Skip to Content
COVID-19 Update: Read latest guidance for J-Term and Spring 2022 campus residential programs.

Studying in Alaska

Earn four credits while exploring Alaska!

Natural Resources and Sustainability (2000-level, 4 credits)



Program Map

map of Alaska

Check out our other summer 2020 programs:

Comparative Education in the Netherlands
Intercultural Communication in New Zealand
WWII History in Berlin

Program Leaders

headshot of Michelle Bower

Program Director:
Michelle Wallace


headshot of Professor Brian Young

Academic Director:
Brian Young

Please note: this program has been cancelled for 2020. Please stay tuned for updates about future program offerings.



  • EDU1001/1011
  • WRT1011
  • One 1000-level lab science (BIO, CHE, NSC)
  • OR permission of the department chair


+/- July 5 – 24, 2020

Program Overview

Primary goal: to learn about the people, places, and natural features of Alaska, and to gain an understanding and appreciation of their interconnectedness.

  • Spend time in Fairbanks, in Denali National Park, on the Kenai Peninsula, and in Anchorage.
  • Visit sea and land animal conservation centers to learn about the unique wildlife of Alaska.
  • Explore Denali National Park to learn about conservation efforts promoted through the park.
  • On the Kenai Peninsula, explore forest and marine resources and visit glaciers.
  • Participate natural resource data gathering methods with scientists involved in local, national and global resource management issues.
  • Gain first-hand appreciation of the effects of climate change.

Special Considerations

  • This program moves from place to place several times, requiring extra flexibility from participants.
  • This is a very active program, including hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
  • Alaska’s latitude means participants will experience around 18 – 21 hours of daylight in the program locations.
  • Ask any traveler to Alaska in the summertime, and they will tell you about the state’s indescribable beauty—and the swarms of mosquitos. Bring plenty of bug spray!


Read about some of the program possible destinations:

Travel Information

This program includes airfare from Boston to Fairbanks, with a return flight from Anchorage. Students who live on the West Coast of the U.S. will have the opportunity to fly separately to join the group in Alaska.

Program Cost

Cost for this program is $6,000* and includes:

  • 4 credits total
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals

Estimated additional costs: about $800 – $1,200

Student spending can vary depending on the individual. Additional costs include:

  • Most meals—in some locations students will have the opportunity to cook for themselves.
  • Free time activities
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Travel to reach the departure airport

*Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid. The Global Engagement Scholarship is need-based and covers up to 50% of the program fee. To find more information about this scholarship, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab under Forms, Fees and Deadlines.

Program Documents

2020 documents, such as the program handbook and syllabus, will be available in winter 2020.

Back to top