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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 nearly 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Sydney
Population | 94,285
Enrollment | 4,977
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-
Spring | 01/06-
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Celtic Studies, First Nation Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Heritage Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Theater Art

Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Business Law, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication

Economics: Economics

Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

English: English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

Food Science: Food Services Management

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Social Sciences

Health and Safety Sciences: Emergency Administration and Planning, Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Languages: French

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Ethnomusicology, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology

Technology: Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links 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 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 03/01/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4718.15.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 15
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 03/01/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $700.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance $744.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $57.50 Year Plan A & B Optional

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

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:


    Home Payment (Plan B)
    For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 03/01/19

    On-Campus Housing Per Semester
    • 20% living on campus
    • Double: $2951.00
    • Per semester unless otherwise noted
    • On campus living encouraged
    Off-Campus Housing
    • Approximate monthly cost: $700
    • 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 Per Semester

    • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
    • $2372 per semester for 15 meals per week.
    • $2462 per semester for 21 meals per week.

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