Study Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
Financial Aid
Grades, Credits and Courses
Health and Safety
Traveling and Living Abroad
Resources for Parents

General Questions

I want to study abroad, but I don't know what my options are. Where do I start?
Check out our Steps to Study Abroad page to learn more about the program types, options and locations. Then, sign up to attend a Study Abroad 101 session.

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
No, there are many programs that offer classes in English. However, some programs do require a certain language level to take classes in the local language. We also require all students to take a “Language for Foreigners” course while abroad.

When is the most appropriate time for me to go abroad?
The majority of business students go abroad during their 2nd semester sophomore, and 1st and/or 2nd semester of their junior year. It is possible to study abroad during the 1st semester of your senior year, although this is not usually recommended. The best time to study abroad will depend on your area of study, academic goals, and study abroad preferences.

Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?
If you plan carefully, studying abroad should not delay your graduation. However, it is important to be proactive and being thinking about your study abroad plans as soon as possible to avoid potential problems. Business students will work directly with the Office of International Business Studies to plan their study abroad experience.

When should I start applying to study abroad?
After you attend a Study Abroad 101 session, you should schedule an appointment to meet with an International Program Coordinator in the Office of International Business Studies. They will review your study abroad options and guide you through the initial application phase. You must meet with a coordinator before you apply to study abroad. The deadline to apply for the summer, fall or academic year is March 1st. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is October 1st.

Can students with disabilities apply for study abroad programs?
Yes, study abroad programs are open to all students. We aim to support diversity in study abroad and encourage students to apply regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability. We work 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 a number of programs in various 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 study abroad goals, we can guide you through the approval process. Please note that 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, and health and safety.

How can I meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator in the College of Business?
Check the Steps to Study Abroad page and schedule an appointment using the link provided. Please understand that due to our time constraints and schedules, we cannot accept walk-in appointments. Students who stop by our office will be asked to schedule an appointment for a later date.

Financial Aid

Will I still receive my financial aid and Marquette scholarships?
If you are studying abroad on a Marquette approved program (MU semester program, faculty-led or summer 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 study abroad be compared to staying at Marquette?
Many of our 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 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, housing etc.?
Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships page for more information about additional scholarship opportunities that you can pursue.

Grades, Credits and Courses

What courses can I take while on a study 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 study 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 will be transferred back and will figure into 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 your study abroad coordinator in the Office of International Business Studies.

Health and Safety

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.

Traveling and Living Abroad

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 offer this service. 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 studying abroad. 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.

Resources for Parents

Where can my parents get more information about my study abroad experience?
Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot disclose information regarding your education records and related study abroad plans to your parents. Therefore, it is extremely important that you discuss your study 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 study abroad experience.