Incoming Exchange: How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)! We are excited to welcome you as an exchange student on our campus.
To attend UNO as an exchange student, your home institution must have a student exchange agreement with our university or be involved in a consortium agreement which includes UNO.
Your home university must also nominate you for our exchange program. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for exchange at UNO, please contact your university’s international programs office.
Non-Degree Exchange: How to Apply
Use the steps in this checklist to apply as a Non-Degree Exchange (undergraduate or graduate) or Dual Degree Graduate Exchange Student at UNO.
Please note that all documents for non-degree seeking exchange students should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send one email with complete documentation. Do not send duplicate hard copies.
1. Complete your application
You will complete this short application after you have been nominated by your home institution's exchange coordinator: Undergraduate and Graduate Exchange Application.
2. Collect your academic records
Academic records or transcripts:
In order to determine admissibility, UNO requires that prospective students send all transcripts from colleges, universities, and vocational schools where they earned academic credit. If transcripts are not issued in English, please also submit certified English translations. Transcripts submitted will be used to help request course waivers and permission codes. All transcripts should be sent to: email@example.com.
3. Complete the English Proficiency Form
For those students whose native language is not English, request the English Proficiency Form be completed by a professor or instructor of English, or a director of an English language program. If your courses at your home institution are conducted in English, your education abroad coordinator may complete this form.
a. This form is verifying your English proficiency either by reporting your Recognized Language Test scores (for those students whose coursework is not primarily in English) or by interview (for those students whose coursework is primarily in English.)
b. Undergraduate exchange students should prove that they have the equivalent of 500/61 iBT TOEFL, 6.0 IELTS, or B2 proficiency.
c. Graduate exchange students should prove that they have the equivalent of 550/80 iBT TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS or C1 proficiency.
4. Collect your financial documentation1. UNO Financial Affidavit: J-1 visa applicants or holders should submit a completed financial affidavit.
2. Original Bank Document: J-1 visa applicants or holders should submit a recent statement or letter from their bank showing adequate funds for the duration of the program to cover personal expenses and any fees that cannot be waived. The tuition and some fees are waived with your nomination, but you must show the balance listed on the Financial Affidavit form. If your nomination is for one semester, you are only required to show a semester worth of funds listed on the Financial Affidavit Form.
5. Submit a copy of your passport or national ID
Documents should be sent via email in PDF or JPEG format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Image must include photo page of applicant, be of good quality, and legible.
6. Read the SEVIS requirements
SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. All exchange visitors (J-1 visas), and their dependents (J-2 visas) are required to register and pay a fee to the United States government. Once you have applied, read more in SEVIS & Immigration.
7. Submit housing and airport pickup requests
After admission, submit Housing and Airport Pickup requests on your MavLINK student account. You may also connect with International Student Advising, review the checklist for Getting Started at UNO, and read the Pre-Departure Handbook. Plan to arrive the week before school begins to attend the mandatory orientation. Exact arrival dates will be posted here.
Dual Degree Graduate Exchange: How to Apply
Graduate Dual Degree participants will apply through https://applynow.unomaha.edu/. Nominated students will receive an email with specific application instructions from Emily Hassenstab, Manager of Education Abroad and Global Partnerships.