Events & Opportunities

E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues

Over the past two decades, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. Past Thompson Forum events have featured, among many others: Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Weisel; Camelia Sadat, the daughter of Anwar Sadat and founder of the Sadat Peace Institute; Maki Mandela, daughter of the former South African president; the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University; Hedrick Smith, journalist and expert on the former Soviet Union; Kennedy Administration Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Water Security & Peace Symposium - May 28-29 2014

This symposium aims to increase awareness of the University of Nebraska’s commitment to water security and peace in the Middle East and around the world. This two day symposium will focus on the different ways international actors, countries and communities cooperate around water and natural resources. Download symposium flyer for more information.

Interdisciplinary Class on Water Security and Peace Offered in 2014

In the summer 2014, The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led by Global Studies and Judaic Studies, is planning an interdisciplinary class that focuses on the role of water security and peace in the Middle East, the US and around the world. Using Israel and its relation to its neighbors as the main case study, but including discussions of the US and other regions, the three week pre-session course will start in early May 2014 and be coordinated by Dr. Patrice McMahon, Political Science and Global Studies and Dr. Jean Cahan, Philosophy and Judaic Studies. The class will include lectures from internationally experts of water policy, public policy and the Middle East, as well as UNL faculty. Download the class flyer for more information.

3rd Annual Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference

The Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference provides resources to returned study abroad students about how to frame their experiences abroad to potential employers, and help them reflect on their experiences. More information can be found on the LFA Facebook page.

Education Abroad Fair

Join Education Abroad for the fall Education Abroad Fair.  Representatives from third party providers and UNL faculty led programs will be present to share information with students interested in taking their UNL education abroad.

Housing International Events

Have you liked UNL International Student programming page on facebook? Jessica Loke, Residential International Coordinator, has several events that will occur during Fall 2014. Stay to to date to be sure you don't miss out!

Whitaker International Summer and Undergraduate Programs

The online application for the Whitaker International Summer Program for Summer 2014 is now available with a February 4, 2014 deadline.
With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides biomedical/bioengineering students (and those in a related field) funding to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME). Read more about the programs and requirements at the Whitaker website.

Water for Food 2014

This years theme is "Harnessing the Data Revolution: Ensuring Water and Food Security from Field to Global Scales". Exploring the realms of the new data age and how this can spread awareness and inform others on new global practices. Read more about the conference here.

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Opportunities in China

Chinese government to support international students

The Chinese government will support about 50,000 international students in China in 2015, and the country will become the largest Asian destination for such students in 2020, high-level Chinese officials said on April 25. Get more information on the Chinese Government website.

100k Strong promotes study abroad in China

The 100,000 Strong Foundation encourages students of diverse backgrounds from across the US to learn Mandarin and study in China. Learn more at

Schwarzman Scholars

With a $300 million commitment, Schwarzman Scholars is the most significant program of its kind since the Rhodes Trust and will be the largest philanthropic effort undertaken in China by largely foreign donors. Learn more at Schwarzman Scholars website.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer opportunities for Americans aged 18 or over who are interested in public service abroad. And if you're a return volunteer, learn about short-term opportunities to re-engage—either in the US or abroad. Learn more on the Peace Corps website.