Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning

UAF Summer Sessions offers a wide variety of academic opportunities. Courses are open to undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students, community members and qualifying high school students. Summer programs begin with Maymester, a two-week intensive term where students can earn up to 3 credits and continues with 12 weeks that are divided primarily into two six-week terms. In addition to academic programs, weekend focus classes respond to the special interests of the community. Summer Sessions sponsors the Earn and Learn program, which offers summer employment to any student (16 years or older) taking 6 or more credits. As a student worker, payroll deduction can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books. In addition, educational opportunities for youth include the Music Academy, Visual Art Academy, the Alaska Summer Research Academy, Spanish Camp and Culinary Arts Camp as well as several sports and recreation camps.

Each summer the UAF campus hosts special events, guest speakers, concerts, the Alaska Book Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre.

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning also encompasses year-round domestic and international travel study programs as well as educational travel programs within the state; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which draws on the experience and talents of older adults (50 years +) in the Fairbanks area to offer new opportunities for continued learning; and Wintermester, a two-week intensive semester at the beginning of January.

For more information, contact Summer Sessions, 216 Eielson Building, by phone at 907-474-7021, toll-free at 1-866-404-7021, e-mail or visit online at

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