International student resources
- Originally founded in 1917 when Alaska was still a territory, today UAF is America's northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant institution.
- UAF encompasses the central campus in Fairbanks; Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham; Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue; Interior-Aleutians Campus, covering the Interior and the Aleutian Islands; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and the Community and Technical College in Fairbanks.
- UAF's geographically diverse student body represents 49 states and 42 foreign countries.
- UAF offers 168 degrees and 33 certificates in 126 disciplines.
- As America's Arctic university, UAF offers a number of unique programs and degrees particularly focused on the biology, climate, natural resources and peoples of northern latitudes, the circumpolar North and the Pacific rim.
- The UAF mascot is the Nanook, a derivation of "nanuq," the Inupiaq Eskimo word for polar bear. Up until the mid-70s, the men's basketball team was known as the "Flying Nanooks" because of the regular, and long, airplane rides they took in order to compete with other college teams. Since 1963 all University of Alaska
For undergraduate students, financial aid is available in the form of institutional scholarships. Apply online at www.uaf.edu/finaid/.
For graduate students financial aid is available in the form of assistantships, which are awarded through academic departments on a competitive basis when the student is accepted to the program. Graduate students seeking teaching or research assistantships should contact their specific department directly.
UAF offers professional licenses, graduate certificates, master's degrees and the doctor of philosophy degree in a number of areas. The Graduate School also manages UAF's unique interdisciplinary program where students can work on individualized degrees related to current issues. See the graduate degree requirements and specifics on programs offered.
The Office of the Graduate School provides information and assistance for prospective and current graduate students, including orientation, teaching assistant training and several scholarship and fellowship programs. Information can be found online at www.uaf.edu/gradsch/ or by calling 907-474-7464.
Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides information and assistance to international students, researchers and faculty at UAF. These include students from other countries attending UAF in formal academic degree or exchange and study abroad programs, and researchers and faculty participating in collaborative research and/or teaching. They also include UAF students, researchers and faculty wishing opportunities to travel abroad through international student exchange, study abroad and faculty abroad programs. Credits earned through student exchange and study abroad programs may be applied to UAF degree programs. The OIP also serves as a resource for immigration information for the UAF community. Find out more about the Office of International Programs.
The university is a vibrant place to study and participate in activities, athletics, outdoor adventures and student organizations. With student organizations ranging from the juggling club to the Latin dance club, there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus. Check out more about campus life: www.uaf.edu/uaf/campuslife/
To live in campus housing, you must be a full-time student. This means you must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester as an undergraduate student or 9 credits per semester as a graduate student. Since you cannot submit a reservation for campus housing until you are accepted, we recommend that you send admission materials several months in advance of the admission deadline to ensure the availability of housing. The university allows students to remain in campus housing during vacation periods at an extra cost. For more information visit the Residence Life webpage at www.uaf.edu/reslife/.
Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. From the UAF campus, 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. Its character has been shaped by a large military presence, construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the continuing oil economy, and a thriving university. It is a city where old quietly blends with new. Striking modern buildings sit side-by-side with log cabins built in the early part of the last century.
With a population of more than 97,500, the Fairbanks area offers the conveniences of a big city, yet millions of acres of rolling hills and spectacular panoramas are only minutes away. Denali, the highest mountain in North America, is often visible from many UAF residence hall windows. Whether the sport is canoeing, climbing, running, dog mushing, skiing or fishing, nowhere else compares with Alaska.
At UAF you find faculty members who are among the best in the country, and because of the low 12 – 1 student/faculty ratio, you receive more personal attention here than you would at almost any other public university in the nation. Once you have chosen a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor from your academic department. Your advisor will help you choose classes each semester and will explain programs and requirements. You will get to know the faculty not just as professors, but as friends, advisors and mentors. Education is an individual process, different for each person. At UAF, you will be treated as an individual, not just a face in the crowd. Find out more.