the path
to success comes with a view.

See the opportunity to be the change you want to create.

Your university experience stretches far beyond the classroom. Here, as you gain skills and build friendships that will last a lifetime, you’ll also discover a new home on Cape Breton Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

With stunning landscapes, ocean views and a campus community of students from around the world, Cape Breton University (CBU) offers a unique opportunity to enjoy island life and gain a truly global perspective.

Now, all you have to do is ask yourself one question:

Are you ready for the adventure?

Discover your own path and an island of opportunity.

CBU offers the perfect vantage point to create the kind of future you want, in any direction you can imagine.

With the support of a caring community, a growing and diverse campus and the unique perspective that comes with island life, there’s simply nothing standing in your way.

Dedicated professors and unprecedented undergraduate research opportunities mean you’ll be ready to take on a whole new world after graduation.

With a solid foundation like the one you’ll receive at CBU, anything is possible. You can become the person you are meant to be and the kind of change the world needs.

Here, you can see everything more clearly, including a successful future.

Let’s make it personal.

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A Note from
the President

The best of campus at your fingertips.

This map features campus highlights to help you get a sense of what you can see and do at CBU, all within walking distance.

1MacDonald Residence
2Cabot Residence
3Alumni Hall
4Harriss Hall
5Cape Breton Health
Recreation Complex
7Unama'ki College
8Boardmore Playhouse
9Campus Centre
11Students' Union
12Sullivan Fieldhouse
13Max Bell Health
14Canada Games Complex
16Multi-Purpose Room
18Art Gallery
19Beaton Institute
20Student, Culture and
Heritage Centre (Great Hall)
21Technology Enterprise Centre
22Arseneau-Britten Science Building
23Marvin Harvey Building
25The Verschuren Centre
26Shannon School of Business

Virtual Campus Tour.

Get a world-class education on Canada’s most beautiful island.

Imagine yourself being surrounded by a global community, gathered in one special place, working together to create a better world.

That special place is Cape Breton University.

Nestled on the ancient lands of the Mi’kmaw people, the roots of Cape Breton Island go back for centuries. Our diverse cultures contribute to a vibrant island atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

With stunning landscapes and ocean views, and a safe and serene campus community of more than 5,000 students from around the globe, our unique island life is rooted in Cape Breton and connected to the world.

At CBU, it’s not just about what you study – it’s about what you experience while you’re here. You’ll build friendships and gain skills that will last a lifetime. You’ll discover a new home on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.


Did you know that CBU is home to more than 2,500 international students representing more than 50 countries? That’s about half of CBU’s student population. So, even if you’re travelling from far away, you’ll soon meet lots of people who are making Cape Breton their new home away from home.


Discover a place where lifelong bonds are formed, hard work and potential get noticed and a diverse learning environment helps a community thrive.

Diverse culture,
friendly people.

Located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people, our island has deep roots in Indigenous cultures, among many others. Cape Breton has a population of approximately 100,000 that is spread across awe-inspiring land and seascapes just waiting to be explored. With friendly people, a small, tight-knit campus, and a peaceful pace of life, you’ll feel grounded in the safety and serenity of CBU and our surrounding communities.

With an airport this close, you practically land on campus.

With connections to major Canadian airports, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY) is just a five-minute drive from campus. Whether you’re flying in or out, you’ll be there in no time.

Something for everyone.
Including you.

When you’re not studying or in class, it’s important that you balance your academic demands with a full, fun student life. There are many ways for you to make the most of your time at CBU.


We’re proud that our CAPERS varsity teams have won more than 300 awards. CBU is home to both men’s and women’s varsity soccer and basketball teams, who have taken home a combined (individual) 213 AUS All Star Awards. Lend your voice to the Orange Army and become part of the country’s loudest and proudest cheering section.


Having fun and making friends is a big part of university. That’s why CBU offers individual and team sport intramurals, along with plenty of fitness classes, a fully-equipped fitness centre and an indoor soccer pitch that is known around campus as ‘The Dome.’

Student Societies

Joining a society is a great way to get involved and meet like-minded friends on campus. Whether you explore the world’s best literature in the English Society, join the Biology Society in the lab or donate your time with the Volunteer Society, there’s something for everyone.


With students from more than 50 countries around the world, there’s always something to celebrate on campus and in the community. From paint battles and open mic nights, to cultural celebrations of Diwali, Lunar New Year, Afro Caribbean Night and more – we know how to have a good time.

Student Life.

Welcome Home.

