Office of International Education submits innovation grant that parallels recent findings in IIE study

A recent report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) revealed that U.S. college students are becoming more involved in a variety of international educational activities, but are not receiving credit for them. According to the IIE press release, some of these additional activities include conducting research or field work, presenting at academic conferences, competing in athletic events, and engaging in the performing arts. Despite this increase in activities that assist students in becoming global citizens, IIE's survey indicated that educators believe these activities to be largely underreported.

IIE is conducting a new study, The World is the New Classroom: Non-Credit Education Abroad, to better understand the students who are participating in these types of educational experiences. The Office of International Education at Marquette has submitted an innovation grant to establish a Matteo Ricci Global Scholars program that would provide students with an academic badge for engaging in a variety of internationally-focused learning opportunities. The Matteo Ricci Global scholars program will specifically challenge students to gain an intermediate-level of proficiency in a language of their choice, complete a significant education abroad experience integrating a minimum of 12 academic credits into their Marquette undergraduate experience, demonstrate a significant verifiable engagement with either a local global community or MU student organization and enroll in six credits (6) of international academic coursework on campus.

Read the IIE full press release.






MU's Center for Peacemaking develops course on nonviolence for Afghan youth


Afghan youth recently completed an online course on nonviolence through Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking. The idea for the course originated from a conversation between Dr. Wee Teck Young, a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers, and Patrick Kennelly, the Director of the Center for Peacemaking. The Center for Peacemaking staff has had a partnership with the Afghan Peace Volunteers for the past five years. Kennelly developed the online course based on the four key components of Marquette's peace studies curriculum: peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and nonviolence. 

Students completed a total of ten lessons and participated in readings, group discussions and answered a short list of questions to assess their learning. One student, Hoor, expressed a personal responsibility for peacemaking in one of his answers, "I believe peace comes from within us. We are all human beings, so we should know each other well, and most importantly, we must know ourselves well."

Read full article and more student responses.





University of Michigan History Professor visits Marquette to discuss Iran and Syria

Professor Juan Cole will deliver a presentation titled "Iran's Intervention in Syria: Ideology or Pragmatism?" on April 21l for the History Department's 14th Annual Rev. Henry Casper, S.J. Lecture Series. Juan R.I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (2014). A renowned public intellectual and blogger ("Informed Comment"), Professor Cole has also served as president of the Middle East Studies Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 21 | 7 p.m.

David A. Straz, Jr., Hall, Room 105





Daniel Goleman next lecturer in the Connecting with the World lecture series

Dr. Daniel Goleman, internationally renowned psychologist and author will lecture as part of the "Connecting with the World" lecture series, on Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Olin Engineering 202. According to Marquette Today, Goleman's lecture, 'What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters,' will highlight the role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership." President Michael R. Lovell will give closing remarks.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend, but must register online.




Course Offerings

Fall 2016 Course: Chinese Culture and Civilization

This upcoming fall semester a Chinese Culture and Civilization class (CHNS 3200-101) class will be offered to students for enrollment. The class will be take a close look at the Chinese culture providing a cultural exchange between students and include activities such as calligraphy, paper cutting and museum visits. Depending on student's current course requirements the Chinese Culture and Civilization class falls within the following attributes: Asian studies, electives, non-business electives, International Affairs, International Content Course, Interdisciplinary Studies and upper division class. All students are welcome to enroll, the class is taught in English and meets on Monday and Wednesdays from 2 – 3:15 p.m. 




Summer 2016 Courses: Italian 1001 & 1002

This summer the Foreign Language department will be offering both Italian 1001 and Italian 1002 taught by Ms. Claudia Pessarelli as an online course. Enrolling in either one of these classes during Marquette’s 2016 summer sessions is helpful if you are interested in traveling or spending a semester abroad in Italy. For more information on spaces available visit CheckMarq.





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.


“Los orígenes y posiblidades de la apertura entre Cuba y EEUU”

"The Origins and Possibilites of the Opening Between Cuba and the United States"

Dr. Servando Valdés Sánchez, Professor and Researcher, Cuban Institute of History and the University of Havana

(presented in Spanish)

Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 p.m.

UW-Milwaukee, AGSL (3rd floor, Golda Meir Library), 2311 E. Hartford Avenue

(with English interpretation)

Monday, April 25, 4:30 p.m.

