Cost & Scholarships

"Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get."

Although tuition at UNL is much lower than many universities, at UNL value is measured in more than just cost:

  • Personal attention in classrooms that average 28 students
  • Conduct graduate level research as an undergraduate through the UCARE Program
  • Low cost of tuition
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Career Counseling and Assistance

NEBRASKA also offers a number of student services including tutoring, women's center, career services, child care, health service, and health insurance.

Best Value Colleges | Public Schools - Princeton Review 2014 Edition

Scholarships

All international students are evaluated for merit-based scholarships after they are admitted to NEBRASKA.

Global Laureate Scholarship

$14,500 Renewable Annually

Awarded to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and have met the English language requirement for unconditional admission.

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Global Laureate Scholarship

All international applicants are evaluated for Global Scholarships after being admitted. Scholarship consideration is based on previous academic achievement.

Conditionally Admitted Students
  • Do not qualify for scholarships while enrolled in the Intensive English Program or the Credit English for Academic Purposes Program
  • If you qualify for scholarships you will receive those awards when you meet the English proficiency requirement and begin your degree program

English Proficiency deadlines: Fall: July 15 | Spring: December 1

Scholarship Renewal

In order for your scholarship to be renewed you must:

  • maintain a GPA of 2.0
  • successfully complete 24 hours of academic credit per year
  • remain in good standing with the university

Global Ambassador Scholarship

$9,500 Renewable Annually

Awarded to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

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Global Ambassador Scholarship

All international applicants are evaluated for Global Scholarships after being admitted. Scholarship consideration is based on previous academic achievement.

Conditionally Admitted Students
  • Do not qualify for scholarships while enrolled in the Intensive English Program or the Credit English for Academic Purposes Program
  • If you qualify for scholarships you will receive those awards when you meet the English proficiency requirement and begin your degree program

English Proficiency deadlines: Fall: July 15 | Spring: December 1

Scholarship Renewal

In order for your scholarship to be renewed you must:

  • maintain a GPA of 2.0
  • successfully complete 24 hours of academic credit per year
  • remain in good standing with the university

Global Delegate Scholarship

$3,500 Renewable Annually

Awarded to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

How to Apply
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Global Delegate Scholarship

All international applicants are evaluated for Global Scholarships after being admitted. Scholarship consideration is based on previous academic achievement.

Conditionally Admitted Students
  • Do not qualify for scholarships while enrolled in the Intensive English Program or the Credit English for Academic Purposes Program
  • If you qualify for scholarships you will receive those awards when you meet the English proficiency requirement and begin your degree program

English Proficiency deadlines: Fall: July 15 | Spring: December 1

Scholarship Renewal

In order for your scholarship to be renewed you must:

  • maintain a GPA of 2.0
  • successfully complete 24 hours of academic credit per year
  • remain in good standing with the university

Robitschek Scholarship

Full direct cost of attendance for two semesters, plus travel to and from NEBRASKA

Deadline: March 1

Tuition, room and board, books and fees for two academic semesters-approximately 9 months. Includes travel from the Czech Republic to the University and return travel to the Czech Republic.
Awarded to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

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Robitschek Scholarship

The Paul Robitschek Czech Study Program provides scholarships to current students of universities or institutions of higher learning in the Czech Republic so that they may fully participate in American life while studying at the University of Nebraska for two academic semesters - approximately 9 months.

The program has been established to benefit Czech and Slovak students who have a serious commitment to experiencing American democracy and for whom studying in America might not otherwise be economically possible. It was the intent to ensure that the recipients of the Scholarship gain a deeper understanding of the democratic way of life. To do so, it is expected of the recipients to enter this educational experience with an open mind and to be enthusiastically receptive to the different influences to which they will be exposed in and out of the classroom.

Further, the experience will help to enrich their lives and contribute to their ability to take up positions of leadership within the Czech Republic.

