The University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Wayne State College compose a Nebraska Consortium which created the Nebraska Semester Abroad program in 1992. The purpose of the program was to offer all students the possibility to study abroad in a program led by a Nebraska professor and taught by professors from the hosting institution. The location, Olomouc, Czech Republic, was selected because of the great difference between cultures.
Language of Instruction
Courses are all taught in English.
March (mid) - May (end)
The group of students will be housed in student residence halls near campus.
The cost of the program is $7,075 for students from member institutions (UNK, UNL, UNO, Wayne State, Nebraska Wesleyan), which includes a pre-departure orientation, 12 hours tuition of UNK undergraduate resident tuition + fees, housing, study abroad health insurance, and transportation for program related field trips to surrounding countries in Europe. Most years, countries include Poland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.
International Studies Institute (INTS 445) - 3 credit hours
Fieldtrips within the Czech Republic, to Italy, Poland, Austria, Hungary enhance the International Studies based program with experiential learning which serves to complement classroom learning.
International Studies Seminar (INTS 300)- 3 credit hours
Lectures conducted by Palacky University professors allow the student to understand Central European history, culture, language, art, literature and politics.
Introduction to Czech (FORL 110) - 3 credit hours
Introduction to the Czech Language taught by a Czech teacher focuses on becoming familiar with the native language. The goal of this course is not to become fluent, but to learn the basic phrases such as "Where is the bathroom?"
Special Topics (INTS 480) - 3 credit hours
Course offerings vary from year to year dependant upon the specialty of the Program Director.
Most scholarships and grants can be used to fund this venture and financial assistance in the form of students loans is available.
The program is open to all Nebraska university students. Preference is given to first-time applicants in the Nebraska Consortium. Students should have at least a 2.5 GPA and one semester of college experience. No foreign language is required.
All students will register through the University of Nebraska-Kearney for a minimum of twelve credit hours (listed above). All students without a NUID, will have to apply to UNK as a non-degree seeking student through the Office of Admissions (308.865.8702) to obtain one. Credits may be applied toward degree work at the students' home campus through the transfer process. Coursework will make full use of location and surroundings.
Applications are due the second Friday in November- a maximum of 22 students will be selected to participate. Please email Ann Marie Park (email@example.com) to receive an application and recommendation forms.
What I Wish I Would've Known - Advice from UNK Study Abroad Alumni who have participated in the Nebraska Semester Abroad Program to the Czech Republic