Admission of International Students
Qualified students from other countries and cultures who can share the heritage of their peoples and nations are welcome to apply for admission to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Inquiries concerning international student admission may be directed to International Admissions (undergraduate students) or Graduate Admissions (graduate students), University of Nebraska at Kearney.
- Complete the online International Student Application form.
- Transfer students in the United States shall submit transfer authorization from their last place of study. Complete transcripts of credit earned at other institutions, including credit hours earned at a foreign college or university, should be filed with International Admissions.
- Demonstrate competency in the English language by providing test scores. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit the following:
- Minimum TOEFL score of 500 on paper-based test or 61 on the internet based test (scores over 2 years old cannot be reported or validated)
- Minimum IELTS score of 5.5
- Submit transcripts reflecting secondary school graduation (or its equivalent) at a level commensurate to the requirements for first time enrolled students at UNK.
Issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20, and Form DS-2019, will be made only upon completion of all admission requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make all necessary arrangements through official channels for entrance into the United States.
International student applicants should make application four months prior to the anticipated enrollment date to allow for adequate processing time.
After arrival at UNK, all international students must submit a completed Student Health Record, which must include results of a recent physical exam and month and year dates of all child and adult vaccinations. See Student Health and Counseling (SHC) section of this catalog for more specific instructions. Students must purchase the basic health insurance policy offered through UNK or provide evidence of comparable coverage by another insurance carrier. Insurance charges will be assessed with other fees on the fee payment statement.
USCIS regulations require all international students to enroll full-time while pursuing a degree at the University. Undergraduate students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Graduate students must enroll for a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in serious consequences.