University of Nebraska Medical Center

International Students

Jane Meza, PhD, associate vice chancellor for global engagement, welcomes international students during the 2022 orientation.

We are excited that you have chosen UNMC to enhance your academic and professional backgrounds.

As of the 2022 fall semester, UNMC has 224 international students representing 37 countries. The Office of Global Engagement serves as a key resource to the UNMC community of international students, providing professional expertise and support  from the time of admission to beyond graduation. We also provide information to help you maintain your immigration status.

We want to ensure that you will feel comfortable here in Omaha and call UNMC  your home away from home. Learn about UNMC and Omaha


Incoming International Student Support

The following resources will help you prepare to begin your studies as an international student at UNMC.

Pre-Arrival Sessions

All newly-admitted students are invited to attend our online pre-arrival Zoom sessions. These will be focused on one topic each session. There will be a Q&A opportunity at the end of each session where you can ask questions on any topic. We have a subject-matter-expert who will present and be available at each session. 

If you cannot attend, the session will be recorded and posted on the Online Canvas orientation page for you to review.  

Fall 2024 Pre-Arrival Sessions – Check your email for zoom links 



Visas and Immigration

April 17 - 9 AM CDT


May 15 - 10 AM CDT


May 30 - 9 AM CDT 


Banking and Finances

June 26 - 11 AM CDT

Arrival in Omaha - What to Expect

July 2 - 9 AM CDT 


Arrival in Omaha - What to Expect

July 11 - 9 AM CDT 


In-Person mandatory orientation

Orientation is a great opportunity to meet other incoming students, become acquainted with campus and get important information that will help you succeed at UNMC. 

The 2024 International Student Orientation is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 15-16. Orientation is held in the Williams Science Hall auditorium (1.0.009). Please register here. This link is only accessible to students with a UNMC email address.

Watch our website and your emails for further information on the agenda. 

In the meantime, helpful information is found on UNMC's new student onboarding site. 

On-line Canvas orientation

As an incoming international student, you have access to a Canvas course. You will receive an email invitation to this course.  

This course valuable information that supplements our in-person orientation. Canvas is an online learning platform that will be important throughout your studies.  

Please take the time to get familiar with Canvas before you access the online course.  



Note: Before you access Canvas, you will need to activate DUO. Multi-factor authentication is a security system that requires more than one method of authentication to verify your identity. 

Claim ID 



Planning your arrival

The international student guidebook is an excellent resource for getting started in Omaha and at UNMC.

The 2024 international student guidebook is now available!

Successful Transition: A guidebook for international students, staff, faculty, and visitors 

We suggest that you arrive early to procure housing and settle into your new environment, both of which will contribute to your academic success.  It can be difficult to find living accommodations near the UNMC campus. Waiting until the middle of August to arrive will create unnecessary challenges and distractions during the first days of the semester, 

Note: Always ensure that you do not arrive before your EARLIEST ADMISSION DATE listed in your I-20. 

Ambassador program

UNMC’s Global Ambassador program was designed to provide peer-to-peer support and practical information about being a student at UNMC and living in Omaha. Ambassadors and new international students are partnered based on registration information. Partner communications begin several weeks before the international student arrives in Omaha and continues through the first several weeks of the fall semester. 

A global ambassador acts as a preliminary source of practical information to help international students transition into their new community. 

Incoming students – watch your UNMC emails for information on signing up for the ambassadors program. 


This section gives you an overview of important resources for incoming international students.  


Immigration and Visa Sponsorship 



Student Support Services 



New Student Onboarding Instructions 



Immunizations Information