The University of Nebraska’s 2019 Global Engagement report highlights the work of faculty, alumni and programs across the University’s four campuses that focus on study abroad. Education abroad is a vital element of the university’s global engagement efforts, providing students with skills that are highly valued in today’s global economy. The report features U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, a UNK alumnus whose study abroad experience led to his interest in foreign service. Kritenbrink was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam in October 2017.
“Education abroad is a life-changing experience for our students. I’m proud of our progress in expanding these opportunities,” said University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds.
The University of Nebraska has been actively involved in global engagement efforts for decades. From partnerships with universities and governments around the world to hosting more than 4,200 international students from 139 different countries in 2018, the university is committed to helping prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world.
This year alone, NU has committed more than $100,000 this year to education abroad scholarships. The scholarships, awarded by Education Abroad offices at each campus, are intended to help more NU students have an opportunity to study abroad. Dr. Steven Duke, NU Associate Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives, is working with the NU Foundation to raise additional funds for education abroad scholarships.
UNO student Isabel Amador discusses public health issues during a study abroad experience in Belize
In addition to scholarship programs, dozens of NU faculty and staff members support students by teaching education abroad courses and programs, providing structure and lending support to students interested in studying abroad. With their help, hundreds of NU students enroll in foreign universities through student exchange programs and affiliations every year.
“Studying abroad offered me the opportunity to grow as a person and to see the world in a different perspective," said Calvin Vong, a UNO student who has studied in Japan and Hungary. "I learned to embrace change, learn more about myself and recognize that there is more to life than I previously thought.”
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.