Summer Semester in Alaska

Credit: Brandon Gell

Summer Semester in Alaska

Your semester in Alaska includes everything from forested coastlines to the snow and ice of the high mountain peaks to the tundra and rivers in between. In the long days of the northern summer, you'll have plenty of time to learn about and travel through wild Alaska. Hiking takes you to the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and its greatest collection of peaks over 16,000 feet in elevation. The mountaineering section travels even further into this area and is an ideal training ground for learning to live and climb on snow and ice. Finally, you will spend over three weeks sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. Amid all this activity, you can also expect an extensive environmental studies curriculum, giving you a unique perspective on some of the world's most stunning wilderness. After honing skills and leadership for 75 days at NOLS Alaska, you can be confident traveling in a variety of wilderness settings.



2019 Dates

May 20 – Aug. 2, 2019

Tuition: $12,425
Details: Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Mountaineering

May 31 – Aug. 13, 2019

Tuition: $12,425
Details: Backpacking, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking


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75 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Palmer, Alaska

Fly in/out

Anchorage, Alaska

Skills learned



Sea Kayaking

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“The instructors guided us though the most extreme environments that I have ever seen. They did this with a relaxed and nurturing way about them. They are some of the most patient teachers I have ever met. There ability to stay focused through adversity and uncertainty was truly inspiring.” 

— Ian C., NOLS Summer Semester in Alaska grad

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