A warm welcome to new international students

A group of international studentsThe Office of International Education is happy to welcome its newest group of international students. From China to Nigeria, 146 undergraduates, graduate and professional students arrived on campus to begin their degrees at Marquette this fall. In addition, a record 55 international exchange students have joined us this fall for a semester or academic year from Marquette partner institutions around the world. These students represent 33 countries across the globe.

All new international students came together for three days of orientation to get acquainted with the campus and life at Marquette. After a day full of information, new students met current students and the Marquette Golden Eagle at a welcome picnic where they played games and got to know each other. Please help welcome our international students to the Marquette family.



Study Abroad Fair Friday, Sept. 11

study abroad fair posterStudying abroad is a unique opportunity that allows you to explore new cultures, expand your comfort zone, experience self-growth and enhance your intercultural understanding. The Office of International Education and Office of International Business will be holding the Study Abroad Fair, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in West Towne Square outside of the AMU (rain location on the 2nd floor of AMU). Students will have to opportunity to explore Marquette study abroad programs and opportunities, talk with past study abroad alumni and ask questions to study abroad coordinators and representatives. To learn more about specific programs, attend region-specific information sessions September 8-12 in the OIE Program Center on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall.



Marquette names first James Foley scholar

James FoleyJake Zelinski, a high school graduate from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, has been named by the Diederich College of Communication as the first recipient of a Marquette scholarship named for alumnus James Foley on the one-year anniversary of his tragic death at the hands of Islamic State militants. Foley was a courageous and compassionate journalist committed to the work of peace and justice, both locally and globally through his deep desire to share the truth at all costs.

Zelinski, a digital media and theater arts major said, “To receive an award in honor of someone so loving and selfless to all those he encountered, as well as so brave and truthful in all of his endeavors was amazing. James Foley is the type of man I strive to be every day, and I could not be more honored and humbled to be the first Foley scholar.” Zelinski published a first-person account of what it means to honor the legacy of James Foley.

The James Foley Scholarship provides support to students who aspire to honor James Foley’s legacy of striving to make the world a better place through a commitment to social justice and service. The Marquette community will host a mass of remembrance with the Foley family on October 11 followed by participation in the James Foley Rosary for Peace alongside Catholic universities across the U.S. in addition to participation in the Foley Foundation Virtual 5K to raise funds for American hostage advocacy, press freedom and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Details for these events are available online.



Study abroad scholarship opportunities

A globe sitting on a pile of cashThere are a variety of scholarships available for study abroad students. Many scholarships target specific regions or students with a particular academic focus, while others are more general.

U.S. students looking to study abroad in Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East may be eligible for a Boren scholarship. Boren Awards for International Study supports students who study in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The deadline to apply for the Boren scholarship is February 9, 2016.

For U.S. students wishing to study or intern abroad elsewhere, the Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Students should apply by October 6, 2015 to be considered for spring 2016 aid. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to provide funding to students who might otherwise not study abroad due to financial constraints.

Students who plan to study abroad in Japan during the spring 2015 semester can now apply for the Bridging Scholarship. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible, and recipients will be chosen based on academic potential and financial need. The deadline to apply is October 8, 2015.

For more information about study abroad scholarships, visit the study abroad website or contact the Office of International Education at 288-7289.



MU professor emeritus earns a senior Fulbright Award to Armenia

Head shot of Peter TourmanoffDr. Peter Toumanoff, associate professor emeritus of economics at Marquette, has earned a senior Fulbright Award to Armenia where he will spend the first part of 2016 teaching at the Armenian State University of Economics in Yerevan. He will teach economic theory, mathematical economics and econometrics. This is Toumanoff’s third Fulbright. Toumanoff, whose father and grandfather were both born in Yerevan, is believed to be the first Fulbright scholar slated to teach at the school since it received university status in 2006.

