A Malaysian student and her community friend

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Overview & Expectations

New international students are invited to participate in the Marquette International Friendship Program during new student orientation.

Once accepted into the program, you will be matched with a Milwaukee community member who will be your community friend for the academic year, though many of our matches remain friends for life.

Community friends represent the diversity of Milwaukee and may be single young professionals, married couples or entire families from a wide variety of backgrounds.

You will get together with your community friend approximately once a month to learn about each other's culture through social activities. The program does not involve home-stays, but rather involves regular get-togethers at a time that works for you and your community friend. This program provides a unique opportunity for you to experience U.S. culture and learn more about the Milwaukee community.

In order to ensure the friendship works, you will be responsible for responding promptly to phone calls or emails from your community friend. You are also responsible for the upholding commitments you make to meet with your community friends or providing adequate notice if you cannot be present.

To participate, you are required to attend an orientation, which discusses program details and expectations. The Office of International Education then hosts a Meet-Your-Match kickoff event where you will have the opportunity to meet your community friend for the first time. Typically, OIE also hosts a closing event at the end of the academic year.


Key 2016-2017 program dates:

Applications Due: Friday, October 7, 2016
Student Orientation:

10/17 4-5 p.m. or 10/18 8-9 a.m.

Meet-Your-Match Kickoff Event: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 2-4 p.m.
End of Year Event: April 2017


Student Application - Due October 7 , 2016

To participate, complete the online application below.


Questions? Contact Ellen Blauw.



Marquette University

Marquette is a Catholic, Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, more than 700 of whom are international students. Seeking a transformational education, they come from 68 countries — from Canada to China, from Mexico to Malaysia, and everywhere in between.