Applying for Admission: International Students
Applications for admission from international students must reach the Office of Admissions before March 1 for the fall semester and Sept. 1 for the spring semester.
Processing applications for international students takes several months. International students must complete all UAF application requirements as well as meet requirements for U.S. immigration agencies.
Information regarding the process for application to baccalaureate or graduate programs can be found in the Getting Started section of this catalog.
The Office of Admissions requires official transcripts of all high school and/or college-level course work signed and sealed by the registrar of the institution(s) attended. Transcripts must be certified English translations. Please see undergraduate student transcript requirements and graduate student transcript requirements.
- Immigration requirements
Once a student has been accepted to UAF, the Office of International Programs will issue a Form I-20, which students must present at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their country of citizenship in order to obtain an F-1 (student) visa. The I-20 form requires the university to certify to U.S. immigration agencies that a student has been accepted for full-time enrollment and has sufficient funds to meet estimated expenses for an academic program.
Anyone who is in the United States on an F-1 visa must maintain a full-time course load and may not enroll as a part-time student (less than 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students, or less than 9 credits per semester for graduate students).
- Financial Statements and Documentation
International students must sign a financial statement and provide documentation that they have funds available to pay all expenses at UAF, as well as round-trip transportation between their home and Alaska. Because the application for F-1 visas requires international students to affirm that they do not intend to live in the United States permanently, they are not eligible for resident tuition fees.
The minimum estimated cost for one school year at UAF for an international student is $25,790 for undergraduate students, $25,880 for graduate students. This covers university fees, room and board on campus, and a reasonable amount of personal expenses. It does not include transportation to and from Alaska, summer living or winter clothing costs. Add approximately $3,600 for summer living expenses.
Residents of countries which hold approved sister city/sister province agreements qualify for resident tuition. A complete list of sister cities and provinces can be found at www.alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations/ in Chapter 10.05 Admission and Graduation Requirements. Undergraduate resident tuition is approximately $3,600; graduate resident tuition is approximately $5,690 for the academic year.
Students on an F-1 visa are required to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam unless English is the primary language of their country of origin (i.e., Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia or Canada [except Quebec]). English proficiency may be demonstrated by:
- Passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based exam), or 213 (computer-based exam), or 550 (paper-based exam) or
- Passing the IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.
A score from the TOEFL or IELTS is required and cannot be waived even though English may be the language of instruction in your educational system. Additionally, some graduate departments may require a higher TOEFL or IELTS score in order to qualify for admission.
Requests for exception to this policy must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admissions. At minimum, students must demonstrate:
- Completion of four years of college preparatory English and graduation from high school or the equivalent in a country where English is the official language of instruction; or
- Successful completion (C or higher) of college-level English or one year of full-time study in a degree program at a college or university in a country where English is the official language of instruction; or
- Other substantiation acceptable to the Office of Admissions. Other tests may be required to satisfy application requirements for specific undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
215 Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
Online undergraduate requirements: www.uaf.edu/admissions/undergrad/international/
Online graduate requirements: www.uaf.edu/admissions/grad/international/
Office of International Programs
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757760
215 Eielson Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7760