Wednesday, May 1




news from the office of international education


Tomorrow: Turkey's Consul General in Chicago to speak at Marquette

Umut Acar

Umut Acar will give the talk, "Turkey's Enterprising and Humanitarian Foreign Policy" on May 2 at noon in AMU's Henke Lounge.


Umut Acar has served as the Consul General in Chicago since 2015. Previously, Mr. Acar served as MFA, Chief of Staff. He joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry in 1998 and has held positions with the Turkish Permanent Mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, the Turkish Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Turkish Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mr. Acar graduated from Gazi University, International Relations Department in Ankara.

Tomorrow: South Africa Service Learning Program info session

South Africa info session flyer

Join us in the Commons MPR to learn more about Marquette's study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa! Program alumni will give an overview and answer your questions.

Free pizza!

Spend a semester in Cape Town, South Africa with the Marquette South Africa Service Learning Program. You'll gain new perspectives and immerse yourself in South African culture while taking courses at the University of the Western Cape, working with local community non-profit organizations, and sharing a house with 19 other students. See for yourself why alumni tell us the experience has made a transformative impact on how they see the world.

Ramadan Iftar Dinner on May 8

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The Pakistani Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, and OIE invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:45 p.m. in AMU 157.

The Muslim student association and the Pakistani association are partnering up with the Office of International Education to host an Iftar Party on May 8th 2019! Ramadan is a time meant to be spent with family and friends, so let us come together with some great food and break our fasts and pray together! The Iftar will be in the AMU in room 157 at 7:45 pm! Please make sure to RSVP!

Please RSVP here.

OIE to host Graduation Party on May 10

Graduation party invite

Please join us on May 10 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Program Center in Holthusen Hall.



OIE will host a graduation celebration for our graduating students, both international students and study abroad alumni. Come and celebrate your friends, even if you aren't graduating! Light refreshments will be served, and family members are encouraged to attend!

Marquette hosts delegation from Guangdong University of Finance and Economics in Guangzhou, China

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On April 24, Marquette University hosted a delegation from Guangdong University of Finance and Economics (GDUFE) to discuss future collaboration and signed an MOU.

Pictured: Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, Acting Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Brian Till, Dean of Business Administration; Du Chengming, Vice President of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics; Dr. John M. Baworowsky, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

The delegation consisted of Du Chengming, Vice President; Li Xinbo, Director of International Exchange; Zhang Jun, Direct of Academic Affairs; He Xiongwei, Director of Enrollment and Examinations.

Rector of Marquette University partner institution Universidad Centroamericana featured on NPR

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A year of ongoing conflict over cuts to national pensions and social benefits has left more than 300 people dead and 500 arrested in Nicaragua.

A recent NPR story featured the rector of Marquette's partner institution, Universidad Centroamericana, in Managua, Nicaragua. Rector Father Jose Alberto "Chepe" Idiaquez has been involved in peace negotiations mediated by the Catholic Church between protestors and the Nicaraguan government. His niece, Raquel Idiaquez, has also not been able to return to her home country. Read the full article and listen to the interview.

Traveling internationally under the auspices of Marquette this summer?

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Remember to follow Marquette's policies and procedures as you plan your travel.

As faculty and staff prepare for Marquette sponsored international travel this summer, please remember that under current university rule, any Marquette sponsored international travel must follow the procedural guidelines outlined in University Policy and Procedures (UPP) 1-18 and register with OIE. Sponsored travel includes credit-bearing study abroad programs in addition to conference travel, funded research projects, site visits and service trips. Full details can be found on Marquette's Office of International Education website. The required MU Faculty and Staff Travel Registration is online and asks for travel itinerary, accommodation information, passport details and contact information for the duration of the overseas stay. Upon submission, an email notification will be sent to the appropriate Dean or Vice-President seeking final approval.

Enter the 2019 China-US Young Maker Competition by May 26

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Enter to win up to $15,000 in this competition organized by the China Ministry of Education.

Hackster is hosting the 2019 US based semi-final China-US Young Maker Competition! Do you have an idea that would make a more sustainable, efficient and interconnected tomorrow? Hackster is calling upon innovative US and China makers to submit project ideas focusing on community development, education, environmental protection, health & fitness, energy, transportation or other areas of sustainable development. The top ten projects selected will be invited to fly to Beijing, China as semi-finalists for the final competition, organized by the China Ministry of Education, held July 22-26th, 2019. The all-expenses-paid trip is applicable to the individual contributor or up to five members of a team. Final prizes are no joke either. You can win up to $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second, or $5,000 for third along with international bragging rights! Read more and register.