MU International Research Poster Session deadline extended to Nov. 2

Poster Session PresenterThe Office of International Education encourages faculty from all disciplines engaged in international-related research to showcase their work among colleagues and students at the International Research Poster Session. Participants will be eligible for a $3,000 International Research Award. The deadline to submit abstracts and grant application letters has been extended to November 2. This is a great opportunity for faculty looking for funding for summer 2016 research and scholarship.

The poster session will be held on December 1 from 1-3:30 p.m. in collaboration with the 10th annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This unique event provides a wonderful opportunity to share research ambitions and connect with faculty and students across the university.

To participate, please follow the detailed guidelines on the OIE International Research Poster Session webpage. Contact or x8-5762 with any questions.

For assistance creating poster,s ORSP has partnered with the Ott Memorial Writing Center to offer: Advanced Posters on Tues. Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A.



Global Village is accepting ambassador applications through Oct. 2

Global VillageThe Global Village program was created to help international exchange students transition to life at Marquette. Housed on the 3rd floor of the Campus Town West apartment complex, Global Village is known as a tight-knit community with 60 students calling it home. Each apartment typically houses two Marquette students known as ambassadors and two international students. Throughout the semester, the ambassadors and international students spend a significant amount of time together exploring Marquette and the greater Milwaukee area. The relationships established through this program are often long lasting and many students continue to stay in touch with their friends across the world. Current sophomore and junior students are eligible to apply.

Apply today! Questions? Contact



Free & discounted tickets available for Next Act Theatre production addressing the Arab experience post 9/11

Back of the Throat production posterMohammad ElBsat, Marquette alum and international student from Lebanon, plays Asfoor in Next Act Theatre's production of "Back of the Throat" by Yussef El Guindi. The production runs October 1-25. The story takes place in New York, soon after 9/11. Khaled, an Arab American writer, receives a cordial visit from Carl and Bartlett, two government officials. But their friendly demeanor slowly devolves into aggressive suspicion, and Khaled finds himself accused of possible ties to terrorists. Amidst the swirling accusations, the situation turns increasingly surreal and Khaled struggles desperately to hang on to what he once knew was true. 

Free tickets: OIE has 8 free tickets available for the Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m. showing and 10 free tickets available for Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. showing. Email to request tickets. Two ticket maximum per request.

Discounts: Next Act offers a $5 discount to students when purchasing in advance. They also offer student rush beginning a half hour before each performance. The student rush price is half off regular tickets. All discounts are subject to availability.


Les Aspin Center offering study abroad opportunity over winter break

Africa outlineThe Les Aspin Center for Government is offering a study abroad opportunity in Ghana over winter break. In this three-credit course, students examine the manner in which culture, values and identity shape global and domestic politics in a developing democracy. Applications are available online and are due by Friday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Meghan Lefeber, manager of business and programs for the Les Aspin Center for Government.



"What is Hispanic?" A Haggerty Art Museum exhibit

Haggerty Art MuseumThe Haggerty Art Museum has collaborated with Dr. Scott Dale, associate professor of Spanish at Marquette University, on an art exhibit titled "What is Hispanic?". The exhibit is currently on display at the Haggerty Art Museum until December 2015.

Dr. Dale was awarded with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant that made the collaboration and exhibit possible. As described by the Haggerty Art Museum, "The Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and 'humanistic' social sciences"

"Looking at art created by Hispanic artists from different centuries and different countries is a creative way to better understand the intricacies of Hispanic cultures from all over the world," explains Dr. Dale.

The What is Hispanic? exhibit will feature works from Hispanic artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Enrique Chagoya, Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies and Diego Rivera. The pieces included in the exhibit will focus on themes such as politics, sexuality, history, family, migration and social justice.



Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honors Society receives top honors

Sigma Delta Pi logoMarquette University's Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, was recognized as one of the top outstanding Sigma Delta Pi chapters nation wide and honored with the Ignacio and Sophie Galbis award for their efforts during the academic year. Additionally, the chapter was recognized as an "Honor Chapter" for the 23rd consecutive year.

Of the 600 Sigma Delta Pi chapters nation wide, only 12 chapters were recognized with the prestigious Ignacio and Sophie Galbis award and only 10-15 chapters were recognized as an "Honor Chapter". 

