Arrival Orientation

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Orientation Details

International Orientation is a required event for all new undergraduate international students. Orientation is on August 15, 16, and 17. The first two days are compulsory; the sessions offered on August 17 will be optional.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Meet other students
  • Tour campus

Parent and Guest Orientation is August 15 and 16. The program is free, optional, and conducted in English. Get more details.

Parent and Guest Orientation

At Parent and Guest Orientation, participants learn about immigration and visa compliance, health care, academic norms and expectations, safety, student bill payment procedures and much more. Participants also have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of various university staff members. Orientation begins at 10:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Nebraska Union (1400 R Street) on August 15 and 16.

No prior registration is required for Parent and Guest Orientation. Lunch will be provided on both days for free on behalf of the Office of New Student Enrollment.

Due to limited space in the residence halls, the university does not offer on-campus guest lodging for parents during orientation. Though you are welcome to stay wherever you choose in Lincoln, the Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown Haymarket hotel is New Student Enrollment's exclusive recommended host hotel. Hyatt Place is in the Historic Haymarket District, a vibrant neighborhood surrounded by restaurants, theaters, art galleries, shops and entertainment venues. Hyatt Place provides guests with spacious guestrooms, complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service business center, an indoor swimming pool, 24/7 room service, free daily breakfast and a free shuttle to and from the Lincoln Municipal Airport. Hyatt Place is just a 15-minute walk from campus and offers a shuttle service between campus and the hotel for parents and guests during International Welcome Week. Please enter the discount code G-IN18 in the “special rates” area of the “Find Rates + Offers” section on Hyatt Place’s website to access the discounted rate of $119 per night.

For additional hotel options, click here.

Questions about Parent and Guest Orientation? Contact program coordinator Rachel Lindhart at Rachel.Lindhart@unl.edu.


Getting to Campus

Students must arrive by Tuesday, August 14 at the latest. Late arrivals are not allowed except in extreme circumstances. See the late-arrival policy.

We recommend that you fly into the Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) because it is closest to campus and most convenient. On August 12, 13, and 14, members of the International Welcome Team will be at the Lincoln airport to greet and assist students and provide a free shuttle to campus and to off-campus destinations within two miles of campus. We recommend that you arrive on one of those three days. Welcome Team members are current Nebraska students who speak many languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Malay, Hindi, Arabic, Korean, English, French, and more. Look for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Welcome Desk at baggage claim. Selecting "UNL shuttle" when you submit your arrival information serves as your shuttle reservation. All new students must submit arrival information.

If you are not arriving to the Lincoln airport on August 12, 13, and 14, please submit your arrival information and we will email you with information that is specific to your arrival circumstances.

We care about you and your safety. For safety and liability reasons, we strongly recommend that you only use airport transport that is approved by the university.

Arrival Date Requirements

To ensure a successful start at Nebraska, incoming students are expected to arrive in time to attend International Orientation and other welcome programs. These programs assist students as they transition to the university and help them build connections with peers and university staff members.


The arrival policy is as follows:

  • Students must receive visa approval to study at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln before the program start date printed on their I-20 or DS-2019
    • If a student is unable to secure visa approval before the program start date, they will be advised to apply for the subsequent term.
  • The program start date printed on the I-20/DS-2019 is the latest date that students should enter the United States. Permission/approval for late arrivals will only be granted in extreme circumstances. To enter the United States after the date on the I-20/DS-2019, students must obtain permission from the Office of Admissions (adm.intl@unl.edu) and must be issued an official late-arrival letter. Students will not, under any circumstance, be allowed to arrive after the Friday of the first week of classes in the Spring or Fall terms. Students admitted for the Summer term must arrive by the program start date, without exception.
  • Late-arrival letters will only be issued in the following circumstances:
    • Though a student’s visa was approved before the program start date, the student’s documents have been withheld by the U.S. Embassy or consulate. The student must provide proof of delay.
    • OR there are legitimate concerns related to visa status, familial well-being, or safety/security in the student’s departure location that prohibit the student from arriving on time. The student must provide proof of hardship. Differences in costs of flights or personal readiness will not be approved as qualifying circumstances for late arrival.

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to approve or reject late-arrival circumstances outside of those described above.


University-approved airport transport options:

  • Official University shuttle (free; Lincoln airport only; operated by New Student Enrollment)
  • Taxi
  • OMALiNK (from Omaha airport only)

Non-approved airport transport options:

  • Transport organized by student organizations/clubs
  • Students or individuals offering free or paid rides
  • Transport arranged through social media or through online matching systems

Tell us when you will arrive

Please provide us with information about when and how you will arrive to the University. This will help us prepare for your arrival. All new international undergraduates must submit arrival information.