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Cape Breton University

Canada
Overview

Overview

Welcome to Cape Breton University (CBU). A place where students earn a world-class education on Canada's most beautiful island, and build bonds for life. This is where students' futures take shape and their passions are ignited.

Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities, CBU is home to more than 5,000 students from more than 50 countries around the world.

CBU students are part of a diverse campus community, and are surrounded by global perspectives, unique experiences and a safe and inclusive learning environment. To help enrich the living and learning experience, CBU provides unmatched student supports to ensure students are set up for success.

CBU offers more than 20 academic programs, and 60 areas of study, including both undergraduate and graduate options. Students with previous post-secondary experience may be eligible for transfer credit, earning the ability to complete CBU programs in two years or less.

Programs are offered in diverse fields of study and consistently rank well above the national averages in faculty-student interaction and service learning. Areas of study include hospitality and tourism, engineering, supply chain management, business, liberal arts, public administration, science, health and professional programs and more.

As a university that is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, CBU provides students with the advantage of outstanding experiential learning and undergraduate research opportunities in a supportive academic environment.

CBU's people, cultures, and strong sense of community make the student experience an enriching one.

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What's new

What's new

CBU's Covid-19 Response

Since mid-January 2020, CBU has been working closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to ensure the institution's response aligns with the recommendations being made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

To date, based on the information available, CBU has implemented a number of preventative measures to help limit the spread of the virus. The most noteworthy being that the 2020 autumn (September) semester at CBU will be online only. A decision has not yet been made on the delivery model of CBU's winter (January) 2021 semester.

Learn more about CBU's response to COVID-19.

Preparing for Online Learning: Start Smart!

In August 2020, CBU launched an online learning experience called Start Smart to give new and returning students from all programs an opportunity to become familiar with online learning at CBU. Students learn how to be more effective and successful in an online environment, and connect with faculty, staff and classmates. The overall goal of the program is to build student confidence and excitement for online studies.

New CBU Programs

CBU is an innovative institution, adapting to the needs of the ever-changing world. Over the past three years, CBU has launched more than five new academic programs, as well as several new areas of study. New programming is offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and includes diplomas and degrees. Some of the newest CBU programs available to students are:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment
  • Public Administration and Management (Diploma or Bachelor options available)
  • Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics
  • Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management
  • Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The mission at CBU is to develop the academic lives of students, while having a profound and positive effect on the communities with which it engages. High-quality teaching combined with innovative learning spaces and experimental opportunities ensures that students' needs are met, while at the same time fostering a feeling of inclusion and belonging which expands and solidifies their perception of themselves within the world.

The learning experience at CBU is based around rigorous and conscientious research, centred around the concept of ‘transformation through inquiry', combined with the following three values.

Courage – (Mel kik no'ti in Mi'kmaq)
Thriving through creativity and leadership

Cooperation – (Maw lukitimk in Mi'kmaq)
Working together for the common good

Quality – (Mawi kelu'lk in Mi'kmaq)
Achieving excellence through continual improvement

The university lays out its principles very clearly through the Teaching and the Student Learning Experience, which provides a detailed breakdown of the academic structure the university implements. CBU has one of the smallest average class sizes in the country, meaning students receive more one-on-one contact time with their instructors and professors, ample access to university facilities and resources, and more hands-on and undergraduate research opportunities.

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Department structure

Department structure

CBU is comprised of four academic schools: School of Arts and Social Sciences School of Education and Health, School of Science and Technology and the Shannon School of Business. Combined, these academic schools offer more than 20 programs and 60 areas of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Each academic school fosters its own approach to learning, though academic integrity and quality of education are fundamental aspects which remain consistent across all fields of study. Small class sizes, taught by engaging and experienced faculty experts, offer students the opportunity to conduct research as soon as within their first year. Community-oriented engagement and an experimental approach to learning is encouraged and possible within almost all programs. Internships, work experience placements and exchanges encourage students to look outside the boundaries of the classroom and gain critical perspectives which will inform their own choices, both during and post university.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements at CBU can vary based on the program of interest and any prior education a student may have. However, general undergraduate admissions require a 65 per cent average as well as proof of English language proficiency. On CBU's website, students will find an admissions requirement tool at the bottom of each academic program page.

