Resources for International Students & Scholars

Immigration

The International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO) provides immigration assistance to international students and scholars in the UNL community. The ISS staff are here to help international students and scholars maintain their immigration status and comply with U.S. employment regulations.

Academic Support

Writing

Need help with your writing? The UNL Writing Center provides one-with-one tutoring in writing to all members of the UNL community. They have special expertise in the needs of international students and work with writers at all stages of development and at every stage of the writing process.

Math

The Mathematics Resource Center is the primary facility for undergraduate students who have questions related to any precalculus or calculus course offered by the Department of Mathematics. Students can ask for assistance with the following Math courses: 100A, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, and 108H. The Center also provides an excellent location for international and domestic students to meet and work together on assignments or group projects.

Internationalize Your Education

Regardless of where you imagine your life taking you, the world needs more people who can move easily across cultures, languages, and borders. College is the ideal time to have the experiences and take the courses that will set you apart when you graduate and begin looking for jobs or applying for graduate school.

English Language

Programs in English as a Second Language (PIESL) serves the international community at UNL by providing specialized English language instruction in preparation for or in conjunction with academic study.

Academic Advising

One of the most important things you can do as a student is establish a significant working relationship with your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you find the resources and tools you need to explore, define, and accomplish your academic and career goals. See your advisor to learn more about research opportunities, community involvement, study abroad, planning for graduation and post-graduate programs, and more. The College of Business Administration offers this special advising page for incoming international students.

Academic Success

First-Year Experience and Transition Programs serve as students' first point of contact once they arrive on campus and begin coursework. Whether a first-year freshman or transfer student, this office can help students successfully transition to UNL. The office offers one-on-one sessions with an Academic Success Coach focused on developing the skills need to be successful in and out of the classroom. Free academic workshops are open to all UNL students throughout the semester. Transfer peer mentors are available to support students’ academic and social transitions. Additional co-sponsored programs focus on navigating the real world once students move off-campus.

Non-Academic Campus Support

Technology

The Information Technology Services Computer Help Center supports the computing needs of students (and faculty and staff) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They can help you with questions and problems related to:

  • Campus network and Internet connections (new requests, configuration, access failure, etc.)
  • E-mail (Lotus Notes, directory listing change requests, etc.)
  • My.UNL Academic Portal (Blackboard)
  • UNL system-wide applications and servers
  • PC and Mac problems (operating system, virus eradication, etc.)

Money

The UNL Student Money Management Center is a financial education program - a partnership between Student Affairs, ASUN, and Child, Youth & Family Studies in the College of Education & Human Sciences. The goal of the Student Money Management Center is to help students develop ways to better manage their finances and empower them to make good financial decisions. The Center seeks to reach that goal by offering UNL students opportunities to learn more about money management.

Counseling

The multiculturally and professionally diverse staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) consists of psychologists, social workers, counselors and psychiatrists who are available to respond to a broad spectrum of concerns and issues. In addition to individual, relationship, and group counseling, CAPS offers special workshops and support groups that help students relax; gain assertiveness skills; address homesickness; manage the demands of time, school and children; improve body image; complete theses and dissertations; manage anger; and handle other issues of concern.

Health

The University Health Center provides a full range of services to support student health. The Medical Clinic is staffed by board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants.

Housing

University Housing offers a ready international community to students living on campus. Residents can take advantage of the special support services offered by Jessica Loke, the Residential International Student Coordinator.

Cell Phone and Plan

The UNL Phone Shop Marketplace offers UNL faculty, staff, and students discounted plans and equipment on cell phones. Contracts are shorter, locations are convenient and billing is easy. The Phone Shop offers Verizon and Sprint services.

US Income Taxes

All international students and scholars are required to complete a tax return whether it is a 1040 or 1040 NR. Volunteers will help you prepare for US and State income tax forms—for free.

Graduate School

The UNL Office of Graduate Studies can help you explore opportunities for graduate programs at UNL.

Internships and Jobs

Need help exploring internships or job opportunities after graduation? Career Services can help.

Post-Doctoral Study

To help you make the most of this pivotal stage in your career, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies serves as a centralized professional and career development resource for you and your faculty supervisor. We're here to add value to your UNL postdoctoral experience by providing the information, resources, and networking opportunities that enhance both your professional skills and career viability.

Finding Your Way

Find yourself lost? Online campus maps can help you get where you need to be.

Finding Others

International Students Organizations can provide you with opportunities to connect with other students from home or from dozens of other countries around the world.

Emergencies

Dial 2-2222 from any campus phone or 402-472-2222 for a cell phone to contact the UNL Police Department. Dial 911 from any phone in the United States to reach the local police department in case of an emergency. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:

  • A fire
  • A crime, especially if in progress
  • A car crash, especially if someone is injured
  • A medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention

When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:

  • The location of the emergency, including the street address
  • The phone number you are calling from
  • The nature of the emergency
  • Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency

Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.

Life Off Campus

Cell Phone and Plan

The UNL Phone Shop Marketplace offers UNL faculty, staff, and students discounted plans and equipment on cell phones. Contracts are shorter, locations are convenient and billing is easy. The Phone Shop offers Verizon and Sprint services.

Transportation

Students often use Lincoln's city bus system for their transportation needs. Many students also choose to walk, bike, or purchase an automobile. To drive a car, you will need a valid driver's license. A Nebraska driver's license can be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Licensing fees can range from $4.75 to $23.75. All cars also must be registered with the County Clerk's Office. When registering your car, bring your car's title, proof of auto insurance, and sales tax receipt. Learn more about securing auto insurance. If necessary, seek advice from Student Legal Services.

Lincoln Map

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau has easy online maps to help you find you way around Lincoln.

Events & Entertainment

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau offers easy online access to lists of community-based events and entertainment opportunities.

Ethnic Restaurants

Lincoln has a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, serving culturally-specific foods. Below is just a "taste."

Halal Restaurants:
  • Daffodil Mediterranean
  • Sinbad’s
  • Ali Baba Gyros
  • The Sultan’s Kite


Emergencies

Dial 2-2222 from any campus phone or 402-472-2222 for a cell phone to contact the UNL Police Department. Dial 911 from any phone in the United States to reach the local police department in case of an emergency. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:

  • A fire
  • A crime, especially if in progress
  • A car crash, especially if someone is injured
  • A medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention

When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:

  • The location of the emergency, including the street address
  • The phone number you are calling from
  • The nature of the emergency
  • Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency

Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.