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Exchange Programs in the U.S. and Abroad
National Student Exchange
UAF is one of 120 public colleges and universities throughout the United States and its territories with membership in the National Student Exchange (NSE). Through this program, qualified students at member institutions may apply for exchange enrollment at another participating school. NSE enables students to study in different geographical areas of the country and take advantage of specialized courses on unique programs that may not be available on their home campuses. Participation in the program is limited to one year.
Exchanges take place during your sophomore or junior year. To apply, you must be a full-time student in good standing; in general, you should apply during the fall semester. Tuition is assessed by the host institution at the in-state tuition rate; however, in some situations tuition may be paid at UAF. For more information, contact the NSE adviser in the Office of Admissions, (907) 474-7822.
Study Abroad Programs
Study abroad programs can broaden your view of the world while contributing academic credit toward your degree at UAF. In a study abroad experience you can master a foreign language, explore new lands and learn about other cultures. Study abroad has an important role to play in the larger process of educating citizens with global awareness, as well as preparing graduates of the university for many career opportunities that involve international affairs. We encourage students to begin planning for a study abroad experience early in their UAF careers, particularly since prior study of a foreign language is often required.
In study abroad programs students enroll at UAF and earn UAF credits while attending school abroad; thus, you may use your Alaska Student Loan and many other forms of financial aid to study abroad. Students are responsible for their transportation to the site, housing, food and incidental expenses at the host institution. UAF study abroad programs are extremely economical compared to other such programs.
Study abroad programs are administered by the UAF Office of International Programs, 202 Eielson Building, (907) 474-5327.
Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo Campus - Hokkaido University of Education belongs to an elite group of national universities in Japan responsible for the preparation of teachers. HUE enrolls about 5,000 students on five different campuses. The program provides the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the design and operation of urban and rural schools in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido. This is a one-month intensive internship, including a course of introduction to the basic tenets of Japan's educational system, its culture, and its people. Students live with a Japanese host family. The School of Education sponsors and administers this student exchange program. For more information call (907) 474-6453.
Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan - NGU is a small, private university located on the main Japanese island of Honshu, near Nagoya, the third largest city in Japan. NGU has emphasized business education. They also offer a well-structured course of study of Japanese language and culture for foreign students. One year of Japanese is prerequisite, and two years is highly recommended. Exchange students reside in a new international students' dormitory.
Yakutsk State University - The city of Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), is located on the Lena River in eastern Siberia. Yakutia is an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation. It has much in common with Alaska: vast undeveloped and lightly populated lands from tundra to northern forest, an economy based on natural resources, and a diversity of cultures. Russian language students will be able to practice and develop their language skills in a Russian-speaking environment and to experience both the indigenous and the Russian cultures of the area. Both semester and summer programs are available. Prior study of the Russian language and a sense of adventure are required.
Magadan University - The International Educational University at Magadan is located in the city of Magadan in the Russian Far East. Magadan is the capital city and business hub of the Magadan region. The School of Education sponsors a student exchange program in which UAF students can earn UAF credit while studying at Magadan. For more information, call (907) 474-6133.
McGill University, Canada - McGill University is an English-speaking university located in bilingual (French and English) Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec. Students can practice their French in the community while taking courses in English. There is no language requirement for the McGill University exchange. Students develop a plan of study to submit to the proposed host department at McGill, and work closely with a McGill faculty adviser. McGill has a particularly strong Northern Studies program. Most students rent apartments in the community.
University of the Andes - VENUSA CPSA, Venezuela - Universidad de Los Andes is in Merida, a city of 300,000 on the eastern slope of the Andes in a beautiful tropical setting. They offer courses in Spanish language and the history and culture of Hispanoamerica, taught in Spanish, for more advanced students. Students live in the home with a Venezuelan family.
University of Guadalajara, Mexico - The Center for Foreign Student Studies of the University of Guadalajara offers a well-established program of instruction in the Spanish language and Mexican history, culture and society. Students must attend at least two six-week terms to earn full-time semester status. Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, is a bustling metropolis that retains touches of Mexico's colonial past. This program features home stays, with students living in the homes of Mexican host families.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark - The University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479, is a modern, comprehensive university steeped in old world tradition. University buildings are spread about one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Courses are offered at both undergraduate and graduate level the colleges of Theology, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities and Natural Sciences. Intensive Danish language classes are arranged in Copenhagen.
The Agricultural University of Norway - This program offers special opportunities for students interested in agriculture, natural resource management, biology, wildlife management and related fields. The Agricultural University is located in 'As', at the base of Oslo Fjord. Students will study Norwegian while at the Agricultural University.
Lulea University Sweden - Lulea University is a technical university located at the top of the Gulf of Bothnia, near the border of Finland. They offer strong programs in engineering, mining and business management, as well as a program in church music. Many courses are taught in English, so prior knowledge of Swedish is not required; students will study Swedish at Lulea.
Study in Europe - UAF belongs to NCSA (the Northwest Council on Study Abroad), a consortium of colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest that pool their resources to provide study abroad programs in Europe at modest cost. NCSA programs offer three terms per year (September through December, January through March, and April through June); students may elect to attend successive terms at the same or different sites. A comprehensive fee of approximately $4,400 per term covers tuition, room and board with a host family, textbooks, and excursions integrated with the courses. Intensive language study is offered (except in London), as well as content courses, primarily in the social sciences and humanities, taught in English. Home stays offer a chance to practice the language, develop close personal ties and experience the everyday culture of the country.
- London, England - The vibrant metropolitan center of England, London offers a ceaseless banquet of cultural events and performances. Classes are held in central London, near the British Museum.
- Cologne, Germany - One of the great cities of the Rhineland, in western Germany, Cologne dates back to 50 B.C., when it was established as a Roman colony. The Cologne program operates for the spring term only (April through June). One semester of college German is prerequisite. Language classes are offered at several levels.
- Avignon, France - Avignon is a very old city in the Provence region of southern France. Classes are taught within the walls of the old city. Students must have completed two semesters of college French. The winter term offers an intensive immersion in French, with all classes taught in French; three semesters prior study is prerequisite.
- Siena, Italy - Siena is located in the Tuscany Hills, 40 miles from Florence. Language instruction in included, and no prior study of Italian is required. Content courses often stress art and architecture, both of which are in abundance in and around Siena. Students share apartments with American and Italian students.
Western Undergraduate Exchange
UAF participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Residents of Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming may enroll in designated degree programs at a reduced tuition rate (the in-state tuition plus 50 percent of that amount). Non-resident students enrolled in WUE cannot use time enrolled at UAF toward Alaska residency for tuition purposes. For a complete list of applicable degree programs or more information, contact the Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 757480, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480, (907) 474-7500.