Prospective Online Students
International students from 135 nations choose the University of Nebraska for their graduate and undergraduate programs. With more than 100 programs offered online, students may earn credentials in teaching, allied health, research, business and more.
Each campus provides a variety of programs and services designed to help you succeed, and admission standards are competitive. It is always best to review the specific requirements for international students of the campus where you will matriculate for your degree.
Native Language other than English
We want you to be successful in your course work as well as active participants in your educational experience. If your native language (or language of nurture) is not English, you will be asked to demonstrate your English proficiency for full academic admission to the university and desired program.
English proficiency requirements will vary by campus, degree level, and program. The program requirements will always take precedence over campus requirements. The TOEFL requirements listed below are organized by campus and degree level. Each link also provides additional resource links to each campus for all international student requirements and services.
Online programs with special TOEFL requirements are listed under the Admissions tab for each program.
Campus and Degree-Level English Proficiency Requirements
Whether you are interested in obtaining a visa or are currently residing in the U.S. on an education visa, there are certain restrictions with regard to distance education you should be aware of.
Qualifying for Legal Immigration Status
Enrolling in an online program does not qualify you for an education visa.
Maintaining Legal Immigration Status
All international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more per semester for undergraduates, nine credit hours or more for graduate students) during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) in order to maintain legal immigration status. You may take up to one online course per semester to count toward your full-time status. You may also choose to enroll in an online program in addition to your visa-qualifying full-time resident program. For more information about visa restrictions, please contact us or the home campus of your program of interested.
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Online Learning Self Evaluation
To help determine your comfort level and readiness for online learning, take our informal self evaluation.