Gaelic Foundations: Living Cultures at Beinn Mhàbu

Program Snapshot

Immerse Yourself in the Heart of a Gaelic Community

Cape Breton University and Colaisde na Gàidhlig | the Gaelic College have partnered to offer a broad-based interdisciplinary Gaelic Foundations Program for students looking to gain a deeper understanding of the history, literature, music and dance of Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Delivered in English at the Gaelic College Mabou campus (Beinn Mhàbu), students will dive deeply into key aspects of Gaelic culture from the ancient past to present day.

While on campus at Beinn Mhàbu, students will be living and studying in the only recognized Gàidhealtachd (living Gaelic community) outside of Scotland where culture still informs everyday life. This program allows students to take part in self-directed learning and develop well-honed practical skills like critical thinking, research, writing and debating in a group setting.

The Gaelic Foundations Program provides students with the option to continue their studies in their second year at CBU in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts Community Studies. Students also have the potential to receive transfer credits at another university and continue their studies after completing the Foundation program.

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What is the tuition for this program?

Please see below the cost estimates for one year at Beinn Mhàbu. All amounts are listed in Canadian Dollars ($CAD) and are subject to change. These numbers are an estimate for planning purposes only:
  • Residents of Nova Scotia: $8,244 per year
  • Residents of Canada: $9,527 per year
  • International Residents: $18,515 per year


For a complete breakdown, visit Tuition and Fees.


Why study at Beinn Mhabu & CBU?

On Cape Breton Island, it’s as rewarding to study here as it is to live here. That’s why we provide opportunities for specific place-based learning experiences. Cape Breton is a place where Gaelic culture currently lives in our local communities and is woven into our history and culture. In Nova Scotia, which means New Scotland, you’ll find a different perspective than you would anywhere else on the continent.

Inside and outside our modern facilities, our faculty offer a friendly, approachable teaching style that goes a long way in providing you with an edge in the realworld. Our collaborative teaching philosophy means many faculty contribute to different disciplines and programs. This interdisciplinary approach provides students with various perspectives to learn from in a personalized learning environment.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Research and debating skills
  • Deepened understanding of Gaelic culture

Possible Career Paths

Admission Requirements

Please select your province for specific admission requirements.

General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU: