Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada

Sydney, Canada

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Subhashri Roy
Updated on May 19, 2022 10:26 AM IST


Cape Breton University was established as a degree-granting university college in 1982 by an act passed by the Nova Scotia Assembly. It was at that time that the original St. Francis Xavier University (1951) (satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University) renamed itself as the University College of Cape Breton. It became the first university college in Canada. In 2005, the university college again changed its name to Cape Breton University . Presently, the institution is affiliated to AAU, UC, CBIE and CICan, CASN and CCTT. Cape Breton also has a research unit, which is small in size, yet dabbles in various studies and fields. Some of the researches include Aboriginal Business Studies, Mine Water Management, Marine Ecosystem Research, Social Justice, Molecular Spectroscopy, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Green Mining, Environmental Remediation, etc. 

Cape Breton University operates through 6 schools including Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Health, Nursing, Shannon School of Business, Science & Technology and Unama’ki College. The university offers over 50 undergraduate degrees, 20+ master degrees, certificate degrees, diplomas and transfer credit courses. It further has 8 research chairs within its jurisdiction. Cape Breton motivates its students to indulge in activities through societies, some of which include Abroriginal Society, Biology Society, Christian fellowship, Gaming Society, Language Society, Parks Canada Society, WUSC Society, Women’s Caper Rugby Society, Indian Society, etc. The university is alma mater to some notable names such as, Steve Arbuckle, Richie Wilcox, Neil Libbey, Ursula Johnson, Nolan Crouse, David Dingwall, Amanada Budden, Peter Schaale, Gerald Simpson, and many others.

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Cape Breton Facts & Highlights



Type of University

Public, Coed

Average Annual Tuition Fee

Bachelors - CAD 18,515

Masters - CAD 5,000

Admission Intakes

Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

Average GPA Requirement


Average Exam Score Requirement

IELTS - 6.5; TOEFL - 80; Duolingo - 115; PTE - 59; GRE - 307; GMAT - 500

Admission Requirements

Standardised test scores, LOR, SOP, Academic Transcripts

Admissions Deadlines

June, 2022 (tentative)

Percentage of International Students

69% (approximately)

Size of Campus (in acres)


Alumni Worldwide


Female to Male Ratio

54 : 46

Cape Breton University Rankings

Cape Breton University is considered among the top 100 universities of Canada. The MacLean’s ranks the university as 19th among the Primarily Undergraduate Universities, and 46th in Reputation in Canada. Additionally, the university has also been named by the international ranking charts in the range of 2000’s among global universities, and 100’s among Canadian universities.

Ranking Parameters


World Rank 2022


Country (Canada) Rank 2022


Cape Breton University Fees

Cape Breton University charges a different fees from international students:

Qualification Level

Annual Tuition Fee (CAD)


CAD 18,515


CAD 4,000-15,000

Cape Breton University Important Dates

Cape Breton University follows following schedule as a guide for admissions and session beginning:


Fall Intake

Winter Intake

Spring/Summer Intake

Application Deadline

June, 2022

October, 2022

February, 2023

Session Begin

September, 2023

January, 2023

May, 2023

Cape Breton University Admission Process

Cape Breton University admission process for international students includes the two important aspects of the application process and submission of the required documents. Let us go through both in detail below:

Application Process

Cape Breton University accepts the application through three channels of communication:

  • Mail

  • Fax

  • Email

The applicants are required to complete their application along with the documents required and take help of authorised personnel in their home country to submit the application. The application may be submitted through any of the above communication channels, and authorised representatives shall help the applicant in assessing a method best suited to them and the time limit they have.

