What is UArctic?
UAF is a member of UArctic, a network of universities, research centers and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. UArctic institutions share resources, facilities and expertise with students, scientists and northern communities. Whether it’s student exchange or research collaboration, we all benefit when we share what we know.
All eight circumpolar countries are represented in UArctic: Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Many more institutions come from countries outside the North, but all are engaged in northern issues.
Try the "north2north" exchange program
Want to study abroad in a northern country?
UAF graduate and undergraduate students can choose from more than 50 institutions in the circumpolar countries through UArctic's north2north exchange program. Some students may even be eligible for scholarships or fellowships.
For more information, please contact:
Nicole Balazs, International Programs and Initiatives
Ph: (907) 474-6516.
Are you a student from another university who wants to go on exchange to UAF?
Contact your home university’s north2north office, or contact Nicole (above) and she will help refer you.
Circumpolar Studies program and a wide variety of field schools
UArctic’s Circumpolar Studies program lets students learn about the lands, peoples and issues of the circumpolar North. It also prepares students for advanced study or professional employment in many fields.
Field schools in unique locations in the circumpolar North are open to students and faculty. Check the latest field school calendar to see what adventures are coming up.
Research Student & Faculty Members
Research is at the heart of UArctic, and students are the new blood that pushes for innovation and resourcefulness.
UAF graduate students, as well as some undergraduates, can select from more than two dozen UArctic thematic networks, which focus on subjects like engineering, geopolitics, climate change and indigenous issues, or design a study and research program of their own, in cooperation with their UAF school or college and another UArctic institution.
Teaching and research faculty members can also participate in a thematic networks, providing them a northern wholistic perspective to their research topic through the exchange of knowledge from all Arctic nation partners, collaboration on findings, and potentially new funding opportunities through multiple education institution and international funding agencies.
UAF is presently active in the following thematic networks:
- Meet Dr. Todd Sformo (Wildlife Biologist, North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management; Research Scientist, Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF) on of the new Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars for 2018-2019
- 2016: Carolyn Kozak, a master’s student in Arctic and Northern Studies, has been named the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ UArctic Student Ambassador for a total of 21 ambassadors to date.
- 2015: Two UAF researchers selected as Arctic Fulbright Scholars
- 2014: The northern tourism thematic network published a paper, "Arctic Tourism: Realities and Possibilities," in the Arctic Yearbook 2014. You can download the report here. The work was co-authored by UAF network lead Kevin Hillmer-Pegram.
Want to find out more? Please come for a visit!
Arctic Program Coordinator, UAF
Academic Programs Coordinator, UArctic
Ph: (907) 474-2679
Dr. Michael Castellini
Interim Dean of Graduate School, UAF
Vice-President Academic, UArctic
Ph: (907) 474-6825
#219 Eielson Building on the UAF campus, and don't forget to pickup a free copy of UArctic's annual magazine 2017 Shared Voices, or any of their previous issues.