Incoming Students: Frequently Asked Questions

Application
Direct enrolment/Fee paying students

Language
Academics
Accomodation
Orientation & Dates

Application

When is the application deadline for exchange students?
For exchange and direct enrolment/fee paying students, the application deadline is April 1 for the Fall semester and September 1 for the Winter semester.

Can I e-mail my application?

We only accept electronic applications for undergraduate students sent by your home university coordinator. If this is not possible, please mail your application and make sure to include a letter of permission/nomination from your home university and an official (signed and sealed) transcript. Graduate students must mail their application.

Direct enrolment/Fee paying students

Do I have to apply as a direct enrolment/fee paying exchange or visiting student at UNB?

If your home university has an exchange cooperation agreement with UNB, you will be considered a fee paying exchange student. At UNB we call this direct enrolment. If your home insitution does not have an exchange cooperation agreement or has a visiting student agreement with UNB, you will have to apply as a visiting student.

What fees will I will have to pay?

If you are coming to UNB as a direct enrolment/fee paying student, you will have to pay tuition fees to UNB. Details of fees can be found here.

UNB will charge all direct enrolment/fee paying students a discounted international differential fee as follows:

2015-16: 500$/term
2016-17: 1000$/term
2017-18: 1500$/term

Can I e-mail my application?

We only accept electronic applications for undergraduate students sent by your home university coordinator. If this is not possible, please mail your application and make sure to include a letter of permission/nomination from your home university and an official (signed and sealed) transcript. Graduate students must mail their application.

How do I opt out of the student union health and dental plans (Fredericton)?

To opt out of the student health and dental plans, see: http://www.unbsu.ca/health-dental-insurance/.

Language

What are UNB’s English language requirements? 
Exchange students coming to UNB who do not speak English as a first language must show proficiency by either:

a) Submitting test scores with their application package (Language requirements); or 

b) Undergraduate students only: having their institutional coordinator sign the confirmation of language proficiency form confirming the student is able to follow English language courses at UNBF. 

Academics

How many academic courses should I enrol in?
Exchange students must be enrolled in a full-time course load for each semester.

For undergraduate exchange this means enrolling in a minimum of 4 courses. The average course load for one semester at UNB 5 courses. Students may register for up to 6 courses. However, students must remember that for every hour spent in class, two hours should be spent outside of class studying.  Students who have difficulty comprehending the English language should reserve more time for study.

Graduate exchange students should contact their Graduate advisor as requirements vary for each graduate programme.

Who should I talk to about course selection?
Students should consult their home institution to ensure the courses from UNB will be transferable. Once accepted, exchange students may contact their UNB academic advisor with academic questions. A list of advisors is available here.

Accomodation

How do exchange students find accommodation at the University of New Brunswick ?
Students may apply online to live on campus once they are accepted for an exchange. Please visit the housing website for more information regarding UNB residences.

How do I pay for my room depost?

The financial services website lists the accepted payment options for payment of tuition and all other fees due to UNB. Make sure you indicate your student number and "deposit" with your payment.

Can I apply for off-campus housing?
There are many apartments for rent in Fredericton and Saint John , however, in many cases landlords require tennants to lease for the full year. If you are only staying for one semester, you may wish to consider alternatives such as a finding a roomate to share the lease or renting a room in a private home for the short-term. For more information see:

We highly recommend that students do not sign a lease whithout have visited the place they are renting and if possible to sign a month to month lease. Once you sign a term lease, you will have to stay until the end of your lease even if you end up not liking your place!

Orientation & Dates

When does the academic year start?
The academic year consists of two semesters: Fall (September- December) and Winter (January - April). There is usually a teaching break of two or three weeks at Christmas.

Click here for specific Academic Dates and Calendars. 

When should I arrive?
Exchange students should arrive at the campus in time for the orientation program or at the latest for the start of classes. The orientation program offers important information about studies and student life. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. Fredericton International students living in residence can access their rooms at the earliest 48 hours before International Student Orientation. If this is prior to the official Residence Move-In date extra fees will apply.

Is there an orientation program at UNB?
Exchange students are welcomed to participate in our Orientation Program. We invite students to attend International Orientation as well as the Academic and Campus events during this week.