UNL Providing Extra Support For International Students

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July 6, 2020 - 6:45am

As universities around the state plan to return to in-person instruction, one group of students is facing unique challenges in returning: international students. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is working to accommodate each student’s unique circumstances as much as possible.

Josh Davis, UNL’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, said travel bans are causing visa issues and uncertainty for students from countries such as China and Britain. He said the university is offering a variety of options for students who may not be able to return to campus on time, including a remote start to the semester.

"We know, in either situation, there are lots of stresses right now, lots of questions," Davis said. "And so we really ramped up our efforts to try and answer as many of those as possible."

He said for students who have not been able to return to their home countries, UNL has offered short-term housing contracts and online programming to support them. Davis said the university is also looking to expand financial support options for these students since they are not eligible for federal funding offered to domestic students.

"We realize that whether you’re a domestic student, or somewhere around the world, there are certainly economic pressures right now, and so we’re doing what we can to meet those needs as well," Davis said. 

Davis said while UNL is expecting a low number of new incoming international students, the work to help returning international students is important, as they are an essential part of the campus community. 

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