International Students

Estimated Cost of Living

The budget of each student will vary depending on their needs, tastes, program and choice of accommodation. The cost of living in Cape Breton isn’t as high as other areas of the country, but it is higher than other parts of the world.

Below is a cost breakdown of what International Students can expect to pay for one year of full-time study in an undergraduate program at Cape Breton University for the 2014/15 academic year.

Tuition and Applicable Fees

Tuition $6,380.00 (based on 5, 6-credit courses)
International Fee $6,490.00 (based on 5, 6-credit courses)
Students’ Union Fee $195.00 (based on 5, 6-credit courses)
Campus Activity Fee $60.00 (mandatory)
International Medical & Dental $732.00 (mandatory)
Total Tuition & Fees $13,857.00

Please click here to see Residence and Meal Plan fees.

Students should also allow for approximately $1000-$1500 for textbooks and supplies.  Spending money for extracurricular activity should be considered as well according to the individual.

An international student who intends to register in full-time studies in an undergraduate program and live on campus can expect to have charges of approximately, $25,273 Canadian dollars.

For more detailed information on tuition and fees, students are encouraged to visit the Tuition & Fees section to become familiar with Cape Breton University’s financial policies.


Opening a Bank Account

You will need two pieces of identification to open a bank account in Canada, one of which needs to be a photo identification.

Students are advised to arrive with cash and/or travellers cheques to carry you through the first few days while you get your bank account opened. Money can then be wired directly to your account from your home country.

There are several major banks in Canada with home branches throughout the country and Cape Breton. Research to see which financial institution offers you what you need. They are listed here in alphabetical order.

  • Bank of Montreal (BMO)
    For information on BMO visit their website or contact one of their branches.
  • CIBC
    For all information concerning CIBC you can visit their website or contact one of their branches.
  • Credit Unions of Cape Breton
    For information on Credit Unions of Cape Breton visit their website or contact one of the branches.
  • President’s Choice Financial
    For information visit the President’s Choice Financial website or contact the branch.
  • Royal Bank (RBC)
    For information visit the RBC website or contact one of the branches.
  • Scotiabank
    For information, visit the Scotiabank website or contact one of their branches.
  • TD Bank Financial Group
    To find out about TD Bank Financial Group and the services they offer visit the TD Canada Trust website or contact their branch.
Finance Office

Phone: 902-563-1670