Sydney, Canada

Cape Breton University

Key Information

Rank 68 Location Sydney, Canada Established 1951 International Students 3500
Famous Courses Certificate, Concentration, Degree, Diploma, Graduate, Major, Major with Specialization, Minor, Online Only, Undergraduate International Fees 14,800 CAD

Cape Breton University Canada

Cape Breton University, founded in 1951, is an open research, public-owned university situated in Sydney, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cape Breton University (CBU) is the sole higher secondary degree-granting establishment on Cape Breton Island in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. The University was founded in 1951 as Xavier Junior College and now offers a multitude of degrees in engineering, biology, ethnomusicology, marketing, nursing, and education. CBU, as a public institution, has the lowest tuition and fees in the area.

The University is built around three establishments: Xavier Junior College, the College of Cape Breton, and Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology. The University is affiliated with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the Association of Atlantic Universities.

Cape Breton University (CBU) is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, rich culture, and hospitable towns. The Beaton Institute, a center for local, regional, national, and global study, is housed on the university premises and seeks to encourage inquiry via creative educational and community programming activities.

The institution also includes a large central library with a vast collection of books, periodicals, research papers, and fiction. For the record, the library has thousands of volumes. The campus buildings cover 17,000 square feet and contain workrooms, reading rooms, administration blocks, and a few auditoriums. Furthermore, all of the institute's activities, fests, quizzes, and contests are held on campus. Students have access to all facilities.

All of the essential features and needs are included in the accommodation facilities. The University is located alongside several eateries, cafés, retail stores, and, most significantly, pharmacy shops. Furthermore, the site has been expanded, and four houses have been built: Macdonald Residence, Cabot Residence, Harris Hall, and Alumni Hall. Because of the growing number of enrolments over the years, the decision of campus expansion was made by the hostel administration of the University.

On North America's very first energy-self-sufficient university premises, CBU primarily focuses on business, liberal arts, science, technology, education, and health and wellness as the courses one can pursue. U Sports and Atlantic University Sport are two of the university's sports affiliations.

The institute's scholastic framework comprises a variety of disciplines grouped into several departments. Anthropology, Dramatic Literature, English, Folklore, Celtic Culture, Mathematics, Legal Studies, Information Technology, Philosophy, History, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Religious Studies are some of the major topics. The institute's teaching staff is experienced and offers students a plethora of real exposure. Students are also taken on industry excursions to gain a wider insight into the industry.

CBU, as a university is committed to distinction in teaching and learning, delivers students unparalleled learning experience and undergraduate research prospects in a supportive and interactive learning environment.
The courses, which cover a wide range of subjects, routinely outperform the national norms in terms of faculty-student engagement and community engagement.

Cape Breton University Ranking

Cape Breton University is rated 68 in Canada and 2906 globally, according to UniRanking. CBU was rated 62 in the country and 2713 in the worldwide ranking in the Ranking Web of Universities. CBU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), an Associate Member of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), and an Associate Member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Cape Breton University Fees

International Fees - 14,800 CAD


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Under graduate

  • Bachelor of Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Transfer)
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Post graduate

  • Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation
  • Master of Education (Educational Technology)
  • Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management

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Cape Breton University Intake

The University is set to resume classes on September 8, 2021, and plans to conduct the orientation starting September 4, 2021. The Fall Term is expected to see its last day on December 7, 2021.
Furthermore, the Cape Breton University plans to re-open on January 4, 2022, after a nice and long winter, while the classes are set to resume from January 10, 2022.

Although the University extends education under both Undergraduate and Postgraduate domains, the ratio shared by these two degrees stands at 1:0.09.

On average, the tuition fees for the various courses sum up to $11000-15000 per annum.


Every year, $2.5 million in scholarships and bursaries are awarded to CBU students. Students who enroll directly from high school or through articulation agreements are eligible for admission awards depending on their academic grades. Entrance Scholarships are awarded to domestic and international students, as well as high school students and articulation agreement students.
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