There are many different ways to study abroad! While the variety of programs may seem overwhelming at first, the good news is that there is likely an excellent program out there to fit your goals, your budget, and your schedule. We encourage you to carefully research your options using the MyWorld program search, watching a GO Session, and meeting with an Education Abroad Coordinator. Complete an advising questionnaire prior to your first appointment.
Attend courses developed, taught, and led by UNL faculty member(s). Courses are often experiential and, in some cases, the faculty leader will arrange internship and/or service learning opportunities. Register for and receive UNL course credits and grades just like an on-campus course; some opportunities include transfer credit as well. Locations and courses vary each year so keep checking MyWorld for additional programs. Low enrollment numbers may result in the cancellation of a program/course but students will be notified as early as possible so they can have time to plan for a backup option.
Many courses run during the summer sessions, but some run over winter or spring break or for a full semester. Choose from over 50 programs in destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America!
Challenge and distinguish yourself by studying as a fully-integrated student at a host institution for a semester or academic year. Exchange programs demand a high level of maturity and independence. Language programs often require strong language skills. The opportunities are competitive and deadlines are earlier than other program types. Exchange programs can be very cost-effective, as you will pay tuition and fees to UNL for 15 credit hours at your usual tuition rate based on your major and resident/non-resident status and take classes at the partner institution, while a student from the partner institution takes classes at UNL.
UNL Partner Universities (Bilateral Exchanges)
Bilateral exchanges are based on agreements between a host university and UNL for a reciprocal exchange of students and scholars. The number of students selected to participate in the exchange varies from year to year and depends on the balance of the exchange. If you are interested in studying at one of UNL’s partner institutions, please schedule an appointment with the Student Exchange Coordinator.
UNL has established exchange agreements with specific host universities that allow UNL students from any major to attend these universities for a semester or academic year.
Several of UNL's colleges have established exchange agreements with institutions abroad specifically for their majors, such as Engineering or Architecture.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
The ISEP network offers exchange opportunities in 50 countries. Please visit the ISEP website to search programs by country, area of study, and language. Space through ISEP-Exchange is limited, so you may not get your first choice of host institution or country. You may also consider the less competitive ISEP-Direct option, which allows you to pay a set fee to ISEP to cover the cost of attendance at a host institution.
MyWorld and ISEP application deadlines are usually much earlier than other programs. Start your application early!
ISEP-Exchange Program List (MyWorld)
ISEP-Direct Program List (MyWorld)
MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Program
Take advantage of UNL’s membership in the Mid-America Universities International (MAUI) organization by studying as an exchange student at one of 29 Utrecht Network universities in 26 European countries. Visit the MAUI-Utrecht website to learn more.
MAUI-Utrecht places students once a year. MyWorld application deadline is February 14. Meet with an Student Exchange Coordinator for further details.
MAUI-Utrecht Program List (MyWorld)
Affiliated programs are education abroad programs administered by other U.S. and foreign universities, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. These programs offer you a wide range of disciplines and destinations. Program cost, course selection, on-site staff support, and deadlines vary by program. Be sure to check all of the program information in MyWorld and on the affiliate organization’s website before starting an application.
With approval from an Education Abroad Coordinator, UNL students may participate in affiliated programs. However, students and their parents must understand that UNL does not administer affiliated programs. Students will receive support from UNL Education Abroad staff, but students will also work directly with the affiliate organization's staff. On-site support and staff will be from the affiliate organization. UNL has affiliation agreements with several education abroad organizations and institutions. Affiliate organizations often offer UNL students the chance to apply for additional scholarships, and they may waive certain fees and requirements.
U.S.-based organizations include: AMIDEAST, API, CET Academic Programs, The GREEN Program, IES Abroad, ISA, SAI, and SIT
U.S.-based institutions/consortia include: Arcadia University, CIMBA Italy, the Organization for Tropical Studies, University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison IAP
Foreign institutions include: Kingston University, Santa Reparata International School of Art, and University of Deusto
Please note that UNL students are not required to choose an affiliated program but affiliation provides benefits such as additional scholarship options and, in most cases, billing through MyRED. Please consult an Education Abroad Coordinator about your chosen program.