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Cape Breton University provides students a university experience of diversity and excellence and promises a future filled with opportunity.

  • CBU has transfer agreements with universities around the world
  • Offers $1.8 million(CAD) in student scholarships every year
  • Home to nearly 3300 students including 1000 from 40+ countries
  • CBU has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in Canada

About Cape Breton University

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About CBU

About CBU

Cape Breton University (CBU) is nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Island in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. As the second-largest city in Nova Scotia, it is said that Sydney is the best of both worlds, offering the amenities of a medium-sized, urban area with the safe and friendly atmosphere of a small town. Cape Breton Island is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful islands in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine and is a regular on Top 10 Places to Travel lists.

Study at CBU

While attending CBU, students have the opportunity to take on co-op work placements, paid internships and summer research projects. They’ll also attend classes with favourable student-teacher ratios—it’s no wonder CBU grads experience so much success in their chosen fields, and the highest senior student satisfaction (Macleans, 2013).

Whether students plan to study business, science, technology or the arts or, if they are determined to become a notable CEO, an innovative engineer or a famous novelist, CBU is their first step toward success.

CBU offers many different degree options, not limited to but including:

Transferring to CBU

CBU also has transfer agreements with colleges and universities around the world. To learn more please download our transfer agreement brochure.


More than $1.8 million (CAD$) is put into student scholarships every year to help make sure CBU students get the support they need to succeed. More information in the Scholarships section…

Global Partnerships

CBU has more than 100 Memoranda of Understanding and institutional agreements, 50 recruitment agents, an exclusive lange training school - the International Centre for English Academic Preparation, a partner campus in Egypt, a cooperation office in Beijing, a widely popular Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development and numerous exciting research projects – all of which demonstrate its commitment to global/local interrelations and outreach.

Some accreditation bodies and groups that CBU works with:

  • Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC);
  • Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU);
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • EduNova
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

International Students

Life at Cape Breton University is one of opportunity, diversity and academic excellence. Students will receive a world-class education, while embracing adventure in a safe and academically challenging location.

CBU is home to nearly 1,000 international students from more than 40 countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Egypt, Russia, the Bahamas, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Bangladesh. CBU fosters an inclusive and diverse learning environment, where students will experience the best of Canada, while making friends with people from around the globe.

Student Activities

From nationally-recognized sports teams, award-winning literary publications to world-renowned musicians, and unique theatre productions, everything is on the CBU campus.

International Student Services

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