International Transfer


Since admission is based on your previous academic record, there are a few documents we require before you can be considered for admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

1. Official Secondary School Transcripts and Certificate/Diploma

  • Original secondary school transcripts.
    Copies can only be used if they are stamped or embossed by the issuing institution.


  • Mark sheets with certificates or diploma in your native language
    If you submit mark sheets: You will also need to submit an English translation of the mark sheet, that has been stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation.

Completed coursework requirements include:

  • A broad section of course work in English
  • Native language
  • Math
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Completion of more than 12 hours of university level course work

NOTE: If you’ve taken college-level courses that equal less than 12 credit hours, you will be evaluated as a freshman applicant.

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2. GPA Requirements

  • 2.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale over the course of your university level academic career
  • 2.0 Grade Point Average in the most recent academic term you've completed

3. English Proficiency Requirement

Non-native English speakers must submit an IELTS or TOEFL score (link) demonstrating proficiency in English. Contact your IELTS testing center or TOEFL to have your official scores sent directly to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

If you do not meet proficiency requirements, you can still be offered conditional admission.

4. ACT / SAT Requirement

ACT / SAT tests are NOT required for admission to UNL but may be required for entry into specific colleges.

Colleges that require scores include:

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering

5. Bank Statement Requirement

You must submit your bank statement or a family members, showing sufficient support for the first year of study in order to be issued an I-20.

You will still be evaluated for admission without submitting the bank statement.  However, admission letters and I-20s will not be sent until the bank statement requirement has been met.

Statements must include:

  • Students name
  • NU ID number

NOTE: If you don't have a bank statement scholarship letters can be used in place of bank statements.

6. Proof of I-20

If you do not already have an I-20, you will be required to obtain one in order to study at an American university.

7. Items NOT Required

Letters of recommendation and essays are NOT required for admission.

Send all Admission materials to:
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
1410 Q St
P.O. Box 880417
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

Next Steps: Applying and Getting Admitted

  • Apply
  • Pay the $45 application fee.
    • Electronically through your MyRED account
    • By check, bank draft or money order:
      • Make it payable to the 'University of Nebraska'
      • Include your (applicant's) full name and NU ID number
  • Submit all required documents. (Your application is not considered complete until materials listed above have been submitted.)
  • All documents become the property of UNL and will not be returned.

Once completed, you will be evaluated for admission. An admission letter will be sent via email with instructions on obtaining your I-20.

Fully-Admitted Students

Once admitted, you will be evaluated for merit-based scholarships so you can begin making progress on your degree immediately.


Don't hesitate to contact the admissions office with any questions you may have at: 1-800-742-8800 or

Applications After Published Admissions Deadlines

If you apply after the published semester deadline you may still be eligible for admission.

Any application received after the published deadline will be placed on a wait-list. The admissions committee will prioritize the wait-list based upon candidates that meet UNL's assured admission requirements.

Find out more about University of Nebraska–Lincoln assured admission requirements.

Please note there is no guarantee of admission for wait-list applicants.