Documents Required

Cape Breton admission process shall require the following documents to be submitted:

  • Academic Transcripts

  • English Language Proficiency Proof

  • Standardised Test scores as required by the course

  • Application Form and SOP

  • LOR(s) as required by the course

  • Application Essay and Student CV

  • Passport copy

Cape Breton University Eligibility Criteria

Cape Breton University checks the applications received for following eligibility criterion:

Qualification(s) Required

Bachelors - SSC XII from CBSE/ICSE/State Board

Masters - Undergraduate degree in relevant field of course program

Average GPA

Bachelors -  1.0

Masters - 1.7

English Proficiency Tests


Admission Tests

Bachelors - SAT/ACT (country specific & optional)

Masters - GMAT/GRE

Cape Breton University Scholarships

Cape Breton University uses its own funds, donations and other contributions to provide scholarships and bursaries of CAD 2.6 million every year. The university has a range of entrance and academic course scholarships which it offers to both domestic and international students. Some of these scholarships include:

  • Chancellor’s Entrance Scholarship

  • President’s Entrance Scholarship

  • Schwartz Entrance Scholarship

  • W.M. Reid Entrance Scholarship

  • Joyce Foundation Bursaries

  • Kevin Hillman Scholarships

  • William Bill Bugg Entrance Award

  • Joe Macmullen Memorial Scholarship

  • John Harker International Scholar Award

  • Sydney Credit Union Scholarships

Cape Breton University requires its students to apply for scholarships other than entrance scholarships. They are generated and allocated on the basis  of initial applications. Some programs have a limited number of beneficiaries, while others are available for all successfully completing eligibility requirements of the programme.

Cape Breton University Placements

Cape Breton University provides international students with Careers and Placements Support. The university operates both practices through its Career Services department, where registration is not a compulsion. The functions of Cape Breton’s careers support can be mapped as:

  • Internships and part-time job support to students, by helping them connect with proper platforms and verified employers. The safe and secure channel helps in maintaining the study-work balance of the students.

  • Offer of on-campus part-time jobs, where students can earn, work and even help out university’s administration in the management of various campus activities and functioning.

  • Consultation to individual students on career planning and helping them understand what they want to achieve, all possible opportunities they can access, etc.

  • Organises workshops, career webinars and seminars, and offers assistance to build a good profile, CV and Cover Letters.

  • Support in understanding various interviews and how to tackle the environment and questions during a single session.

  • Organising events for employers and students to meet and interact through events, interviews, web portals, etc.

  • Top recruiters of the Cape breton University graduates include NovaScotia Bank, Amazon, Google, Apple, FedEx, etc.

Cape Breton University Alumni

Cape Breton University’s alumni are known as CAPERS, and they are subscribed to a long list of benefits with the university as their alma mater. Some of these benefits include:

  • Lifetime access and subscription to university’s newsletter, journals, etc. These circulations publish about current and past students, their achievements and also prove non-direct channels of connection.

  • Opportunity to become a contributor to scholarship funds of the university. The alumni have the opportunity to support current students with finances and enable education to all.

  • Participation opportunities in various events conducted by the university and growing social and professional network. 

  • Access to high quality students as future employees and interns. This proves as a chance to hone current talent and also ensure human workforce for the self-establishment.

  • Lifetime access to the university's network of partners and other collaborations.

Cape Breton University Accommodation

Cape Breton University offers on-campus accommodations to its students as well as  assistance in finding off-campus accommodations. The facilities and services provided by the university with respect to accommodation can be mapped as:

  • On-campus accommodation for international students at Cape Breton is available in Cabot Residence, Alumni Hall and Harriss Hall.

  • Applications are entertained on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis.

  • The students can approach the administration to get suggestions and get connected with off-campus accommodation providers. The university only has connections that  have been verified and offer reasonable terms and conditions.

  • The university also offers to get accommodations arranged for family members and relatives of the students in the surrounding hotels.

  • O-campus accommodation facilities at the university are offered at heavily discounted rates in comparison to off-campus accommodation.

  • Collateral facilities to on-campus accommodation range from single rooms  to common dorm facilities.

Campus Location

Cape Breton University

1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2, Canada | (902) 563-1844 |

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