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Step into a new world of academics!

Our university is small, personable, and different from what you are use to: embrace this! Many ISEP students are surprised to learn that they may be one of 10 students in a classroom, their instructor knows their name, and there are numerous papers to write along with several exams in one semester. This is how our education system functions and you will soon be a part of the process.

What do I need to do?


Once you complete the ISEP Participant Placement Acceptance Form (PPAF) and return it to your home coordinator, you will be contacted by the UAS ISEP Coordinator, Marsha Squires. She will guide through each step of the pre-arrival process and support you throughout your exchange experience.

  1. Respond to emails from UAS
  2. Fulfill all UAS paperwork including course registration and housing forms
  3. Arrange travel to Juneau, arriving no more than two days before the official Housing Move-In date, and send itinerary to UAS ISEP Coordinator
  4. Order text books
  5. Make some extra cash (you'll want to travel while you are here)

Upon arrival

  1. Check-in at the UAS Housing Lodge and obtain a key and bedding package (sheets and pillow)
  2. Rest up and prepare for New Student Orientation
  3. Submit your ISEP travel authorization paperwork immediately


  1. Participate in campus and community events
  2. Explore Juneau. Go hiking, even if you've never hiked before. There are over 100 miles of trails to explore!
  3. Become familiar with the city bus system
  4. Enjoy your time in Alaska

Mark your calendar!

Fall 2018

  • Housing Move-in: August 222(ISEP students only)
  • Orientation: August 24 and 25
  • First Day of Classes: August 27
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22 and 23
  • Finals: December 10-15
  • Housing Move-out: December 17
  • Campus Closure: December 21 through January 3

Spring 2019

  • Housing Move-in: January 9 (ISEP only)
  • Orientation: January 11 and 12
  • First Day of Classes: January 14
  • Spring Break: March 11-15
  • Finals: April 29 - May 4
  • Housing Move-out: May 6


When selecting courses be sure to sign up for at least 12-15 credits, check time and day conflicts, and review the course description. Because you are here to experience a US university and chose Alaska for your exchange site, it is highly recommended that you consider taking an outdoor course. There are many to choose from including sea kayaking, backpacking, ice climbing, and avalanche travel. These classes tend to be highlights of the exchange experience and add depth to your personal journey.

Course Registration

The class schedule is available online early-April for fall semester and mid-October for spring semester. Be sure to utilize the semester's course schedule, not the academic course catalog to plan your course work. Many of our courses are only available during one semester or the other, which is not reflected in the catalog. You should complete your course selection by the first of June for fall semester and early November for spring semester.

Only course selections with a J (for Juneau) section should be considered. Those sections with a K or S refer to campuses outside of the Juneau city limits in Ketchikan and Sitka.

Please note that you are here for the whole experience. Distance / e-learning courses are not recommended although you may register for one distance/ e-learning course if other on-site courses aren't possible.

Once you have decided what courses you are interested in and have checked and double checked for course conflicts, contact the ISEP coordinator at with your desired courses and she will assist you with the registration process.

Home Away from Home

Housing is located one-quarter mile from campus with a fairly easy walk to our main buildings. ISEP students share an apartment usually with three other students, each student with his or her own bedroom. The housing application is available online. Please be sure complete and sign all forms and include your immunization requirements. Although housing is guaranteed to ISEP students, if your documentation is not submitted in a timely fashion, your housing space may be forfeited.


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