Beinn Mhàbu: First Year Foundation Program

Immerse Yourself in the Heart of the Gaelic Community

Cape Breton University and the Gaelic College have partnered to offer a broad-based interdisciplinary First Year Foundation Program for students looking to gain a deeper understanding of the history, literature, music and dance of Gaelic culture that formed 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 Gaidhealtachd (living Gaelic community). 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 First Year Foundation 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?

The First Year Foundation Program at Beinn Mhàbu is a one year program for first year students. Students are able to enter into the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts Community Studies for their remaining years of study. The tuition and fees for the First Year Foundation Program at Beinn Mhàbu are listed below. 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.

Program Structure & Resources

How do I apply for this program?

Students wishing to apply for the First Year Foundation Program at Beinn Mhàbu can follow the steps for How to Apply to CBU and select “Beinn Mhàbu” as their program option on the admission application.

Why study at Beinn Mhàbu & 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 real world. 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