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Continuing Service Abroad: The Impact of the South Africa Service Learning Program

Today 19 students from Marquette and other Jesuit universities across the United States embark on Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program, a Marquette study abroad program that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The program incorporates service learning into the traditional study abroad experience, making it a unique semester that leaves a great impact on its participants.


One such participant is Annamarie Hernandez, Marquette alum of 2015 and a part of the South Africa Program of the fall of 2013. While in Cape Town, Hernandez did her service learning teaching in a primary school through the Amy Biehl Foundation. Her service learning experience had a big impact on her, changing her long-term career goals entirely. “I think that the experience was so impactful, and I felt called to serve others long term,” says Hernandez. “After working with these communities it’s hard not to continue giving back to people.”


After working in the service-learning environment at the ground level, Hernandez was excited to see what the administrative side of volunteer work looked like. She has returned to Cape Town for a year-long position as the program & operations intern at Grassroots Soccer, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer as a tool to teach children HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Hernandez works with programs such as educating teenage girls on topics like safe sex and gender-based violence.


Hernandez attributes her position today to the service-oriented mindset of Marquette. “I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t gone to a Jesuit school that emphasizes giving back and giving to others,” she says. The Jesuit mentality must be onto something—other participants of the same South Africa Service Learning Program are also continuing the spirit of service. Three have joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, both Tanzania and the U.S., one is teaching in Spain, and another is also at a nonprofit in South Africa, “all giving back in our own way,” as Hernandez says.


After concluding her internship, Hernandez plans to pursue her masters in community public health.


Student Nurses Study Abroad

Last week concluded the ninth year of Marquette’s Community Nursing Program, in Piura, Peru. The month-long summer program gives nursing students an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a global setting. Students work in health clinics assisting medical teams, but they also spend a majority of their time working in the surrounding rural villages.  


Theresa Gruenke, Clinical Instructor of Marquette’s College of Nursing and faculty leader of the program in Peru, describes the summer experience and its effect on both the local community and the Marquette students in a reflection of the program:


“Through exposure to another culture and its values, we can better understand our own. As nursing faculty and student nurses, we learn from the nurses and patients with whom we work and we try to share our nursing knowledge to improve the health of the community. As a study abroad program infused with the spirit of catholic social teaching, we serve our global community through our profession, emphasizing our shared values of equity, justice, and human dignity for all.  We explored the world of nursing, our comforts and discomforts, our faith and profession, and we are enriched.”


To read Theresa’s full reflection, click here.


Faculty-Led Summer Programs Are In Full Swing

By mid-July, faculty-led study abroad programs are in full swing. Some are just returning from Argentina while others are preparing to depart for Ireland, but whichever faculty-led program our students choose it’s guaranteed to be a unique summer experience.


Faculty-led summer programs are typically designed to focus their curriculum around the culture of their destination. This summer, there are seven Marquette professors traveling around the globe to teach a summer program. Students may choose to travel to Rwanda to learn about the 1994 Genocide, or study in Hong Kong to learn the culture of traditional and modern China.


One program leader is Professor Tyler Farrell, who will be leaving for Ireland on July 16 to teach the history, language and culture in Galway and Dublin. While studying abroad in Ireland in his undergraduate and graduate years, Farrell learned about the diversity of world cultures. He wanted to share that experience with his students by leading a summer program to explore that country. Farrell is also creating the opportunity to receive a minor in Irish studies, something the Marquette English Department is in the process of starting.


Another program leader is Professor Darren Wheelock, who recently returned from South Korea where he lead a program focused on comparative crime and punishment. Wheelock wanted to show Marquette students how different countries think about and approach issues of crime control, justice, and criminal punishment, while exposing students to Korean culture, society and sensibilities.  


Professor Wheelock remarked on the success of his program. “Nearly every day, students commented on day-to-day differences between the US and South Korea,” he says. “The vast majority of these observations were made with curiosity and respect rather than condescension and ethnocentric judgements, which I think reflects on Marquette students’ openness to different cultures and what it means for them to live in a truly ‘global community’.”


For more information on Marquette’s faculty-led summer programs, click here.



CalendarEnjoy Milwaukee's numerous ethnic festivals this summer through the music, food and cultures that make up our city.

Armenian Fest:
July 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church, 7825 W. Layton Ave.


Festa Italiana:

July 22-24

Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


German Fest:

July 29-31

Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Irish Fest:

August 18-21

Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Mexican Fest:

August 26-28

Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.



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


-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)

-Go Overseas Scholarship




Name: Domenic Savaglio

Year: Class of 2017

Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Major: International Business & Marketing


Domenic Savaglio is about to enter into his final two semesters here at Marquette. In the spring of 2016 he planned to study in Italy to practice the language. He knew he didn’t want a stereotypical study abroad experience, so he chose Milan, Italy. There, he studied at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, an Italian university with a rich international program.


As an Italian minor, Domenic enrolled in two upper-level Italian classes, a pre-intensive course and a semester course. Having the ability to speak the language made his experience more authentic. Not only was he able to communicate with his neighbors in their native language, but he also felt part of the greater area. “After a while, I did everything there: go to the market each Friday, go for coffee, get my hair cut, etc. Each day you see the same places and faces, and it really made me feel like part of the community. Not to mention, Milanese neighborhoods are all so unique, and it was cool to explore different areas.” 


During his time in Milan, Domenic was a global correspondent for the Marquette Global blog, in which he shared his travels with readers. Now back on campus, Domenic plans to continue sharing his experience with students deciding on a program. He felt hearing from Cattolica alumni was the best guidance, and hopes to return that counsel.


Reflecting on his experience in Milan, Domenic leaves potential study abroad students with this final advice, “Immerse yourself. If you know far enough in advance where you would like to go, take courses to learn the language. But, it goes beyond that: if you try to act like the locals, eventually, you become one. Immersing yourself also doesn’t mean you have to lose what it means to be American, but you have the opportunity to expand your way of life for a short time. Take the change and go abroad, it really does change you!”


To hear more about Domenic’s experience in Milan, visit the Marquette Global blog.








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