Tuesday, January 23




news from the office of international education


Tomorrow: Join us for Spring Study Abroad Fair!

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The Office of International Education will hold the Spring Study Abroad Fair on January 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union


This event gives students the opportunity to explore over 50 study abroad programs and chat with advisers, program coordinators, faculty leaders, and study abroad alumni.

Start your study abroad journey! For more information on education abroad, visit [/abroad/]marquette.edu/abroad/.

New International students arrive on campus!


The International Office of Education gives a warm welcome to 50 new international students!


34 new undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are here to acheive their degrees at Marquette, while 16 new exchange students join us for a semester from Marquette partner institutions around the world.The new international students came together on January 10-12 for orientation to familiarize themselves with campus and their new life here at Marquette.

Please help us welcome our new international students to the Marquette family!

Soup with Substance on January 31 to explore "South Africa: Is Reconciliation Possible in a Society based upon Racial Injustice?"

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Join us for a light lunch and discussion on Wednesday, January 31 from noon to 1p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union (room TBA).


This Soup with Substance will explore the South African aftermath of its 1994 Truth and Reconciliation Commission in light of Marquette’s Mission Week theme of Truth to Reconciliation: Pathways to Peace? Is reconciliation achievable in a society with a long history of structural racism? How do South Africans view the Commission and its work? Is reconciliation possible in a society filled with social and economic injustice? Please join students who attended Marquette’s South Africa program and South Africans for this discussion.


Student Profile: Molly Moore

Photo of Molly in Dublin

Senior nursing student Molly Moore reflects on her time spent abroad in Dublin last spring.


Name: Molly Moore
Year in School: Senior
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Major: Nursing
Program: University College- Dublin

Were you aware of the Dublin study abroad program when you chose to pursue nursing school here at Marquette?
When pursing nursing school at Marquette, I was aware that they offered study abroad options for nursing, which is rare for many nursing programs. This played a really big part in my decision to choose Marquette nursing.

What made you study abroad?
There are a countless reasons I wanted to study abroad. I wanted to experience fully living in a new culture as well as be able to learn about health care and nursing from a different and international perspective. I come from Irish Heritage, so I was interested in learning about the history of the country and seeing where my family came from. I also wanted to take advantage of the opportunities to travel both within Ireland and outside to other countries.

While attending school in Dublin, do you feel you learned about nursing through a new perspective?
definitely was able to learn about nursing through a new perspective in Ireland. The differences were especially evident in our maternity and community courses. In both of these specialities, the role of the nurse in Ireland differs greatly from the role of the nurse in the U.S. In my introduction to Health Systems elective. I was able to learn about the similarities and differences in the health care systems between the U.S. and Ireland.

Tell me about the nursing classes you took and how they helped fulfill your requirements?
Each of the classes that I took in Dublin were able to transfer back to Marquette towards my nursing credits. I took Maternal and Fetal Wellbeing. Community and Population Health Nursing, and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, which are all core nursing classes. I also took introduction to Health Systems, which I was able to use as a health elective.

What are your most memorable experiences in Dublin?
is such a hard question, because the entire semester I spent there was so much that was memorable. I think the most memorable part of my experience in Dublin was the Irish culture. Everyone that we met was so friendly and made us feel welcome. Dublin is an incredible city full of history, beautiful scenery, friendly people, great pubs, and lots of live music, making every day different and exciting.

Did you experience reverse culture shock when you returned home?
I did experience a bit of a culture shock when I returned to the United States. I had become very used to the way of life in Dublin, making coming home feel very unusual. However, after being home for only a day, I had to begin clinical, which in a way helped me get back into the swing of things.


Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from Jesuit Colleges & Universities

Ibero program flyer

Apply for a travel grant to attend a two-week Spanish language course in Puebla, Mexico this summer!




With the intention of strengthening ties between Jesuit institutions, the Ibero Puebla, through its International Academic Affairs office, offers non-tuition Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions. During the two-week program, participants will take Spanish classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the possibility to teach, offer seminar/workshop or explore collaboration with peers in the afternoons.

Marquette's Office of International Education will sponsor four faculty/staff round-trip airfare to Puebla for participation in either two weeks of the program (twelve-month staff members are required to have immediate supervisor approval). Participants will be responsible for their room and board costs.