Dr. Germán D. Carrillo, the chapter's advisor and Professor of Spanish at Marquette University, plays a significant role in Marquette qualifying and receiving such an award.  Dr. Carrillo was also personal recognized as one of the top chapter advisers of the year with the 2015 Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award.



Marquette students celebrate "A Chinese Cultural Night"

Chinese dragonThe Chinese Charity and Language Club, the International Business Students Association and the Chinese Students Association collaborated for the first time to host “A Chinese Cultural Night” in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Brett Hornung, president of the Chinese Charity and Language Club, explained that the purpose of the event was to spread Chinese culture across campus. Rachel Fricke, president of the International Business Students Association was excited to connect with her Asian heritage, “The last time I ate moon cakes was in Taiwan 11 years ago.” Nearly 100 students participated in the event last, which was held last Monday.



A conversation on ethical global service

Globe in girl's handsEarlier this year The New York Times featured a short documentary profiling a Kenyan activist who asks American student volunteers: “Why do you want to help us?,” he continues, “Help your own country.” Boniface Mwangi explains in the op-doc, “There is the idea that you need to be helped…but I know as human beings our challenges and struggles are connected.” Mwangi raises two ethical issues that have long been talked about in the field of international education – the value of international service and its connection between the local and global.

In today’s newscasts, current events can no longer be divided so easily by local, national and world news. What is happening on a national and international scale greatly shapes what is happening here locally. Universities have the opportunity to engage in international education as a method to prepare students to engage with the world and the international dimensions of the community in which we live.

As universities and schools expand global learning international service, we must ensure that programs are meaningful, community-driven and cooperative global service partnerships. in a recent video states, “(International) communities value service partnerships that ensure community voice and self-direction through an asset-based capacity building lens leveraging strengths already present in the community.” The community in which our students serve must be deeply involved in any project.

Marquette University has addressed this issue through the formation of an ad hoc committee that identified a set of criteria from which the university can evaluate potential twining relationships. This Marquette International Community Partnership Model will enable the university to twine with an international community in an intentional manner developing a mutually beneficial relationship at all levels.

This model closely follows the best practices around global learning, cooperative development and community-campus partnerships., a website that amasses evidence-based tools to advance best practices in global learning and is edited by researchers and practitioners, put together a three-minute video that summarizes the research insights on the good and bad community impacts of international volunteering and voluntouring. View the video and join the conversation online.




77% of parents would consider study abroad for children, says HSBC report

Study Abroad imageRecently, a UK banking and financial service company HSBC conducted a survey asking 5,500 parents across 16 countries their thoughts on sending their child to study abroad while an undergrad or in their postgraduate years.

The survey indicated that 77% of parents would consider sending their child to study abroad. Their reasoning? A study abroad opportunity would make their child a more appealing candidate in today's competitive job market.

"This is why many parents – especially in Asia – are willing to send children abroad at university, and pay more for the experience compared to what they would pay to educate their child at home" explains Caroline Connellan, Head of UK Wealth at HSBC.

In addition to gaining an advantage in the job market, 78% of parents surveyed said studying abroad would allow their child to gain more knowledge about the world and 51% of parents said sending their child to study abroad would provide the opportunity for an experience in a different culture.

No matter the draw to send children to study abroad, the percentage of parents who would even consider sending their child to study abroad varies from country to country. Between 80% and 88% of parents from countries including Malaysia, Turkey, China and India reported that they would send their child to study abroad. While in comparison between 52% and 59% of parents from Australia, Canada and the United States would send their child to study abroad in their undergraduate or postgraduate years.



Resources to infuse international perspectives into the classroom

NAFSA logoNAFSA, a nonprofit association of international educators, has introduced the Teaching Learning and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community, a resource portal that educators can utilize to share tools, research and best practices on infusing international, intercultural and global knowledge into higher education. The TLS Knowledge Community focuses on " curriculum internationalization, research that informs practice, and intercultural communication." Resources include an intercultural activity toolbox, a global studies literature review and best practices of infusing global perspectives into the classroom, among others. For more information, visit the NAFSA website.



