How to Apply

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 manner.

Special Note: Have a credit card ready for payment of application fee.

Complete the Online Application

The online application must be submitted along with a non-refundable $45.00 application fee before the application will be processed.

  1. Start at: Undergraduate 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

Payment of all fees is required without exception, and must be accomplished before admission can be completed. The quickest, most secure method of online payment is listed in the links below:

Individual student: click here.

Agency for multiple student payments: click here.

  1. Your immigration documents will be sent to you via secure delivery, such as FedEx, for which an additional $40.00 Express Mail/Courier Fee must be paid.

  2. The English Language Institute Placement Test Fee is an additional $50.00 and is required only if you cannot provide an English Proficiency score in excess of the minimum requirements.

  3. All fees must be made payable to: University of Nebraska at Kearney. Fees may also 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.

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

Admission Document Requirement: Copy of Passport Page

Copy of personal information page of 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. According to regulations, all immigration documents, including Form I-20 or DS-2019 must match your name as it appears on your passport.

Admission Document Requirement: Affidavit of Financial Support

The Affidavit of Financial Support is the official, original verification of finances reflecting availability of a minimum $26,470.76 of liquid funds per academic year to attend UNK (dated within 60 days of the date of application). The Form I-20 or DS-2019 is required at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy for the issuance of a visa. It cannot be mailed to you until you have submitted the Affidavit of Financial Support Form along with supporting documentation for verification of relationship of the sponsor and the amount of funds to be provided to the student. 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.

  • Click HERE for Affidavit of Financial Support form.

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: $4,500 for summer living expenses, $3,000 for spouse, and $1,500 each per minor dependent.

Admission Document Requirement: English Proficiency Requirement

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit an original proof of English Proficiency by one of the following: a minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based test or 61 Internet-based test (IBT), or 5.5 band or above on IELTS.

1. Arrange for official TOEFL results to be mailed from ETS (UNK code is 6467) to the following address:

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

2. UNK International Admissions downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

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

We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

If English Proficiency is not verifiable, the applicant must first attend the English Language Institute to attain the appropriate score.

3. FOR PROSPECTIVE UNK J-1 EXCHANGE VISITORS ONLY: Verification of English Language Proficiency

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, the 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 intladmin@unk.edu. 

Admission Document Requirement: Educational Ladder

An original certificate of completion/graduation or diploma from high school indicating the date of graduation, as well as transcripts, accompanied by a complete English translation must be provided (dates of attendance must be listed). Students who have attended a foreign university/college must provide an official transcript from the institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received.

Official documents that may also assist in the verification of your Educational Ladder includes any one of the following:

  • Original academic credentials issued by the Registrar of the institution;

  • Photocopies of academic credentials verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution or an educational representative of the country's government. The front page of each copy must be signed and stamped by the official;

  • Photocopies of academic credentials that have been certified by a recognized international educational organization – such as: the U.S. Educational Foundation, AMIDEAST, the Institute for International Education or Education USA Office.

Students wanting credit transfers must provide an official transcript along with a professional credential evaluation completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to the UNK Registrar's Office. See www.naces.org for a complete list of member agencies or contact the Office of Records and Registration for an approved list at the following link: http://www.unk.edu/offices/registrar/index.php.

Submitting Information

Upon submission of the online application and all fees, required supporting documents must be sent to:

University of Nebraska at 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
Contact the International Admissions office with any questions you may have at intladmin@unk.edu or by calling 308-865-8157.

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 Education USA office in your area to assist you with this requirement.

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

Receiving Information

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.

  • Health Requirements: This information contains the mandatory requirements for immunizations. To complete the pre-enrollment health form, go to www.unk.edu, 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/Form DS-2019 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.

Obtaining the Visa



Complete the following steps to obtain your student visa:

  1. Complete the I-901 SEVIS fee payment here: https://www.fmjfee.com/#

  2. Complete the DS-160 online nonimmigrant visa application form here: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

  3. Once you have completed these steps, you can sign up for your visa interview: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

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

Click HERE for additional information about obtaining your visa.

Overseas Education 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.



For further assistance with the immigration process you can go to:

Education USA

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