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Experienced, Intensive, Personalized

UNO has offered English as a Second Language to international students for nearly 35 years. Students are in class 21 hours every week. Sessions last eight weeks and are scheduled six times throughout the year. New ILUNO students collaborate with program instructors to evaluate their English ability and select language classes at one of six levels – beginning to advanced. Experienced instructors teach reading and vocabulary, grammar and writing, listening, pronunciation, TOEFL preparation, and critical-thinking skills. Instructors are available daily to meet with students to discuss their class work, language skills, and future academic plans.

ILUNO student at Beveridge Middle School


ILUNO students practice English while serving the local community. ILUNO's innovative service-learning class has partnered with Beveridge Middle School. For photos, videos, and to read more, check out the Global Citizens website.

Also, go to International Admissions to read more about campus and community activities, as well as housing options: Housing, Campus & Community

Beyond Intensive English

The Bridge Program allows most undergraduate students with TOEFL scores of 48 or higher to take university coursework along with English as a Second Language classes.

The Advantage Track is offered to students who want to take undergraduate courses at UNO without taking the TOEFL.

Many ILUNO students, while lacking English proficiency, are otherwise qualified for undergraduate or graduate coursework. These students may receive Conditional Admission into academic programs at UNO. They know in advance that they can begin studies in a degree program immediately after completing ILUNO.

If applying for Conditional Admission, please submit the University application for at least one semester after your ILUNO session to give time for the TOEFL requirement to be met.

Important reminders

NEW ILUNO STUDENTS: Make sure you read the information on Getting Started in ILUNO. If you have any questions, call 1.402.554.2293 or stop by Arts & Sciences Hall 241 to make an appointment.

ORIENTATION SCHEDULES: Download schedules for upcoming orientations:

June to August 2014
September to October 2014
October to December 2014
January to February 2015
March to April 2015
May to June 2015
July to August 2015
September to October 2015
November to December 2015

ATTENDANCE: Attending class is important for language learning and academic advancement. Missing many classes may result in dismissal from ILUNO, complicating a student's immigration status and financial aid. Please review the following attendance policy. Contact your advisor if you have questions or if you have problems that cause you to miss classes.

ILUNO Attendance Policy (.doc)
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ILUNO Booklet


For a complete overview of ILUNO and the benefits of coming to UNO, download the ILUNO Booklet (.pdf).