Building bridges in times of crisis

flag people around a globeIIE President and CEO Allan Goodman shared his remarks on "building bridges in times of crisis" given at the summit on the internationalization of higher education convened in Germany in conjunction with this summer’s G7. "The world we share is made less dangerous when we promote international exchange and respond to emergencies with rescue schemes whenever they arise," writes Goodman. He notes that educational partnerships are often forged in even the most politically challenging areas.





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.


Family Weekend: OIE Open House
Saturday, October 3
10-12 p.m.

Bring your parents to visit the Office of International Education and learn about study abroad opportunities, international programming and other cross-cultural exchange opportunities.


Apple Holler Excursion
Saturday, October 3
1 – 5 p.m.
Advanced registration required. Registered students will experience a traditional hayride, pick apples, visit the pumpkin patch and explore all the fun activities at Apple Holler.


Milwaukee Brewers to host Marquette College Cap Night
Friday, October 2
7:10 p.m.
Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers will host Marquette College Cap Night on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:10 p.m. The Brewers are playing the Chicago Cubs. Members of the Marquette community can enjoy up to $10 off tickets. Tickets are available in the Field Outfield Box and the Terrace Box and start at $16. Go online for instructions on how to purchase tickets. Click “buy now” to purchase this special ticket package. Individuals must order through this webpage to receive a voucher for the Marquette-themed hat.


Global Chefs at Marquette
Marquette Dining Services will host two events on campus Oct. 5-6. Two chefs will train Sodexo regional chefs on how to create authentic dishes from Singapore, France and Germany. More information is available online.

Sampling the Cuisine of Singapore, Germany and France
Monday, October 5
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
AMU 2nd Floor
Free with a meal plan.

Global Chef Lunch with Chef Leow Norman of Singapore
Friday, October 6
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
McCormick Hall Dining Room


International Students - Working in the U.S.: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, October 7
3:30-4:30 p.m.
David Straz Hall, Room 256

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.  This session will include a special focus on Business related careers, but all students are welcome. 


Teachings of Pope Francis
Thursday, Oct. 8
noon-1 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites

The Office of Mission and Ministry will host a luncheon to discuss the teachings of Pope Francis Thursday, Oct. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites. Join a group of colleagues from across campus to discuss Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and the invitations he continues to issue through his Papal Encylical, Laudato Si. To register, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry.


Marquette Soccer World Cup Celebration
Thursday, October 8
7 p.m. vs Xavier

Marquette soccer extends a special invite to Marquette international students to join them at the October 8 game vs Xavier. All students are invited to attend and wear their international soccer jerseys.


Equality, Difference, and Inclusion: 25th Annual Congress of the International Association of Hispanic Women's Literature and Culture
October 8-10, 2015
Laulumiere Hall

The 25th Annual Congress of AILCFH will be held at Marquette University. Professors from around the world will be in attendance to speak about gender debates, equality, difference, inclusion and much more. For more information visit and to register for the three-day event click here.


Muslim Student Association Eid Dinner
Friday, October 9
7-10 p.m.
AMU Room 163

The Muslim Student Association invites all interested students and faculty to join in the annual Eid celebration with friends, food, henna and more. Dinner is free; however, advanced registration is required. No tickets will be available at the door. Click here to register.


Marquette Madness
Friday, October 9
7-9 p.m.
Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th Street

This annual event marks the start of the Marquette basketball season and is a tradition not to be missed! All Marquette students and their families are welcome to attend. 


Latino Ministries Retreat
October 10-11
Casa Romero Renewal Center, 423 W. Bruce St. Milwaukee

This retreat will be tailored especially to Latino students and those who are familiar with Latino populations through internships, study abroad, immersion experiences, etc. It will feature talks by both students and staff. The retreat will be a chance to reflect specifically on Latino experience in the United States and at Marquette through the lens of spirituality. Come build our spiritual home at Marquette!

The retreat is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Marquette community. There is a $30 registration fee. For more information click here.
To register visit:


Carolyn Forche Boheim Lecture: "Writing into the World: A Poet's Journey of Witness"
Monday, October 12
6 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites

Carolyn Forché is a poet and the editor of two best-selling poetry anthologies, She has been widely honored, receiving the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and most recently, The Academy of American Poets Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. She has taught writing and literature for forty years, and has read her poetry around the world. In this lecture she will concentrate in part on her work in El Salvador.

