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International Students

If you are currently living outside of the United States and considering UNK for your graduate coursework, you are not alone. UNK is a leader in international education with a significant international student population.

The basic application process is the same no matter where you’re from whether it is Nebraska or Nepal. However applicants from outside the U.S. do have a few additional requirements. These requirements are to ensure your success at UNK while making your transition to the U.S. as easy as possible.

Here is the admissions process for students who are not U.S. citizens or who have been educated outside of the U.S.

1. Apply online: The application is the same for all students. You can find the application HERE. Students admitted for the first time thru the Graduate Office at UNK or have not taken courses as a graduate-level student within the last two years, are required to pay an application fee.

2. Submit an official credential evaluation of all transcripts or mark sheets from all previously attended colleges and universities outside of the U.S.: This ensures that your degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Any approved NACES evaluation firm may be used for credential evaluations. Approved firms can be found at www.naces.org/members.htm. It is extremely important that your transcript evaluation is done on a COURSE BY COURSE basis and NOT a document by document basis.

3. Submit a completed Financial Affidavit: This will ensure that you have enough money to support yourself while in the U.S. Original Financial Affidavit and official bank documents must be mailed to Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.

4. Submit an official TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl) score (unless your home countries native language is English, or you have graduated from a U.S. college or university): This is used to ensure that you are prepared for coursework taught in English. Score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. The minimum score accepted is 550 for the paper version and 79 for the internet version.

5. Comply with departmental admission requirements: Each program may have different admissions requirements. For example, some require GRE scores. These requirements will be found within the online application when you apply. They can also be found with the graduate catalog HERE. The online application allows students to upload required documents except for the Credential Evaluation and official score reports.

6. Students may monitor their application status through their MyBLUE account.

7. Once all the above documentation is received, the student’s application will be forward to the specific department for review. (Departments vary in how often they meet to review applications, so contact the department for more information.) The department will notify the Graduate Office of the admission decision.

8. If admitted, the Graduate office will verify funding requirements have been met, print the admit letter and notify International Education for the issuance of the I-20 or DS-2019. Questions regarding the immigration process should be directed to International Education.

9. Upon arrival students are required to check in with the International Education Office.

We recommended that international students begin the admission process six months prior to their anticipated arrival to allow enough time for the credential evaluation process, department decision and if admitted, for documents to arrive in time to set visa appointments.