When you live in one of CBU’s residences, you’ll have the benefits of home just steps away from class.

Rest easy knowing that each of our residence buildings is accessible to student occupants only, and our secure entryways require electronic keys for access.

With three unique and secure residence options, all you have to do is move in.

Residence Life Virtual Tour


Cabot Residence offers apartment-style dorms where each apartment has four private bedrooms and two bathrooms, all built around a shared living room and kitchen.

Alumni Hall provides the option to choose from traditional dorm rooms or trendy, apartment-style living spaces.

Harriss Hall is where you’ll find single and private dorm rooms, with a mix of private and shared washroom facilities. Harriss Hall is also equipped with restaurant-style dining and a stocked pantry where you can cook for yourself. From comfort food, to the freshest and most nutritious eats, even the most selective eaters will be able to satisfy their cravings here.

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Off-campus accommodations

If you would like to live off campus, click below to explore accommodation options.

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Indigenous culture, heritage and knowledge are integrated into CBU’s Indigenous education options, offering all CBU students the opportunity to not just learn about these cultures, but to learn from them and apply the teachings throughout their careers.

Through unique partnerships with Indigenous communities on Cape Breton Island (Unama’ki) and elsewhere in Canada, Cape Breton University has been able to establish a number of impactful innovations in education for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge sharing.

With support for more than 250 Indigenous students completing their university degrees, we encourage all students to participate and learn more about Mi’kmaw culture.

Unama’ki College

CBU is proud to offer access to Unama’ki College, a dedicated, on-campus centre focused on preserving and sharing Mi’kmaw culture and knowledge with the entire community.


At Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College, we see how proud you are of your Indigenous heritage, and we want to help empower you by honouring and embracing the knowledge, wisdom and traditions of the Mi’kmaq. One of our proudest traditions is helping carry on yours.

Here in Unama’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, we believe that by working together and providing the right support, your success is inevitable. All you have to do is be yourself, study hard, dream of a bright future and then bring it to life.

As the vibrant heartbeat of Indigenous education at CBU for more than 40 years, Unama’ki College offers an environment that embraces the knowledge, wisdom and traditions of the Mi’kmaq. From faculty and staff that speak Mi’kmaw to academic courses delivered in Mi’kmaw communities, Unama’ki College is the right choice for you.


Daily Bus Service Daily bus service is available to and from Eskasoni and Membertou First Nation communities, as well as from downtown Sydney and Glace Bay.Kji-keptin

Mi’kmaq Resource Centre This beautiful, comforting space is often used by students for reflection, and provides a wealth of knowledge available to anyone who is interested in Mi’kmaw and Indigenous culture, history and language. The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre houses a large collection of papers, books and other materials on Mi’kmaw history.

Student Lounge Equipped with a kitchenette, comfy seats and computers, the Student Lounge in Unama’ki College is the perfect place to relax between classes. Get the space you need to work on assignments, have a snack, or just hang out with one of the many lifelong friends you’ll meet.

The Kji-Keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom (Mi’kmaq Language Lab) Named in honour of the Grand Council’s Grand Captain, the late Alexander Denny, this language lab is a great place to sharpen your verbal skills, engage in Mi’kmaw language-based research and much more.

Mi’kmaw Speakers Learn and practice the Mi’kmaw language with the Unama’ki College staff and faculty, many of whom speak Mi’kmaw and are excited to help you sharpen your skills. A full-time, fluent Mi’kmaw-speaking Enrolment Services Professional assists with scholarship/bursary applications and tutoring. The Enrolment Services Professional also provides emotional support for students missing their home communities and families.

Elders In Residence Two Mi’kmaw Elders in Residence provide support for students, faculty and staff by sharing Indigenous knowledge. They also provide motivational support and help students develop their cultural identities.

Academic Support Weekly sessions are available with the CBU Writing Centre, the Math and Science Centre and the CBU Librarian dedicated to Unama’ki College.

& Bursaries



The Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom (KADL) is the Mi’kmaw Language Lab of Cape Breton University. In partnership with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK), KADL conducts and supports Mi’kmaw language research and develops and delivers Mi’kmaw language courses and course materials for non/semi-speakers of Mi’kmaw. It also engages and mentors Mi’kmaw undergraduate student researchers who are interested in working on Mi’kmaw language projects.


