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Arctic and Northern Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (ARWU) Fairbanks, AK, United States
The Arctic and Northern Studies program at University of Alaska Fairbanks provides students the opportunity to study some of the world’s most pressing problems in one of the world’s most beautiful settings.
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Overview

We offer a bachelor degree in Arctic and Northern Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. More than ever before, research critical to humanity’s survival is taking place in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. In recent years, as climate change has threatened the global environment, the world’s eyes have turned to the Arctic, where the pace of warming is more than double that elsewhere in the world. 

Key Features

  • Residents of the circumpolar north don’t have to imagine how climate change might affect them in a decade or two. 
  • Communities are already experiencing the devastating effects of coastal erosion, sea ice melt, crumbling infrastructure resulting from melting permafrost, and the most destructive wildfires on record. 
  • A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences predicted costs to Alaskan infrastructure alone in the billions of dollars through the 21st century. The socio-cultural costs extend far beyond these numbers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Visual Images of the North
  • Geography of the Arctic and Circumpolar North
  • Northern and Environmental Literature 
  • Oral Sources: Issues in Documentation  
  • Russian Culture and Society in the 21st Century
  • Perspectives on the North

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Option 1:

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Submit ACT or SAT test scores
Option 2:
  • Have a high school diploma, and
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5 and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and
  • Submit ACT test scores of at least 18 or SAT test scores of 970

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    26640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13320 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4485 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fairbanks

  • 1450 - 2000 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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