What Does the OIE Program Center Offer?
- Center Sponsored Activities
- Marquette Organization Events
- Welcome and Farewell Parties
- International Orientation Programs
- Worldwide TV News
- Language Exchange Board
- International Music
- Cultural Exhibits
- Conversation Café
Office of International Education (OIE) Program Center Overview
Potluck dinners, video and performance evenings, trips to regional attractions, game evenings and tournaments, social and educational discussions and presentations, cultural programs, holiday celebrations, language and other informal classes are some examples of the many events sponsored by the OIE Programl Center. The center also supports many other international events on campus through co-sponsorship.
A variety of campus departments and student groups use the International Center for their meetings, films, lectures and other activities. Some of these groups have been The Global Village, the Study Abroad Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Latin American Students Organization, the Muslim Student Association, the Indian Student Association, the Pacific Islands Student Association, the French, Spanish and Italian Clubs, and the Public Safety International Student Forum program. Some other campus groups to use the center have been the Office of Student Educational Services, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Office of Student Development, and numerous campus social and honorary societies.
A Welcome Party is held early each semester for new and returning students, and a Farewell Party is held at the end of each semester. All students are invited to begin each term with more international acquaintances and to say good-bye to graduates as they embark upon the next stages of their lives.
Extensive orientation programs are provided for the special needs of new international students during the week before each new semester. Ongoing orientation sessions are provided throughout the year for all
interested students. As individual questions arise regarding cultural differences, academic or student life, international students are welcome to talk with the staff members of the Office of International Education and the OIE Program Center.
Current daily news broadcasts from dozens of countries can be viewed at the Program Center through Marquette’s participation in SCOLA, the global television news service.
The Language Exchange Board enables students of many countries and language backgrounds to locate other students who would like to trade language lessons in their respective languages.
The Program Center maintains a collection of recorded traditional and popular music from around the world for visitors to enjoy. Students are encouraged to share the music of their cultures at the center and at various center events.
Students and student groups are invited to share their cultures with the university community by preparing exhibits or displays at the Program Center and at other campus locations. Students who are interested in preparing an exhibit should contact the OIE Program Center.
Hosted by a native English speaker, the Conversation Café offers students the opportunity to practice their conversation skills in a relaxed and supportive social atmosphere while at the same time sharing information about their cultures.
The Program Center offers a variety of board games including Mahjongg, Go and Adi. United States favorites such as Scrabble and Pictionary are also available. Many students enjoy international favorites such as chess, checkers, backgammon, dominos and ping-pong. Center visitors are encouraged to teach new games from their cultures. Many students enjoy playing games together and participating in game tournaments during the school year.