Where to Start?

Students at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), can participate in an international experience in almost any country. Programs range in length from several weeks to a full year. No matter what field you choose to study, a program is available for you and class credit will transfer to the UNK curriculum if you plan carefully with your academic advisor. The Study Abroad Office is ready to help you choose a program that is right for you.

Steps to take:
  1. Make an appointment with Ann Marie Park, Study Abroad Coordinator(parkam@unk.edu) to discuss opportunities that fit your criteria for a study abroad program.
  2. Select a &program by talking with the study abroad coordinator and conducting research on the web
  3. Complete a UNK Application available in the Study Abroad Office.
  4. Complete a Host Institution Application Form (when necessary).
  5. Submit all applications and associated material.
  6. Obtain a Passport (http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html).
  7. Wait for Acceptance Letter from the Host Institution.
  8. Apply for Visa at the nearest consulate of the Host Country (http://www.embassy.org/embassies/ ).

UNK's Study Abroad Office can:

  • Advise you in selecting a program that suits your academic and personal needs
  • Provide applications and materials on UNK's study abroad options
  • Discuss differences in educational systems
  • Provide information on UNK policies and procedures
  • Help connect you with study abroad returnees and international students

UNK's Study Abroad Office cannot:

  • Choose your study abroad program for you
  • Approve courses taken while abroad for use in your degree program (your advisor does this)
  • Register you for classes for your return semester
  • Forward your mail overseas
  • Make your travel or flight arrangements
  • Provide applications for your passport (The courthouse does this.)
  • Provide applications for visas (The embassy/consulate of your chosen destination must do this.)
  • Remove the holds on your records
  • Negotiate a change of grade
Questions to ask yourself:

The goal in selecting a study abroad program is to find the best match between your objectives and what various programs have to offer. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What goals do I hope to attain from my experience abroad?
  • How adaptable am I to different ways of thinking and other cultures?
  • Do I need to study in a program related to my major, or can I choose one whose subjects apply primarily as electives?
  • Would I prefer a short-term international experience or as long a period abroad as possible?
  • Do I want to master a language, experiment with a new language, or enroll in an English speaking program?
  • Do I want to participate in an internship related to my career goals?
  • Do I want to live with host country students or families, other Americans, or independently?
  • How much can I afford to spend on an overseas program?
  • In there one country or city that I would most like to learn about? (But keep an open mind!)
  • Am I academically eligible for the programs I want?