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Program of Academic English Preparation Pathway

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The Program of Academic English Preparation (PAEP) is UNB Fredericton’s pathway designed to prepare you for the successful completion of your undergraduate degree program. If you are an academically admissible student to select programs on UNB's Fredericton campus and do not meet the full English language requirements for undergraduate entrance, you are a candidate for PAEP Pathway.

You will have scheduled virtual face-to-face classes, as well as coursework that can be accessed and worked on independently on your own schedule. This format allows you to participate no matter which country or time zone you are located in.

As a PAEP Pathway student, you will be placed into one of these three categories:

or equivalent
1 Term
EAP + 2 academic courses
Full Academic
or equivalent
2 Terms
Term 1: EAP + 1 academic course
Term 2: EAP + 2 academic courses
Full Academic
IELTS below 5.5
or equivalent
3 to 4 Terms
Students may be eligible to enroll in academic courses in term 2 or 3
Full Academic

Please note:

  • Students arriving without an English proficiency score (IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo, etc.) will be placed in full-time language studies.
  • In order to proceed to the next term in Pathway, students must maintain a B average (75%) in their English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Program Benefits

Full-time language studies incorporate class hours, assignments, tutorials, and advising. As a PAEP Pathway student, you are a full-time UNB student and will benefit from:

  • Academic credit from your faculty
  • Access to all UNB support and services
  • Weekly academic advising
  • Access to the use of technology
  • Eligibility for UNB’s entrance scholarships


Course dates follow UNB’s calendar of academic dates. Classes commence in September, January and May.


UNB’s undergraduate tuition fees apply.

For more information about PAEP Pathway or English language requirements, please contact If you are a Canadian citizen or a Permanent resident, please contact

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