Study Abroad

Education abroad experiences provide invaluable opportunities for students to learn in different educational environments and to gain first-hand exposure to other countries, cultures, societies, and business practices.

The Office of International Business Studies (OIBS) assists COBA students in finding education abroad programs and opportunities that fit their unique situations and goals. Where, when, and for how long you study abroad will depend on your area of education, academic goals, and preferences.

COBA students can choose from fall or spring academic terms, full academic year programs, summer programs, and even winter break and spring break programs.

  • Semester and Academic Year Programs: Students who select this education abroad option attend one of our many partner universities around the world for a fall or spring term or for an academic year. Most programs offer both business and non-business courses and are taught in English and the local language.
  • Summer Programs: Students choosing this short-term education abroad option attend summer programs at our partner universities. These programs vary in length, start date, and the number of credits offered. This is a great option for students who are unable to commit to the time and cost associated with a more traditional education abroad program.
  • Faculty-Led Programs: These programs are created and led by a Marquette faculty member(s) during summers, winter breaks, and spring breaks. Faculty-led programs offer students the opportunity to participate in guided intentional learning programs that combine classroom work, either at Marquette or abroad, with cultural experiences and international site visits. This is great way to get international travel, earn three credits, and stay on track to graduate.

It’s never too early to start planning! Here are the steps that you can take right now to begin thinking about your education abroad experience:

  1. Attend a Study Abroad 101 Session, held every Friday from 3:00-4:00pm in the Office of International Education Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor. This session is designed for students at the very beginning stages of the education abroad process. Session topics include how to select program, academic planning, application procedures, and financial aid.
  2. Complete the Education Abroad Questionnaire that will help understand your goals and desires by going to
    Then complete the Big Five Inventory of Personality at and bring them both of them to your meeting.
  3. 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 worker at the International Business Studies desk in the Straz Hall main office suite after 10 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays and afternoons every weekday to schedule an appointment to discuss your best options for an education abroad experience.
  4. Once you’ve met with Professor Smith or Mr. Lawson, they will suggest to you a range of education abroad experiences that meet your goals and preferences. Research each of these offerings and make a list of preferences.
  5. Then submit your application! Remember these application deadlines:
    • October 1, 2017, for education abroad in the spring 2018 academic term
    • March 1, 2018, for education abroad in the summer or fall 2018 academic terms or for fall 2018 and spring 2019
  6. See individual faculty-led programs to determine the application deadlines for programs in which you are interested
    Once you are accepted to a program that you willing to accept, complete all of the post-acceptance materials and program specific requirements. This will include getting your passport and visa, completing partner application materials, researching partner course offerings, and completing a Course Approval Form.
  7. Finally, before you leave, attend the in-person Pre-Departure Orientation and meet with Mr. Lawson or Professor Smith to make sure that everything is prepared both for your education abroad experience and for your return.