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Cape Breton University

Why Cape Breton University?

With a global perspective, Cape Breton University is one of Canada’s most ambitious universities. A little over half of CBU’s 5,000 students are from Cape Breton Island and just under a third are international in origin. Cape Breton University is located on the East Coast of Canada in the province of Nova Scotia and is highly ranked in multiple categories. Cape Breton University has one of the highest student satisfaction rates in Canada and has one of the lowest student to staff ratios. Cape Breton is one of the most beautiful locations to live in and has an internationally renowned culture and welcoming multicultural community spirit.

EC Quick Facts

Which EC course should I take

  • Intensive Course (30 lessons per week)

IELTS/TOEFL waiver granted for students who complete:

Graduates of the agreed pathway level with EC

Class size
5,000 students
Conditional admissions offered for
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Science and Technology (Transfer option)
  • Business
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Professional Studies
Annual Tuition
  • $15,000 - $16,000


Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS

Application Information

Application deadlines

Students can begin their studies in most programs at CBU in September, January, or May. A new international student orientation program is offered for those entering in September.
Note: the Bachelor of Science Nursing program is only available for September entry and the Bachelor of Education program is only available for May entry.

Application Requirements

  • Applications for admissions from international students will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Require graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent, with an average of ‘C’ in five senior academic-level/university preparatory courses.
Detail information is provided below:

Estimated processing times:

Letter of offer issued within 7 working days. 
Once you receive your letter of offer:
1.  Confirm your acceptance as outlined in the Letter of offer and make a payment for the first semester 
2. Letter of acceptance issued within 7 days
3. Contact your local Canadian Immigration office and apply for your study permit

What do I need to apply?

  • A completed International Application Form
  • A non-refundable application processing fee of $103.00 CAD. 
  • Copies of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts and certificates (in original language, as well as English or translated into English)