Exchange or Visiting Student Application Instructions

These application instructions are for students who:

  • are coming to UNK for a short period of study (at least one semester to a total of 2 years) for either undergraduate study or English language classes
  • plan to complete your degree at your home university (not UNK)
  • are studying at a university that has an exchange agreement with UNK

If you meet any the above criteria, please follow the directions below to complete your application for short-term study at UNK.

Complete the Online Application

The online application must be completed in full along with payment of a non-refundable $45.00 application fee.

  • Start at: Undergraduate Application
  • Create your NUID and password
  • Sign in on the application home page
  • Complete the application
  • Pay the $45.00 Application fee (instructions at the end of the application)
    • This is a required fee that must be paid for your application to be processed.
  • Click on the "Submit" button at the end of the application.

Pay the Mailing Fee

The payment of a mailing fee is required and must be completed before admission can be finalized. An online payment is the quickest and most secure method. Please use the below links to complete your payment with a credit card.

  • Individual student: click this link.
    • If you will be taking undergraduate courses, you pay ONLY the Express Mail/Courier Fee
    • If you will be taking English language classes, you will pay BOTH the ELI Placement Test Fee AND the Express Mail/Courier Fee
  • Agency for multiple student payments: click this link.

Fees can also be paid in the form of a personal check or a money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U. S. bank.

Submit Required Documentation

Below is a listing of documents that are required to be submitted as part of the application process. Your application cannot be completed until our admissions teams receives all of the below documentation:

Copy of passport page:
Your 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.
Your immigration documents will display your name as it shows on your passport.
The copy of your passport must clearly show the following:

  1. Name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Passport expiration
  4. Photo

**Please do not submit a photo of your passport. This makes the information difficult to read. Please submit a scanned copy of your passport page to help us have accurate information.**

Affidavit of Financial Support:
The Affidavit of Financial Support is the official, original verification of finances reflecting availability of liquid funds to cover the cost that you will be responsible to pay directly to UNK per academic year*** (This document must be dated within 60 days of the date of application). The affidavit must be accompanied by one of the following:

  • Original Bank/Financial Verification. Documents submitted in native language must be accompanied with an official translation. Document must be on official letterhead with bank seal and original signature.
  • Detailed letter of sponsorship from a government, employer, or organization sponsoring the student indicating the exact dollar amount for expenses in U.S. funds.

***If you are unsure about your cost, please have the coordinator at your home institution reference UNK’s cost page to determine your actual cost to attend.

Applicants are advised to keep copies of all financial documents submitted to UNK in support of your application. Similar information will be required by the United States Consular Office when you apply for your visa.

Estimated additional costs which may be incurred: $2,200 for summer living expenses, $3,000 for spouse, and $1,500 each per minor dependent.

English Language Proficiency:
When seeking admission to take undergraduate courses, all students must submit proof of English Language Proficiency.

Please review our English Language Proficiency Requirements for additional information and exceptions.

Students who will be taking courses in English Language through our English Language Institute must submit the Verification of English Language Proficiency. This form must be completed by the student and an exchange coordinator, faculty member, or advisor from the home institution.

An English translation of the transcript from your current institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received.
You can submit an unofficial transcript for the purposes of admission. However, if you determine that you want courses to transfer permanently to UNK, you must then submit an original transcript that is issued by the Registrar’s Office of your home institution. A professional credential evaluation will then need to be completed prior to any transfer of credit.

Please submit all of the documentation listed to the following address:

University of Nebraska at Kearney
International Admissions
Welch Hall 106
2504 19th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849 U.S.A.

All original application materials become the property of UNK and are not returned.

Next Steps

After UNK International Admissions receives your application, fees and all required supporting documents, your application will be reviewed for an admission decision. You will receive a response via email in approximately 7-10 days as to your admission decision or to request further information.

Upon final approval and admission you will be sent an admission packet which includes:

  • Acceptance letter: official UNK letter informing you about your acceptance into the University of Nebraska at Kearney undergraduate program
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019: Immigration document that certifies your admission to the University of Nebraska at Kearney that you must take to the US Consulate/Embassy to obtain the student visa.
  • Pre-Arrival Guide: This brochure will explain all other processes necessary and information that needs to be submitted to UNK prior to your arrival on campus. Please read this information thoroughly.

Once you receive your admission packet, please begin taking 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:

You will need your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 at your interview at the U.S. Embassy.

Additional information about obtaining your visa.