Am I eligible for Arete’s Glacier Bay Session?

To be considered for admission to the Glacier Bay Session in 2018, you must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at the time of application to the program. The Arete Project is only considering applications from students belonging to seven designated institutions, listed below. The Glacier Bay Session will be 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

One student will be admitted from among each of the following:

  • Arete Project graduates (still enrolled in college)
  • Deep Springs College students or graduates (still enrolled in college)

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 2018 Glacier Bay Session?

The 2018 Glacier Bay Session will take place from July 17th to August 13th, 2018.

What does it cost to attend?

The Glacier Bay Session is free for admitted students. Airfare within the United States, local transportation in Alaska, and a stipend are also included. (We may be able to offer 3 college credits instead of a stipend, but we won’t know for sure until April.)

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 hour 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 10th, 2018.

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. Wifi will be available to students only in the classroom building; 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 shower room downstairs. The sleeping quarters can be divided by two perpendicular black-out curtains: one to block light from the long Alaskan summer days and one to provide privacy between the two halves of the sleeping room. Bathroom facilities take the form of composting outhouses.

Other questions?

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