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Bellevue University Announces Two New International Partnerships with Schools in China

University Also Announces Expansion of Its Visa Program

BELLEVUE, Nebraska – Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, announced today two new partnerships that will connect students with different opportunities to learn in the United States.

Bellevue University will partner with Guizhou Water Conservancy and Hydropower Vocational and Technical College and XuChang University located in China.

“Bellevue University's passion for preparing students to thrive in a connected, global society happens through a variety of international and cross-cultural partnerships,” Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins said. “We’re excited to continue to grow our institution through these relationships and we look forward to welcoming future students to Bellevue University.” 

Both partnerships will allow students to pursue an education at Bellevue University’s main campus in southeastern Nebraska. Students from Guizhou are expected to start in 2024 while students from XuChang are expected to start in the fall.  

“Bellevue University has always been incredibly supportive of its international students and the institution truly understands how to make students feel welcome on campus,” Julie Verebely, Director of Global Partnerships, said. “We are excited to grow our exchange programs by partnering with these educational institutions.”

The university also announced the expansion of its visa program. The J-1 visa program allows visitors to come to the United States to teach, study, receive training, or demonstrate special skills. The J-1 visa is meant for students who need practical training that is not available to them in their home country, and the training must be directly related to their academic program.

These new partnerships and the addition of the J-1 visa program will serve an important purpose because not only will they help participating students understand the world from a different perspective, but they’ll help Bellevue University expand its cultural connections – a goal that benefits students, staff and faculty, Jim Nekuda, Bellevue University’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, said.

“When a student participates in an international exchange program, it helps to give them a better worldview on not only education but also the cultures they experience,” Nekuda added. “As Bellevue University continues to diversify itself in different market areas, we’re exploring new opportunities all over the world including Mexico, Central and South America, Egypt, Africa, Vietnam and more.”

For more information about international partnerships, visit bellevue.edu/prospective-students/international/.

About Bellevue University

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).