Welcome, International Students!
UAF is a diverse community that welcomes students from all over the world. Whether you’re just starting college or transferring from a university overseas, we are here to help you succeed in your education and get the most out of your experience in Alaska.
We are here to help you succeed on your journey
At UAF, all the resources of a large research university are at your doorstep. But you also get the personal advising experience only a small college can offer. We’re here to help you with everything from filing immigration documents to getting acclimated to your new home. You’ll get to know our international student advising staff by name, and trust that you can rely on expert guidance when you need it.
Why International Students Choose UAF
UAF is a world leader in climate change and Arctic research. We offer opportunities for field-based learning and research you won’t find anywhere else on Earth, in diverse academic areas ranging from engineering to archaeology, and business to the arts. Learn more about the experience at UAF.
At our main campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, you’ll have the opportunity to study in one of the most diverse cities in America, at the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant institution. You’ll also find a strong sense of community, at a university that feels more like a family. It’s one of the reasons that Times Higher Education recently ranked UAF #10 among the world’s best small universities.
There’s also plenty to explore nearby. Our 2,250 acre main campus has two lakes and miles of hiking trails. We have some of the best facilities in Alaska for indoor and outdoor recreation. Other attractions, such as the UA Museum of the North, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center, and the Poker Flat Research Range bring scholars and researchers from around the world. Check out this visitor’s guide to Fairbanks and UAF.
Information for Future International Students:
New Undergraduates, Graduates or Permanent Transfer Students
Are you an international student who is looking to enter a university for the first time, start a new graduate degree or permanently transfer to UAF?
Step 1: Apply for admission
To start your adventure at UAF, your first step will be to apply for admission. We offer a fast and convenient online application.Once you are admitted into a degree program at UAF, we’ll start preparing your I-20 — the form needed to apply for the F-1 student visa and to enter the U.S. in student status. This process can take up to 7-10 business days once all documents have been received.
Step 2: Submit a copy of your passport and financial statement
In order to issue your immigration documents, we must receive the UAF Financial Statement for International Students (PDF) and supporting documentation. We’ll also need a copy of your passport identification page.
Your immigration documents will be mailed to the address you provided, along with your official letter of acceptance and information about applying for your visa and travel to Alaska.
Step 3: Apply for your student visa
You must have a student visa to study in the United States. UAF offers documents for
two student visa types (F and J) depending on the type of program you attend. As part
of the application process, you’ll also need to schedule a visa interview. Find more information about applying for a student visa.
Information for Visiting International Students
Are you currently enrolled at a university outside of the United States and looking to spend either a term or a year studying at UAF before returning to your home institution?
Contact the international studies office at your current university
How you will apply to UAF depends on which university you are currently attending and whether you are a National Student Exchange student, an international student from a north2north partner university or an international student from a non-partner university. View application instructions for visiting international students. Once you are admitted into a degree program at UAF, we’ll start preparing your immigration documents needed to apply for the student visa and to enter the U.S. in student status. This process can take up to 7-10 business days once all documents have been received.
Information for New International Students
If you are a degree seeking student coming in F-1 status, your admission letter and I-20 will be shipped as soon as possible. Under U.S. immigration regulations, the I-20 cannot be issued or shipped until your documentation of funding and a copy of your passport identification page has been received.
If you are an exchange or study abroad student coming in J-1 status, the DS-2019 will be sent to you along with other admission information.
Health insurance for international students
UAF requires you to have health insurance coverage for the time that you are in the
United States whether you are in F-1 or J-1 status. Find more information about international students’ insurance.
View the international student FAQ
When will you receive your I-20? How do you schedule your visa interview? How do you apply for campus housing? Find answers to these questions and more in the international student FAQ.
Apply for on-campus housing
We highly recommend that international students, both graduate and undergraduate, apply for housing on campus. Learn more about how to apply for on-campus housing.