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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Juneau
Population | 31,000
Enrollment | 2,300
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/24-12/11
Spring | 01/11-04/30

University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Juneau, AK


About This Campus

The southeastern Alaskan city of Juneau sits on the ancestral homeland of the indigenous Alaska Native Tlinget people. 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!
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Excellent
Understand Chances of Placement


  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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 and Business courses are often delivered online rather than face-to-face.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Marine Biology - 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.
  • Environmental Sciences - 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.
  • Outdoor Studies - 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.
  • Social Sciences - 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.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Outdoor Leadership - 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.
  • Political Science - 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.
  • Alaska Native Studies - Alaska Native Languages and Studies at UAS examines three primary components of modern and historical Alaska Native life: Language, Art, and Society.
  • Marine Biology - 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.

Special Programs

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Accounting, Alaska Native Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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
  • Not available
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: $5100.
  • 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 ($282 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($282 per additional hour)

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
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $10 Credit Hour Host & Home Mandatory
Orientation Fee $150 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Consolidated Fee $47 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Network Access Fee $11 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/10/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1900
  • 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. Due to the extreme difficulty obtaining off-campus housing, it is preferred that students choose on-campus housing, especially if they are home pay.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • 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.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/10/24

Important Notes about Health Insurance
UAS does not offer a student health insurance plan and students are not required to possess insurance. However, students may obtain health insurance through the Marketplace, which offers lower health insurance premiums for Alaskans within certain income levels. By creating an account and applying for lower cost premiums, you will be able to compare and purchase health insurance plans that meet your needs.

You can sign up for insurance online at www.HealthCare.Gov (or click on the logo link below) or by calling 1-800-318-2596. For assistance with navigating the Marketplace call 211.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Juneau is only accessible by plane or boat. Alaska Airlines is the only year-round passenger air carrier into Juneau. There are several taxi companies in town who can provide service all over town. There is also a public bus system. The Alaska Marine Highway is a ferry boat service that navigates the waterways for public transportation. Campus is navigable with wheelchair access but weather such as snow and ice can create issues.

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