“We are delighted that Peter is the first Fulbright scholar to teach at this university, and wish him well in his appointment,” said Joseph Daniels, chair of the economics department. “Peter has had a distinguished career at Marquette, and we are thrilled he has the opportunity to teach in a city where his family has deep roots.”

Toumanoff joined Marquette in 1979 as an assistant professor, and served as chairman of the economics department from 1991-1994. His research interests focus on reform efforts in communist and post-communist economies. In 2006, Toumanoff received a Fulbright to teach faculty development and curriculum development at a State Pedagogical University in Russia, and in 2001 and 2002, on another Fulbright, he spent six months at another International School of Business in Russia, lecturing on M.B.A. programs.



Marquette basketball gets an early start on European tour

MU basketball logo on top of a basketballThe Marquette University men’s basketball program took a 10-day trip through Italy and Switzerland August 10-20 this summer. The international tour provided Marquette an opportunity to start practicing and playing together more extensively in the off-season, creating a critical opportunity for the team to build camaraderie and get to know one another as players and teammates. According to USA Today research, of the 36 major-conference teams that embarked on international tours in the last five years, 20 increased their win total from the previous season. The hours of practice and game footage give coaches and players a jump-start on the season. Coach Wojciechowski explains, “You’re able to dig a lot deeper because of the foreign tour.” Read more about the pre-tour preparations on Sports Illustrated, watch the recorded games on YouTube, and follow the social media you missed on Storify.



An open letter to the parents of kids who hope to study abroad

A hand writing a letterEllery Fry, Comm ’17, draws from her own personal experience to address the parents of students who hope to study abroad. She addresses these parents with humor and authenticity, acknowledging the apprehension parents feel about sending their 19-year-old student halfway across the world. This is a great resource for students to share with their parents. Read the letter here.



OIE partners with the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival

Milwaukee Film LogoThe Office of International Education is a community partner again this year with the Milwaukee Film Festival, which will be held September 24-October 8 this year. OIE has sponsored two international films and will have 30 tickets available free of charge to each film for interested staff and students. Additional information will be available in the next edition of Marquette Global. The complete film festival schedule was released on September 3rd.



Marquette engineering students place sixth at RoboCup in China

MU Robot that competed in RobocupMarquette University Opus Engineering students traveled to China this summer to compete against teams from around the world for the Robot Soccer Cup (Robo Cup). The Marquette team consisted of four students and was led by Dr. Andrew Williams, professor of electrical and computer engineering. The students made up the only U.S. team represented in the TeenSize humanoid league and competed against teams from Germany, Canada, Iran, India and Taiwan. The Marquette Robo team received sixth place out of seven teams. Learn more about RoboCup here.


Cuba to host international education workshop

universidad cienfuegos logoOn Friday, August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry led the ceremony to raise the flag and officially open the U.S. Embassy in Havana. International educators from around the world are looking forward to positive changes between Cuba and the United States and quickly coordinated a unique workshop to further build relationships.

La Universidad de Cienfuegos (UCf), located in Cuba, will host the first annual Workshop for the Strategic Alliances for the Internationalization of Higher Education, also referred to as Cuba TIES 2015. This four-day bilingual workshop will take place October 27-30 and is the first event of its kind to be approved by the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The workshop will bring together universities, NGO’s and government officials from around the world to focus on the development of higher education, university communities and international education relations.





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.

Study Abroad Fair
Friday, September 11
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Outside AMU

Learn about Marquette's study abroad programs. Talk with advisors, program representatives and study abroad alumni. Find out what taking your education global is all about.


Study Abroad 101

Friday, September 11 (Every Friday)
3 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

All students (except for College of Business students…you meet with the Office of International Business Studies) interested in studying abroad are first asked to attend a Study Abroad 101 Session. These sessions are designed for students at the very beginning stages of the study abroad process and are led by OIE study abroad coordinators. Topics include selecting a study abroad program, academic planning, application procedures, finances and scholarships. No registration necessary.


