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Study abroad at Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University (CBU) is an innovative Canadian institution situated in Sydney, a city in Canada’s breathtaking Nova Scotia province. The University is home to over 5,500 students.

CBU offers a comprehensive set of dynamic undergraduate and postgraduate programs across popular disciplines including liberal arts, science, business, and health - there’s something for every interest.

The University is surrounded by a breathtaking natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities. The campus houses awesome facilities like a great library, fantastic learning spaces, and a host of brilliant student services.

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Why study at Cape Breton University?

  • Small classes

    Benefit from a personalized learning experience

  • Affordability

    Tuition and cost-of-living are lower than the Canadian average

  • Work experience

    There are plenty of placements available through CBU

Life as an international student

CBU attracts international students from all around the world - the student community is amazingly diverse. More than 50% of CBU's student population is from overseas and over 55 nationalities are represented on campus.

The University has a great team of international student advisors. They help students with visa applications, health insurance, and every aspect of integrating into life in Canada - there’s always someone to help you with anything you need.

There’s a wealth of activities and events available for international students to enjoy at CBU including sports tournaments, creative performances, discussion groups, wellbeing workshops, and so much more.

What Cape Breton University says

  • Joel Inglis

    Joel Inglis

    Cape Breton University International Student Recruitment Officer
    Joel Inglis says

    Cape Breton, also known as the land of one hundred thousand welcomes, is known around the world as being a place that will welcome you with open arms. At CBU we embody that welcoming attitude with our small class sizes and friendly faculty and staff.

    Students become a part of the community while learning from experts in their fields. Half of our student population is international and students find that they are able to feel welcome in a new place while also feeling at home at CBU.

    CBU is the first university in North America to operate a completely carbon-neutral campus. This is also reflected in our programming and ethical approach to program delivery with majors and concentrations in environmental studies.

    We provide excellent services for our international students completely free of charge. Our international student advisors help our students with their visa processing, PGWP applications, health insurance, and much much more. We provide excellent services for all our students with our math and science tutoring center, accessibility center, our health services center, and more.

    Because all of our programs at Cape Breton University offer experiential learning opportunities (co-ops, work placements, and applied research opportunities) students are able to transition into their industry quickly by transitioning their placements into industry connections and careers quite quickly.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Fitness Centre
    • Free Weights
    • Machines
    • Fitness Classes
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Cafe’s
    • Restaurants
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Tutoring Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Museum
    • Computer labs
    • Quiet Areas
    • Group Study Rooms
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Child Development Assessment & Immunization
    • Campus Doctor
    • Maternity Care
    • Antenatal Clinic
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Pharmacy
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Basketball Courts
    • No. of Athletics Track

Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: CAD$20,137 per year
  • Graduate tuition: CAD$23,071 per year


Major Entrance Scholarships

  • Chancellor’s: Total amount CAD$30,000 (CAD$7,500 yearly)
  • President’s: Total amount CAD$20,000 (CAD$5,000 yearly)
  • Deans’: Total amount CAD$10,000 (CAD$2,500 yearly)
  • Fitzgerald: Total amount CAD$20,000 (CAD$5,000 yearly)
  • Schwartz: Total amount CAD$14,000 (CAD$3,500 yearly)
  • W.M. Reid: Total amount CAD$11,500 (CAD$4,000 and CAD$2,500 yearly)


Cape Breton University

1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada

Sydney is a lovely place for international students to live and study. The city is bursting with excellent restaurants, nightlife spots, entertainment venues, green spaces, attractions, and shopping outlets to name a few.

Visa requirements for Cape Breton University

Many international students will require a visa to study in Canada, and this is a vital step in your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Canada student visa requirements