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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.

2023/2024 Placement

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Host Payment
Excellent
Home Payment
Excellent

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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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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Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing

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... ++ show all

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

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

Finances
  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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
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.

Resources

Campus Links

Health

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.

Requirements

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