Information for Students

Adding/Dropping Courses   Refunds & Withdrawals   Extensions   Exams

Time Limits re. Assignments and Exams

Unless otherwise stipulated, students are allotted six months to complete a 3-credit-hour open-entry course, and twelve months for a 6-credit-hour course. Students can complete courses in less time if they wish, but not less than three weeks.

Where applicable, students are strongly discouraged from submitting more than one assignment at a time. Spacing the assignments allows the instructor to provide useful feedback that students can incorporate in future assignments.

All assignments should be completed at least three weeks before the requested date for writing the final examination. Exam request forms should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date that the student wishes to write. (Requests to write the final exam must be made using the online Exam Request Form)

Adding/Dropping Courses

Full-time students wishing to take an open-entry course during the Fall term must register before October 1st; and during the Winter term, before February 1st.

Any student wishing to drop a course without academic penalty needs to fill out and submit the Course Withdrawal Form.

Refunds and Withdrawals

Please see CEL Policies regarding refund and withdrawals for Open-Entry online courses.


Extensions beyond the time allotted to complete an open-entry course are granted only in rare occasion and only in extenuating—and documented—circumstances. Students looking for an extension need to request it from their instructor, who can then either approve or refuse to grant it. Approval must be in writing with e-mail copy to UNB Online ( Extensions cannot be granted for more than one extra month.

Course Load

Part-time students—especially those employed full time—are strongly advised not to register in more than two courses concurrently. Full-time on-campus students are not usually eligible for enrollment in online courses, unless the appropriate Dean has granted approval. Online courses are equivalent to classroom-based courses; therefore, the same course load regulations apply. Four courses constitute full-time and the maximum course load depends on the faculty.


Many online courses require a textbook. Details are generally provided in the course description provided through the UNB Online listing. It is the responsibility of the student to order course texts. Many textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Bookstore, or from online vendors like Amazon or Chapters.


Exams are an integral part of most online courses. Mid-term and final exams are invigilated which will require students to plan in advance, and comply with UNB regulations and procedures on writing exams. Generally, the course syllabus will provide critical information about assessment criteria, exams and any specific information related to the course being taken.

Students must apply to write their exams using the online Exam Request Form at least 10 business days prior to the requested date to write. This will allow time for scheduling, confirming invigilation requirements, and accommodating requests during peak periods. Allow more time for exams being written outside of Canada.

Some courses require instructor permission prior to writing the final exam. Students should consult the course syllabus for details and particular requirements associated with the course when they start the course.

Note: For all booked final exam dates. A student by reason of illness or other misfortune (documented medical or compassionate grounds required) that is unable to write final scheduled examination may apply online to UNB's Registrar's Office within two weeks of their scheduled final exam to request a deferred exam (final exams written at an alternate time).

University Regulation:

Students in the Fredericton and Saint John Areas (within 100 km of these campuses)
It is expected that students in the Fredericton or Saint John campus areas will write their exams on campus with an approved invigilator at one of our scheduled exam sessions.

Exam Centre hours:
Fredericton Campus: Weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 6pm
Saint John Campus: Biweekly on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm
*Note: additional exam times are added as needed during peak periods

Normally, UNB online course exams are invigilated on campus at no charge if the exam is written during regular scheduled exam sessions.

Students writing at a Distance (over 100 km from the Fredericton and Saint John campus)
Students not within these campus areas must make arrangements to write an invigilated exam at an approved post-secondary institution in their area.
You will receive a Guide to the Exam Process and criteria for selecting an invigilator once you are registered in your course. If you do not receive the Guide within two weeks of starting your course, please contact the UNB online team and we will send you a copy of the Guide.
You must select an invigilator and have them approved, prior to submitting your Exam Request Form
Exams written off-campus may incur an invigilation fee depending on the invigilator and location.
Additional charges will apply for exams written outside of Canada.
All Final exams and/or assignments must be completed by your course end date

Students writing exams from other post-secondary institutions can request to write at the UNB Exam Centre during our regularly scheduled exam sessions. Fees apply. For more information, contact the UNB Online team at


Final grades at UNB are usually expressed as letter grades. Each grade, with its grade point average (GPA) is as follows.

Letter Grade      Grade Point Avarage (GPA)
A+ 4.3
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
D 1.0
F 0.0