Applying for Admission: International Students

When to Apply

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.

Admission Requirements

Information regarding the process for application to baccalaureate or graduate programs can be found in the Getting Started section of this catalog.

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 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.

English Proficiency Requirements

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:

  1. Passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based exam), or 213 (computer-based exam), or 550 (paper-based exam) or
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Other substantiation acceptable to the Office of Admissions. Other tests may be required to satisfy application requirements for specific undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

Where to Get More Information

Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
215 Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
Online undergraduate requirements:
Online graduate requirements:
Telephone: 907-474-7500
Toll-free: 1-800-478-1823

Office of International Programs
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757760
215 Eielson Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7760
Telephone: 907-474-5327
Fax: 907-474-5979