Wednesday, November 2




news from the office of international education

Enroll in ECON 1930: Introduction to the Global Economy!

Matteo Ricci, c. 1850 (w/c on paper), Weld, Charles (fl. 1850) / By Permission of the Governors of Stonyhurst College / The Bridgeman Art Library

The course is part of the Matteo Ricci Global Scholar program, which offers students $1,500 travel grants to help offset the cost of studying abroad.



Matteo Ricci, c. 1850 (w/c on paper), Weld, Charles (fl.1850) / By Permission of the Governors of Stonyhurst College / The Bridgeman Art Library

To enroll in the course, email Joseph Daniels, Department Chair and Professor of Economics at

More about the Matteo Ricci Global Scholar program:

This challenging academic program cultivates global perspectives and demonstrates students' intercultural competencies. Upon completion, an educational badge appears on students' official transcript. Program components:

  - Introduction to the Global Economy ECON 1930 (3 credits)
  - International Politics POSC 2601 (3 credits)
  - Language proficiency through the 2002 level or equivalent
  - Study abroad experience in any location (minimum of 12 credits)
  - Experience requirement from a menu of opportunities
  - E-portfolio integrating academic and experiential learning


Visit the program website for more information.


Alfombras Event: Building a Path of Faith

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Save the date: November 12, 2016! Learn about a tradition from Central America and learn about the Latino Culture by joining students and faculty from the Opus College of Engineering to build street art designs in memory of those who have died for their faith.

Every year in November, the campus community of a Jesuit University in El Salvador—the University of Central America (La UCA)—make these designs called “alfombras.” They do it to remember six Jesuits and two women who were assassinated on November 16th, 1989.

Students and faculty from the Opus College of Engineering will come together to commemorate these martyrs and all who have sacrificed for their faith with our sister campus. Join them in creating alfombras underneath Olin Hall on November 12th. There will also be Skype meetings with students from La UCA to learn more about making alfombras and what it is like to be a student in a Jesuit University in another part of the world.

Interested students can contact Julie Griep for more information.


Professor Stefan Schnitzer Leads Students to Panama Over Spring Break to Study Tropical Ecology of the Rainforest

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While Marquette steadily approaches another chilling Wisconsin winter, a select group of 10 students have their sights set on a warmer destination for next semester.

That’s when they’ll participate in a class on Tropical Ecology, Biology 4930/5930, that allows biology students to study, experience and understand the ecology of the tropical rainforest first-hand in Panama.

Students begin by attending class on campus in Milwaukee to learn the key ecological aspects of the tropical rainforest and use data analysis to create a research proposal. The pinnacle of the class is a trip to Panama City during spring break for hands-on experience in the tropical biome of the rainforest.

The course is led by Dr. Stefan Schnitzer, a professor and ecologist with extensive experience working with tropical rainforests in Panama. Schnitzer first began working in the Panamanian rainforest while earning his graduate degree, and started bringing students to study there about 15 years ago. The integrative class experience is something that Schnitzer began at UW-Milwaukee and brought to Marquette in 2015.


The laboratory and research experience at Barro Colorado Island in Panama is part of the Smithsonian Institute, where Schnitzer is a research associate. The Smithsonian has been studying topics like forest types and rainfall patterns in the area for over 100 years. As the geographical “bridge” that connects the northern and southern hemispheres, Panama offers some of the best opportunities for tropical research, according to Schnitzer. It is widely regarded as a global hotspot and possibly the most famous in the world for tropical ecology, drawing the attention of many researchers. Continue reading.


Student Profile: Zachary Wierschem

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Zachary Wierschem is the second Marquette student to study abroad at the American College of Greece.

Name: Zac Wierschem
Year in School: Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Program: The American College of Greece

What drew you to the program?
One of the main things that drew me to this study abroad program was the ability to live engaged in a place that is affected by the refugee crisis and an economic crisis. After watching countless short videos on Facebook about the refugee crisis in Greece, my heart went out to the refugees who are in Greece without a solid footing in their new land. Yes, I know this reason is weird because Greece is on everyone's bucket list, but to be candid, I did not know Greece was such a travel destination when I picked the program. So I was living under a pretty big rock. Some may even say: it rocked.

What is one thing that you weren't expecting from Greek culture?

I was not expecting the Greek culture to be so open to Americans. Seriously, I even say the most simple of phrases in Greek such as "Yes", or "Nay" pronounced in Greek, and people start smiling and giggling, happy that I am picking up their culture. It is honestly quite flattering, yet at the same time demeaning because if I don't know how to say "yes" in Greek a month in being in Greece, then there is something lacking in my language abilities. A guilty pleasure of mine is to only speak the few Greek words I know when I order a Gyro or Souvlaki, or when I am grocery shopping, and tricking the cashier into thinking that I am Greek when I am from Texas (they seem to respond to me in English 50 percent of the time no matter what...).


Three words to describe your time in Greece so far?
Coffee, Islands, and Opa!

Favorite Greek food?
​Kalamaki. Hands down. And then hands UP, because you need to raise the roof this is so yummy! Every time that I've had it, it has literally hit the spot, and I've had it many times. It's even got "Kala, καλά", meaning good in Greek, in it's name; though it's has "καλά" mostly because it is on the stick, as my Greek friend just told me. Kalamaki is seasoned meat on a skewer on a pita bread blanket with tomatoes to cuddle with, special sauce and fried potatoes to join the party! What makes this food so good is that it is literally everywhere. So many places have Kalamaki, and the best part is that they are ONLY 2.20 EUROS! It's so cheap, but just tastes so good. I may or may not have had one today. Continue reading.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

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The 2017-2018 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program application is now open.

This three to six month program allows participants to enhance their global competence through taking courses, leading master classes and seminars, visiting local schools, collaborating with each other online and in person, and completing an inquiry project of their own design. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Application deadline for U.S. teachers is December 1, 2016. For more information, click here.

Boren Awards

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The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at!

Boren Awards provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad for an academic year in world regions critical to U.S. national interests. Boren Scholars are motivated individuals interested in critical language study and cultural immersion. In exchange for scholarship and fellowship funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in various departments of the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad. Applications are due February 8.

The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad. Applications are due January 31.

Questions about the Boren Awards? Contact Marquette University’s Boren Award campus representative Brock Price at

Course: SOWJ Arabs and Muslims

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If you are interested in Socio-political issues and Muslim or Middle Eastern Culture, consider this exciting new class for Spring 2017!

Arabs and Muslims in a Global Context (SOWJ 3450) covers a variety of issues such as race, gender, national security, radicalization and islamophobia as well as histories of Arab and Muslim migration to various parts of the world and variations in state contexts of reception.

Students in this class will experience an interactive classroom experience with reading, discussion, films and field trips to Arab and Muslim institutions.

The class will be offered in the Spring 2017 semester on Wednesdays from 4 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. by Professor Louise Cainkar. Questions about the class can be directed to Professor Cainkar at

Syrian Refugees Seeking Freedom with Dignity

Louise Cainkar of Marquette University and Rita Stephan of U.S. Department of State, discuss the journey of thousands of misunderstood Syrian refugees simply seeking hope, work, education and safety in the International Perspectives section of Footnotes, the official publication of American Sociological Association.

In March 2011, Syrians stood together in peaceful protests to demolish Syrian dictatorship while people around the world supported them. Five years later, the same people are viewed as terrorists, problematic and a threat to the nation.

Read the full article here.


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