The University of Nebraska’s 2019 Global Engagement report highlights the work of faculty, alumni and programs across the University’s four campuses that focus on study abroad.
Education abroad is a vital element of the university’s global engagement efforts, providing students with skills that are highly valued in today’s global economy. The report features U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, a UNK alumnus whose study abroad experience led to his interest in foreign service. Kritenbrink was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam in October 2017.
“Education abroad is a life-changing experience for our students. I’m proud of our progress in expanding these opportunities,” said University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds.
The University of Nebraska has been actively involved in global engagement efforts for decades. From partnerships with universities and governments across the world to hosting more than 4,200 international students from 139 different countries in 2018, the university is committed to helping prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world.
This year alone, NU has committed more than $100,000 to education abroad scholarships. The scholarships, awarded by Education Abroad offices at each campus, are intended to help more NU students have an opportunity to study abroad.
Steven Duke, NU Associate Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives, is working with the NU Foundation to raise additional funds for education abroad scholarships.
In addition to scholarship programs, dozens of NU faculty and staff members support students by teaching education abroad courses and programs, providing structure and lending support to students interested in studying abroad. With their help, hundreds of NU students enroll in foreign universities through student exchange programs and affiliations every year.
“In three very short months, I learned more than I ever thought possible. Studying abroad is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and gain valuable life skills in the process. It truly was the best experience of my life,” said UNK student Bailey Coslor, who studied in Ireland.