Now that you've been accepted to our university, there are a few things you should do to start your adventure. Use the resources below to complete mandatory tasks, discover fun opportunities and make the most of your time in Nebraska.

Complete the pre-arrival steps and attend Undergraduate International Student Orientation

New Student Enrollment (NSE) handles all pre-arrival and international student orientation details for incoming international students. The International Welcome Team greets and assists students at the Lincoln airport to provide a free shuttle to campus and to off-campus destinations within two miles of campus. You must submit your arrival information. International Orientation is a required event for all new undergraduate international students. What you will do at International Orientation:

  • Learn about the requirements for your college or program
  • Be introduced to campus resources
  • Get campus essentials (bank account, student ID card, phone, bus pass, etc.)
  • Set up your immigration check-in appointment if you have not done it online
  • Learn about how to succeed at UNL
  • Meet other students
  • Tour campus

Learn more about arrival and orientation details by visiting the New Student Enrollment Website. If you are a graduate student, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies, Arrival Checklist page.

Check in at the International Student and Scholar Office.

Students are required to complete the check-in process as soon as they arrive on campus so that ISSO can activate the SEVIS record. This is necessary to maintain legal immigration status. Bring your immigration documents including I-20 or DS-2019, passport, and I-94 card. The ISS Office is in 201 Seaton Hall. Sign up for a check-in session here

Register for classes.

Access MyRED to register for courses

Get tested for TB at the University Health Center.

All new international students must have a tuberculosis test at the University Health Center once on campus. Review the pre-enrollment health requirements for current details. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and you do not need to schedule an appointment in advance. Please click here to learn about what to bring to your first appointment. The fee for the test is payable by cash, check, or credit card.

Enroll in student health insurance.

All international students with F1 and J1 visas are automatically enrolled in the UNL student insurance plan-- UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. Under this plan, most services at the University Health Center are 100 percent covered, including medical procedures, visits with medical specialists, annual exams, laboratory tests, x-rays, physical therapy, and counseling and psychological services. For dental services, two check-ups are 100 percent covered and other dental services are partially covered. At the University Health Center pharmacy, most prescriptions have lower co-pays.

Update your contact information.

Check your Profile in MyRED to make sure we have your current address, phone number, and email. You also have the option of getting an email address — you'll be able to continue using it even after you complete your study at Nebraska.

Review the Student Code of Conduct.

It is expected that you will conduct every aspect of your academic career with complete honesty and adhere to the rules and policies of UNL's Student Code of conduct. Review the Student Code of Conduct to understand that expectations may be different here than in your home country.

Explore resources for current students.

Academic and Non-Academic support services are offered to current students at UNL in a variety of areas which includes but is not limited to: Student Involvement, Academic Advising, English Language Support Lab, and University Housing. Please click here to learn about additional support services.