The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre is a repository for documents related to Indigenous history and culture and a great place to do research. It houses material on customs, education, linguistics, residential schools, treaty and Aboriginal rights, traditional knowledge and more. The MRC’s collection includes academic theses, articles, scholarly papers, published and unpublished reports, books and a range of media. Though the main focus of the MRC is Mi’kmaw history and culture, other Indigenous groups including the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Wolastoqiyik, Abanaki, Innu, Beothuk, Ojibwa and Métis are also represented in the holdings. On-site reference assistance is available.


Since 1990, CBU has offered students the opportunity to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program with a concentration in Mi’kmaq Studies. The program’s courses were developed by Eleanor Johnson, Joe B. Marshall, Sister Dorothy Moore and Murdena Marshall, all of whom were Mi’kmaw faculty at CBU, in collaboration with local Mi’kmaw scholar, Dr. Marie Battiste, and Sakej Henderson. The BA with a concentration in Mi’kmaq Studies offers specialized courses in language, linguistics, governance, history, culture and spirituality.


Unama’ki College has offered the delivery of academic courses in Mi’kmaw communities since 1990. These courses can be offered in any Atlantic Canadian community and can be customized to meet the specific needs of the community to best provide the right academic programming. To date, we have delivered degree programs in as many as nine First Nation communities.


Elmitek, a Mi’kmaw expression for showing someone a path to follow, is a one-year program designed to transition Mi’kmaw students into full-time study in the BA degree at Cape Breton University. If you apply to this program, you’ll take some courses in your community or nearby Mi’kmaw communities and some on campus, and you’ll have access to special support to help you achieve success.


Kwitn, a Mi’kmaw word for canoe, is a two-year program designed to transition Mi’kmaw students into full-time study in a science, technology or business degree at Cape Breton University. In the first year, you’ll take a specific set of courses designed to enable you to explore opportunities in a variety of fields. In the second year, once you’ve chosen your educational path, you’ll have continued access to tutoring and other support to ensure your success.

Academic programs for the changing world.

With more than 60 areas of study, earn a degree in a field that ignites your passion.

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We’re here to help.

CBU offers many supports and resources to help you accomplish your educational goals.

CBU Library

What is a great university without a great library? Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you locate academic articles, learn about academic integrity or reserve a private study room to help you focus.

First-Year Advising Centre (FYAC)

Starting your CBU journey is a big move. The FYAC is here to help every step of the way with a supportive team of advisors. We’ll work together to get you started, review your program requirements and help you get set up for success.

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre

Get advice from our International Student Advisors about adjusting to Canadian life and navigating the health care system. We also have a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant who can answer your immigration questions and help you with study permit applications, citizenship and more.

Academic Success Coaching

Academic Success Coaches are here to help prepare you with the skills and tools you need to carve your own path toward a successful future.

Learning Commons and Student Life Centre

This is one of many spaces at CBU designed to foster collaboration. At the Learning Commons and Student Life Centre, you’ll have access to Academic Advisors, free tutoring and help with paper writing, all in an open, comfortable environment.

Career Services

CBU helps students prepare for life after university with co-op placements and connections to real businesses. With individualized career counselling, resume and cover letter writing tips, labour market information and employment opportunities, you can stand out in an increasingly competitive world.

Max Bell Health Centre

We care about your personal health and well-being. As a student at CBU, you’ll have
access to a Campus Doctor, Physiotherapist and Nurse who offer a wide range of services to keep you healthy and happy.

Personal Counselling Service

At CBU, we provide counselling through confidential, professional support. Whether you need help with anxiety, addiction, grief, conflict, or any other issue, our trained and understanding staff are here to help you.


  • Peer success coaching
  • Chaplaincy
  • Experiential learning
  • Childcare
  • Jennifer Keeping Centre
  • Off-campus housing


Complementing your degree with workplace experience helps set you up for success.

That’s why CBU is proud to offer a wide range of experiential learning opportunities that will equip you with practical, real world experience.

Through programs such as co-operative education, student research opportunities and work-study options, you can work with researchers, mentors and community partners to learn more about your area of interest.

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You’ll need to obtain a Social Insurance Number once you arrive in Canada in order to work.

After completing an academic degree, diploma or certificate program in Canada that is at least eight months in length, you’re eligible to receive a work permit that allows you to work full-time in Canada through the postgraduate work permit program. Please note: postgraduate work permits vary in length depending on how long you’ve studied in Canada.

Students are required to know and comply with the visa regulations set forth by the Government of Canada.

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Student Blogs


What happens on this island is something you’ll never forget. It’s a transformation. A connection. And that connection to CBU doesn’t end after graduation. There are more than 24,000 CBU alumni employed in diverse industries across the globe, who look forward to welcoming you to our proud alumni family.



