Admission 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. 

Once you have been nominated by your home University, your next step will be to complete a UNL International Non-Degree Student Application  and submit the required supporting documents.  These supporting documents include:

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

Application Instrucations

Please type or print. The application must be signed by the student program coordinator at the student's home institution. The home coordinator's recommendation will determine the student's placement at the graduate or undergraduate level. The home coordinator must also submit the application to the UNL Education Abroad Office. Applications sent to the UNL Education Abroad Office directly by students will not be reviewed. 

Deadlines: 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 International Non-Degree Student Application 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  your home coordinator for more information about the benefits associated with 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 Undergraduate Course Catalog  or Graduate Course Catalog  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.