Study Abroad FAQ

Learn how to take your Marquette education global

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“Sunsets of Santorini” — Connor Mallon, Communication student (Santorini, Greece)

Have you thought about studying abroad? Not sure where to begin? The questions below can help guide you as you consider studying in a different country!

What opportunities are available for students who study abroad?

Marquette University offers many different kinds of opportunities for students to study abroad. Students can study at universities in different countries, gain internship or work experience abroad, participate in faculty-led programs focused on specific subject areas, and so much more! Anyone thinking about studying abroad should consider their academic, personal, and professional goals to make the most of their experience.

Why should I study abroad?

Studying abroad allows students to work toward whatever academic, personal, and professional goals they have. Gaining knowledge and competency in areas such as communication in a foreign language, work or internship experience, global engagement, and individual autonomy will benefit every student who studies abroad. Still not convinced about how formative studying abroad can be? Check out our Tumblr page featuring posts by students abroad!

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“Czechin’ out the views.” — Brett Pullman, Business student (Prauge, Czech Republic)

Who can study abroad?

Students can study abroad starting their sophomore year. Anyone from any major can study abroad, but it is always important to plan ahead and determine what classes you can take while in another country. Many students successfully integrate study abroad into their four-year plan. In fact, of Marquette’s 2017 graduating class, 25% took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

When can I study abroad?

Students can participate in semester or full academic year programs, as well as short-term programs over the winter or spring breaks.

Is studying abroad affordable?

Yes! Any financial aid you receive from Marquette transfers to any Marquette-approved study abroad program, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Be sure to look at scholarship opportunities as well. There are many countries where the cost of living is significantly lower than it is here in the United States. Keep this in mind when choosing a program and setting a budget.

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“Always take a piece of Marquette with you wherever you go.” — Bridget Mountain,Communication student (El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina)

Where can I study?

Marquette offers education abroad programs in more than 41 different countries on six continents.

Search our programs to see where you can go!

How should I pick a program?

You should pick a program based on several aspects: academic needs and goals, what culture you want to explore, if you want to study at a Jesuit institution, housing preferences, language, availability of professional opportunities like internships, how long you want to be abroad, cost, and immersion level. Be sure to ask yourself these questions as you consider options. Our staff is available to help you narrow down your choices and find the best fit.

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“A day off school calls for a 5-hour drive up to the northern coast of Spain through the mountains with good friends and lots of bread.” — Clara Reed, Nursing student (San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Spain)

How do I apply?

You can apply using our online application system. Applications for the spring semester or winter break are due October 1st and summer, fall, or academic year applications are due March 1st.

Where can I find out more?

The Office of International Education hosts several events throughout the year. You can explore options at a study abroad fair (held at the beginning of each semester), or attend a Study Abroad 101 info session (held every Friday at 3 p.m. during the academic year). You are welcome to schedule a meeting with a staff member by calling 414.288.7289 or stop by Holthusen Hall, 4th floor during our walk-in advising hours.

Be sure to explore the study abroad website for more information.

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