Please note that a separate program application is also required (see deadlines below):

  • Summer session 1: June 4 to June 15. Application deadline is April 15.
  • Summer session 2: June 18 to June 29. Application deadline is April 30.

Those interested should write a one-page response to the question: How would this Spanish language opportunity assist you and your role in the university realizing Hispanic-serving Institution status by the 2026-27 school year?


Submit responses to Karen.Hess@marquette.edu by March 15th for award consideration.

Photo contest winner announced!

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Congratulations to the winner of our International Education Week photo contest!

Name: Catherine Bell

Major: International Affairs and Latin American Studies

Location of picture: Taquile Island, Peru

Photo of hands shucking corn


Caption: "Living on Taquile Island reinforced many values, one of which being the extreme importance of community through all things. This photo was taken while working in my host family's farm shucking corn, with bright eyes at each discovery of color. The little hands are that of my 8 year old host sister, sifting through our findings. It was an amazing, inclusive experience with every member of the family, old or young, pitching in. But as much as they worked for themselves, to provide food for their animals and family, they work firstly for Pachamama (Mother Earth). A practice long forgotten in my culture."


Marquette study abroad alumni Zachary Wierschem- globally being the difference

Photo of Zach at the conference

OIE congratulates senior Zachary Wierschem for being the winner of the IIE and New York Times in Education Generation Abroad Voices Video Challenge!


Over the summer, Zach along with other study abroad alumni from across the United States were asked to share how their experiences abroad gave them a competitive edge, along with what impact it had on their lives and the world. IIE nominated Zach as the winner of the video contest. He was flown to Washington DC the weekend of October 1-3 to attend the Summit on Generation Study Abroad conference.

Could you explain what the conference was like?
Well, the conference was a place of hustle and bustle! People were networking with each other, many companies were tabling, and powerful speakers and panels shed their wise light on the future of international education. I came in with a wallet full of my own business cards, and left with a wallet full of other people's business cards! I was chosen to be a "Summit Voice", which is a nominated group of students from around the country to give the student perspective on issues that attendees were discussing in their breakout sessions. Important note: there was an embassy party (yes, a party at the embassy!) where attendees could have the choice to go to either the Irish, Norweigian, or Finnish embassies and have small portioned food come out to you on big plates while having conversations-fancy!

How did you hear about the video challenge?
I heard about the video challenge via Marquette's study abroad email that they send out. The ad was a shameless plug that caught my eye because I saw the words,"Video Challenge," and, "inspire Generation Z," and I was like, "Yup, that's for me (haha)."

Who did you have the chance to meet at the conference?
First off, I able able to meet
many of the VPs and the CEO of the Institute of International Education, which was quite humbling. I also got to talk with the Norwegian ambassador to the United States at the embassy party and he gave me a hug at the end of it! (Needless to say we were pretty tight). Finally, I got to meet some amazing college students and Fulbright recipients, who were Summit Voices with me, whose study abroad experiences had such an impact on the way they live now. They really inspired me to cherish my time abroad.

If you could give prospective study abroad/international students one essential piece of advice, what would it be?
Follow your heart and be not afraid. This is super cheesy, I know it's like a Papa John's on Tuesday, but let me explain myself. I had NO clue how I was going to find opportunities to serve refugees when I studied in Greece, but I knew that serving was something that my heart was calling me to do. My heart didn't literally speak to me (silly goose!), but the desire definitely didn't leave me. Additionally, it was my creative and fearless search for opportunities to expand my experimental horizon that made my stories and encounters abroad impactful. So be unafraid to try something new that your heart draws you towards. Because that might just change your life. It did for me and there's a pretty good chance it'll happen to you if you let it it (:

Caribbean Studies conference to be held April 5 - 7

Caribbean studies conference poster

Join the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on April 5-7th for Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Spaces and Topographies.

Tickets are available for purchase on the conference website.

OIE is proud to cosponsor this conference. Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Professor Emeritus of Africology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Oungan asogwe, a priest of Vodou
Talk: "Constructed Neocolonial Spaces and Conflicted National Identities: The Case of Haiti"

Dr. Lester Tomé, Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of the MFA Program in Dance, Smith College
Talk: "Ballet and Revolution in Cuba: Calibanesque Choreographies for Political Bodies On- and Off-Stage"

See the conference website for the full description.


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