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Location | Fairbanks
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 7,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/14
Spring | 01/13-05/03

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 |Limited
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Excellent
Understand Chances of Placement


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 - WHY STUDY GEOSCIENCE AT UAF AND IN ALASKA? *For students interested in geosciences, Alaska is one of the most exciting natural laboratories on Earth. *Alaska saw the world’s largest volcanic eruption and second largest earthquake during the last century. *Together with western Canada, Alaska contains the largest ice mass outside of Antarctica and Greenland. *Global change is warming Alaska and causing dramatic changes to permafrost, glaciers, and sea ice. *Alaska is an area of active exploration for and discovery of mineral and energy resources such as oil and rare earth minerals. *Our program emphasizes field experience with classes like the geology field camp in which students practice geological mapping in remote mountains. *Our research spans the globe with faculty work at research sites like Japan, Russia, Antarctica. One even studies the geology of Mars.
  • Engineering - The College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been educating engineering students since 1922. Originally, it was founded as the Alaska Agriculture College and School of Mines in 1917. Over the years, students from around the world have pursued their engineering degree with us, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn one-on-one from outstanding faculty in the unique environment of Interior Alaska. UAF is Alaska's top teaching and research university, but our classroom environments in engineering and mines are more like what you would find at a small college. UAF is the only university in Alaska that offers eight undergraduate degrees accredited by ABET. In addition, the College of Engineering and Mines offers masters degree programs in seven disciplines as well as an Engineering PhD program. These programs offer abundant research and educational opportunities for students seeking to continue their studies after obtaining their baccalaureate degree. The Institute of Northern Engineering is the research arm of CEM. It has several distinct research centers and provides facilities and support to dozens of researchers working in conjunction with the College.
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management - The intersection between homeland defense, homeland security and emergency/disaster management becomes more apparent with each passing day. Practitioners, operators, and decision makers who are leading and managing in today’s complex environment need an interdisciplinary education supporting the multi-faceted challenges they face. The UAF Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program provides: *an interdisciplinary education focused on practitioners and operators who work within the homeland defense, security, and emergency management professions. *the preparation needed for individuals to enter careers and or increase their competitiveness for promotion. *an opportunity to serve in a highly dynamic environment addressing complex challenges. The interdisciplinary aspects of our HSEM curriculum focus on the integration of a broad spectrum of coursework to help prepare those working in homeland defense/security, emergency management, and associated professions (including but not limited to: military, fire, law enforcement, EMS, risk, business continuity), through either the Bachelor of Security and Emergency Management (BSEM) or Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) degrees. The HSEM program is a member of the FEMA Higher Education Program and the University and Agency Partnership through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The UAF HSEM program is a practitioner-based program focused on Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency/Disaster Management. All faculty within the program have an extensive background as a practitioner and/or operator on the subject matter taught.
  • Climate & Arctic Sustainability - The B.A. in Climate and Arctic Sustainability is an interdisciplinary and innovative program that educates students on climate dynamics, as well as issues, opportunities and challenges specific to Alaska, the circumpolar North and the Arctic from a sustainability perspective. Program themes include climate change, environmental issues, Indigenous issues, subsistence, politics and history, national and international security, geography, energy resources, art and music, and literature. The degree prepares students to think critically about environmental change and the circumpolar North as a region in order to develop solutions to minimize the adverse impacts of change and work towards the sustainability of the region. The geographic location of UAF is outstanding for the study of the climate, environment and Northern issues, but students can pursue the major online as well.
  • Fisheries and Marine Sciences - The fisheries and marine sciences degree develops hands-on experience and employer connections through research, field courses and a required internship. We assist students with program placement into positions with agencies across a broad spectrum of specialties You’ll have opportunities to conduct and present research through our Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) program. You can also benefit from personal, self-driven activities with student clubs such as the UAF Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and FOSSA (Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Student Association).

Unique Academic Programs

  • Foreign Languages - Open new worlds of opportunity with a degree in foreign languages at UAF. As the northernmost department of modern languages on the planet, we offer unique insights and experiences that will take you around the world and prepare you for careers in the global economy of the 21st century. Our program gives you the opportunity to study French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish—each offered as a major and minor. Depending on your preference, you can focus your degree in one or two languages. As a foreign languages major, you’ll also have exciting opportunities to study abroad and experience other cultures first hand. In addition to the foreign languages degree, we offer a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies.
  • 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.
  • Yup'ik Language and Culture - Alaska is a land of diverse languages and cultures. One of these languages is Central Alaskan Yup’ik, which is part of the Yupik branch of the Eskimo-Aleut language family, spoken in western and southwestern Alaska. The bachelor’s degree in Yup’ik language and culture at UAF is the only program of its kind in the world. It offers a unique opportunity not only to learn the language, but to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for Alaska Native people and the Yup’ik way of life. One of the opportunities you’ll have in this program is to work with linguists at the Alaska Native Language Center, internationally known and recognized as the major center in the United States for the study of Eskimo and Northern Athabascan languages. You’ll also get to access materials at the Alaska Native Language Archive, the premier repository worldwide for information relating to the Native languages of Alaska. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in Yup’ik language and culture, we also offer an associate degree and certificate in Yup’ik language proficiency.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Alaska Native Studies... ++ 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
  • Home or 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 05/10/24

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: $5460.
  • 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 05/10/24

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 05/10/24

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

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


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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