Application Process

Nomination Process

Contact your international/exchange student office to determine if a current international exchange agreement exists between your home institution and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. You must be nominated as an exchange student by your home university before you are eligible to apply. You should also discuss with your advisor whether or not studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a good fit for your academic, personal, and professional goals.

Once you have been nominated by your University, your next step will be to complete a UNL Exchange Application and submit supporting documents.  These documents include:

  • UNL Exchange Application
  • Home University Academic Documents
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Financial Support Documentation Form
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Proposed Plan of Study Form
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Application Details

Determine if you qualify as an exchange student:

Exchange Student: You are a student from a university that has a reciprocal exchange agreement with UNL. You must be nominated by your home study abroad coordinator and your home coordinator must submit your application.

Admission Application Form:

Please type or print. The form must be signed by the student, and if you are an exchange student, program coordinator at the student's home institution. For exchange students, the coordinator's recommendation will determine the student's placement at the graduate or undergraduate level.


  • May 1 for fall semester (August-December)
  • October 1 for spring semester (January-May)

Earlier applications are strongly encouraged. It may be easier for early applicants to get into their first choice courses.

Financial Support Documentation

Applicants must indicate the ability to be supported for the entire period of intended study at UNL without recourse to employment. Complete the Financial Support Documentation form, within the Incoming Exchange Student Application, for International Exchange Students and submit it with your application. The bank certification (Section A) and/or the statement of government, institution, or organizational support (Section B) must be officially signed and submitted before the necessary visa document can be issued.

Each applicant should estimate expenses according to the terms of the particular exchange arrangement and for the appropriate period of time (one or two semesters). Please consult with your home institution exchange program coordinator for the benefits covered by your exchange program. You must show the ability to provide the additional costs not covered by the exchange program. For more information on UNL estimated expenses click here

Since you will have documented your financial ability to study and live at UNL, only part-time employment on-campus may be permitted with special permission.

Proof of English Proficiency

All non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate English proficiency prior to admission. Applicants who are native speakers of English in a country in which English is the exclusive official language are exempt from this requirement. English language proficiency is satisfied by an official score on the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


To ensure proper processing of immigration documents, we request all applicants to submit a copy of their passport information page.

Academic Documents

You must submit original or certified (attested) copies of post-secondary diplomas earned and course work completed before course enrollment.

Proposed Plan of Study

Enter your course requests in order of priority–at least 6 or 7 per semester. Provide several alternative courses. Use the Bulletin (Undergraduate or Graduate) to find course descriptions. The current Schedule of Classes will be available to you after you have been officially admitted to UNL via your MyRed account.