Get a Degree in the UK or Ireland
Friday, September 11
Career Services, Holthusen Hall, 1st Floor
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Learn about how to apply to Graduate School and succeed in the UK or Ireland. Discover how you can gain your Master's degree in a year or a PHD degree in three years from world leading universities and gain an international experience which will set you apart!
This interactive session will be presented by King's College London and University College Dublin and covers an overview of UK and Irish graduate study, benefits of studying in the UK or Ireland, application process and how to find scholarships to support your study. The session will also discuss educational cultural differences between the US and UK and Ireland as well as provide tips for your academic success and beyond. This session is a must for anyone thinking of studying in the UK or Ireland.


Restaurant Discovery Night 2.0

Friday, September 11
Alumni Memorial Union (AMU), Room 157
6 - 8 PM

Join a student “host” for dinner at a Milwaukee restaurant. Discover a Milwaukee neighborhood while making new friends and sharing a meal. Groups will leave promptly at 6 pm from AMU 157. Be sure to bring your UPass and MU ID card or bus pass or money for bus fare as well as money for your dinner. All students, friends and family members are welcome to attend!


Indian Summer Festival
September 11-13
Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 North Harbor Drive

Indian Summer is a traditional Native American pow wow that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Indian people. The two-day event features tribal group dancing, musical performances, bow and arrow demos, boxing exhibitions, authentic Indian cuisine, lacrosse, drum circles, bead making workshops and a fireworks display.


Study Abroad Info Sessions
September 15-17
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Following the study abroad fair each semester, OIE holds information sessions covering specific programs within a geographical region. These sessions are led by study abroad coordinators, faculty leaders and program alumni.

Tuesday, September 15
French-Speaking Programs- 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Germany: 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM
Italy: 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 16

England and Ireland: 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Australia: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Spanish- Speaking Programs: 6:30-7:30

Thursday, September 17

South Africa: 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM


Open Doors Milwaukee
Various locations
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This 5th annual event will open doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public. The buildings hold hidden treasures and special stories unique to Milwaukee and the history of the city, from churches to office buildings, theatres to work sites, clubs to universities and more. Visit the Open Doors Milwaukee website for additional information, including buildings, times, an event guide and special tours (requiring advanced ticket purchase).


Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital
Saturday, September 19
10:30 AM -12:30 PM
Marquette University, 1250 West Wisconsin Avenue

The 38th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

More than 16,000 participants are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8k run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

To join the Marquette Team or any affiliated Marquette team (i.e. Res Halls), people can go to Team Member Registration website and search Marquette to sign up. Registration is due Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. People can still register for a non-Marquette team on the morning of the event from 8 to 10 a.m.

Questions about joining the Marquette Team should be directed to Ali Myszewski. Volunteer opportunities are also available before, during and after the run/walk. Contact Ali Myszewski, assistant director of AMU, at 8-3129 for more information.


Dr. Tom Weiss on the United Nations
Monday, September 21
4 PM- 5:30 PM
Raynor Beaumier Suites

Dr. Tom Weiss is a recognized authority on the United Nations. From the classroom to directing the International Peace Academy to professional posts with the United Nations and other international organizations, Weiss has had a dynamic career. A dedicated researcher and prolific writer, he has authored or edited more than 50 books and 225 articles and chapters focused on the United Nations, global governance, humanitarianism, human rights and the power of ideas in shaping world order.


Milwaukee Film Festival
September 24 – October 8
Various locations around Milwaukee

Don’t miss out on this annual festival! Visit the Milwaukee Film Festival website for additional information including schedule, locations, tickets, volunteer opportunities, etc.


Lecture: Medicine for People, Not for Profit
Sunday, Sept. 27, 4 pm
Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St., (at Wisconsin Avenue)

Luther Castillo is a leader of the Garifuna people, descendants of Africans who escaped from the Atlantic Slave trade and intermarried with Indigenous peoples in Central America. The star of the inspiring documentaries, "Revolutionary Medicine" and "!Salud!" Dr. Castillo is one of the first Garifuna doctors in Honduras, and founder of the first Garifuna hospital, run by the community. 

