Study Abroad Programs

The Office of International Education (OIE), as a catalyst for comprehensive internationalization, educates the greater Marquette community to become interculturally competent women and men for others through mutually beneficial collaborations in teaching, research and service.

Within OIE, the Study Abroad program strives to offer students a range of international opportunities that meet their academic, vocational, cultural and developmental goals. These goals are aligned with student’s program choice from a diverse palette of academic year, semester and summer programs. These programs include Marquette-sponsored programs with on-site directors, exchange and study abroad programs with partner universities and short-term faculty-led programs.

Study Abroad Learning Outcomes

Study Abroad participants have individual goals for participating in an international experience. OIE also has goals, in the form of learning outcomes, for study abroad participants:  

  • Increase Intercultural Competence: Interacting effectively and appropriately within a variety of cultural contexts through knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Develop a Global Perspective: Developing and enhancing one’s global perspective cognitively, intrapersonally and interpersonally.
  • Personal Growth and Development: Gaining confidence in one’s perceived independence, goal accomplishment and sense of purpose.
  • Second-language Acquisition: Improving one’s written, oral, auditory and speaking abilities in a second language.

To integrate a study abroad experience into the Marquette experience and develop these vital skill sets, students are encouraged to inquire about study abroad opportunities as early as freshman year with OIE and their colleges. Students should regularly refer to the list of ever expanding available programs on the Marquette Study Abroad website.

Policies and Procedures

All Marquette students seeking academic credit from an overseas academic experience to transfer back to Marquette University are required to follow the study-abroad policies and procedures as outlined below, in the study abroad handbook and on the Marquette Study Abroad website. This applies to all students regardless of the nature of their academic experience abroad, the length of the term abroad and the sponsoring institution. Student who do not comply with these policies will not get credit for their experience abroad. Additionally, any student traveling internationally under the auspices of Marquette are required to register with OIE. This may include, but is not limited to, research, conferences, academic competitions, performances and athletics.

  • Students planning to study abroad must be in good academic and disciplinary standing when applying to study abroad.
  • All students planning to study abroad for academic credit are required to complete and submit the general Marquette study abroad online application by October 1 for the spring semester and by March 1 for the summer term, fall semester or academic year. Upon acceptance to a program, students are also required to submit additional materials and, if necessary, complete further program specific requirements. The application process can be found on the Study Abroad website
  • All Marquette students, regardless of college or program, must attend the in-person orientation, as well as complete the online pre-departure modules and assessments by the required deadlines.
  • Students are responsible for informing OIE of any changes or cancellations to their study abroad plans that may occur after the deadline for submitting the general Marquette study abroad required documents on October 1 or March 1. Students are also responsible for informing their program of any changes and/or cancellations throughout their study abroad experience.
  • In order to maintain continuous enrollment, all students studying abroad (both during the academic year and summer) must register for the appropriate study abroad course as advised by OIE. These courses are limited for use by students earning credit through an approved institution abroad. All study abroad must be approved by Marquette prior to enrollment in the study abroad placeholder course.
  • Students who fail to register for the required study abroad course prior to the first day of the study abroad program, will be registered for the course by the University and are responsible for all the tuition and fees associated with that class and program. Students who are registered for the required study abroad course, fail to attend the study abroad program and have not dropped the class by the first day of the study abroad program, will be withdrawn from the program by the University and assigned a grade of UW. This grade may not be appealed.
  • Students are required to discuss their plans to study abroad with a financial aid counselor and are personally responsible for understanding how their financial aid does, or does not, apply for a study abroad program.
  • All students are required to enroll in the mandatory comprehensive overseas health insurance program through GeoBlue International Health Insurance for the duration of their studies abroad.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents including, but not limited to, passports, visas and airline tickets.
  • Students are responsible for coordinating any and all housing arrangements at Marquette and at their study abroad location for the semester or year they are away and for the semester they return to campus.
  • Students may study abroad through other non-Marquette programs subject to approval by the Office of International Education and their college. Any students studying through approved non-Marquette programs must complete all required Marquette application procedures and are also required to complete a consortium agreement between Marquette and the sponsoring institution provided that any of the following are true:
  1. The student is seeking any financial aid (including alternative loans) for the term of study abroad (applies to the fall, spring and summer terms); and/or
  2. The student needs verification of at least half-time enrollment in order to defer loan repayments due to a prior history of receiving federal financial aid (applies to semester terms only); and/or
  3. The student needs full-time enrollment for health insurance purposes (applies to semester terms only).