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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Fairbanks
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 7,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/28-12/16
Spring | 01/16-05/04

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

World leader in climate change and Arctic research.
10-to-1 student-faculty ratio; 80% of class have fewer than 20 students.
Provides hands-on learning experience in the vast, dynamic laboratory of Alaska.

About This Campus

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System. We've got our own rocket range, an icebreaking science ship and professors who've published more Arctic research than any other university worldwide. But we offer far more than science — we're enriched by a full suite of art, theater, film and language programs. It's no wonder U.S. News & World Report calls UAF a top-tier national university — the only one in Alaska. UAF leads the world in climate research and is home to the most extreme outdoor laboratory in the United States. The questions asked here, now, will lead the world in the work that will shape the future. Whatever your major, you can be part of something bigger.

Location Information

Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city, is located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and is renowned for ample opportunity for viewing the northern lights. UAF's 2,250-acre campus is perched on a hill with views of the mountains to the south. The downtown district is easily accessible via the local bus system. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with 26 miles of ski / walking trails on campus, and world-famous Denali National Park located a 2.5 hour drive away.

Helpful Information

UAF offers undergraduate students many ways to get hands-on experience: 36% of students who received a bachelor's degree completed a research, thesis or honors project in 2020-2021. Students that participate in NSE have the same opportunities to take part in research at one of UAF's research centers and institutes. Several lines of research are renowned worldwide, most notably in arctic biology, arctic engineering, geophysics, and indigenous studies.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Excellent
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Veterinary Medicine, Social Work

International students are required to take 12 credits of in-person classes. Some majors are not available to international students or may have limited classes international students can take.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Unique Academic Programs

  • Environmental Change - UAF is a world leader in environmental change and Arctic research due in part to its location, where the impacts of climate change can be observed and felt at an accelerated pace, and is an ideal setting in which to engage with faculty possessing expertise in multiple dimensions of environmental change.
  • Alaska Native Studies - A social science program that incorporates Native traditional knowledge, wisdom and experience into contemporary issues and studies. Classes on Alaska Native Languages are also available.
  • Arctic and Northern Studies - Educates students about opportunities and challenges related to the Arctic and circumpolar north. The geographic location of UAF allows students to immerse themselves in a sub-Arctic environment while studying Northern issues.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Alaska Native Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 527.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Host Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/23

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $5400.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Activity Fee $25 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $88 Semester Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $150 Semester Host & Home Optional
PO Box Rental Fee $75 Semester Host & Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Any courses within the College of Business and Security Management (ACCT, BA, BAM, ECON, HSEM, SPRT) and the School of Engineering and Mines (CE, CS, EE, ESM, ES, ENVE, EQE, EQS, GE, ME, MPR, MIN, PETE) will incur a 25% surcharge based on the in-state tuition charge for the course. This must be paid by both Host and Home pay as it is considered a specific course fee. There is no mail service to on-campus housing. Students can rent a PO Box for $75 per semester. Students living off-campus can also rent a PO Box.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/03/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1000
  • Proximity to campus: 1-20
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Apply as early as possible for the fall semester for higher probability of requested dorm type. If you wish to live off-campus, keep in mind that you may see advertisements for "dry cabins". These are cabins without running water (they have an outhouse, but no shower). There are plenty of shower facilities on campus that are free of charge. There is public transportation in Fairbanks.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1925 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students placed in Cutler Apartment Complex will have lower-cost meal plan options available.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
No insurance options available for domestic students.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $800 per semester.


Other Health Related Comments
UAF has a health center on campus where students can see a provider free of charge (minus costs of materials used), receive vaccinations, or receive mental health counseling. Students receive up to 6 free counseling sessions per semester.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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