More than 500 civilian and military personnel planning to work in Afghanistan have come to UNO for Immersion Seminars. Participants rapidly develop basic language skills, cultural awareness, and a historical understanding of modern Afghanistan. Morning sessions focus on politics, ethnic relations, gender issues, terrorism, and a variety of other topics. Afternoons are devoted to developing practical communication skills in Pashto and Dari, or Afghan Persian. Some evenings feature cultural exchanges with Omaha's Afghan community. The three-week experience prepares both civilian and military personnel for making their time in country more productive.