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International Student Life

Each year students from 50 countries make UNK their first choice in quality education. UNK offers an unforgettable education at a respected residential university in the USA at a cost that is less than larger institutions in other states, while providing the safety and hospitality of small town America.

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Meet our Students

Siming XuKind and Friendly People

Siming Xu is an international student from Shijiazhuang, China. She arrived in Kearney in September of 2011 and is majoring in Business Administration.

How did you discover UNK? A friend of mine recommended UNK to me.

What was your first impression when you arrived in Kearney? My first impression of Kearney is that it was a quiet and pretty town.

What surprised you the most about Kearney? Kearney is totally different than what I thought it would be before I arrived. It is a quiet, safe, and pretty town. The local residents are really nice. They know it might be hard for international students to live in a new town. They try to take care of me and treat me like their family member even though we might have just met.

What do you miss the most about China? The thing I miss most about China is being with my family.

What do you like the best about UNK? I like almost everything here at UNK. It is really pretty on campus in the fall and spring. The best thing about UNK though is the people. The professors are very nice. If you have a question, they will take the time to help you out. As an international student, I really appreciate that.

How do you plan to leave your mark on UNK? The way I plan to leave my mark on UNK is by being involved in lots of campus events and working together with my friends to make UNK even better.

What would you recommend new international students do to enjoy life and American culture while here? Make more friends! The people here are really nice, which makes it easy to become friends with them. Also, get involved in campus life. Finally, the International Friendship Program that gives you a host family is a really good program to get involved in so you can experience American culture. I would recommend this!


Nolline OmolloHome Away from Home

Nolline Omollo is an international student from Kenya. She and her twin sister arrived in Kearney in August of 2012. She is a sophomore majoring in Pre-Nursing.

How did you discover UNK? I learned about UNK from my aunt who was a former student of this institution. I was also impressed by its rank academically in the Midwest.

What was your first impression when you arrived in Kearney? The first impression I had about Kearney is that it is a small populated City and an agricultural center due to the huge fields of corn I saw on the way to campus.

What surprised you the most about Kearney? What surprised me the most was the Calvin T. Ryan Library on campus. I found it then and still do to be very resourceful with very approachable staff.

What do you like the best about UNK? I love several things about UNK. The people here are very welcoming and they make you feel at home away from home. The professors are very approachable and the professor to students ratio is very commendable. The teaching and delivery of professors is superior. I like the fact that UNK gives international students an opportunity to share their unique cultures with the Kearney community through events like the International Food Festival.

How do you plan to leave your mark on UNK? The mark I would love to leave behind after my four years of study is to graduate with Honors, to be celebrated and to be missed. This is what motivates me to work really hard and push myself towards achieving this goal.

What would you recommend new international student do to enjoy life and American culture while here? I would recommend new international students joining UNK to be flexible to change, work hard, and have good grades to avoid a stressful academic life. Meet new people and join student organizations within campus.


mariaPerfect Community

Maria Gutierrez is an international student from Colombia. She arrived in January of 2012 and is majoring in International Studies and Economics.

How did you discover UNK? I know about UNK through my high school, which has a connection with this university.

What was your first impression when you arrived in Kearney? Before coming to Kearney, I talked with somebody that was here before.He told me that it was a small town, but I didn't realize how small it really was until I arrived. Since I grew up in a city, I wanted to find a peaceful and small place, and Kearney was perfect.

What surprised you the most about Kearney? What surprised me was the diversity of cultures that attended UNK. I have met people from South Korea, Nepal, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and people from several other different parts of the world.

What do you miss the most about Colombia? What I miss the most from Colombia is my family and my friends. I miss the food from Colombia and I miss Colombian customs.

What do you like the best about UNK? One of the things that I really like from UNK is how different organizations and programs give an opportunity to all students to get involved. How students go further than just fulfilling academic requirements and get involved with social activities. When I arrived here, I loved the way people treat international students and made me feel at home here. I love how small the campus is and how easy it is to get around.

How do you plan to leave your mark on UNK? I want to teach the people here about my culture in order to enrich the multicultural environment of Kearney.

What would you recommend new international students do to enjoy life and American culture while here? As an international student, I know how hard it is to arrive in a different country with a different language and different culture. However, the mistake that most international students make is being shy and not meeting people. Sometimes we prefer to stay in our comfort zone by being friends with just people from our country. I know how hard it is to communicate in another language, but we need to learn how to do it, and the only way is by knowing people from other countries and practicing.


Ryo SuzukiSophisticated Education

Ryo Suzuki is an international student from Tokyo, Japan, who arrived at UNK in May of 2012. He is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

How did you discover UNK? When I was in Japan, I went to an English school. It had lists of recommended universities and UNK was on the list. I did some research on UNK and initially had no interest in this school and did not think I would choose it. However, I had an opportunity to hear about UNK from one of the UNK students. She really recommended the school to me if I wanted to receive a sophisticated education.

What was your first impression when you arrived in Kearney? When I got to Kearney, I saw many cornfields and one-story buildings. I thought I came to the countryside. I have now been here for seven months and my impression of Kearney has not changed. Kearney is countryside. There is no argument on this fact, but Kearney is a good place to spend time. The people are so kind to international students.

