University of Alaska

Number of study places 
Exchange: One.

Study abroad: Several.

Entry requirements

Applicants with the best average grade at the time of application.

Study level

Bachelor and Master.

Language requirements (English)

Upper Secondary school (‘videregående’ in Norwegian): Average minimum grade of 4, or
TOEFL score 230 (computer based test).

Semester timing

Autumn semester: mid September – December.
Spring semester: January - May.

Recognition of study credits

Bachelor level: 15 UAF credits correspond to 30 NMBU credits.

Master level: 9 UAF credits correspond to 30 NMBU credits.

Courses taken previously by NMBU students

BIOL F418 Biogeography
GEOS F120X Glaciers/Earthquakes/Volcanoes
MSL F449 Biological Oceanography
NRM F161 Wilderness Leadership Education
WLF F421 Ecology and Management of Large Mammals
BIOL F486 Vertebrate Paleontology
FISH F427 Ichthyology
MSL F212 Introduction to Marince Science II
ECON F100X Political Economy
BIOL F481 Principles of Evolution

BIOL F426 Ornithology
WLF F425 Ecology and Management of Birds
NRM Introduction to Conservation Biology

CEF334 Properties of Materials
CEF437 Design of Engineered Systems
CHEM105 General Chemistry

BIOL486 Vertebrate Paleontology
FISH427 Ichthyology
MSL212 Introduction to Marine Science II
PS100 Political Economy

ABUS F273 Managing Small Business
NRM F464 Wilderness Management
NRM F277 Introduction to Conservation Biology
NRM F290 Resource Management Issues at High Latitudes
NRM F435 GIS Analysis

NRM F161 Wilderness Leadership Education
ATM F656 Climate and Climate Change

FISH F110 Fish and Fisheries in a Changing World
GEOG F302 Geography of Alaska
NRM F210 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
WLF F421 Ecology and Management of Large Mammals
BIOL F692 Seminar: Climate Change

GEOG F307 Weather and Climate
NRM F435 Resource Management Planning

Tuition fees

Exchange: None.

Study abroad:

*100- and 200-level (1st and 2nd year) courses: $165 base tuition + $415 non-resident surcharge.
*300- and 400-level (3rd and 4th year) courses: $200 base tuition + $415 non-resident surcharge.
*600-level (graduate-level) courses: $383 base tuition + $400 non-resident surcharge.

Health Insurance in the US
American universities have strict requirements for students’ health insurance. All students are studying in the USA should expect to purchase private health insurance recommended by the host university. This health insurance might be in addition to other (travel) insurances purchases by the student in Norway or abroad. University health insurance plans range from USD$ 500-1200 but can cost more. Read more about what health benefits you might be entitled to while studying in the USA on exchange from a Norwegian institution on HelseNorge.  

Former NMBU exchange students report

A lot of assignments in all courses, and many courses with mandatory attendance. Courses can be changed upon arrival to Fairbanks.

Visa / Residence permit
Visa: It is the student’s own responsibility to apply for a visa. A first step would therefore be to acquire information from the relevant country’s embassy.

Study visa: A student visa is necessary in order to study in the USA. You have to first receive a letter of acceptance from the host university (here:  HPU) before you can apply. The visum processing fee is currently USD $160, and the SEVIS registration fee is USD $350 for F-1 applicants and $220 for J-1 applicants. The universities in the USA will issue a document for students to obtain either the F1 or the J1 visa. 
The universities in the USA require that students use either the F1 or the J1 visa.
NOTE J1 visa: Be aware that this carries a clause whereby the applicant faces a two-year ‘quarantine’ period after the initial residence period, in which the applicant cannot apply for a permanent work or residence permit in the USA. However, this does only apply if the student received public funding, such as from Lånekassen.

More information: The US Embassy’s website 

Further note: The US universities with which NMBU has agreements with, require evidence which shows that you can finance your studies there. If you use Lånekassen, then they can issue a guarantee for you. Information about what you probably can get in support (in Norwegian).


If you consider to apply one of our partner universities in the US, be aware that the universities may require a financial guarantee as proof that you can finance your studies.


Published 13. January 2017 - 13:07 - Updated 3. January 2023 - 11:16