How to Apply

English Language Institute Application Instructions

Admission Deadlines:

Deadlines for all applicants seeking admission:

  • Fall Semester: May 15 to begin program in mid August.

  • Spring Semester: October 15 to begin program in early January.

  • Summer Semester: February 15 to begin program in mid May.

Deadlines are established to help ensure that admission can be completed and immigration documents prepared for you to take to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to apply for a student visa in a timely matter.

A $45.00 UNK fee must be paid when you submit the online application. An additional $50.00 ELI Placement Test Fee is required along with a $40.00 Express Mail/Courier Fee for secure Federal Express shipment of all Immigration documents (Form I-20/DS-2019 and Admission Letter). Payment of the ELI Placement Test Fee and the Express Mail/Courier Fee must be accomplished using the online payment links in Step II.

Contact the International Admission office with questions at or by calling 308-865-8157.

Complete the Online Application


Please have a credit card ready for payment of all application fees. Applications will not be processed until online application and all fees are received.

1. Start here: English Language Institute Application

2. Create your NUID

3. Sign in

4. Pay the $45.00 application fee.

5. Click on the "Submit" button at the end of the application.

Payment of Fees

The quickest, most secure method for payment of fees is done through the following links:

Individual student: click here

Agency payment for multiple students: click here

Your immigration documents will be sent to you via secure express delivery, such as FedEx. Applicants will be emailed a tracking number to follow delivery of the package. All fees must be made payable to: University of Nebraska at Kearney and can be paid in the form of a personal check or a money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, or using a credit card. Important: DO NOT submit fees in cash or via Western Union.

Electronic Check Re-Presentment Policy
In the event that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may re-present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can be retrieved by contacting your financial institution.

Please contact the International Admissions office with any questions you may have by email at or by telephone at 308-865-8157.

Admission Document Requirement: Copy of Passport Page

Copy of personal information page of national PASSPORT which includes: name, date of birth, passport expiration date, and photo. Passport must be valid for a minimum of six (6) months after the planned start of your academic program and must remain valid at all times while in the U.S.A. According to regulations, all immigration documents, including Form I-20 or DS-2019, must match your name as it appears in your passport.

Admission Document Requirement: J-1 Visitors English Proficiency Requirement

Non-native English speakers applying to come as J-1 exchange visitors must possess sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, to successfully participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis as required by U. S. Department of State regulations.

Students who apply to UNK for second language learning are not required by admissions standards to present standardized test scores from an accepted English language measurement. Therefore, this Verification of English Language Proficiency form must be completed by the student requesting admission and a faculty member or administrator at the prospective exchange student's home institution. Print the form, and when completed, scan and email to

Admission Document Requirement: Affidavit of Financial Support

Original Bank/Financial Verification reflecting availability of a minimum $21,320.76 per academic year to attend UNK ELI; to be accompanied by the UNK Affidavit of Financial Support*. Documents submitted in native language must be accompanied with an official translation. Document must be on official letterhead with bank seal and original signature.

*Click HERE for Affidavit of Financial Support form.

Additional costs which may be incurred: $4,585 for summer living expenses, $3,000 for spouse, and $1,500 each per minor dependent.

Admission Document Requirement: Verification of Educational History

Diploma or letter from the school reflecting graduation from high school accompanied by a complete English translation must be provided (Only originals or certified copies of originals are accepted. Dates of attendance must be included.).

Students who attended a foreign university/college and who wish to have credits considered for transfer to UNK, must provide to the Office of Student Records and Registration an official transcript from the institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received along with a professional credential evaluation completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). See for a complete list of member agencies or contact the Office Records and Registration for an approved list.

English Language Institute students must wait until admission to a full time UNK degree seeking program has been accomplished.

Contact the International Admissions office with any questions you may have by email at or by telephone at 308-865-8157.

Submitting Information

Upon submission of the online application and fees, all required supporting documents as specified above must be sent to the following address:

University of Nebraska Kearney
International Admissions
Welch Hall 106
2504 19th Avenue
Kearney, NE  68849 U.S.A.
Phone: +1 (308) 865-8157  Fax: +1 (308) 865-8160

All supporting documents, in the native language, must be accompanied with an original, certified English translation. This office does not offer a translation service; contact the EducationUSA office in your area to assist you with this requirement.

All original materials sent to support an application for admission become the property of UNK and are not returned.

Receiving Information

After UNK International Admissions receives your application, fees and all required documents, you will receive an email informing you of your admission decision or a request for further information within approximately 5 days. Upon approval, you will be sent an admission packet which includes:

  • Acceptance letter: A letter informing you about your acceptance in the ELI program.
  • Form I-20: Immigration document that certifies your admission to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Health Requirements: This information contains the mandatory requirements for immunizations. To complete the pre-enrollment health form, go to, click on the MyBlue link on the left side of the page, and look under the Profile section for the Immunization link to complete this process.

Upon receipt of Admission Packet, review the Form I-20 and Admission Letter for accuracy. If corrections are required or you have questions, contact the International Admission Office immediately. Do not delay reviewing the documents or scheduling your visa appointment. Wait times for visa appointments are often long due to the number of students preparing for study in the USA. Your entire process will be much easier if you take the time to review the Admission Packet thoroughly and read all instruction documents, as they give you an overview of the process and steps to make your arrival easier.

Getting the Visa

Complete the following steps to obtain your student visa:

  1. Complete the I-901 SEVIS fee payment here:
  2. Complete the DS-160 online nonimmigrant visa application form here:
  3. Once you have completed these steps, you can sign up for your visa interview:

Click HERE for additional information about obtaining your visa.

Overseas Educational Advising Centers are located in major cities worldwide and are affiliated with the United States Information Services (USIS) and/or the United States Embassy. There, applicants can find advisors and information to help understand the admissions process. Overseas advisors are experienced and well-informed about American university systems and admissions procedures.

Students applying for a visa to study in the United States are being required to undergo additional scrutiny since September 2001, as rules changed to insure U.S. Security. You will be required to have a face-to-face interview at the U.S. Consulate/embassy in your home country and undergo a back ground check. You will need the Form I-20, letter of acceptance, and I-901 fee payment receipt at your interview.