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Our office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Walk-in advising is from 1-5pm only. Appointments can be arranged between 9:00am-noon by requesting an appointment with Nicole Balazs (link below).

You can find us in 510 Gruening. If you wish to send us mail, send it to:
Study Away Program, Academic Advising Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756400
1747 South Chandalar Drive, Gruening 510
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6400

The following is a listing of staff members.

Nicole Balazs, Study Away Program Manager and Advisor

Nicole manages the study away programs and provides advising for UAF's exchange and study abroad programs.

Personal Profile: 
Nicole grew up in eastern Nebraska, earning a B.S. in Animal Ecology-Interpretation from Iowa State University.  She did an exchange to UAF through the National Student Exchange (NSE) in the spring of 2006, where she met her now-husband. Upon finishing her degree, she joined her husband on his exchanges to Portland State University (through NSE) and Finnmark University College (in Alta, Norway through north2north), and finally moved back to Fairbanks in 2008. She earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UAF in the summer of 2020. She lives with her husband and two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bernie and Colin.

Contact me if:  You have questions about or want to participate in an exchange or study abroad program.

Contact:, +1 907 474 6516


Erica Keiko Iseri (In Memoriam)Erica staff photo

Erica Keiko Iseri, Advisor for Exchange and Study Abroad, passed away on 4 September 2016. An inspiration to all who knew her, Erica was a supportive and caring advisor to hundreds of international and national exchange students studying at UAF, and to UAF study away students attending our programs through the National Student Exchange Program and through our international affiliates and partners. 
Erica joined UAF as an undergraduate student and student employee in the mid-1990s.  In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1997 and an MFA in creative writing in 2000, Erica worked as an adjunct faculty member prior to joining International Programs & Initiatives in 2009.  She was active in several  professional organizations and she was an extremely creative and talented artist, musician and writer.  An avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, Erica enjoyed berry-picking, biking, fishing and recreational dog mushing among many other activities in Alaska and while traveling internationally.