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University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Juneau, AK

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About This Campus

Because of its natural beauty & abundant bounty, the southeastern Alaskan city of Juneau has been the home to Native American fisherman, European fur traders, & American gold prospectors for centuries. Now a free-spirited state capital, Juneau is the perfect base for a journey into the gorgeous Alaskan wilderness. UAS is ideally located on the shores of Auke Lake within a mile of the Mendenhall Glacier & the Tongass National Forest. In the opposite direction is the coastline of the Pacific’s Inside Passage & snow capped mountains of Glacier Bay. The advantage is a spectacular environmental laboratory, a rich native culture, & an intimate learning community. Recreational activities include hiking, camping, boating, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, rock & ice climbing, glacier travel & more. Academics are personable & purposeful with low faculty to student ratios & strong intercultural connections. "Everything else pales in comparison to Alaska." -John Muir

Location Information

The state capital, Juneau, is located in the panhandle of Alaska in a temperate rainforest environment. The town is surrounded by water, ice, & mountains, limiting transportation to and from the city. Juneau is 900 miles north of Seattle and 600 miles south of Anchorage.

Helpful Information

If you are looking for a unique exchange experience and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is the place for you! We offer small classroom sizes, personal attention, field experience, a to-die-for environment, lots of opportunity, and a chance to spread your wings!

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Juneau
Population | 31,000
Enrollment | 2,300
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/24-12/11
Spring | 01/11-03/30

Campus Diversity

White | 57%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 5%
Native/1st Nation | 11%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 22%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Political Science internship is only available during the spring semester with an application process in the fall. Dive Semester is only available in the Spring semester and is only open to Plan A. The unique & notable Outdoor Skills and Leadership Certificate, known as the ODS program, has a specific admissions application due July 1. The ODS program requires a full-year exchange commitment and a month after spring semester to complete the capstone trip. Visit www.uas.alaska.edu/ods for more details. Accounting courses are often delivered online rather than face-to-face.

Notable Academic Programs

  • 0 - The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. Students are often involved in research projects and field studies taking them to beaches, state or national laboratories, or other off-campus sites. See "unique programs" for additional details.
  • 0 - The curriculum draws from a variety of disciplines including: the earth sciences, chemistry, physics, biology, math, and spatial analysis. A particular emphasis of the program is student involvement in research projects, and students regularly present their research results at regional and national scientific meetings. Disciplines include landscape ecology, hydrology, sensor development, geology, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, remote sensing, glaciology, and biogeochemistry. Finally, the location of the university provides students with a natural laboratory that includes extensive ice fields, mountains, rainforest, wetlands, and marine habitat -- all within walking distance.
  • 0 - This is not just an outdoor recreation/education program. There are specific hands-on skills learned while emphasizing leadership issues and safety factors. Students are often outside and pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone. See below under "unique programs" for more details.
  • 0 - This is an interdisciplinary place-based approach to education, not only to emphasize enculturation and human development with the well-being of community, but also to provide our students with the irreplaceable experiences and collaborative skill sets required to compete in today’s job market. Linked by a common interest in landscape and the environment in all its forms, the classes engage the theoretical, historical, and cultural dimensions of society in fields as diverse as political science, economics, law, media studies, indigenous studies, and literature. The program also provides a geographic focus on the regions of Alaska and the Arctic and prepares students for careers in management, policy, teaching, field-based research, and regional planning.
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Unique Academic Programs

  • 0 - The certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership is an intensive nine-month humanities program. Students working to become outdoor professionals, wanting to achieve more general goals related to personal development and leadership, or wanting to better understand the natural world will benefit from the program.The program incorporates outdoor risk management, leadership skills, specific outdoor activity skills, and academic work.
  • 0 - The Alaska Legislative Internship Program, now in its 30th year, enables qualified students to obtain course credits during the spring semester while working. Interns work full time in the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, placed in the office of one State Senator or Representative. In addition, students participate in a demanding academic program that combines classroom time and rigorous, guided research. The program is worth a total of twelve credits, and provides students with a small stipend. It is suggested students exchange for a full year with fall semester preparing academically and socially on campus before taking on the internship.
  • 0 - Alaska Native Languages and Studies at UAS examines three primary components of modern and historical Alaska Native life: Language, Art, and Society.
  • 0 - The location of the university provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms.Undergraduate research options are available and course field trips are the norm.
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Special Programs

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • First Nation Studies
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/22/20.
  • Estimated cost: $5100.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18 ($282 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($282 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/22/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $10 Credit Hour Plan A & B Mandatory
Orientation Fee $100 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Consolidated Fee $47 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Network Access Fee $11 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: The consolidated fee includes the campus newspaper, student government, recreation facility, health center,& distance courses. Some PE or Outdoor Studies courses, labs & studio art classes have additional course fees.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001065

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/22/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 10% living on campus
  • Single: $2800
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1400
  • Proximity to campus: 1 to 12
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is only guaranteed with a complete application submitted by July 1st for fall semester and Oct. 15th for spring.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $600 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
All UAS Housing (dorm or apartments) require a meal plan on a declining scale.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/22/20.

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