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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick



The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is an institution that consistently ranks among the top ten comprehensive universities in Canada, with two campuses located on the east coast of the country. It is also Canada’s oldest English-language university.

Education at UNB is about collaboration, mentorship and discovery. UNB creates a bright future for its students by equipping them with employable skills such as critical thinking, creativity and resourcefulness that will help them realize their potential.

UNB is small enough to offer students personalized attention, but big enough to offer world-class research and teaching. Students can choose from over 75 programs at UNB.

UNB helps its international students transition successfully into student life in Canada and UNB. Students are given 24/7 support and have access to services such as tutoring, career counselling, academic advising and health services. UNB students also benefit from employment services and financial aid programs.

UNB’s two main campuses are in the cities of Fredericton and Saint John. Both offer international students affordable accommodation options, with a ten to 30 percent lower average cost of living than other cities in Canada.

UNB enjoys Canada’s third-highest graduation rate and is home to international students from over 100 countries around the globe. The province of New Brunswick also offers international students immigration opportunities and is a diverse, safe and welcoming place.

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What’s new

What’s new

Campus investment

The University of New Brunswick has a new CAD 36 million Faculty of Kinesiology building on its Fredericton campus. The new facilities in this building are helping faculty and staff lead the field in preventive healthcare and research. It also acts as a social hub for Kinesiology students, with plenty of space to study and socialize between classes.

New bachelor of health program

The university has launched a new bachelor of health interdisciplinary degree program that incorporates business, arts and science. This program is the first of its kind in Canada, incorporating courses from many faculties to encourage its students to look at health through a variety of lenses. This four-year program is available on the Saint John campus.

New residence built at UNB Saint John

A new residence building, the Barry and Flora Beckett Residence, has been completed on the Saint John campus. The facility was designed to have a minimal environmental impact, with elements such as geothermal heating incorporated into the building. 

New engineering diploma introduced

A new diploma in engineering fundamentals has been introduced at the university’s Saint John campus. This entry-level program teaches the fundamentals of engineering including design, mathematics and communication. Students who meet the requirements for earning the diploma in engineering foundations in their discipline will also earn a seat to complete the final two years of their engineering program at UNB Fredericton. The program starts in September 2021. 

Top research

Research is a top priority at UNB, and it plays a key role in solving real problems in New Brunswick, Canada and the world. Higher education performs 53 percent of all research and development in New Brunswick, and around 70 percent of that happens at UNB. UNB researchers have worked with Google, NASA and governments around the globe. There are always new research projects at UNB that add to this contribution.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The student-to-faculty ratio at the University of New Brunswick is 15:1, meaning classes are small and faculty give learners dedicated attention. UNB ranks as one of Canada’s top five comprehensive universities (Maclean’s magazine) and is in the top 3.3 percent of over 27,000 institutions (Center for World University Rankings).

Teaching at UNB combines the history and tradition of education with a focus on how knowledge can impact the future. Faculty work hard to ensure students gain the skills and experience needed to stand out in the job market. Entrepreneurship is promoted throughout all disciplines, where students are shown how to create opportunities for themselves and others.

Research excellence

UNB conducts 70 per cent of publicly funded research within the province, attracting CAD 39 million in external research funding each year. It has over 20 research institutes and centres, and 65 major research labs. Research partners include NASA, and technology developed at UNB has been used by large-scale services such as Google Maps. UNB is also a global leader in MRI technology.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

The University of New Brunswick has the third-highest employment rate in Canada. It’s awarded over 36,000 degrees at all levels in the last ten years. Over 90,000 UNB alumni can be found all over the globe, with 39,000 living in New Brunswick.

Students leave UNB well-equipped for the competitive global job market. They develop critical and creative skills and are shown how to realize their potential and have a meaningful career. Startup Canada named UNB as Canada’s most entrepreneurial university in 2014.

Experiential learning

All degrees have a focus on the future, with plenty of experiential learning opportunities available at students’ fingertips. This gives students work experience where they can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the workplace. Opportunities include co-operative education, internship programs and summer work-integrated learning programs.

Career connections

The university’s dedicated career counseling services help students connect their interests with their academic goals and plan for an exciting life after graduating. They offer individual career counseling, help compiling resumes and cover letters, and other services specifically for international students, including advising on permanent residency and visas.

Department structure

Department structure

At the University of New Brunswick, students can choose from over 75 innovative undergraduate and graduate programs across two campuses. Each campus is home to different faculties and departments.

Fredericton campus:

  • Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Forestry and Environmental Management
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Nursing
  • Renaissance College
  • Science

Saint John campus:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Science, Applied Science and Engineering (SASE)

The first engineering and forestry programs in Canada were held at UNB. The university is also home to the country’s first faculty of computer science.

English language programs

Both campuses teach English as a second language through interactive programs for students from all across the globe. Highly qualified instructors help students become confident with using the English language for academic tasks and day-to-day life in Canada.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Specific admission requirements depend on the program and level of study.

For undergraduate programs, students need to have completed their national high school curriculum (or an accepted equivalent). Those who have studied for International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or GCSEs are encouraged to apply.

English language criteria

Non-native English speakers have to meet language requirements for most academic programs. They will need a minimum score in the following language tests or an accepted equivalent:

  • TOEFL IBT – 85
  • IELTS – 6.5
  • CAEL CE/Online – 60
  • Pearson Vue Test – 59
  • Cambridge English Assessment C1 advanced/C2 proficiency – 176
  • Duolingo – 115

Nursing, education and arts programs on the Fredericton campus and nursing and health sciences on the Saint John campus require a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 or an accepted equivalent.

Students can find further details of entry requirements on UNB’s website.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Millions of dollars are given in financial support each year, helping students with the costs of studying overseas. UNB has scholarships that reward academic excellence, leadership and more.

Entrance scholarships

Eligible new undergraduate students may receive a scholarship ranging from CAD 500 to CAD 52,000. One in two first-year students at UNB receive support from an entrance scholarship. Opportunities are available for:

  • International high school students
  • International transfer students
  • International students continuing their studies at UNB

Earn while learning

Many international students at UNB work while studying to earn extra money. Both campuses have many job opportunities, such as in local shops, restaurants or bars. Students can also find employment opportunities and paid internships on campus.

UNB’s Student Employment team helps students looking for part-time work with their job searches, applications and interview techniques.

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QS World University Rankings 2022
Source: QS


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
Source: THE


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