Dinner in a Nebraska Home

Dinner in a Nebraska Home provides a unique experience that only a small percentage of our international students have had: to eat dinner in a Nebraska home.

Through this program, volunteer faculty and staff members host groups of 2-3 international students in their home for dinner. This is a great opportunity for international students to have an immersive cultural experience in Lincoln. Likewise, the program is an ideal chance for faculty and staff to connect with international students outside of the classroom.

Participation requires a minimal commitment. You will be asked to do the following:

  • 1 Attend an introductory reception.
  • 2Host or attend dinner.
  • 3Complete an online assessment after the dinner.

Students:

Dinner in a Nebraska Home is a unique opportunity for you to experience Nebraska culture in a private home and connect with faculty and staff.

Hosts:

Dinner in a Nebraska Home is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff members to share their culture with international students, learn about the students’ cultures, and showcase Nebraska hospitality. Thank you for participating in this program and helping international students feel at home as Huskers.

Program Details

On the registration page, you will indicate your availability for introductory receptions, which are on:

  • Thursday, February 16 at 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 11:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 4:45 p.m

You will only attend one reception, but by indicating you are available on multiple dates, it is easier for New Student Enrollment (NSE) to match you with a host.

All receptions will be held at the Nebraska Union/Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

The purpose of the on-campus reception, which will last approximately 45 minutes, is for you to meet your assigned host and to discuss future dinner arrangements. The dinner should be held within three weeks after the reception.

Once NSE has matched you with a host, you will receive a confirmation email to inform you that you have been matched and to tell you which reception you should attend.

By registering for the program, you are committing to attend one introductory reception and then to attend one dinner at your host’s home.


2–3 students will be assigned to each host. Your host will provide dinner for you and the other students together as a group.

New Student Enrollment (NSE) will match students and hosts based on reception availability, dietary accommodations, transportation accommodations, and other factors.

You may be matched with students from different countries or genders. Not only is this program an opportunity to have dinner in a Nebraska home, it is also an opportunity to meet new students.


Once you and your host arrange a time for dinner, please schedule your responsibilities (homework, work, etc.) around the dinner to ensure you have time to attend. If you cannot attend dinner because of illness or emergency, please tell your host immediately. You will receive your host’s contact information at the reception.


Register to Participate

Program Details

Registration is open until February 15. On the registration page, you will indicate your availability for introductory receptions, which are on:

  • Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m

You will only attend one reception, but by indicating you are available on multiple dates, it is easier for New Student Enrollment (NSE) to match you with students.

All receptions will be held at the Nebraska Union/Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.

The purpose of the on-campus reception, which will last approximately 30–45 minutes, is for you to meet your assigned students and to discuss future dinner arrangements. We ask that you host the dinner within three weeks after the reception.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with your assigned students’ information before the reception because student/host matches are subject to change on the day of the reception based on reception attendance.

Upon arrival at the reception, you will be provided with your students’ basic information and will then meet your students.

Once NSE has matched you with students, you will receive a confirmation email with reception details.


For safety and comfort reasons, 2-3 students will be assigned to each host. We will do our best to match hosts and students as quickly as possible.

New Student Enrollment (NSE) will match students and hosts based on reception availability, dietary accommodations, transportation accommodations, and other factors.

Due to the volume of participants, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate requests to host students from specific countries or students of specific enrollment types (graduate student, Intensive English Program, full admit, etc.). We apologize for the inconvenience but appreciate your participation in the program.


If you live outside of Lincoln, you are welcome to host, but we ask that you be willing to provide transportation for your students.

Because Dinner in a Nebraska Home is a university-sponsored program, we ask that hosts avoid providing alcohol to students during dinner.


Registration for hosts is closed.