“CBU has allowed me to work closely with classmates from all over the world, providing an understanding of the importance of inclusion and acceptance. The warm atmosphere here has made me and my friends feel so welcome.”



“Choosing CBU was one of the best decisions of my life! My potentials were harnessed, my skills were developed and my confidence grew. I have been able to take all of these attributes forward into my workplace. I will be forever grateful for my time at CBU and the people who contributed to my success story.”



“CBU has taught my brother and me how to live in a multicultural community, which has enhanced my confidence, communication and relationships. Due to a united and diverse community, Cape Breton University was a home away from home.”



“When I came to Cape Breton, I didn’t know anyone, but I quickly fell in love with the island and its people. I am a proud member of the CBU alumni and always will be. Opening Swaagat here in Sydney was my way of giving back to the community.”

An investment
in your future.

Education is an investment that has an incredible return. Just ask one of our 24,000 alumni.


One-Year Tuition for Undergraduate

Degrees and Diplomas (10 Courses): $18,515


Total Tuition for Post-Baccalaureate

Diplomas (12 Courses): $26,700


One-Year Tuition for MBA(CED)

(8 Courses): $20,100

Please Note: The tuition amounts listed above include the differential, CBU Students’ Union, IT and Campus Renewal Fees. Program fees may differ and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

CBU offers a variety of course options, including undergraduate and graduate programs, pre-professional courses and post-baccalaureate diplomas. You’ll have no trouble pursuing your passion in a way that’s right for you.

Our online and on-campus course options will provide you with the skills you need to make an impact in the business world, the cutting-edge landscape of science and technology, or the ever-shifting arts and culture scene.

CBU offers day and evening courses for full-time and part-time students, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to attend the classes that are convenient for you.

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We’re here to help.

Starting your CBU story is a big step. That’s why CBU offers support and resources to help you accomplish your educational goals.

From the First-Year Advising Centre to personal counselling, our professional services are here to help every step of the way.


Complementing your degree with workplace experience helps set you up for success. That’s why CBU is proud to offer a wide range of experiential learning opportunities that will equip you with practical, real world experience.

Through programs such as co-operative education, student research opportunities and work-study options, you can work with researchers, mentors and community partners to learn more about your area of interest.

Co-operative Education

Work with a mentor in your field and gain credits toward your degree. CBU offers co-op placements in almost all academic programs, including arts, science, business and more. With a co-op placement, you will combine your academic study with practical work experience and gain valuable on-the-job skills.

Research Opportunities

Students at CBU have access to research opportunities they can’t get anywhere else in the world. With incredible access to natural resources and partnerships with local communities and businesses, the research happening at CBU is original, world-class and respected amongst scholars and the community alike.


Getting involved on campus and in the community shows your initiative and proves your commitment to life in Cape Breton. CBU offers a Co- Curricular Record, an official document that verifies and celebrates your involvement, volunteerism and campus engagement.


CBU has exchange agreements in 15 countries, so if you’re looking for international adventure, you’ve found it. CBU’s study abroad program gives you the opportunity to fuel your future in another country while earning credits toward a CBU degree.

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Please note: The availability of CBU’s Study Abroad programming and partnerships will depend on the easing of government travel restrictions. Keeping our community safe is our top priority.

Related Blogs.


What happens on this island is something you’ll never forget. It’s a transformation. A connection. And that connection to CBU doesn’t end after graduation. There are more than 24,000 CBU alumni employed in diverse industries across the globe, who look forward to welcoming you to our proud alumni family.

Karly Bernard

BA ‘20, Social Justice Support Worker, Nova Scotia Legal Aidd

“My time at CBU prepared me for the future by helping me develop a sense of independence and leadership. Students are provided opportunities to learn new skills both within the classroom and out. Something people may not know about CBU is just how much the staff and faculty want you to succeed. They are always encouraging students to challenge themselves in new ways.”

Jackson Tighe

BBA ’18, Bank Advisor, Royal Bank of Canada d

“My experience at CBU allowed me to grow independently and develop amazing relationships with my classmates and professors. Through the co-op program, I was able to finish my degree with a business internship designation. I credit my experience at CBU for putting me in the position to succeed today.”

Kristen Cremo

BEd ’18, Substitute Teacher, Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Educationd

“The BEd program at CBU brought me closer to my own culture and enabled me to share my knowledge of the Mi’kmaw culture with my classmates and professors. Because CBU is close to home, I was able to do my practicum in my own community, something that I am very grateful for.”

