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Visiting students

Visiting students (Ph.D. or Master’s level)

Eligibility of a visiting student

  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at a foreign university
  • Graduate students from universities with UNB agreements come as exchange students and pay their fees to their home university.
  • Applied to and accepted by the UNB School of Graduate Studies as a visiting student
  • Conducting research as part of their academic program under the supervision of a UNB faculty or researcher (requires work permit) OR enrolled in a course based program with academic credit transfer (requires study permit)
  • Here for a specific period of time and not working towards a UNB degree
  • Can be paid or unpaid

All students enrolled in a graduate academic program abroad must maintain student status at UNB. Therefore, they must apply and be accepted as a visiting student with the School of Graduate Studies.

Once accepted, the visiting student receives all the benefits of a UNB student including:

  • access to health services
  • covered under UNB's health and liability insurance
  • eligible to live on campus
  • supervised by a UNB Faculty member

The fee for visiting students is $1,560.00 for the first term. An additional $200.00 will be charged to extend the insurance coverage per term.

The fee breakdown is as follows:

Fee description / Annual fee (1-12 months)

  • tuition / $1,141.00
  • Graduate Student Association / $54.00
  • technology fee / $18.00
  • wellness fee / $82.50
  • international emergency health insurance (per term) / $200.00
  • international travel insurance (per academic year) / $64.50

Once accepted to the SGS, the visiting students secure either a study permit (required for study of more than 6 months) or a work permit (required for visiting students conducting research only).

The visiting students will be required to go to the IRCC website and apply for the appropriate study permit.

The School of Graduate Studies will provide the letter of acceptance for the purpose of a study permit.

UNB supervisor:

  1. Identifies and initiates a conversation regarding coming as a visiting student to UNB.
  2. Completes the application for visiting students and attaches the supporting documents which include:
    • scanned copy of passport identification page
    • student’s CV
    • confirmation of enrolment at a foreign university
    • confirmation of external / UNB funding as applicable
    • letter of acceptance from the School of Graduate Studies
  3. Application is sent to Global Learning & Engagement to the attention of Veronica McGinn (veronica@unb.ca)

Global Learning & Engagement

  1. The information from the application form is uploaded to the IRCC Employer Portal, the employer compliance fee is paid and an offer of employment number is obtained using the National Occupation Code (NOC) of 4012: post-secondary teaching and research assistants
  2. A letter of invitation is then written to the visiting student on behalf of UNB which includes the offer of employment number and the conditions of the visit.  This letter is signed by Dr. John Kershaw, assistant vice president (Partnerships)
  3. A representative of the Global team will email a copy of the letter of invitation and the employer compliance fee receipt to the visiting student with a copy to the dean and supervisor. 
  4. The original documents will be sent by campus mail to the UNB faculty member inviting the visiting student

Visiting student responsibilities

  1. Complete an application to IRCC for a temporary work permit to conduct research in Canada. The offer of employment number and the letter of invitation are required to complete the application.
  2. Obtain their own insurance. UNB has collaborated with Guard.Me to enable visiting professors, researchers and students to purchase insurance online at Guard.Me.
  3. Secure either on-campus or off-campus housing while at UNB.
  4. Secure a SIN using their work permit if they are receiving any living allowances or stipends from UNB.

Undergraduate students and applicants

(not currently enrolled in a foreign university)

Eligibility

  • qualify under the International Experience Canada Program
  • between the ages of 18 and 30
  • citizen of a country with a bilateral agreement with Canada.
  • enrolment in a foreign university not required
  • received an internship agreement for employment on campus under the supervision of a UNB representative
  • here for a specific period of time
  • can be paid or unpaid

Visa process: International Experience Canada program

International Experience Canada (IEC) provides young individuals with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. UNB (Fredericton and Saint John) has been granted status as a recognized organization under the IEC and has a guaranteed quota of 90 students/year. 

The IEC program has bi-lateral agreements with 34 countries which will enable their citizens to apply for Canadian work permits.  Each country has a specific quota and current the demand far exceeds the demand. 

As a recognized organization, the applicants do not need to apply through their country quota but are accepted under UNB’s quota, increasing the probability of accepted visas significantly. Applicants enter Canada as temporary foreign workers and receive a work permit for the duration of their research project.

UNB supervisor

  1. Identifies and initiates a conversation regarding coming as a visiting student worker to UNB.
  2. Completes the application for visiting students and attaches the supporting documents which include:
    • scanned copy of passport identification page
    • student’s CV
    • confirmation of external / UNB funding as applicable
    • an internship or work placement agreement signed by both supervisors
  3. Application is sent to Global Learning & Engagement to the attention of Veronica McGinn (veronica@unb.ca)

Global Learning & Engagement

  1. The information from the application form is uploaded to the IRCC employer portal, the employer compliance fee is paid and an offer of employment number is obtained using the National Occupation Code (NOC) of 4012: post-secondary teaching and research assistants under the IEC category
  2. UNB will pay the employer compliance fee of $230.
  3. A letter of invitation and a letter confirming the student under the UNB quota as a recognized organization is then written to the visiting student on behalf of UNB which includes the offer of employment number and the conditions of the visit.  This letter is signed by Dr. John Kershaw, assistant vice president (Partnerships)
  4. A representative of the Global team will email a copy of the letter of invitation and the employer compliance fee receipt to the visiting student with a copy to the dean and supervisor. 
  5. The original documents will be sent by campus mail to the UNB faculty member inviting the visiting student

Visiting student worker responsibilities

  1. Complete an application to IRCC for a temporary work permit to conduct research in Canada.  The offer of employment number, the letter of invitation and letter confirming worker under UNB IEC quota are required to complete application.
  2. Obtain their own insurance.  UNB has collaborated with Guard.Me to enable visiting professors, researchers and students to purchase insurance online at Guard.Me.
  3. Secure off-campus housing while at UNB.
  4. Secure a SIN using their work permit if they are receiving any living allowances or stipends from UNB.

Note: As temporary foreign workers, students have limited benefits as students. For example, during the academic year, they cannot live on campus, use the health care facilities or access the student health plan. In the summer, they can stay in the hostel on campus.