ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGE CENTER
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Take the next steps in improving your language skills. Join the Alaska Native language revitalization movement. Identify your oral and written strengths. Reconnect with your Native language. Excel with support and advising resources to help you on your educational journey. You can do it all at the Alaska Native Language Center.
Explore Opportunities at the Alaska Native Language Center
Are you interested in learning or teaching Alaska Native languages? Maybe you already speak one or more of Alaska’s 20+ Native languages and want to grow closer to your culture and community members?
The Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has the resources and programs to help you build a solid foundation in Alaska Native languages, linguistics and cultural history. Opportunities include undergraduate and associate degrees, as well as professional certificates, in languages such as Yup’ik Language and Iñupiaq Language. We offer the only bachelor’s degree granting programs in Alaska Native languages in the world.
UAF students are as diverse as the languages we teach — from high school students looking to earn dual credit to retired adults who want to develop new skills or learn more about their culture. Some take classes on campus while others join remotely from different parts of the world. At the Alaska Native Language Center, we welcome everyone to share in the joys of learning a new language and exploring rich cultures.
Earn your bachelor’s degree, add a minor to your major field of study or complete a certificate program. UAF’s Alaska Native Language Center offers services to help you find a new career or become a more active participant in your community.
Programs in the Alaska Native Language Center include:
- Minors in Alaska Native Languages
- Yup’ik Language and Culture
- Iñupiaq Language
- Native Language Education
Student Services at the Alaska Native Language Center
Learning a new language is not a solitary activity, and it’s necessary to have people who care about you and your academic journey. At the Alaska Native Language Center, you’ll have the support of dedicated advisors, counselors and faculty mentors who will help you at every stage of your educational experience.
Our caring advisors will help you find the right language program, plan your courses and apply for financial aid. As a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, you’ll benefit from access to the Alaska Native Languages Archive, which houses resources on the more than 20 Native languages spoken in Alaska dating back to the 1940s.
Learn more about a Native language while gaining a deeper understanding of culture and history that you can share with others. At UAF’s Alaska Native Language Center, you can take courses in person for a campus experience or remotely to fit your work and life schedules.
Learn more about the many Alaska Native languages spoken throughout the region.
Receive financial support to help pay for tuition, course fees, books and living expenses. The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers financial aid advising services to ensure the Alaska Native Language Center is accessible to everyone. This includes FAFSA workshops in villages throughout Alaska.
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