Academic advising

Contact your UAF academic advisor:

The US academic system at UAF

The UAF catalog refers to all the courses that are offered, and the class schedule refers to the classes that are offered for a specific semester. You can only take classes that are listed in the class schedule for that semester. (Note: UAF uses the terms “course” and “class” interchangeably.)

Courses at UAF are usually worth 1 to 5 credits, depending on the number of contact hours per week; most courses are worth 3 credits each.

As an undergraduate degree-seeking student, you must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits.

As a graduate degree-seeking student, you must register a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 14 credits.

As an exchange or study abroad student, you may take courses in any subject as long as you meet the course prerequisites, and as long as the majority of your courses fit in with your academic plans at UAF, called your “program objective.” In addition, you may register for classes that meet the criteria for one of the following options:

  • Undergraduate level
    • A minimum of 12 credits at any level, but the majority must be from the 100- to 400-level
    • A maximum of 18 credits
  • Graduate level
    • A minimum of 9 credits; at least 3 credits must be at the 600-level, and the other 6 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level
    • A maximum of 14 credits; these additional 5 credits may be at any level
    • If you wish to take 15 or more credits, you may do so with special permission from International Programs and Initiatives. Class level is not restricted for these additional credits.

Distance education or independent learning (DE/IL) restriction: International students may enroll in a maximum of 3 distance education or independent learning credits that are counted toward the minimum credits required per semester.

Student type In-person, in-class course credit minimum DE/IL credit maximum Other course credit (in-class or DE/IL) maximum
Graduate students* 6 3 5
Undergraduate students* 9 3 6

*both degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking (exchange or study abroad) students

Degree-seeking students are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester before you can register for classes. Academic advisors help you figure out your academic and career goals, and what field of study and degree program are right for you. They can also help you discover your talents and strengths using software programs and other tools that provide guidance on careers and academic majors.