Am I eligible for Arete’s Glacier Bay Session?

To be considered for admission to the Glacier Bay Session in 2019, you must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at the time of application to the program. The Arete Project will admit two students apiece belonging to designated institutions, listed below. Two additional “at large” spots are open to students from any college or university. The Glacier Bay Session is a coed program, and we expect most students will be between the ages of 19 and 23.

Two students will be admitted from each of the following:

  • Berea College
  • City University of New York
  • Hillsdale College
  • University of Alaska
  • Yale University
  • “At large” – i.e. two students from any institution will be admitted

The Arete Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.

What are the dates for the 2019 Glacier Bay Session?

The 2019 Glacier Bay Session will take place from July 10th to August 6th, 2019.

What does it cost to attend?

The Glacier Bay Session is free for admitted students. This includes all program fees, airfare within the United States, and local transportation in Alaska.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Please email us at to inquire about further financial aid.

Is college credit available?

Yes! Students are eligible to receive three college credits in Environmental Studies through our partnership with Western Colorado State University. Three credits cost $375 total, payable to WSCU.

Where does the program take place?

Inian Islands Institute is located in Southeast Alaska, a 20 minute boat ride from the community of Elfin Cove, 1.5 hours from Gustavus, or a short flight to Juneau or Sitka.

Will the program be able to accommodate dietary restrictions?

Many meals will be vegetarian, and vegetarian options are always available. Applicants with other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact us for further information.

I’m 21. Am I allowed to drink alcohol?

No. The Arete Project is strictly drug, tobacco, and alcohol free. This applies to all students regardless of age. Drugs include all illegal drugs, all prescription drugs taken recreationally and/or without a prescription, marijuana and its derivatives, all forms of tobacco, and e-cigarettes.

How do I apply?

Submit our online application. Applications are due February 1st, 2019.

Can I apply as a foreign student?

Absolutely! As long as you are currently enrolled at one of the designated institutions, hold a valid student visa, and have health insurance in the United States, we will happily consider your application. Please note that we only cover airfare within the United States, so if you are traveling from abroad, you will be responsible for paying for the international legs of your journey.

How is Internet/information access?

Inian Islands Institute is a tech-minimal environment, and the Arete Project specifically encourages students to think critically about their engagement with technology during the program. Limited wifi will be available to students in the Main House; the Student Bunkhouse will NOT have internet access. Because bandwidth is limited, streaming services will be reserved for academic and emergency purposes only. A room in the Main House will be equipped with a cellular hotspot so that students can make private phone calls.

Where will students be housed?

Students will be accommodated in the Student Bunkhouse, a two-story home with barracks-style bunk beds in the upstairs loft and a kitchen, living room, mud room, porch, and changing room downstairs. Bathroom facilities take the form of a composting outhouse and a separate shower.

Other questions?

For more information, please read through the rest of our website. If it’s not answered there, contact us at