The University of New Brunswick seeks to provide assistance to students affected by the Trump Administration’s travel ban, which created confusion and anxiety for thousands of students and staff, studying or working at American institutions.
“UNB remains firmly committed to diversity, inclusion and equity in our institution,” said George MacLean, Vice-President (Academic), UNB. “We played an integral part in welcoming refugees to New Brunswick last year, and UNB’s campuses are recognized by our staff, students, and communities as caring and friendly environments.”
Though the ban has been temporarily suspended, the Trump administration is seeking to put another executive order in place, and UNB is planning in advance of this new order.
UNB administration consulted with the School of Graduate Studies, the Registrar’s Offices, the International Student Advisor’s Office and Global Learning and Engagement to develop measures to assist students affected by the executive order.
These measures include:
- Treat applicants as refugees, which expedites process, allowing greater flexibility in the treatment of documents and requirements
- Waive application fees for programs
- Assist transfer from another institution, in the US or otherwise
- Reduce or waive undergraduate tuition deposit, confirming acceptance
- Reduce or waive residence application fee
- Guarantee residence space
- Provide additional orientation and programming advice, immigration advice and assistance with transferring credits
- Provide continued support from Global Learning and Engagement, the International Students Advisor’s Office, Residence Life and Counselling Services
- International awards may be available
“Our campuses provide strong networks of support services for our international community members, and with this initiative, we’re able to extend that welcome beyond New Brunswick” said MacLean.
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