Arrival Orientation

Your Guide to Nebraska

We're here to make sure you are prepared for your Nebraska experience.

Orientation Details

International Orientation is a required event for all new undergraduate international students. Orientation for spring 2020 is January 10 and 11. Both days are required.

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.).
  • Complete your immigration document check-in process.
  • Learn about how to succeed at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  • Meet other students.

Getting to Campus

Students must arrive by Thursday, January 9 at the latest. Late arrivals are not allowed. 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 January 7, 8 and 9, 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, Spanish, 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 January 7-9, 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 and arrive in Lincoln on or before the arrival date printed on their I-20 or DS-2019.
    • If a student is unable to secure visa approval and arrive before the printed arrival date, they will be advised to apply for the subsequent term.
  • The arrival date printed on the I-20/DS-2019 is the latest date that students should enter the United States. 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 printed arrival date, without exception.
  • Permission/approval for late arrivals will only be granted in extreme circumstances. The student must provide proof of hardship. Late/delayed visa applications, 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.