Marquette University, Beaumier Suites B&C Raynor Memorial Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Sponsored by the Marquette University Department of History and Office of International Education and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Free and open to the public.

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Murder of Neighbors: Comparing Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda and Jews in Poland

Thursday, April 21, 2016

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Raynor Memorial Library Conference Center, Beaumier Suites BC

The Marquette and Milwaukee communities are invited to attend the presentation and the reception following Dr. Sidi N' Diaye's talk. Dr. Sidi N' Diaye is a Fellow in residence at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

The event is sponsored by Step Up! Marquette and co-sponsored by Step Up! (American Association for Rwandan Women), the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, the Office of International Education and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Bilingual-Spanish Mass

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10:00 p.m.

Joan of Arc Chapel

Join Campus Ministry and the Marquette community for a bilingual mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. All are welcome to attend!


Earth Day: Earth, Art & Hip Hop

Friday, April 22, 2016

6:00 p.m.

AMU 1st Floor

Join the Native American Student Association and the Center for Intercultural Engagement for Earth Day: Earth, Art & Hip Hop. This event will feature Marquette and Milwaukee open mic performers, Earth Day creations on display from Milwaukee youth and special guests including Hip Hop artist Sicangu Lakota, producer and activist Frank Waln and traditional hoop dancer Samsoche Sampson. All are welcome to attend!




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.

Academic and Conference Opportunities

-English Open Doors Program in Chile

-SiS (Study in Spain) Student Ambassador Program

-European Environmental Sciences and Ecology Journal (EES) submissions

-The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Summer Teacher Institute


-Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

-German Academic Exchange Service Undergraduate Scholarships and Internships

-United Nations Internship Program

-Atlas Corps Fellowship

-Tutor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (an MU Partner in Hong Kong)

-Financial Aid Opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean Students

-Engineering Scholarship for Masters Degree - Universidad Pontificia Comillas

-The U.S. Department of State Pathways Internships

-Teach and Learn in Korea Government-sponsored scholarship

-Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Domestic Program

-Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation for Research Abroad (DDRA)







Name: Kayce Scherzer
Year: Junior
Major: Nursing

Last summer, junior Kayce Scherzer traveled to Africa for an experience of a lifetime. For two weeks Kayce and three members from the Marquette community along with six members from other area universities dedicated their time, effort and energy to volunteer in Ethiopia for a service trip unlike any other. Scherzer’s time in Ethiopia provided her an opportunity to serve, grow, and learn through a new and engaging cultural experience.

The program Scherzer participated in was established in 2003 due to a partnership between Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Vicariate of Meki, a remote part of Ethiopia. Catholic Relief Services invited Marquette to join this trip to have a firsthand experience of the work CRS does on a global level. According to Scherzer, the program was developed “to help restore women to their rightful place in Ethiopian society by training teachers in hygiene, nutrition, health and the dangers of FGM and other harmful traditional practices.” Currently the program has trained over 270 teachers, 34 administrators and 26 school directors to train others as the program continues to grow.

Scherzer is a dedicated, passionate and driven nursing student and has been a Catholic Relief Services college ambassador since her freshman year at Marquette. As a nursing student and CRS college ambassador, the public health aspect and CRS’s focus on global service is what drew Scherzer to apply. But as she immersed herself in the culture and served the Meki village community, she says it was more than these initial interests that gave her the greatest insights while volunteering.

While in Ethiopia Scherzer volunteered in many different areas. Some days were spent teaching English to school children or working with the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and leading conversations about peace and nonviolence. Scherzer also had the opportunity to learn about the women in Ethiopia who left home to work and support their families, a direct connection to the service’s trip purpose.

“Throughout the trip, I came to the realization that instead of myself making an impact on the people of Ethiopia, it was the other way around. I learned more from them about appreciating what you have in life and the relationships that you have with your friends, family, and faith than anything that I could have taught them,” explains Scherzer.

Scherzer’s trip to Ethiopia lasted two weeks, yet she still stays connected as she continues to serve as a college ambassador for Catholic Relief Services and shares her service trip experience with others.  If students want more information, they can visit the Center of Peacemaking on campus to learn more about Kayce’s trip, Catholic Relief Services and the global service opportunities they provide.






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