Dr. Forché is a Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Invited to Marquette University as 2015-2016 AMWU Chair in Humanistic Studies, Carolyn Forché is teaching poetry at the English Department, giving public readings, and mentoring Milwaukee’s young poets in the Fall of 2015.


Study Abroad Office Hours at the Center for Intercultural Engagement
Thursday, October 15
3-4 p.m.
CIE, AMU 111

Stop by the Study Abroad Office Hours at the Center for Intercultural Engagement in AMU and get all your questions answered by study abroad advisor Jessica Lothman.


Bilingual Spanish Mass
Thursday, October 15
10 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Join Campus Ministry to celebrate Mass in Spanish at St. Joan of Arc Chapel.


An Evening of Latin Dance
Saturday, October 18
7-11 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Join the Center for Intercultural Engagement in the closing event for Hispanic Heritage month! This will be an evening filled with food and dancing. Enjoy a nice meal and brush up on your dancing skills with a salsa, merengue and bachata dance lesson. We hope to see you there!

Space is limited so click here to reserve your FREE ticket now! Co-sponsored by HPGM student Chapter.




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.

- Bridging Scholarship for study abroad in Japan – applications due Oct. 8
- Short-term study abroad program in Brazil: “Strategy & Marketing for Emerging Countries” (IBS Americas Scholarship Program)
- Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship




Alexis Krueger

Alexis Krueger
Graduation Year: BS 2014, MS 2016
Biocomputing Engineering

In the fall of 2013, Alexis Krueger made a comment in an engineering class that she wanted to volunteer abroad for a summer after graduation. Her professor overheard her comment. They put their heads together and decided she should apply for the Whitaker International Fellowship.

“The Whitaker Fellowship is a sort of design-your-own program. You contact and coordinate with the school and professor of your choice abroad and develop a plan of the activities and timeline,” said Krueger.

After a long application process and with the support of Marquette professor Dr. Robert Scheidt, Krueger was granted the Whitaker Fellowship and was off to pursue her Masters at the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy where she currently resides now.

“Now I’m here working in the neurolab at the University of Genoa under my advisor Dr. Maura Casadio,” said Krueger. “My research attempts to simulate sensory feedback that is often lost in stroke survivors. Sometimes after a stroke the person no longer has a good sense of where their body is in space. I hope to use vibrotactile cues to emulate this lost sense and improve recovery.”

The neurolab Krueger is involved in is very international, with many students and professors spending parts of their studies and careers abroad. She states one of her biggest challenges while being abroad is her lack of education about countries outside of the U.S. and how that has made for several “awkward situations” for her.

“I have been introduced to people from countries I cannot place on a map, or that I can only place on a map,” said Krueger. “Though I would say I have at least average world knowledge for a US-educated student, I feel very behind here, and this is something I am working on remedying.”

Despite some obvious challenges, Krueger says her Italian is improving and her over all communication skills are improving due to working with such a diverse range of people.

“I am gaining a much more balanced view of the United States and the world. Living inside your native country you cannot see how many ways it might be different, or you hear of other places through the mouths of people who have never been. But having moved outside for an extended period of time, you get a totally different view,” said Krueger. “It is absolutely changing my world view and opening my eyes to a number of other world views as well.”

Krueger’s advice for current engineering students who are thinking of studying or working abroad is to communicate with your professors about opportunities or connections they may have in other places. “Getting introduced to a professional/professor abroad is a great way to get started, and they are often happy to help you make it happen. If a semester study abroad experience doesn't work, keep an eye out for other options like a summer internships or gap year before going onto a graduate program.”

Krueger will be continuing her Master’s program at University of Genoa until May 2016. She hopes to continue to be involved in international collaborations and projects, but for now she chooses to focus on the present.

“I am enjoying the chance to simply be in the present and experience a new culture, without being so caught up in the after,” said Krueger. “It’s amazing how this can free your mind and self to connect with yourself and the world. I am giving my time here the chance to change my plans.”



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