Dr. Castillo was president of the first graduating class of Cuba's renowned international school of medicine (ELAM), which provides free medical education for committed young people from many countries who promise to return and work as doctors in underserved communities in their homelands. ELAM is currently educating two women from Wisconsin, and most Garifuna doctors are ELAM graduates. 

The Garifuna have struggled against exclusion, racism, and dispossession of their land and territory. Today, their very first hospital serves as a bastion of self-determination. As told in the new film "Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital" hear how the hospital's alternative health model is transforming communities on Honduras’ Northern Coast and standing as an alternative to the increasingly privatized national health system. Could a remote hospital that runs on solar panels, in a community without paved roads or electricity, provide a new global model for health care? Free & Open to the public; donations accepted to support this work. Sponsored by Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba




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.

- Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
- 2016-17 Chiba Japan Assistant Language Teacher Program
- Boren Scholarship and Fellowship
- 2016 Whitaker Biomedical Engineering International Program
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- 18th Colloquium on International Engineering Education




Xavier Duran-Ballen Romero
International Student

Ecuadorians had to wait thirty years for the Pope’s second visit. The first time that a pope visited Ecuador was in May 1985 when Pope John Paul II paid a historical visit. After 30 years, we were finally blessed with another visit. Pope Francis has impacted the Catholic community all over the world with his humble way of living and his multiple teachings of profound faith. The Ecuadorian people anticipated this visit for months. The port city of Guayaquil, the place where I come from, was in a state of collective shock when we heard about the visit. Even people from neighboring countries such as Peru and Colombia planned their visits to Ecuador so they could see the Pope in person.

This July 6th visit was particularly meaningful to me since one of the Pope’s stops in Guayaquil was the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, which was built under the leadership of my grandfather Eduardo Romero Carbo (The gentleman showed in the picture above). On the day of the visit, the temple looked sublime with beautiful decorations. A superb choir provided a special atmosphere for the two thousand Catholics that gathered that morning. Among the people that witnessed the Pope’s visit were handicapped citizens, the terminally ill, homeless children, as well as those who donated funds for the building of the sanctuary. In addition, hundreds of Catholics found their way to meet at the sanctuary to be part of this historical event.

When the Pope finally entered the sanctuary the emotion was palpable. Some people were taking pictures, others were praying, other people were trying to approach the pope and still others were crying. Ultimately, the crowd was joyfully cheering as the Pope approached the altar. As he got closer to the pulpit, he took a minute to do a personal prayer and then started to address the crowd. At first he asked everyone there to pray to the Virgin Mary. After we finished the prayer, he blessed the crowd by saying, ”Now I’m going to bless everyone here; the Lord knows your names and who you are, and I have you all in my heart.” Then he stepped off the altar and said goodbye to us.

His presence was very special because it lifted the spirits of all the people that were there. Everyone was able to feel firsthand his closeness and humility. After he left the sanctuary the people left full of emotion and peace.
After the stop at the sanctuary, he proceeded to celebrate a public mass that took place at Samanes Park. And after the mass, Pope Francis visited my former high school, where he had a private lunch with the Jesuit community of Guayaquil.

I personally felt blessed to be in the presence of such an important figure of today’s Catholicism. It was amusing to see the people’s reactions when the Pope started speaking to us and to listen the depth of his words not only at the sanctuary, but also at the public mass. This experience was also very special for the citizens of my country, not only because of its historical importance, but also because of its meaning. The South American Catholic community identifies closely with Pope Francis’s teachings, since he is the first Jesuit Pope and also the first South American. This visit motivated Catholics to renew their faith in a time when the country is going through difficulties, where political unrest and populism are threatening our way of life.   



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