Kenzie Wadden

BET ’19, Production Technician, BioVectra d

“After finding out that CBU is the only university in Atlantic Canada to offer the BET program at the university level, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The transition process from NSCC to CBU was made easy with the help of the incredible university staff.”

An investment
in your future.


Nova Scotia Other Canada




Health & Dental Plans




$4,480 – 7,700

$4,480 – 7,700

Meal Plan

$400 – 3,160

$400  – 3,160

  • Tuition fees shown are inclusive of the Students’ Union, campus renewal, information technology and campus activity fees. Fees for Nova Scotian students will include a rebate provided by the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • Tuition does not include costs for books, supplies or lab fees.
  • Program fees may differ and are subject to change.
  • Students are automatically enrolled in our health and dental plans but have the ability to opt out of these programs by providing proof of coverage elsewhere

Hard work gets rewarded.

When we work together and invest in each other, great things happen. That’s why we provide more than $2.6M in scholarships each year, supporting students from their first year through to graduation.

Along with scholarships, CBU also supports students through in-course bursaries and paid work-study programs. While scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled scholastically in high school and are entering post-secondary education for the first time, bursaries are for students who demonstrate financial need.

More than $2,500,000 in scholarships each year.


Scholarship Total Over 4 Years
Chancellor’s $30,000
President’s $20,000
Deans’ $10,000
Fitzgerald $20,000
Schwartz $14,000
W.M. Reid $11,500
Orpha Thayer-Scott $10,000

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Additional Financial Support

Our Enrolment Services Professionals are available to assist you with any financial affairs, including applications for various loan programs. CBU also offers in-course bursaries in the second semester to students who demonstrate financial need.

CBU’s Work Study Bursary Program is an on-campus opportunity for you to work under the supervision of a faculty or staff member, gaining professional experience and boosting your resume, all while earning an income.


Admission Requirements.







Bachelor of Arts


4 other courses


Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment




2 other courses


Bachelor of Arts Community Studies


4 other courses


Bachelor of Business Administration



3 other courses


Bachelor of Emergency Management



3 other courses


Bachelor of Engineering (Transfer)



2 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Engineering Technology



2 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)



1 Chemistry

1 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Science



2 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (Transfer)



2 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Science, Nursing



2 Science*

1 other course


Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management



3 other courses



Full Admission

Continuing your academic journey? You’ll fit right in.

We recognize what you’ve already achieved. Your course credits, degree or college diploma can bring you one step closer to earning a university degree at CBU.

Your Next Steps.

If you have a diploma, degree or credits from another post-secondary institution, consider applying for transfer credits at CBU by following three easy steps:

  1. Apply to CBU and submit your official documents.
  2. Submit an application for a Transfer Credit Assessment
  3. Wait 2-4 weeks for your transfer credits to be assessed. We’ll get back to you via email.

Transfer to CBU

Your Way.

At CBU, we believe that each and every student should receive the same high-quality education. If you’re a student with a disability, you’ll find all the services you need to get the most out of your classes at the Jennifer Keeping Centre.

At the Jennifer Keeping Centre, you’ll find a variety of accommodations based on your disability.


Consider this the first step to an incredible future.

It’s time to begin your CBU story. Follow the simple steps below to apply to become part of a welcoming and innovative academic community on Canada’s most beautiful island.

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    1. Visit to create an account and complete the online application.
    2. Submit the application fee ($40 CAD).
    3. Upload supplemental documents, like official transcripts, to your account.*
    4. Ensure the application status on your account is ‘complete.’
    5. Look out for an email from our team!

*Nova Scotia students with a valid NS Student ID do not need to manually upload official transcripts. By providing your ID number, CBU will have access to the most up-to-date records.

It’s hard to stay patient while waiting for exciting news, especially when it means you could be calling CBU home. We try to review all completed applications within two weeks, and we’ll send your acceptance letter by email. Please ensure your contact information is updated.


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Consider this the first step to an incredible future.

It’s time to begin your CBU story. Follow the simple steps below to apply to become part of a welcoming and innovative academic community on Canada’s most beautiful island.


  1. Visit to create an account and complete the online application.
  2. Submit the application fee ($100 CAD).
  3. Upload supplemental documents, like official transcripts and English language proficiency scores, to your account.
  4. Ensure the application status on your account is ‘complete.’
  5. If applicable, submit a Transfer Credit Assessment application, found at

Visit for more information and a list of countries that require visas to enter Canada. For immigration information specific to Nova Scotia (the province where CBU is located), visit


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