Pre-Arrival Preparations

To ensure nothing gets overlooked, we've translated the lists of what you'll need before you arrive, and the steps you need to take to start your first class.

Be Prepared For Your Arrival

Attending Orientation

Fall 2016 Campus Arrival Date: No Later than Tuesday, August 16 2016.

International Orientation is a required event for all new undergraduate international students (full admit, CEAP, IEP, and Exchange). Orientation is on August 17, 18, and 19. You must attend all three days.

If you plan to live on campus, the earliest you can move in is August 11. You will be charged $32/night before August 18, which is the date the campus Housing contract officially begins.

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

Tell us when you will arrive

Please click here to provide us with information about when and how you will arrive to UNL. This will help us prepare for your arrival.

Getting to Campus

You need to arrive on campus by no later than Tuesday, August 16th. We recommend that you fly into the Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) because it is closest to campus and most convenient. Members of the International Welcome Team will be at the Lincoln airport to greet students and answer questions on August 14, 15, and 16, so we recommend that you arrive on one of those days. UNL will provide a free shuttle from the Lincoln airport to UNL’s City and East campuses on August 14, 15, and 16. Look for the UNL Welcome Desk at baggage claim.

If you have already purchased your flight, please visit the Arrival Information Submission Page to provide us with your arrival information. All students should submit arrival information; students who would like to use the free UNL shuttle service must complete the form.

If you choose to fly into Omaha Eppley Airfield, we recommend you travel with OMALiNK. OMALiNK is a safe, licensed shuttle service that specializes in airport transportation.

OMALink will pick you up at the Omaha airport. If you have not already made a reservation, you must reserve a shuttle before you depart from your home country to ensure there will be a shuttle available when you arrive. To reserve a shuttle, visit or call +1 877.473.5465.

Price: $39 per student, one-way from the Omaha airport to UNL’s City or East Campus. If your destination is off campus, the price will vary. Please visit OmaLink’s website for more detailed pricing information. Please be sure to have the address of your on-campus or off-campus destination written down, and provide it to your driver.

International Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 14

Time Event Cost Location
4:30–5:30 p.m. Walking tour of downtown Lincoln and Historic Haymarket District Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle
7:00–8:00 p.m. Sunset yoga Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle

Monday, August 15

Time Event Cost Location
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Museum Experience: Sheldon Museum of Art and University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch downtown Bring $10–15 for lunch, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle
1:30–3:00 p.m. Nebraska State Capitol Tour Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle

Tuesday, August 16

Time Event Cost Location
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Soccer with the Welcome Team and new students Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle
1:30–3:00 p.m. Tour Memorial Stadium, one of the largest American football stadiums in the U.S. and home to UNL’s team. Free, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle
6:00–8:00 p.m. Dinner downtown Bring $10–15 for dinner, optional Meet at Selleck Quadrangle

Wednesday, August 17

Time Event Cost Location
12:00–5:00 p.m. International Orientation—Academic and Living Essentials Free, Required for all new international undergraduates Nebraska Union, second floor
7:00–10:00 p.m. International Welcome Party with karaoke, music, dancing, and games Free, highly recommended Meet at Selleck Quadrangle

Thursday, August 18

Time Event Cost Location
10:30–3:00 p.m. International Orientation—Academic and Social Success Free, Required for all new international undergraduates Nebraska Union, second floor
5:00 p.m. Shuttle to Target store Free, optional "R" Street side of Nebraska Union

Friday, August 19

Time Event Cost Location
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. International Orientation—Departmental Information Free Required for all new international undergraduates Nebraska Union, second floor
4:00–5:00 p.m. New Transfer Student Welcome Free, highly encouraged for new transfers Adele Learning Commons in the library
4:30 p.m. Freshmen Convocation—official welcome from UNL Chancellor Free, highly encouraged for new freshmen Devaney Center
8:30 p.m. Tunnel Walk—Run through the tunnel and form a human “N” on the football field with other new students Free, highly recommended Memorial Stadium
9:00 p.m. Husker Mania—free food, games, entertainment, and prizes Free, optional Campus Recreation Center

Saturday, August 20

Time Event Cost Location
9:30 p.m. Party at the Union Free, optional Nebraska Union

Sunday, August 21

Time Event Cost Location
6:30–8:30 p.m. Big Red Welcome Street Festival Free, optional Stadium Loop outside Memorial Stadium