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Don't Miss the Biannual Study Abroad Fair!

Did you know studying abroad can enhance cultural understanding of the world, improve language abilities, open new doors and lead to creating global connections? The Office of International Education and Office of International Business invites you to explore study abroad programs at the Study Abroad Fair, held on September 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in West Towne Square outside of the AMU (rain location on the 2nd floor of the AMU). Students will have the opportunity to chat with advisors, program coordinators, faculty leaders, and study abroad alumni. Visit the website for more information on the fair and information sessions.

 

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Global Change-makers at Marquette - How the OREC is Impacting International Orthopaedic Treatment

Without the usual bustle of the academic year, it’s easy to think that the summer months are just lazily passing by. Meanwhile, something phenomenal is happening right under our noses.

 

In the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC), affiliated with Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, a group composed of graduate students and faculty is tackling global issues with their research and implementation. Rebecca Boerigter and Jacob Rammer, graduate students in the College of Engineering, along with Director of the OREC, Dr. Gerald Harris, are creating an affordable way to assess orthopaedic disabilities. Their research has created low-income camera systems that are used to create new quantitative motion analysis techniques for international communities that benefit from the use of clinical research on orthopaedic disabilities.

 

This low-income option has been implemented internationally, and Marquette’s OREC is spearheading it. It began in Cali, Columbia, where a surgeon from Chicago saw an opportunity for a motion-analysis clinic that could really make a difference in the area. Through partnering with the OREC, a full system was set up to assess children’s orthopaedic needs. After the success of the clinic in Columbia, another clinic was established in Manila, Philippines, which has become self-sufficient. The latest installment of the project is in Mexico City, where a clinic was set up with a lab only a few months ago at the country’s national children’s hospital.

 

Rebecca Boerigter writes about her international experience in a reflection to Marquette University: “The international travel has exposed me to a realm of medicine and science very much outside of my protected sphere here in the United States. It becomes so easy to forget the blessings that are reliable: electricity, running water, and health care. In some ways, what is needed most is not the “latest and greatest” but just something better and newer than the decades old technologies they currently have.”

 

The Office of International Education is proud to have played a part in this international phenomenon, funding the flights to the Philippines for the two graduate students.

 

Read the full article here.

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Did Someone Say Scholarship?

Over the past few months, four new scholarship opportunities have been announced for students looking for a global experience. The first is, the O’Mally/Stayert fund, which provides financial assistance to prospective study abroad students. Preference will be given to students in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences pursuing majors or minors in a foreign language, and enrolled in for-credit study abroad classes in a country where the language of that major or minor is spoken. Awards will be used to cover costs such as airfare, obtaining a passport, and other related expenses. The second scholarship is funded through the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF). This $300,000 grant will be awarded to American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Scandinavia. More information can be found here. Third, the University Honors Program has awarded three outstanding honors students a $500 scholarship to go towards a study abroad program of their choice. The winners are; Jane Lorenzi (Santiago, Chile, Fall 2016), Chiara Shehata (Guayaquil, Ecuador, Summer 2016), and Eliana Winterbauer-Light (Bearing Witness: The Rwandan Genocide and Beyond, Summer 2016). The runner up is Gabriella May (Bearing Witness: The Rwandan Genocide and Beyond, Summer 2016). Finally, the American University of Cairo program has been reactivated for spring 2017, and the Office of International Education (OIE) is offering two students $1500 in scholarship aid for this exchange agreement. See our Facebook page for more information.

 

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EVENTS

CalendarThe Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.


Classes Begin:
August 29
Just a friendly reminder that all Marquette University undergraduate classes begin August 29, 2016.

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Indian Summer Festival:

September 9-11

Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.

www.indiansummer.org

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Study Abroad Fair:

September 9

11am - 2pm

West towne square

 

Learn about Marquette's study abroad programs. Talk with advisors, program representatives and study abroad alumni. Find out what taking your education global is all about.

 

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Study Abroad 101:

Starts the first week of classes

 

All students (except for College of Business students…you meet with the Office of International Business Studies) interested in studying abroad are first asked to attend a Study Abroad 101 Session. These sessions are designed for students at the very beginning stages of the study abroad process and are led by OIE study abroad coordinators. Topics include selecting a study abroad program, academic planning, application procedures, finances and scholarships. No registration necessary.

 

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Brigg's & Al's Run and Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin:

September 17 at 10:30

 

The 39th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

More than 16,000 participants are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8k run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

To join the Marquette Team or any affiliated Marquette team (i.e. Res Halls), people can go to Team Member Registration website and search Marquette to sign up. People can still register for a non-Marquette team on the morning of the event from 8 to 10 a.m. 

Questions about joining the Marquette Team should be directed to Ali Myszewski. Volunteer opportunities are also available before, during and after the run/walk. Contact Ali Myszewski, assistant director of AMU, at 8-3129 for more information.

 

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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

Students

-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

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STUDENT PROFILE

Name: Rachel Harmon

Year in school: Junior/Class of 2018

Hometown: Grayslake, IL

Major: Advertising and Writing-Intensive English

Program: Sogang Univeristy, Spring '16

 

What drew you to this program?

In all honesty, I was first drawn to this program because I wanted to go somewhere unexpected and some place that I knew almost nothing about. I wanted to challenge myself. Also, I heard that it’s cheap to live in South Korea, so that was a nice added bonus.

 

How did you prepare for the new culture?

Before I left for Korea, I read about the Korean culture and people online and tried my best to familiarize myself with the most basic and useful phrases of the Korean language for a struggling foreigner. I also ate some Korean food before I left to prepare my taste buds. Now, the one Korean restaurant I went to before leaving is owned by a Korean immigrant, so I talked to him for a while after I finished my meal, and he gave me some advice on how to act like a respectful foreigner in Korea which prepared me the most for my time abroad.

 

Three words to describe your time in South Korea? Surprising, incomparable, and humbling.

 

Tell us about one memorable moment from your time in South Korea.

Once on a ridiculously cramped subway car, my friends and I were laughing to ourselves and cracking jokes using the few Korean expressions that we actually understood. Then, we noticed the woman next to us laughing. We started a conversation with her – half in Korean, half in English. Yes, this is a horribly simple moment. However, if you asked me six months ago if I could ever see myself laughing with a complete stranger on a Korean subway and actually speaking somewhat decent Korean, I would have thought that to be impossible. But I did that. I proved myself wrong, and I am forever grateful for that one random woman on the Korean subway who laughed at my joke.

 

How does the ‘study abroad experience’ continue past your semester abroad?

The experience continues as I keep on challenging myself to expand and question my perception of the world. My study abroad has made me very passionate to continue traveling the world to see different sites, to do different things, and most importantly, to be with, to empathize with, and to try my best at understanding different people. Since I have returned home, I have been maintaining my relationships with the friends I made while abroad. Also, I am volunteering with Marquette’s Office of International Education as a peer mentor for international students because I want to meet even more people and to hear their stories, opinions, and aspirations. I never want this passion of mine to die. In today’s growing society, I think now it’s more important than ever to work on our global comprehension and compassion, and I plan to do just that.

 

What is one piece of advice for someone studying abroad in South Korea?

Be grateful and respectful. You are a foreigner in someone’s home. Respect and honor are two heavily valued aspects of Korean culture. You need to understand this. Do not give foreigners a bad reputation. Don’t stick to your old ways. Instead, try your very best to understand, empathize with, and practice the culture. If you are respectful, then you will gain respect. And you will get so much more out of your study abroad experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7289
www.marquette.edu/oie
 

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