A Celtic Revival
There’s an exciting Gaelic revival occurring, bringing the native language of Scotland and Ireland back to life. Cape Breton is central to this revival, being the only Gaelic-speaking community in North America. Cape Breton University is pleased to also play a part by offering a minor in Gaelic.
What Is The Study of Gaelic?
The Celtic language of Gaelic and its rich culture have helped shape Nova Scotia and Cape Breton’s identity. Centuries ago, Gaelic speaking immigrants from both Ireland and Scotland came by the tens of thousands and made Nova Scotia their home. Their descendants have done a remarkable job preserving the language and bringing it into the 21st Century, resulting in Cape Breton’s unique and internationally recognized cultural identity.
Why Study Gaelic At CBU?
Get to know a language that helped shape our heritage.
- In Nova Scotia, Gaelic is a recognized teachable, providing students with a unique opportunity to work in the education sector
- Students will be qualified to teach non-credit and community Gaelic language classes or work in the Provincial Government
- Artistically inclined speakers can use their newfound linguistic skills for song-writing, literature, poetry, theatre, art and dance
- Immerse yourself in Cape Breton’s lively Celtic Culture. Take in the annual Celtic Colours International Festival, participate in weekly traditional music sessions at Blue Mist Tavern and Governors Pub, try your hand at Gaelic poetry, or visit the Highland Village Museum.
- Students are encouraged to spend a year on exchange at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig or the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Courses are delivered entirely in Gaelic, giving students the opportunity to fully experience Celtic culture and return with strong oral and written Gaelic skills. Learn more about CBU’s Exchange Programs.