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Incoming Exchange

We are glad that you are interested in studying at UAF for one or more semesters!  On this page, you will find more information about how to apply to study at UAF as a visiting student.  How you apply depends on which university you are coming from:


National Student Exchange students:

  • You must apply with your home campus NSE office. Your home office will request a placement at UAF.
  • You will receive an e-mail from our office after your university has submitted your signed Placement Acceptance Form with instructions for how to be admitted.

International students:

  • north2north Applicants - MUST APPLY TO YOUR HOME CAMPUS BY FEBRUARY 15 for both Fall and Spring if you want to be considered for a waiver
    • You must apply to your home university prior to February 15. Depending in which country your home university is located will determine the application procedures after you have received home university approval:
    • Students who are selected to receive waivers by the north2north Mobility Office will receive follow-up application materials from UAF by mid-March
    • Not sure if you are part of the north2north? See the list of north2north schools: click here
  • Students from partner universities:
    • You will need to be nominated by your home university International Office coordinator.  Once we receive your nomination, we will email you our application materials.
    • Not sure if your university is an exchange partner?  Our current list of bilateral partnerships where we are accepting students from can be found HERE.
  • Students from non-partner universities:
    • Please contact our office directly to let us know you would like to study with us! We accept students to study at UAF for one or two semesters on a study-abroad basis. You would pay tuition and fees to UAF at the non-resident rate.

UAF has limited exchange placements available. Students from partner universities who are not issued a tuition waiver are welcome to apply as fee-paying study abroad students. If you are a resident of a sister city, you qualify for resident tuition. If you are not a resident of a sister city, you will be responsible for paying tuition at the non-resident rate.

Application Requirements 2020-2021 (all items must be in English):

Updated materials for future academic years should be posted by the end of February each year.

International Student from non-partner universities - additional application requirements:

We are able to admit international students who do not attend a partner university.  If you would like to apply as a study abroad student, you will have a few additional items as part of your application process:
  • All items listed above
  • a letter from your International Office (preferred), department, or faculty letting our office know they are aware of your intent to study at UAF and verifying that courses you take while at UAF will transfer back to your home university and be used towards your degree program
  • If your native language is not English, TOEFL scores meeting minimum requirements: score of 79 (internet-based), 213 (computer exam) or 550 (paper exam). OR The minimum required IELTS score is 6.5.
  • have at least 51% of your funding be from a source other than personal or family funding (loans count as personal funding), such as a government grant or scholarship
If you believe you will be able to meet these additional requirements, please email our office to let us know your intent to apply as a study abroad student.

Application deadlines:

International Students:
Academic Year, Fall, or Spring: 1 April*
*north2north applicants have an initial application due to the north2north Mobility Office by February 15 in order to be eligible for a tuition waiver.

Spring: October 1
If you are applying for an exchange waiver for spring, you must be nominated by your home university by March 15.

National Student Exchange (including Canadian NSE students):
Check with your home NSE Coordinator

Are you an international student that has already been admitted to UAF? Check out the International Student Handbook!