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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Northern Lights

Chena River

Dog Sledding

Come see for yourself the spectacular wonders of Alaska.  The 49th state offers amazing natural beauty and a unique culture.  You will explore the other-worldly spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, also known as The Northern Lights.  You will meet some of the native peoples of interior Alaska, learning about their beliefs and their rich storytelling history.  You will discover how the peoples of the U.S.’s biggest state embrace the challenges of their land, communicate, and celebrate life in the “Last Frontier.”  

Quick Facts

  • Explore in and around Fairbanks, Alaska: Spring Break March 7- March 13.
  •  Attend performances by Native Alaskans (Storytelling and Dance)
  • Participate in Q & A Sessions with Inuit individuals
  • Stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus
  • Visit the Museum of the North 
  • View the Fairbanks Ice Art Exhibition 
  • Enjoy winter activities at Pioneer Park, including snow-mobile rides and dog sledding
  • Take in the natural beauty of Alaska from the the Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, and attend Aurora Borealis “Northern Lights” Viewing Parties 
  • Experience Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • Tour the Aurora Ice Museum and participate in the Geothermal Renewable Energy Tour
  • Talk with full-time residents of Fairbanks, Alaska to learn about life in the last frontier

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Snowy Sunrise

Location Details


At 65 degrees north latitude, the sky takes on a capricious life of its own—a canvas for the Aurora Borealis, the midnight sun and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Here there are serious mountain ranges, pristine rivers and lakes, abundant wildlife and a certain poignant solitude that is found nowhere else on earth. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north. Where else can you travel to such a remote locale and still enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, authentic Alaskan activities and attractions and endless opportunities for exploration? Join us in Fairbanks to experience all of these things and more!
Content courtesy of Explore Fairbanks


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all majors with a 2.5 GPA or higher.


Students will register for one of the following courses during the Spring registration period:
  • COM 394: Communication and Culture in Alaska
*Please note that the course for which you register counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

COM 394 is a 3-credit course taking place during the Spring C session with pre- and post-work on Canvas.  Students will begin work on the course at the beginning of the Spring semester and will complete additional online work upon their return.  Students travel to Fairbanks, Alaska for Spring Break (March 7 - March 13, 2020). 

Trans-Alaskan Pipeline

Snow on Pines


Faculty Directors

Dr. Renee Maday 
Lecturer, Communication
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: Arizona Center 385D (Downtown)
Phone: 602-496-0271

Jolyana Begay-Kroupa
Instructor, American Indian Studies
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office: Discovery Hall 356 (Tempe)
Phone: 480-965-3634



Snowy Gate

Program Housing

Students will be living in shared dorm accommodations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus.  All meals are included, and transportation between activities is provided.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.  In Fairbanks, Alaska, the average high in March is 24 degrees F, and the average low is -1 degrees F.  Students must be prepared with appropriate winter gear, including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots.  Students will be walking outdoors on snow-covered ground, and somewhat vigorous outdoor activities are planned for this program.  

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from their home campus. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2021 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared dorm accommodations, all meals, site visits and cultural events, in-state transportation, ASU faculty support, and emergency support services from ASU. Not included: Tuition for the three-credit course, airfare, personal expenses, including the acquisition of winter gear, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.