Before you apply for a course with Inside Passage Field Studies, you must read this page.

Admissions Process

Application is via a Google Form, linked at the bottom of this page. Read what’s below, then click through to fill and submit the form.

Summer 2024 course applications are due March 1, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application on March 5, 2024.

Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Packet will be emailed to the address you provide in your application. It will include an equipment list, travel information, payment schedule, Health Form, Student Agreement, Inside Passage Field Studies Policies document and other materials to help you prepare for your course. A $500 (non-refundable) deposit is due 14 days after your packet is emailed. The remaining tuition and all forms are due 30 days after your packet is emailed unless you make other arrangements with us by email or phone. An additional tuition or filing fee may be due to the college or university awarding you credit.

Student Conduct & Fitness

Inside Passage Field Studies seeks students who are are motivated to learn and develop outdoor skills and leadership, and are in good health, physically and emotionally, and are socially responsible. Our student health review process helps us support students’ health and safety and determine whether a current health condition is appropriate for participation on an Inside Passage Field Studies course. It is important that students provide accurate and honest health information so that we can learn of conditions that our staff need to know about. Our staff may need to further discuss health issues with the student or their health care provider. Inside Passage Field Studies reserves the right to deny admission to anyone that Inside Passage Field Studies, in its sole discretion, believes is unable to meet the physical, psychological, cognitive, social, or safety demands of our courses. If you have questions about whether a course is a good fit for you, please contact us.

Inside Passage Field Studies may expel any student who exhibits behavior that, in its sole discretion, is unsafe or disrupts or distracts from the educational mission of their course. Harassment, use of drugs and alcohol, theft or misuse of property, and disregarding instructions are examples of behavior that may lead to expulsion. If a student is expelled there will be no refund, and the student will be responsible for transportation costs from the location of their expulsion.

Equal Opportunity

Inside Passage Field Studies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetics information, or disability unrelated to admission requirements or veteran status.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of a cancellation, Inside Passage Field Studies is not responsible for any airfare or other travel arrangements. Further, Between 30 and 60 days from the course start date, Inside Passage will retain 25% of the course tuition. Between 15 and 29 days from the course start date, Inside Passage will retain 50% of the course tuition. Less than 15 days before the course start date and once the course has begun, Inside Passage cannot provide any refunds.

Risk Management

At Inside Passage we embrace the physical and emotional challenge of the natural environment to achieve our learning objectives. Courses are not easy, and they involve activities in rugged terrain in which there are real dangers. Risk management, both physical and emotional, is an important component of a course. In the context of a wilderness expedition, risk management is the ability to make a decision when the outcome is uncertain and relies on our ability to identify the risks we face.

Travel and day-to-day living on a field course involves hazards: unpredictable weather and ocean conditions, steep and uneven terrain, and others. Students transport gear, sleep outdoors, possibly in co-ed tent groups; prepare their own meals, and are responsible for their own well-being. Good physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Courses travel through remote areas that can create complex situations should an emergency arise. It is not uncommon to be days from medical help, but our faculty and instructors are trained in wilderness first aid and backed by local and regional emergency response systems. Faculty and instructors carry satellite phones, radios, and other communication devices on course. This does not guarantee communication from the field.

It is important you understand that there are risks. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is always present in the outdoor environment. Some of the value of a field course lies in learning how to identify hazards and to strive to travel safely through remote areas of Alaska.

By clicking through to the application form, I agree to the above terms.