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Incoming Exchange Students


Information on finding and taking courses at UNO

  • Academic Advising: Dr. John Hazlett (jhazlett@uno.edu) is the academic advisor for all exchange students and will help you to enroll in the courses that are right for you. The ISEP office can also help guide you with basic academic needs.
  • Early Class Selection: If you are expected to find UNO classes before the class schedule for a semester is available, search the course descriptions inventory (go to http://www.uno.edu/registrar/index.aspx and click on "Course Descriptions"). These are all of the courses that can be taught at UNO. It is important to note that not all of these courses are available every semester.
  • Academic Organization:
    • UNO has centralized enrollment, so it is fairly easy to attend courses in different academic areas of study (sometimes known as "Faculties" at European institutions). Most students are actually EXPECTED to enroll in classes in different departments.
    • If you are a graduate student at your home university (5th year and above) and wish to take Master's or doctoral level courses (5000 or 6000), you must first be admitted as a graduate student (see below). Then when discussing classes and your studies, you will have to communicate with the academic coordinator of your program of study and may be required to provide additional academic documentation in order to satisfy each program's requirements.
    • Be sure that you select the correct level when applying for admission to UNO. Undergraduate students cannot take graduate classes (levels 5000 and 6000), and graduate students must take the majority of their classs at the graduate level. If you are not sure of your level, consult your local international coordinator, or email us.
    • The academic organization and culture can be quite different between institutions and countries. Undergraduate students at UNO typically take from 4 (minimum) to 6 courses (maximum) in a given semester. Graduate students typically take 3 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) courses in a given semester. They also typically try to diversify their classes in order to have a balanced experience with studying. The in-class requirements and demands of the classes during the semester can also be very different and take some time to adjust to for our international students. It's important that you and your academic advisor(s) at your home institution understand these differences. It is not reasonable for you to be expected to take 7 or 8 classes per semester.
  • Finding UNO Classes: (note on American English: when we say "courses" in the U.S., we mean "classes." When referring to a course of study, we use the term "major").
    • As we mentioned before, the Course Descriptions list available from the Registrar's Home Page is the master listing of all possible courses at UNO. It does NOT list course offerings specific to any semesters, nor does it show schedules, etc.
    • Information on a specific semester's course offerings is typically available no earlier than the start of the pre-registration time periods. Pre-registration for Fall and Summer semesters usually starts in early April, and in early November for the Spring semester. You cannot obtain this information prior to those time periods
    • This information is available through the class search function in our registration system (WebSTAR) - either via guest access or using your UNO Login (see below). You are able to search courses by subject, course name and number, or type of instruction. Be sure you are searching for classes offered in the correct semester.
    • Through WebSTAR class search, you may look for courses offered in previous semesters to get an idea of what may be offered for an upcoming semester. However, there is no guarantee that courses offered will be exactly the same from year to year.
    • It is each student's responsibility to communicate with his/her home institution for course approval if credit at the home institution is required.
  • Setting up your UNO Login:
    • Once you are fully admitted to UNO, you should receive an email with instructions to set up your login. You may also wish to go to the "Accepted Students" page (http://www.uno.edu/accepted-students/index.aspx) to set this up.
    • Note: sometimes WebSTAR doesn't work if your computer's operating system is in another language. You can "trick" it, however, by looking at the URL once you've opened a browser window to access WebSTAR, and changing the code at the end from whatever language you're using to "EN" for English.
    • This login will be what you use not only for WebSTAR (registration, paying fees, etc.), but also your UNO email, Moodle, the wifi access on campus, access to computers across campus, etc.
    • If you are having trouble with any computer-related issues, contact the Computer Help Desk at helpdesk@uno.edu. Be sure to include your student ID and username (if available) when you submit your inquiry.
    • Note: you will be required to check your UNO email, so start using it!
  • Pre-registering for Classes:
    • Once you have chosen your courses for a given semester, and you are fully admitted to UNO, you will be able to pre-register for classes (assuming it is during the pre-registration period for your semester of enrollment)
    • If you have holds on your account (such as Advising or Immunization holds), email us at isep@uno.edu to find out how to get them removed.
    • It is highly advisable that you register in your desired courses prior to leaving your home country. You can find step by step registration instructions in the online Webstar Registration Guide.
    • None of your prior courses will be entered individually into our registration system (WebSTAR), so when you try to enroll in a class that has prerequisites (see the course description), you may receive an error message. Send us a screen shot of the course and the error message and we can help get you enrolled (assuming you can show that you have taken the prerequisites)
    • You may have mixed results in getting registered for all of your desired classes. Sometimes students have to communicate with Dr. Hazlett and/or the professor offering the course... or sometimes students have to wait for a seat to open up in a class if it is full. This is something that all students must go through in order to get the best selection of courses for their semester, and sometimes it doesn't end up being perfect. But we try.
    • Be sure to pay close attention to the important dates for the semester, including the end of pre-registration. Once late registration starts, if you haven't paid your fees, you will not only lose the classes you're enrolled in, but you will have to pay a $150.00 late fee! Those dates are available here: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/academic-calendar.aspx

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