International Students

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Come to Union and experience the spirit!

At Union College you will have the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world. There are more than 800 students from over 47 states and 30 countries. Union's size makes it easy for you to find friends and be involved in different activities. You will feel at home! Union is a Christian college founded in 1891 and is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Union is located in Lincoln, capital of the state of Nebraska. In this central region of the United States you will experience a purer English language, without an accent. Lincoln has approximately 319,000 people and is a city characterized by its safety and hospitality. You will enjoy cultural diversity and many options for recreation, such as parks, museums, art galleries, international cuisine, and cultural presentations.


Would you like a variety of options when deciding on a major? At Union you have more than 37 majors with more than 50 minors and emphases to choose from. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1, our faculty give each student personal attention, making time both in and out of the classroom to care about their students' success. Union's broad liberal arts requirements ensure you don't only learn your profession, but you also learn key skills like communication, analytical thinking, adaptability and problem solving—abilities that will prepare you for any career, and for unexpected changes. 

Our international alumni have shown a foundation built at Union can lead to great things—our design graduates have created the logos for major international brands, our education alumni teach around the world, our business graduates run hospitals and corporations, doctors and nurses have begun their careers at Union and returned home to heal, and one alumna even became vice president of her country.

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On-campus work 

If there is work available, international students can work on campus for up to 20 hours a week.

Merit Scholarships

When you enroll in Union's university level program, you may be eligible to receive a merit award, based on your high school grades or previous college course work. Eligibility for full Union College awards and grants requires enrollment at Union for 12 or more hours in university-level classes. Learn more about scholarships for international students here