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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How many terms are offered at UNB and when do they begin?

UNB offers three terms each year:

  • Summer term (May to Aug.)
  • Fall term (Sept. to Dec.)
  • Winter term (Jan. - April)
For specific term start dates, please see the Undergraduate Calendar.

2. What courses are offered through the UNB College of Extended Learning?

The UNB College of Extended Learning offers the following courses during each term:

  • Summer term: in-person and online courses
  • Fall term: Term Based and Open Entry online courses
  • Winter term: Term Based and Open Entry online courses

For a full list of UNB credit course offerings, browse the UNB Course Catalog.

3. In what format are UNB College of Extended Learning courses delivered?

The UNB Course Catalog will indicate the delivery format for each course offering. Summer term courses will be offered in-person or online. Fall and winter term courses are offered in both Term Based and Open Entry online delivery methods:

  • In-person - This format consists of courses delivered by an instructor with students in attendance in a classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, or laboratory on UNB campuses. This also includes clinical and education practicums. In-person courses will have a building/room assigned. Registration is completed through Colleague Self-Service Online Registration

  • Open Entry - This online course format consists of self-directed (asynchronous) learning. You will work through the course individually, at your own pace, with interaction directly between you and the instructor as necessary. You may register at any time and can take up to six months to complete a 3-credit hour course. Registration must be completed through the College of Extended Learning.

  • Term Based - This online course format provides interactive content, weekly readings and assignments, virtual live sessions, and possibly interactive group work with other students. Various forms of assessment are used, so please contact the instructor for further information. Teams or Zoom may be used to supplement the delivery of online Term Based courses. However, courses are still housed within the D2L Brightspace platform. Registration must be completed through Colleague Self-Service Online Registration.

4. When will the course schedule be available?

In January, the UNB Course Catalog will be available for all three terms at UNB. Check the catalog regularly as new course offerings continue to be added.

5. How do I access the course schedule? 

To access the course schedule, view the online UNB Course Catalog

6. Do you have a specific course I am looking for?

Search the online UNB Course Catalog. If a course you are looking for is not listed, please contact your faculty/department to determine in which future term it will be offered.

7. I have a question regarding a course's syllabus, exams, homework, etc. What should I do?

Please direct any of these inquiries to the instructor listed in the UNB Course Catalog.

8. Are online courses completely online?

UNB currently offers the following online course delivery methods:

  • Open Entry courses consist of online self-directed (asynchronous) learning designed for you to work through individually, at your own pace.
  • Term Based course include virtual live sessions, interactive content, and weekly readings and assignments.

Please note: If there are live required components to the online course, it would be stated on the UNB Course Catalog.

9. Do I have to be a UNB student to enrol in a Term Based online course?

If you're not a UNB student, you can still take a Term Based course. You just need to apply for admission. Browse our student resources information to learn more or contact us at

10. I am a visiting student and would like to know if you offer the equivalent of a course I need to take at my home institution. How do I figure this out?

You may contact the appropriate UNB faculty/department to determine if an equivalent of the course you are looking for is offered. If a course is available, you should also confirm with your academic advisor at your home institution to determine if the UNB course will be credited towards your program.

11. What is the credit limit per term?

Please contact your faculty/department or academic advisor to determine the credit limit of your program.

12. When can I register for UNB College of Extended Learning courses?

Summer term course registration opens at the beginning of March. Fall and winter term course registrations open mid-March.

13. How do I register for UNB College of Extended Learning courses?

You can register online for in-person and Term Based online courses through Colleague Self-Service Online Registration using your UNB login credentials. Courses identified as Open Access Learning (also known as Open Entry online) have a different registration process. Please register for all Open Entry courses through the College of Extended Learning.

14. When is the deadline to enrol in each term?

You must be enrolled by the first class. Each term's start date can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. Consult the UNB Course Catalog to view specific course start dates.

15. Why can't I register?

You may have a credit hour limit preventing you from registering. Please contact your academic advisor first for confirmation. Otherwise, you may contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

16. How much does it cost to take a course?

For tuition and related fees, see Financial Services. Please review their website carefully for information about how to pay, dates to remember, Frequently Asked Questions, and more. For more information, please refer to UNB Fredericton's undergraduate tuition & fees or email Financial Services.

17. Do online courses cost more or less than in-person courses?

A $100 technology fee is applied to Term Based online courses and $150 is applied to Open Entry online courses. To determine the delivery method of each course, refer to the UNB Course Catalog. For a list of the different types of fees that appear in UNB’s tuition and fee schedules, please see Financial Services for fee descriptions.

18. When is tuition for the term due? How do I pay it?

Tuition fees are due by the first day of classes. See Financial Services for a complete list of acceptable payment options.

19. Is financial assistance available?

Please see Financial Services for a list of resources

20. Are scholarships available?

Please contact UNB's Award Office for scholarship information.

21. Are College of Extended Learning courses equivalent to UNB courses?

Yes. Credit courses offered through the College of Extended Learning (CEL) are UNB courses. These courses are taught by UNB faculty/instructors, but are administered by CEL.

22. Who should I speak to about courses and if they would count towards my program?

Please consult your faculty/department academic advisor to ensure a course will be counted towards your program.

23. I have other questions. Who should I contact?

Please email for more information.

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