Pre-College Programs

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska

Cultural preservation, economic growth, and environmental choices

2015 Program Dates:

Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 8, 2015


Minimum age of 15 at the time of the program.

Fees: $5,198


Alaska is a place where multiple stakeholders — corporate, governmental, native and non-native — struggle to balance consumption of natural resources with long-term sustainability. This summer, Brown University, in affiliation with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Kenai Peninsula College, travels to south-central Alaska to introduce students from around the world to the beauty and complexities of historic and present-day Alaska. Learning will be fast-paced, experiential, and include widely diverse perspectives.

Over the course of two weeks, we will explore issues Alaska Natives face when trying to balance cultural and environmental preservation with economic growth. Our lifestyle choices, world-wide, have a direct impact on the trade-offs between conservation and consumption that play out on the Alaskan stage. This program will specifically focus on current environmental issues in Alaska with application and relevance around the globe. 

Important Announcement

April 9, 2015

We have reached program capacity for both male and female students.

Please consider our other location: BELL: Rhode Island.

March 17, 2015

We have reached program capacity for female students. At this time there is no space for additional female participants. We only have several more available spaces for male students.

Please note: Only completed applications are reviewed for admission and must include the online application, transcript, teacher recommendation, and application fee. Students are enrolled after they receive a letter of acceptance and submit a $300 deposit.

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding capacity before applying to this program by calling (401) 863-7900.

Although the BELL program is co-educational, students will spend 2 nights in yurts while the group is in the Kenai Peninsula. Yurts are separated by gender, therefore it is critical that we track registrations by gender in order to accommodate the single sex nature of our overnight lodgings.

Focus of study:

Brown University Global Program in Alaska

Sea stars are an example of
amazing Pacific tidepool animals.

Students will enroll in BELL: Alaska (CRN: 10682)

Students will:

Learn more about BELL: Alaska »