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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska Fairbanks
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  1. International students must take 12 in-person credits. See limits on major below
  2. UAF ranks in the top 150 of the 700 U.S. institutions that conduct research.
  3. Times Higher Education ranked UAF #10 among the world’s best small universities.

About This Campus

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. It is also the site where the Alaska Constitution was drafted and signed in 1955 and 1956. UAF was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, first opening for classes in 1922. UAF offers undergraduate students many ways to get hands-on experience -- 30 percent of students who received a bachelor's degree completed a research, thesis or honors project in 2019-2020. Students that participate in NSE have the same opportunities to take part in research at one of UAF's more than 50 research centers and institutes: https://research.uaf.edu/facilities/research-centers. Several lines of research are renowned worldwide, most notably in Arctic biology, Arctic engineering, geophysics, supercomputing, and aboriginal studies.

Location Information

Located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Fairbanks campus's unique location is situated favorably for Arctic and northern research, as well as ample opportunity for views of the northern lights. The 2,205-acre campus has two lakes and miles of trails. The downtown district is easily accessible via the local bus system and a network of bike trails. The city is steeped in a history of riverboat captains and gold seekers.

2023/2024 Placement

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Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Fairbanks
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 5,331
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/17
Spring | 01/17-05/05

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 19%
Asian | 4%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 7%
Two or more | 0%
White | 51%
Other | 13%
International | 2%
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Veterinary Medicine, Social Work

Wildlife Biology/Conservation has extremely limited coursework available. International students are required to take 12 credits with in-person instruction. There are several majors that are teaching mostly online, so international students will need to be FLEXIBLE as the following majors are extremely limited: Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Film and Performing Arts, Geography, History, Natural Resources Management, Political Science, Psychology, Sport Management, and Wildlife Biology.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Unique Academic Programs

  • Alaska Native Studies - Alaska Native studies is a social science program that explores current and historical Alaska and broader circumpolar issues from the indigenous perspective. The curriculum grounds students in tribal histories and cultures, governmental policies and local Indigenous affairs. The program incorporates Native traditional knowledge, wisdom and experience into contemporary issues and studies. Classes focus on Indigenous Peoples in Law, Governance and Politics; Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources and Expression; and Alaska Native Peoples: Health, Wellness and Environment
  • Arctic and Northern Studies - educates students about the opportunities, challenges, and issues related to the Arctic and circumpolar north. Students examine the common and distinctive features of the countries and regions of the Arctic and Circumpolar North, focusing on the human perspective. The program offers students broad flexibility of studies to include northern histories; political challenges in the North; international relations; environmental concerns; natural resource management; Indigenous cultures and Indigenous peoples’ concerns; and northern literature, arts, and humanities. The program draws from a number of fields, including anthropology, art, biology, geography, history, literature, political science, and more. The geographic location of UAF allows students to immerse themselves in a sub-Arctic environment while studying Northern issues. ACNS students benefit from the expertise and research experience of the faculty and from the comprehensive holdings of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at the Rasmuson Library.
  • Petroleum Engineering - We offer one of the most modern and challenging petroleum engineering degree programs anywhere in the world, in the state that’s home to the largest oil field in North America. It’s also the only petroleum engineering program in the United States that emphasizes the unique challenges found in the Arctic, which gives students a huge edge with employers in Alaska and throughout the North.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

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


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 526.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Host Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $5000.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
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
Parking Fee $88 Semester Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $150 Semester Host & Home Optional
PO Box Rental Fee $75 Semester Host & Home Optional

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. Students living in on-campus housing will pay a $25 per semester activity 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 06/07/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 50% living on campus
  • Double: $5325 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
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, 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 will have lower meal plan options available.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/22

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 mental health counseling treatment. Students receive up to 6 free counseling sessions as part of the semester fees.

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