International Checklist

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This online checklist is to help international students confidently complete steps from application to the first day of classes.

Download a shortened version of the international checklist for how to get accepted to Union.

Step 1: How to get accepted to Union College

  • Send academic records
    • Submit an official secondary school transcript, secondary school completion certificate, national exam certificate or college or university transcript—whichever applies. If the documents are not in English, obtain a certified translation. All transcripts from international universities must be sent to or for credit evaluation. 
  • Submit English proficiency test scores (students whose first language is not English must score one of the following minimums):
    • 5.5 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS) 
    • 60 on the TOEFL iBT (computer based)
    • 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

Step 2: How to get an I-20 student visa

  • Submit affidavit of support form (pdf)
    • Complete the affidavit of support to demonstrate your ability to cover costs of tuition, room, board, books and fees for your course of study. 
  • Submit bank statements
    • Submit a copy of your parents' or sponsors' bank statement to show proof of sufficient income to support you during your course of study. 
  • Pay international confirmation deposit
    • Union College requires a $5,000 deposit before issuing an I-20, of which $4,000 will be immediately applied to your student account. The remaining $1,000 is held as a deposit and applied to your student account upon completion of your program or withdrawal. The entire deposit wil be refunded if you do not enroll. Funds may be paid online at (select "international confirmation deposit") or wired to Union College (see instructions here).

Step 3: Final Requirements (after acceptance)

  • Get a student visa
    • When you receive your I-20, make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in your home country to apply for a student visa. You must pay the SEVIS fee before making the appointment (
  • Get financially cleared
    • Finish your financial steps under the "To Do" tab on "My Financial Aid" on your Portal account (instructions emailed to you after acceptance).
  • Make your first month's payment of $2,500 at
    • The remaining balance for the year will be divided equally into 10 monthly payments.
  • Submit housing form here
    • Reserve your residence hall room and help select the best roommate for you. 
  • Student medical insurance form (available in June)
  • Submit forms to Student Health at studenthealth [at] ucollege [dot] edu or fax: 1.402.486.2564.
    • Submit personal health history here.
    • Are you coming from outside of the United States? You'll need to complete and email the medical exam form (pdf)
    • Scan and email TB skin tests (pdf) from within the past year
      • Students can receive the test in the Student Health office if one cannot be obtained prior to arrival.
      • If skin test is positive, you will need to get a lab test completed called a T-spot.
      • If the lab is positive, then a visit with our campus physician is scheduled. A chest X-ray is done to check for tuberculosis and medication prescribed by the doctor as recommended for each individual.
    • Scan and email your immunization records. You need proof of the following:
      • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) two vaccines after the 1st birthday or a lab titer proving immunity.
      • Meningococcal vaccines (2 shots) or a waiver form signed if living in the residence hall (must be signed by parent if student is under 19 years old).
      • Additional Recommended Vaccines*:
        • Tetanus (Tdap) to be within the past 10 years
        • Polio series (3-5 shots)
        • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccines (2 shots) or Varicella lab titer proving immunity.
        • Hepatitis B series (3 shots) 
        • *Students traveling internationally—in addition to students in the physician assistant, nursing and international rescue and relief programs—are required to have these vaccines.
    • If younger than 19 years, parent must sign the following:

2016 New Student Orientation

Making new friends, meeting teachers and joining a new community.

  • New Student Orientation—Join us Aug. 14 for a week of discover community and Union College's resources to help you succeed. 
  • Airport pick up—You can get free Licoln or Omaha airport transportation from Aug. 11-16 for new students and their parents. Email raboyd [at] ucollege [dot] edu your itinerary and contact information at least 72 hours before arrival to ensure pick up from the airport.  
  • Bedding Packet—Why pack more than you need? For $75 charged to your student account, you can have an international packet waiting for you at Union. The packet includes a mattress cover, comforter, pillow, sheets, bath towel, hand towel, cloth/loofah, hangers (set of 20), laundry detergent, dryer sheets, a role of quarters for laundry, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and conditioner. If you would like an international packet, email raboyd [at] ucollege [dot] edu by Aug. 5.

Save the dates

We can't wait for you to join our campus family!

  • April 12 — Fall 2016 class registration opens
  • Aug. 14 — Move-in day!
  • Aug. 14-21— New Student Orientation
    • Join us Aug. 16 for a free and fun International Student Orientation supper
  • Aug. 22 — Semester classes begins
  • Aug. 23-30  Late registration fee for those not finished with registration ($100)