Health and Safety 

Before your arrival is is important to review the basic health and safety information.

Safety on Campus and in Fredericton

Students leaving Singer HallFredericton is a very safe city with a low crime rate.  Although we do not anticipate that you will have any safety issues, it is important that you are aware of the following information in case of an emergency:

The International Student Advisor's Office is open Monday-Friday 8:15-4:30 to provide assistance to international students.

UNB Security provides emergency 24-hour assistance by calling 453-4830

All campus pay phones have a direct line (no cost) to UNB Security

There is a "safe ride" program for all undergraduate students after dark.

In the event of an emergency contact local police/fire department/ambulance service by dialing "911" from any phone (this should be done when you feel you are in a life threatening situation.) 

Health Insurance

All International students must have health care insurance (from their home country) that covers them while they travel to UNB and until they register for their UNB Health Insurance.

Understanding your UNB Health Insurance Plans

Most Canadians have two different health insurance plans; Medicare (provided by the government to all Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents) which covers things like doctor’s visits, medical tests and hospitalizations. In addition to Medicare, many Canadians buy additional health insurance which covers prescription drugs, eye exams and dental work. Without insurance these things can be very costly in Canada!

Therefore, as an international student your student account is automatically charged for two health insurance plans.

The first plan is for both undergraduate and graduate students and it is the comparable to Canadian Medicare. This plan is administered through Financial Services and it is mandatory. Please review the UNB International Student Health Insurance plan and claim forms for more information.

The second health care plan for undergraduate students, the Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan, is administered through the Student Union. This plan covers your eyes, dental and prescription drugs. You can opt out of this plan if you have coverage from your home country.

The second health care plan for graduate students, the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan, is administered through the Graduate Student Association. This plan covers your eyes, dental and prescription drugs. You can opt out of this plan if you have coverage from your home country. 

Family Health Insurance

PLEASE NOTE:  International Student Health insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions, and this includes pregnancy.  For example:  if you are a female student who is pregnant before you arrive OR if you have a wife who is accompanying you to UNB and she is pregnant before you arrive, THE PREGNANCY WILL NOT BE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE.

This is VERY important information.  Health care without insurance is EXTREMELY expensive in Canada.  Costs for pregnancy care and birth will range from $5,000-$10,000+.  There are no emergency funds available to assist you with this cost.