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  • The Cape Breton University (CBU) is a co-ed public undergraduate university located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. The only post-secondary degree-granting institution within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and on Cape Breton Island.
  • It was established on June 28, 1974, the College of Cape Breton (CCB), combining the Sydney Campus of St. F.X (Xavier College) and NSEIT into a single post-secondary institution under an autonomous Board of Governors. CCB became the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB), the first university college of its kind in Canada, later in 1982, the institute was granted the status of University.
  • Later, on February 25, 2005, the Board of Governors voted to rename the institution to Cape Breton University.
  • The University is sanctioned by the Cape Breton University Act passed by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The University is also a member of Universities Canada, the association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Colleges and Institute Canada (CIC).
  • The University is nested surrounded by impeccable natural landscape, vibrant culture and embracing communities; the University is home to around 5,500 students from across 40 countries around the globe.
  • The University is home to more than 3,500 international students out of the total students' population of 5,500, Cape Breton University is regarded as the second largest institute with the international student community of any maritime university.
  • CBU is known for its unique programs, such as the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Public Health and Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development.

Why study at Cape Breton University?

  • The University's commitment to Cape Breton Island's future encourages introducing innovative economic development and sustainability programs and indigenous learning leadership.
  • The Cape Breton University offers students a comprehensive set of liberal arts, business, health, science
  • and professional programs on the first energy self-sufficient campus in North America.
  • The University is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. It also allows students to experience outdoor experimental learning and undergraduate research opportunities in a supportive academic environment.
  • The University offers diverse study programs and consistently ranks well above the national averages in faculty-student interaction and service learning.
  • Cape Breton University is ranked 19th in MacLean's Primarily Undergraduate university ranking since 2018 and ranked at 46th position in its 2021 reputational survey.
  • The University ranks at 6th position overall in their 2021 student satisfaction survey.


  • School of Arts and Social Science
  • School of Education and Health
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Shannon School of Business

Faculty and Programs

Arts, Social Science & Culture

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment
  • Bachelor of Arts Community Studies
  • Diploma in Public Administration and Management
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Theatre
  • Celtic Culture
  • Communication
  • English
  • Folklore
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Physical Activity Leadership

Arts, Social Science & Culture

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Community Economic Development

  • Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development


  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma In Education
  • Diploma in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education Un Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

Engineering & Technology

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Chemical
  • Electronics & Control
  • Environmental Studies
  • Manufacturing
  • Petroleum

Health & Well-Being

  • Bachelor of Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition
  • Post-Baccalaureates Diploma in Health Care Management
  • Sports and Physical Activity Leadership


  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing


  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology


The University offers more than 2.5M in scholarships every year, from first-year students to graduation. It also supports students through in-course bursaries and paid work-study programs. Following are scholarships offered:

Entrance Scholarship

Domestic and International students seeking admission for the undergraduate programs can be considered for entrance scholarships. Major entrance scholarships are Chancellor's, President's, Deans', Fitzgerald, Schwartz, W.M. Reid and Orpha Thayer-Scott.

Other Entrance Scholarship includes:

  • MacLeod-Matheson Bursaries
  • Chartwells Awards
  • Louis and Perl Guam Bursary
  • Lauchie Gillis Memorial Award
  • Joyce Foundation Bursaries
  • C. W. MacDonald and many more


  • Cape Breton University offers off-campus accommodation, and students have an opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle in a small town.
  • Cape Breton Island has a lot to offer its residents, endless adventure, museums, historic properties surrounded by nature.