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Cape Breton University

  • Public University, Estd 1951
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • 33 Courses

University Highlights

  • 5,000 students
  • 2,500 international students from over 50 countries
  • Three residence halls
  • 250 Indigenous students
  • More than 60 areas of study
  • 24,000 alumni
  • Five schools with eight departments
  • Two Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs
  • An acceptance rate of 60%
  • Provides scholarships worth CAD 2.5M every year
  • $3 million in research fund annually

University at a Glance

  • International
  • Male/Female
  • UG/PG Course
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  • Yearly Hostel &
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Cape Breton University is a primarily undergraduate, Canadian, public, and co-ed university based in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The university’s journey started with the merger of the Sydney Campus of St. Francis Xavier University (1951) and the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (1968). This post-secondary institution started going by the name of College of Cape Breton in 1974. In 1982, the institute earned university status and adopted the name University College of Cape Breton. The institution changed its name one last time in 2005 to take on its current name. Nowadays, many people call it CBU as well. It has affiliations with Universities Canada, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the Association of Atlantic Universities, and Colleges and Institutes Canada.

CBU is presently the education hub for 5,000 students. International students representing more than 50 countries make up half of the total student population. 250 Indigenous students also call this university their home. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, online courses, certificate, and diploma programs with concentration, majors, and minors in more than 60 areas of study. These programs fall under the following five schools:

  • School of:
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Education and Health
  • Science and Technology
  • Shannon School of Business

Cape Breton’s main campus has a pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities. The university provides housing and accommodation facilities to students through three residences. The Beaton Institute located on-campus is a center for local, regional, national, and global research. This institute promotes inquiry through innovative academic and public programming initiatives. The central library has a massive collection of books, journals, research papers, and many novels for academic and research purposes. There are workrooms, reading rooms, administrative blocks, and auditoriums on the premises as well.

Students studying at Cape Breton University can access academic support, employment, international student support, and accessibility support services. Health and wellness are also priorities at this university. Some of the university’s other services include:

  • Students’ union
  • Childcare
  • Academic advising
  • Success coaching
  • Writing Centre
  • Math and Science Centre
  • Co-op education
  • Study abroad services
  • IT services

In addition, the university offers individual and team sports intramurals. There are plenty of fitness classes, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and an indoor soccer pitch. The university’s varsity teams, the Cape Breton Capers, have won more than 300 awards.

Cape Breton University boasts of a successful network of 24,000 alumni. Some of the distinguished names belonging to this university include Nolan Crouse, Jason Massie, John W. Morgan, and Gerald Sampson.

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

English proficiency test results: Required
SOP: Not required
LOR: Needed for few courses
Essays: Not required
CV: Needed for few courses
Additional documents: Required

Application feesCAD 80 - 80
  • Undergraduate
    Duration: 1.5 Years - 4 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: $18.5K
  • Postgraduate
    Duration: 2 Years - 2 Years


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On campus accommodation :

The university provides on-campus accommodation to its students in three residence halls

  • Cabot Residence:
    • Apartment-style dorms
    • Four private bedrooms
    • Two bathrooms
    • Shared living room and kitchen
  • Alumni Hall:
    • 35 traditional, two-bedroom dorm rooms
    • 24 five-bedroom apartment units
    • Shared lounge spaces and laundry facilities
  • Harriss Hall:
    • Single and private dorm rooms
    • Private and shared washroom facilities
    • Restaurant-style dining
    • Stocked pantry
  • Meal plans are compulsory
  • Annual prices range from $2,240 to $3,735 per semester



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Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada
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