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Incoming Student Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, as well as the home of the University of Alaska Southeast!

Our university is small, personable, and different from what you may be use to, nevertheless we believe you will learn to enjoy the uniqueness of our community and university. You will most likely depart with strong connections, new academic knowledge and skills, different perspectives and lasting memories. Be sure to follow our exchange instagram: @UASstudyaway

Important Dates

  • Housing Move-in: August 20 (Aug 19 for ISEP students only)
  • Orientation: August 21–23
  • First Day of Classes: August 24
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 26–28
  • Finals: December 7-11
  • Housing Move-out: December 14
  • Campus Closure: December 24–January 2
  • Housing Move-in: January 7 (Jan. 6 for ISEP only)
  • Orientation: January 8–10
  • First Day of Classes: January 11
  • Spring Break: March 8-11
  • Finals: April 27–30
  • Housing Move-out: May 3

Programs

The course schedule is available online in early April for fall semester and mid-October for spring semester. Be sure to utilize the course schedule and not the academic course catalog to plan your class load. Many of our courses are only available during the spring or fall, which is not reflected in the catalog.

When creating your course schedule, it is important to select the sections that begin with "J" as this refers to Juneau courses. Sections beginning with a "S" or a "K" refer to southeast campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan which are not accessible. Also, a Juneau course with a JD section refers to a distance or e-Learning course which is not recommended for exchange students. A minimum course load is 12 credits for full-time status.

Because you are here to experience Alaska and UAS, it is highly recommended that you consider 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 experience.

Note: For those who are interested in the Outdoor Leadership and Studies (ODS) certificate program, please note that you must be accepted to the UAS ODS program (applications due by July) and go through the UAS admission process.

Please be very careful to check time and day conflicts, and review course descriptions and prerequisites. Once you have selected your course load for the semester and double checked for day and time conflicts, scan your course registration form and email your requests to dmhillgartner@alaska.edu. An official transcript will be requested to complete the registration process. Note: It is up to you to have your courses approved by your home campus to ensure how they will transfer back to your home institution.

Academic Tips from former exchange students

  • Take courses unique to the area
  • The Outdoor/Physical Education courses are more than worth the time and money
  • Biology students: Sign up for Biology courses right away, they fill quickly.
  • The Environmental Science courses that take place on the Mendenhall Glacier are excellent!
  • Humanities course (Fall Semester) went to the Haines Eagle Festival. Awesome!
The housing application is available online. Please be sure complete and sign all forms and include immunization requirements and deposit. Single housing apartments can only be guaranteed to NSE students if documentation and deposit are submitted by August 1 for fall semester and full year exchanges, and December 1 for spring semester exchanges.

The course schedule is available online in early April for fall semester and mid-October for spring semester. Be sure to utilize the course schedule and not the academic course catalog to plan your class load. Many of our courses are only available during the spring or fall, which is not reflected in the catalog.

When creating your course schedule, it is important to select the sections that begin with "J" as this refers to Juneau courses. Sections beginning with a "S" or a "K" refer to southeast campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan which are not accessible. Also, a Juneau course with a JD section refers to a distance or e-Learning course which is not recommended for exchange students. A minimum course load is 12 credits for full-time status.

Because you are here to experience Alaska and UAS, it is highly recommended that you consider 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 experience.

Note: For those who are interested in the Outdoor Leadership and Studies (ODS) certificate program, please note that you must be accepted to the UAS ODS program (applications due by July) and go through the UAS admission process.

Please be very careful to check time and day conflicts, and review course descriptions and prerequisites. Once you have selected your course load for the semester and double checked for day and time conflicts, scan your course registration form and email your requests to dmhillgartner@alaska.edu. An official transcript will be requested to complete the registration process. Note: It is up to you to have your courses approved by your home campus to ensure how they will transfer back to your home institution.

Academic Tips from former exchange students

  • Take courses unique to the area
  • The Outdoor/Physical Education courses are more than worth the time and money
  • Biology students: Sign up for Biology courses right away, they fill quickly.
  • The Environmental Science courses that take place on the Mendenhall Glacier are excellent!
  • Humanities course (Fall Semester) went to the Haines Eagle Festival. Awesome!

The housing application is available online. Please be sure complete and sign all forms and include immunization requirements and deposit. Single housing apartments can only be guaranteed to NSE students if documentation and deposit are submitted by August 1 for fall semester and full year exchanges, and December 1 for spring semester exchanges.

Incoming Student Checklist

  1. Respond to emails from UAS
  2. Complete the Course Registration form by following all the processes within the first month of placement
  3. Work with UAS Housing to secure housing request
  4. Arrange travel to Juneau on the official Housing Move-In date (ISEP participants may arrive a day early)
  5. Log into the UAS Elmo system to obtain your UA ID and view course schedule and syllabi
  6. Order text books
  7. Plan for New Student Orientation
  1. Check-in at the UAS Housing Lodge (ISEP participants may obtain a bedding package which includes sheets and pillow)
  2. Rest up and prepare for New Student Orientation
  3. ISEP participants: Submit your travel authorization (DS-2019) 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