Scholarship Criteria

  • English language fluency
  • Applicants should be prepared to engage in regular communication with the Academic Advisor

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic proficiency
  • Demonstrated English proficiency
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Enthusiasm for experiencing American free-market economics and culture
  • Demonstrated goals for applying this experience in their future academic and professional careers in the Czech Republic

Robitschek Application


Interested Applicants shall submit:

  1. A current Curriculum Vitae (Résumé), including full mailing address, email address, and date of birth;
  2. A brief essay (approximately two pages long) stating the reasons for the applicant's interest in studying in the United States.
The specific areas to be addressed in the essay include:
  1. How did you learn about the Robitschek Scholarship?
  2. What is your reason(s) for wanting to study in the United States?
  3. How might you expect that this experience could impact your future goals?
  4. What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
  5. If you were accepted as a Robitschek Scholar, why do you think you would be successful at the University of Nebraska?
  6. How many years of tertiary education do you need to complete your degree in the Czech Republic, and what degree will you obtain?
Applications should be emailed as attachments to:

Jake Hoy-Elswick
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: jakehoy@experience.unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-0981
Fax: 402-472-0670

Application materials must be received by March 1 prior to the fall you are seeking admission. (For example, if you want to start the fall of 2020, application materials are due March 1, 2020 for admission to the 2020-2021 academic year. Academic years start in late August and end in early May.)


Benefits

  • Travel from the Czech Republic to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Tuition, room and board, books and fees for two academic semesters-approximately 9 months.
  • Return travel to the Czech Republic.

Provisions

  • Undergraduate tuition benefits covering up to 28 credit hours total for two consecutive semesters, not to exceed 16 credit hours in one semester. Tuition coverage does not apply to correspondence, auditing, or summer courses.
  • A $525 credit per semester will be applied toward your UNL student account to assist with expenditures associated with textbooks, supplies, or miscellaneous fees
  • Health Insurance and mandatory fees assessed all undergraduate students are included.
  • Room and board (meals) equivalent to double room seven-day meal plan option within the University of Nebraska Housing system.
  • Air transportation to Lincoln, Nebraska, from the Czech Republic before the start of Fall semester classes.
  • Air transportation to the Czech Republic from Lincoln, Nebraska, following the completion of Spring Semester classes.
  • Scholarship does not provide for entertainment or incidental expenses.

Who is Robitschek

The life of Paul Robitschek is an embodiment of the American dream and what democracy has to offer. As a Czech immigrant Paul came to the United States and built a career pioneering chemical and plastic manufacturing for over half of the 20th century. The Paul Robitschek Scholarship is Paul's legacy to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, promoting democracy and free market economics by providing an opportunity for undergraduate Czech students to pursue a year of study and cultural exploration in America's heartland.

Before applying, please take a moment to read this short biography of Paul Robitschek to learn about the life that has shaped an important legacy and connection between the Czech Republic and the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.


1916 - Birth and youth

Paul Robitschek's father, Otto was a wholesale textile merchant who had a reputation as an honest businessman, with a special skill for arbitrating disputes. He briefly traveled to the United States early in his career before returning to Czechoslovakia, where he married Frieda Bedriska.

In 1916 they gave birth to Paul Robitschek, their second son. As a young boy, Paul attended elementary and secondary school in Prague before going on to study medicine at Charles University. At the age of 22 Paul came down with scarlet fever and had to withdraw from his studies. By 1939 he had lost both his parents to disease.


1939 - Escaping Hitler and Meeting Alice

On March 15, 1939, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and 15 days later, Paul fled to London, England where he enrolled in Northern Politechnic (now the University of London) to study chemistry.

Upon completing his degree two years later, Paul took his first job as a researcher with De La Rou, a major British manufacturer of plastics. From 1942 to 1946 Paul worked in the De La Rou laboratories until being hired by Leta Chemical Company, where he worked until 1949.

Paul's wife, Alice Sandell, was born in London in 1917. They met during the war at a social occasion. At the time, she was working as a secretary at a fashion house. Alice was interred during the war in Italy. She was repatriated in 1944 and they were married in 1951.

Alice worked outside of their home only for the first year of their marriage. During her life, she spent her time making a home for the Robitscheks and developing a passionate interest in weaving, drawing and flower arranging. They had no children.


1949 - Moving to the U.S.A.

In 1949, Paul left England for the United States where he was hired by Hooker Chemical, in Niagara Falls (later acquired by Oxidental Petroleum). Hooker was then a major manufacturer of organic chemicals, and was interested in getting into plastics research.