What surprised you the most about Kearney? I was most surprised about about transportation. In Kearney, it is almost impossible to live without a car, and almost all students have one. When I was in Japan, it was impossible to imagine that every student would have a car. Here, all of them use cars to go places, even to class.

What do you miss the most about Japan? I miss Japanese food mostly. It is tough to find seafood to eat here in Kearney. When I was in Japan, my diet was composed of mostly fish, but in Kearney, their diet is composed of basically beef.

What do you like the best about UNK? I like the UNK classes. Every single class is sophisticated and amazing. I have never been bored during the classes. They are not easy to finish homework and get a high grade.

How do you plan to leave your mark on UNK? I am planning to be in the position of RA. I would like to help international students as an RA. Also, I am a member of the International Students Association. I would like to leave marks of mine as a student who is helpful to international students, like Ramesh (recent UNK graduate and current graduate student).

What would you recommend new international students do to enjoy life and American culture while here? My advice is to be outgoing. This is very important to learn American culture, especially for students who stay here for a year or less. Go to class! Go to class! And then go have fun! Those are the keys to a successful life in Kearney.


Wahab AkbarGood Recommendation from Friend

Abdulwahab Akbar is an international student from Saudi Arabia. who began attending UNK in the fall of 2011. He is majoring in Radiography.

How did you discover UNK? Word of mouth. A friend of mine in Saudi Arabia who attended UNK told me about this school.

What was your first impression when you arrived in Kearney? I realized that I would have a fun experience here.

What surprises you the most about American culture? There is a lot of healthy focus on sports.

What do you miss the most about Saudi Arabia? The things I miss the most about Saudi Arabia are my family and the beach.

What do you like the best about UNK? One thing that I appreciate about UNK is that there is not a lot of walking distance between all the buildings so it is easier to get from class to class on time.

How do you plan to leave your mark on UNK? By successfully completing my degree program and graduating from UNK.

What would you recommend new international students do to enjoy life and American culture while they are here? I think in order for new international students to have the best experience here they need to keep an open mind, be willing to try new things and work at mingling as much as possible with the locals.


Peijie LiFrom 50 degrees to -10 Quite a Shock!

Peijie Li, 19, is from Kunming, China. He is a Business Administration major at UNK, and arrived in Kearney in January of 2010.

How did you discover UNK? When I was in high school, I used to go to an English Corner ever week in a coffee shop near my home. The owner is an American. I asked him for information about studying in America. He recommended that I go to his home state, Nebraska. He gave me a lot of information about schools in Nebraska, UNK being one of them.

What did you know about Kearney? Nothing! I did not know there was a state in the U.S. called Nebraska!

What was the hardest part of your journey to the U.S.? When I came here, I was 17 years-old. That was the first time I traveled that distance. The hardest part would be traveling to extreme weather I have never experienced. It was still 50 degrees in my hometown when I left, but it was -10 degrees and a blizzard in Chicago when I landed! It surprised me that I survived the weather!

What do you find fascinating about Kearney? People in Kearney are friendly; this is my favorite part of this town. People say "Hello!" to others instead of ignoring each other.

What do you miss most about China? I miss the food in my hometown. I've been here more than one year, but I just can't get myself "Americanized" on food.

What do you like best about UNK? The size of UNK is what I like best. It is perfect for me. It is not a university with a huge campus, so it is easy to travel on campus. A bike will do. Moreover, because it is a smaller university, it is easier to get involved with different associations and organizations.

How well has UNK met your expectations? Even though I did a lot of research before I came to Kearney, I was shocked when I came here. Kearney is much smaller than I expected. It is something different to me, but it is good. UNK is actually better than I expected. It is a smaller university, but it has everything I need.

How do you hope to leave your mark on UNK? I love to help other people, so I joined a lot of different associations on campus. It doesn't really matter if I get recognized for "making a difference". It is the effort to help others that is most important to me.

Ask an Alumnus

The following UNK international alumni have agreed to have you contact them via email if you would like to visit with them directly about their experience at UNK:

Achala Sharma, Nepal, sharmaa1@alumni.unk.edu - "I am so much in love with UNK that if I could, I would come back to have the same experience again. I would prefer it over any top university in the nation for undergraduate studies."

Ryan Bastian, Bahamas, ryanobastian@gmail.com - "UNK is awesome! You have to experience it to truly appreciate it!"

A Sanam Bhaila, Nepal, bhaila.sanam@gmail.com - "One of the reasons I hardly missed home, despite being so far away, was because I was "at home" at UNK."

Joosik Kim, South Korea, joosik0515@hotmail.com - "UNK is the most precious experience in my life and forever!"

Burty Macwan, India, burtymacwan@yahoo.co.in - "UNK: where cultures converge!"

Mizuki Takahashi, Japan hanamizuki-t.1018@hotmail.co.jp - "I really miss the time I spent at UNK because it is my second home."

Dr. Joao Mazullo, Brazil, mazullo@msn.com - "I studied English Language at UNK. I feel honored to answer questions about UNK now."

Daisuke Sekine, Japan, sekined1@alumni.unk.edu - "UNK has been my home in the United States for years, and it will be for good."

International Student Organizations

Click HERE to find information on the six UNK international student organizations.

International Food Festival