Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning

UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning 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 the full session that is divided primarily into two six-week terms offering students the chance to pick up core and/or degree-related courses.

In addition to standard collegiate academic programs, weekend focus and special interest classes are offered for the benefit of community members and college students alike. Activities on campus for youth include culinary arts camps, Spanish language camp, the Justice Academy, S.M.A.R.T. Academy, and business and leadership training, as well as the UAF Summer Music Academy and Visual Art Academy.

Besides offering in-state tuition for all students taking summer classes, SSLL offers several programs to financially assist summer students. These include the R.G. and Onnie V. Bouchum/La Shina R. Jones Memorial Summer Scholarships, the Earn and Learn Program and SSLL Tuition Awards for qualifying UAF undergraduate students and for students beginning an academic career.

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

During fall and spring SSLL offers a number of educational programs. There are opportunities for international travel study programs and in the beginning of January, WINTERmester offers credit and non-credit classes in a two-week intensive session. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, drawing on the experiences and talents of older adults (50 years +) in the Fairbanks area, offers a wide variety of opportunities for continued learning.

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