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Students not eligible to travel

International travel restrictions, limited flights, delayed processing times and other reasons have presented barriers for newly accepted international students to travel to New Brunswick and Canada.

UNB values the contribution you make to our community and have established a number of ways to support those students unable to join us on campus for the Fall 2020 term.

Essential information: The 2020 academic fall term at UNB will be delivered through a blended learning model that includes alternative delivery methods and in-person classes and labs.

Alternative delivery methods

During the fall 2020 semester, all courses are being delivered using alternative delivery methods (ADM). ADM courses will be delivered remotely using a variety of learning strategies selected by the instructor to help all students successfully complete their courses during COVID-19.

Important information: Students who are unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses and labs that do not have an ADM option should contact the International Student Advisors' Office in Fredericton ( or Ase Kelly Berg in Saint John ( and their academic advisors immediately for program advising.

Support services

Regardless of the learning delivery model, students will continue to have access to resources and services such as academic advisors, financial aid, health centres and counselling, library services and various student academic help centres.

Study strategies, time management skills and self-discipline will help students succeed in a self-directed environment while learning remotely. Follow these remote learning strategies to efficiently manage course work, review course material more often and perform well on exams and assignments.

See the UNB fall term update for more information. If you need assistance with technology, contact UNB Information Technology Services.

PGWP eligibility for programs starting in 2020

Students who are impacted by COVID-19 and not eligible to travel may still qualify for a PGWP if:

  • you have a study permit or have applied or been conditionally approved for one by Sept. 15, 2020
  • you cannot travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions

On August 26, 2020, IRCC revised the PGWP eligibility to include:

  • Students are now able to study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length with a start-date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
Essential information: If you have applied for a study permit and received conditional approval prior to Sept. 15, 2020, you will not have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.

Related: How COVID-19 is affecting the PGWP