social policy, austerity policies and more. The symposium is sponsored by the Office of International Education and the Raynor Memorial Libraries. Click here for the full daily schedule.


Unity Jam
Thursday, November 19
9 p.m.
AMU Marquette Place

Bilingual hip hop artist/producer Olmeca will provide a one hour performance, channeling personal story-telling by weaving song, poetry, and dialogue. Olmeca describes his upbringing and gives social commentary with charisma. He has worked with migrant communities, black and brown youth, farmworkers, indigenous groups and his cultural analysis has been esteemed with organization and academic circles. This event is sponsored by Youth Empowered in the Struggle.


Thanksgiving Celebration
Friday, November 20
3-5 p.m.
Center for Intercultural Engagement, AMU 111

Join the Center for Intercultural Engagement to share what your thankful for and enjoy some of your favorite thanksgiving foods.


International Research Poster Session
Wednesday, December 2
1-3:30 (reception to follow)
AMU Ballrooms

The Office of International Education will host the Marquette International Research Poster Session in conjunction with the Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn about research projects and connect with faculty and students across the university. A reception will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the event.




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.

- Palestinian American Research Center Fellowships and Seminars




Becky Temple photo

Becky Temple
Biomedical Engineering '17
Study Abroad: Galway, Ireland; Spring 2015

Becky Temple is a junior at Marquette University studying Biomedical Engineering. Similar to many other students, Temple wanted to study abroad to travel the world, see the sights she had only seen in photos and take the opportunity to embrace traveling while she’s young, capable and open to everything she would be experiencing. Hearing about other’s travel experience only pushed her further to take advantage of the chance to study abroad.

Driven by the same desire and passion to study abroad as her peers, Becky faced one challenge unlike others wishing to study abroad. This challenge was overcoming the stigma that “engineers can’t study abroad and graduate on time.” But, Temple proved that she could do it all: follow her engineering passion, her desire to travel and still graduate on time.

Intending to beat the “engineering stigma” and just like all other study abroad students Temple knew that studying abroad takes extensive planning. After discovering that Galway, Ireland could accommodate her biomedical engineering degree, Temple explained she quickly realized “being on top of your prerequisites and communicating with your advisor is essential to being able to go abroad, especially as an engineer.”

Temple’s preparations far surpassed the standard preparations for a semester overseas. While Temple still had to follow protocol for applying through Marquette’s OIE, applying to her study abroad program and meeting with advisors, her main focus was on her academics. Temple explains, “My main preparation was in coursework. In addition to taking summer courses (Chemistry I & II), I took some classes ahead of schedule from what Marquette had set up for me. I also did a lot of research on my own and communicated with my school in Galway as to what courses they offered and what semester and getting them approved by my Marquette advisor”. Due to her course work preparations, Temple was able to take Biomedical Physics, Microbiology, Materials Science and European Women Gender Studies while in Ireland to keep her on track with her biomedical engineering degree.  

Upon reflecting on the study abroad process, Temple shares a valuable piece of advice to others looking to study abroad, “Prepare to be independent! Studying abroad is meant for people who can take the initiative to make things happen.” From her beginning preparations to immersing herself in another culture and everything in between, this mentality is what provided her a successful study abroad experience and a semester she will never forget.



Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
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(414) 288-7289