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Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

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About This Campus

Cape Breton University is an Atlantic Canadian post-secondary leader, with a growing national and international reputation. Currently home to over 5000 students, CBU’s vision of post-secondary education allows students to pursue dynamic fields of study that are ideally suited for success in liberal arts, business, health, education, science and technology. Students from more than 40 countries study at CBU and benefit from the university’s unique commitment to community, economic development, Indigenous learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Located on Canada's stunning East Coast, CBU makes its home in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the largest urban centre on Cape Breton Island. With a population of nearly 100,000 residents, the municipality boasts the amenities of a larger centre, with the welcoming, supportive atmosphere of a small town.

Helpful Information

COSTS: Costs are given in Canadian dollars.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Sydney
Population | 95,538
Enrollment | 5,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/19
Spring | 01/06-04/21
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ethnomusicology - Studio on campus. Students can perform during the many local music festivals with their professors and classmates.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Finance/Banking
  • First Nation Studies
  • French
  • Government
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music History
  • Performance and Directing
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Sociology
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 09/16/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4632.5.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 15
  • Home Payment: 15

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:


    Financial Aid - Home Payment
    For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

    Financial Aid - Canada
    Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

    Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Housing Deposit $700.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
    Parking Fee $57.50 Year Plan A & B Optional

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 09/16/20

    On-Campus Housing Per Semester
    • On-Campus Housing
    • 20% living on campus
    • Double: $3015
    • Per semester unless otherwise noted
    • On campus living encouraged
    Off-Campus Housing
    • Off-Campus Housing
    • Approximate monthly cost: $600
    • Proximity to campus: 10
    • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
    Notes About Housing
    Apartment-style Residences are the most popular, so apply soon after receiving the Letter of Acceptance if that is your preferred choice.

    Meal Plans

    • Campus Meal Plans
    • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
    • $300 declining balance plan.
    Notes About Meal Plans
    The $300 declining balance plan is the mandatory plan for students choosing apartment-style residence. You must purchase a meal plan, but the apartments each have their own kitchen so the $300 can be used at the discretion of the student.


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    Figures per Semester are current as of 09/16/20

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Health Insurance $744.00 Year Home & Host Mandatory

    Important Notes about Health Insurance
    The annual health insurance fee is charged upon registration, and students spending one semester on campus can apply to have $372 refunded after showing proof of exit from Canada (travel booking, usually).

    Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
    Students must purchase campus health insurance at $732 per year.


    • Health / accident insurance
    • Must buy host campus plan

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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