Study in New Brunswick

Last updated: 2 September 2020

New Brunswick is home to the medium-sized urban centres of Moncton, Fredericton, and St. John. Together, these cities dominate the higher education scene.

New Brunswick in Canada.

Higher education has a rich history in New Brunswick. The first English-language university in Canada was the University of New Brunswick, and Mount Allison University was the first in the then British Empire to award a baccalaureate to a woman.

For prospective international students who want a high quality education without the hassle and costs of living in a large city, New Brunswick may have some attractive options.

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International Student Population

 3,881 (2014 figures)


A map of New Brunswick

Main Study Destinations

Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John


Studying in New Brunswick: The Advantages

  • International focus

    Though English speakers outnumber French speakers, New Brunswick has a sizable francophone minority and is an officially bilingual province. This gives prospective international students opportunities to study in either or both of Canada's official languages. Moreover, universities in the province retain an international focus, with partnerships with other institutions throughout the world.

  • Smaller urban centres

    If large cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Calgary are not for you, then New Brunswick might just be, The province presents an urban living environment without the hustle and bustle — not to mention living costs  — of a sprawling metropolis. Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton and Dieppe are all renowned centres of higher education.


Immigrate After Studying in New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

    The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) Express Entry Labour Market Stream, a direct route to Canadian permanent residence, stipulates that applicants must have at least 12 months full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) paid skilled work experience in New Brunswick in the three years before the application is submitted. One of the best ways to access the professional labour market in New Brunswick is to graduate from a college or university in the province and then obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

    The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) allows international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada to submit an application for permanent residence without first having to obtain work experience. The AIGP is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

  • Express Entry

    Candidates for immigration to Canada through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system who have completed their education at a school in New Brunswick may be awarded a significant number of points on account of their high level of education. Moreover, international graduates of Canadian educational institutions may have obtained important Canadian work experience, another highly valued factor under the Express Entry system.


Destination Schools in New Brunswick

These institutions are featured due to their size, proximity to urban centres, and tradition for enrolling international students into their student bodies. Learn more about each school by clicking their titles below, which will take you to the relevant page on School Search.

University of New Brunswick

As a nationally recognized university in an officially bilingual province, the University of New Brunswick has a long history of collaboration with international partners through welcoming international students.

Signature programs: Medicinal Chemistry, Environment and Natural Resources, Law, Health Sciences, Marine Biology

Location: Fredericton, Saint John

The University of New Brunswick Old Arts Building

Université de Moncton

While French is the language of instruction for most of its programs, the Université de Moncton is welcoming to non-Francophones who wish to become more fully bilingual while completing their studies.

Signature programs: Law, Forestry, Education, Nutrition, Social Work, Business

Location: Moncton

Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada


Other Select Schools in New Brunswick

Select Schools are those that CanadaVisa has assessed for quality, value, and competency with international students. These schools are accredited by Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly the Association of Community Colleges of Canada) or are chosen because of proven pathway programs and exemplary student services.