Frequently Asked Questions
I want to study abroad, but I don't know what my options are. Where do I start?
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 session at OIE, and then complete the Education Abroad Questionnaire and Big Five Personality Inventory. After that, meet with Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson to discuss which education abroad experiences might fit you best.
Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
No. While some programs do require a certain foreign language proficiency, so that you can take classes in the local language, many programs are in English. For longer programs, you may have to participate in basic language proficiency training.
When is the best time to go abroad?
Business students go abroad as soon as the summer after freshman year of study and through second semester of their senior years of study. Traveling earlier in your course of study can provide more flexibility in choosing courses that you really want to take frees students to take the internships that they need to be competitive for jobs when they graduate. The best time to study abroad will depend on your area of study, academic goals, and preferences.
Can I study abroad and still graduate on time?
If you plan carefully, studying abroad should not delay your graduation. However, it is important to be proactive and being thinking about your education abroad plans as soon as possible to avoid potential problems. Business students will directly with the Office of International Business Studies to plan their education abroad experience. In addition, winter break, spring break, and summer programs can almost always provide education abroad experiences with no impact on your regular course of study.
When should I start applying to study abroad?
After you attend a Study Abroad 101 session, schedule an appointment to meet with Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson. They will review your education abroad options and guide you through the initial decision and applications phase. You must meet with Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson before you apply to study abroad. The deadline to apply for study abroad in Spring 2018 is October 1, 2017. The deadline to study in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or the 2018-2019 academic year is March 1, 2018.
Can students with disabilities apply for study abroad programs?
Absolutely. Education abroad opportunities are open to all students. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or disability. OIBS works with various offices on campus to support and advise any student interested in studying abroad.
What if I am interested in a country in which Marquette does not have a program?
Marquette offers programs in nearly 30 countries that are in line with Marquette’s academic requirements and university values. However, if you feel that a non-Marquette approved program better suits your academic and education abroad goals, OIBS can guide you through the approval process. If you do choose a non-Marquette program, it will be your responsibility to make all study abroad arrangements, including anything related to your academic courses, travel and housing, finances, and health and safety.
How do I meet with an OIBS representative?
See Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson during their regular office hours, which are Mondays from 2 PM to 4:30 PM; Tuesdays from 1 PM to 3 PM; Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12:30 PM; and Thursdays from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. You can also call (414) 288-3433 or visit the student workers at the International Business Studies desk in the Straz Hall main office suite to schedule an appointment to discuss your best options for an education abroad experience. Student workers are available Mondays and Wednesdays after 10 AM and from 1:30 PM 4 PM Mondays through Fridays.
Will I still receive my financial aid and Marquette scholarships?
If you are studying abroad on a Marquette approved program, both Federal aid and institutional aid (Marquette grants and scholarships) should apply. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information. We also recommend that you speak with a Financial Aid counselor during the application process.
How expensive will education abroad be compared to staying at Marquette?
Many of our education abroad programs are exchange programs. This means that you pay Marquette’s tuition to study abroad. Cost of living in the cities where we have programs varies. Some locations might be more expensive than Milwaukee, while others are more affordable. Budget sheets are available for each program on the Marquette Study Abroad Web site. If you are concerned about program costs, please be sure to discuss this during your study abroad advising appointment.
Are scholarships available to help me with other costs, such as travel, books, and housing?
Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships page for more information about additional scholarship opportunities that you can pursue.
What courses can I take while on a education abroad program?
Course offerings depend on your program of study at Marquette and where you choose to study abroad. Most programs offer a mix of business and non-business courses. You can find more information about the course offerings at a particular program on the Marquette Study Abroad site. As you prepare to study abroad, you will work with your program coordinator to develop a list of course options that are approved for you to take while abroad.
Will my grades from education abroad transfer and be figured into my overall GPA?
This depends on the program. For most semester-long study abroad programs, your grades will not transfer to Marquette and your GPA will not be affected. Credits will only transfer back to Marquette if you receive a grade equivalent to “C” or higher from your host university. For Marquette sponsored and faculty-led programs, grades assigned will be included in your GPA.
Will my credits automatically transfer back to Marquette?
We will notify you when we receive your study abroad transcript from our partner university. Please allow for one month of processing time for your study abroad credits to appear on your Marquette transcript. If you think your study abroad credits have transferred back incorrectly, please contact Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson for assistance.
How does Marquette prepare students for health and safety issues they may encounter while abroad?
You will complete both an online and in-person health and safety orientation prior to your departure for study abroad. Once abroad, you will receive a site-specific orientation which will review any local health precautions and safety concerns. You will also be enrolled by Marquette in the U.S. government’s STEP program (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), which provides important information about the safety conditions in your destination country and alerts you of any emergency situations.
Do I need to purchase International Health Insurance for my time abroad?
No. You will be automatically enrolled in an international health insurance plan by Marquette. This plan will cover you during your study abroad program. More information will be provided about the plan and its coverage once you have been enrolled.
Where will I live while I am studying abroad?
There are many housing options to choose from while studying abroad, including on-campus student dorms, off-campus student residences, apartments, and host-family living arrangements. Some universities provide on-campus accommodations, while others are unable to do so. However, all of our partner institutions are able to assist with your housing search and can provide you with additional recommendations.
Can I travel to other cities and countries while I’m abroad?
Yes, this is a great benefit of an education abroad experience. However, you must register all side trips on the Marquette Study Abroad site. This allows us to contact you in case of an emergency. Also, each university has their own rules and requirements about class participation. You should be aware of these and if necessary, talk to a professor before planning side trips that conflict with your classes.
Will I need a passport and visa to study abroad?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel abroad. You will most likely need a visa, but should check your program specific requirements for more details.
Will Marquette help me book a flight to my program?
No, you are responsible for all travel to and from your program location. This includes short-term and faculty-led programs as well.
Where can my parents get more information about my study abroad experience?
Due to FERPA regulations, the University cannot disclose information regarding your education records and related education abroad plans to your parents unless you have authorized the University to do so in writing. Therefore, it is extremely important that you discuss your education abroad plans and share all relevant information with your parents. There is also a Parent Webinar available online that we highly recommend parents watch. It answers many questions they might have pertaining to your education abroad experience.