Admission requires an IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEFL score of 80, or a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT test.

An international baccalaureate score of 24 or equivalent is required for international student entry, and students who have studied at another accredited post-secondary institution may be able to transfer earned credits into their CBU program. When applying, prospective students are required to submit official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions attended. These are typically sent directly from the institution to CBU.

The CBU academic calendar also provides information on admission requirements, specific to each degree program.

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Facilities

Facilities

CBU's campus sits upon a wonderfully landscaped site, with wide tree lined avenues and open green spaces throughout. The campus is surrounded by natural forests, offering beautiful scenery, seasonal views and miles of hiking trails. Only seven kilometers from the coast, sandy beaches are a short journey away for CBU students, as well as access to many other necessary amenities and recreational activities.

The campus contains a state of the art sports facilities, learning rooms, computer laboratories, cafes and many other amenities. For those wishing to look beyond the grounds of CBU, the city's bus service visits campus hourly, with routes running between downtown Sydney and Glace Bay where students will find restaurants, bars, cinemas and shopping centres.

There are three safe and secure residence options on campus, offering a variety of accommodation options from traditional single dorm rooms to shared apartment-style living. Living in residence is a big part of the university experience, and CBU ensures that there are options to suit everyone. The university website includes a map and virtual tour of the campus and its facilities.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Through its network of donors and alumni, CBU provides CAD $2 million in scholarships and bursaries annually. Students admitted directly from high school or through articulation agreement partners are eligible for entrance scholarships based on their academic performance. Scholarships and bursaries range from CAD 500 to CAD 5,000 per year.

All incoming students must submit an official transcript to be considered for an entrance scholarship, and a financial need application is required for those who are interested in bursaries. The application includes submission of tax documents, and becomes available to apply between January and March. Articulation agreement students who are transferring programs require a minimum of 80 per cent average to be eligible, with no module failures, as well as requirements for English language.

In addition to these, there are a number of in-course scholarships and bursaries which require completion of one year of study at CBU, while maintaining an overall average grade of at least 80 per cent. There is no application for these scholarships, since they are awarded based entirely on academic performance.

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What our students think about us

Overview
(4.5)
Course Quality
5.0
Campus Safety
5.0
Student Support
5.0
Teaching Quality
5.0
Campus Environment
5.0
Cape Breton University Cape Breton University
Rated4/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Cape Breton University - by, 2019-12-17
4.0/ 5 stars
Cape Breton University Cape Breton University
Rated4/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Cape Breton University - by, 2020-01-08
5.0/ 5 stars

Total average cost: $3324

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  • $733
    Food
  • $117
    Daily life
  • $256
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Sydney Nova Scotia 1250 Grand Lake Road
Cape Breton University is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. It is one of Canada?s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture.

CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada?s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada?s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.

The great thing about a small campus is there?s always something going on, the student body is always involved and there is never a dull moment. Cape Breton University is dedicated to providing students with a variety of physically active choices. Throughout the year, students will be able to participate in: daily and nightly intramurals, the Shinerama Lob Ball Tournament, Yoga and Pilates classes, Super Bowl Flag Football and so much more. The Intramural program promotes an environment of fun, fair play, and athletic competition, through the medium of physical activity. Beside this, it offers numerous student societies like Aboriginal Society, Track and Field Society, Volunteer Society, Save the Children Society, Orange Army etc.

The university is as distinct as the island it?s named after. Cape Breton Island is an amazing backdrop for student?s time at university. From the Bras D?or lakes to the stunning Cabot Trail, there?s a reason that Cape Breton Island is consistently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Located in Sydney, CBU students will have plenty of opportunity to check out the natural beauty of the Island and be back with more than enough time for a night out with friends in the city.
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