At Hooker, Paul worked for Jesse Babcock, who told Paul, "If you make yourself useful, we'll keep you. If you don't, we'll fire you."

Paul convinced Hooker to get into plastics. Two years later, he was made a supervisor, and was later promoted to manager, overseeing the research of 30 people; 15 of which had PhDs in chemistry. Hooker then changed its name from Hooker Chemical to Hooker Chemical and Plastics. Paul was again promoted, this time to Director of Research. He remembered "working like a dog" for 9 years during which time Hooker acquired 30-40 patents. Paul reported directly to J.H. Bruun, Director of Research.


1958 - Leading the way

In 1958, Paul left Hooker for Owens Corning Fiberglass in Granville, OH, where he worked as Manager of Plastics. While there, Owens secured several patents on fiberglass bonding.

In 1963, Paul went to Central Processing, which was owned by Vancouver Plywood, and manufactured adhesives for plywood. At that time, there were 7-8 companies on the West Coast that produced glue for the plywood industry. Central Processing was the smallest and least profitable of these companies.

Within the first 6 months with Central Processing, Paul fired all of the employees and one year later he convinced Vancouver Plywood to sell the unit to Skelly Oil.

In 1965, Skelly formed Chembond where Paul was appointed President of the company where he served from 1965-1981. During his tenure, Chembond grew from 20 employees to 150 working on four shifts, 24-hours a day. The company became very profitable, and in 1979, sales grew to $40 million propelling Chembond to one of the top three plastics companies in the United States. Paul was the "darling" of the company.

Paul remembers Chembond as a "fair" company. The company's philosophy was to always be truthful, open and fair allowing Chembond to recruit and retain highly motivated and loyal employees. If employees did not work hard, they did not stay. For those who worked hard, compensation was fair. Paul remembers never being dishonest or telling a lie to his employees or to management.


1981 - Reflecting on life

In 1981, Paul retired at age 65. He remembers with pride his career with Skelly. Paul greatly admired Donald Miller, then President of Skelly, as a man of extraordinary compassion. He believes that he was a "tough taskmaster" and believed that throughout his career, the companies that he worked for saw results. Paul worked with a "reap what you sow" attitude which he modeled and required of his employees with whom he also required honesty and fairness in all they did.

In 1979, Paul had surgery for a cancer in his leg, the same year he and Alice built their current home in Eugene, Oregon. After his retirement in 1981, the Robitscheks traveled to England and Yugoslavia, but did not return to the Czech Republic until after 1989. Since then, he has been back four times. In 1990, Alice died after battling cancer.


1996 - Establishing the scholarship

In 1996, Paul established the Robitschek Czech Scholar Program with the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Because of his commitment to democracy and free market economics, Paul established the program to give talented Czech students who might not otherwise have the means or opportunity, to spend a year studying in the United States. During their year abroad, Robitschek scholars enhance their education by experiencing the cultures of the United States while receiving a top notch education at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln before returning to the Czech Republic to finish their degree.


Financial Requirements

International students must provide proof they have the financial ability to pay for all tuition costs and living expenses while they study in the U.S.

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Financial Requirements

You must submit a bank statement 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

Scholarship letters can be used in place of bank statements.

Amounts Required By Program

Your bank statement must show a balance of at least the following amounts:

Fully-admitted and conditionally-admitted students in CEAP & IEP

Summer 2016 term: $39,614
Fall 2016 term: $40,393

Intensive English Program Only

Summer 2016 term: $13,504
Fall 2016 term: $13,946

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To acquire an I-20 and F-1 student visa to study at UNL

Submit a bank statement showing the amount that is greater than or equal to the requirement for the student's term and status should be submitted. (The amount may be in the local currency.)

In addition, be sure:

  • It includes the name of the account holder in English.
  • Is printed on official bank letterhead.
  • You write your NU ID # on the top of the bank statement.

You may also submit a scholarship letter that indicates support from a government or private scholarship.

This letter must include:

  • Your name.
  • An outline of expenses the scholarship will cover.
Submit the bank statement or scholarship letter via scanned email or by fax to:

Email: admissions@unl.edu
Fax:+001-402-472-0670


On-Campus Resources

Once you arrive on campus, you will have access to the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO). Among other services, ISSO provides visa assistance to students and scholars in the UNL community.

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