All CBU students have the option of attending another university on exchange for a term or year. Folklore and Ethnomusicology faculty have initiated exchange agreements with particular institutions in Scotland and Ireland where students may take music, language, folklore and other courses that will count for credit at CBU.

Folklore and Music Abroad

We offer several exchange opportunities so that you can study abroad.
Studying abroad has many benefits:

  • you’ll develop independence and life skills that you could not otherwise learn on campus
  • by meeting new people and visiting new places, you’ll see the world from many new perspectives
  • you’ll learn about other cultures and ways of life, and the interrelationship between cultural values and behaviours
  • as you come into contact with other people, you’ll develop a greater sense of yourself as a Canadian and of the distinct features of Canada as a country
  • it will set you apart from other job seekers in a competitive market

Studying abroad is also affordable: your CBU tuition covers your tuition at any of the institutions listed below.

Currently, we offer exchanges to the following universities and colleges. The credits you take on exchange at any of these institutions will count towards the requirements of your CBU degree. Please contact one of our faculty for more information.

Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland
Here, students study performance, music history, ethnomusicology, and ethnochoreology, amongst other aspects of music and dance. Students study performance with visiting and resident tutors who represent the cream of performance in Ireland and beyond. In addition to solo and ensemble performance, students engage in vocational studies directly relevant to traditional music and dance, enabling the student to engage the real word of professional performance. For example, students record CDs and videos, use digital media, write business plans, plan tours, and organize performances. Academic courses are balanced with courses designed to meet students’ future career needs as professional performers.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland
An elite institution for higher education in music and drama, RCS is unique for its Traditional Music programs. Students concentrate on developing their performance skills on their chosen instrument, and study related topics, like singing, group-work, and dance. With added opportunities for outreach work and tours both within Scotland and abroad, the program offers a unique training for traditional musicians.

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Isle of Skye, Scotland
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is the only institution of higher education that operates through the medium of the Scots Gaelic language. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye, SMO is committed to being a center of excellence for the development and enhancement of the Gaelic language, culture, and heritage. Exchange students develop their Gaelic fluency while earning a certificate in the language. Oral and written Gaelic skills are emphasized in courses such as geography, history, song, Gaelic literature, and media studies. Students will also work for three weeks in a Gaelic community in order to develop practical, career-related skills while practicing their spoken and written skills.

UHI Millenium Institute

Numerous campuses throughout Scotland
UHI is a distinctive and innovative higher education institution offering programs at fifteen participating campuses throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (including Sabhal Mòr Ostaig). Each college and research institution has its own distinctive character and strengths. UHI has three faculties (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Leisure; and Science and Technology) housed in high-quality buildings equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that allows students at any given campus to take courses at any other UHI campus using communications technologies. Programs offered at UHI include: Culture Studies of the Highlands & Islands, Environment & Heritage Studies, Fine Art, Gaelic Language & Culture, Gaelic Traditional Music, Popular Music Performance, and Scottish History.

Newcastle University

Newcastle, UK (in northeastern England, just south of the Scottish border)
Newcastle’s very strong music program offers a balance between the academic and performance study of music and song traditions of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. They offer many performing opportunities as well as the chance to hear renowned musicians. They have state-of-the-art facilities, including practice rooms, recording studios, and high-quality musical instruments and equipment.


Ian Brodie
Associate Professor, Folklore

Office: CE263C

Phone: 563.1418

Richard MacKinnon
Professor, Folklore, Department Chair, as well as Managing Editor, MCR

Office: CE264

Phone: 902.563.1284

Kate Dunlay
Lecturer of Celtic Music within the Ethnomusicology Program

Office: Off Campus

Phone: 902.445.9797

Gerald Pocius
Visiting Research Professor

Office: CE252

Phone: 902.563.1229