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Come from away? Get to know Cape Breton Island!


CBU is located on beautiful Cape Breton Island, which is consistently ranked as the #1 Island in North America. Cape Breton is home to a collection of vibrant communities and its friendly people and safe, welcoming environment come together to make it a destination of choice for travellers from near and far. CBU’s active Campus Life & Recreation offers many opportunities to get involved with classmates and the community.


Like most of Canada, affordable housing is a serious issue in Cape Breton. Housing in the area is limited and students should begin their search early.  CBU continues to advocate for affordable housing solutions.


Primary rental market statistics for Cape Breton are available for review, and students should budget at least $1,000 per month for housing and associated costs.

i.) What program is right for you? Browse our Academic Programs to learn more about our current offerings or connect with one of our CBU Recruiters to talk about program options. Once you find a program that is right for you, review any program-specific admissions requirements on that program of study page.


ii.) Review your eligibility. Students must be at least 16 years of age to apply. Make sure you review and meet CBU’s General Admissions Requirements. Canadian Applicants can also learn more about their provincial requirements, while International Applicants should review the Country-Specific Requirements and Language Requirements.


Please note: CBU does not act as a custodian for any international students. Students between the ages of 16-18 should refer to information in the Academic Calendar about studying in Canada as a minor.


iii.) Have you studied at a post-secondary institution already? Make sure to visit our Transfer Hub to learn more about applying for transfer credits.


iv.) Have you studied at CBU already?  Are you a returning CBU student who graduated from a previous program, or took an extended leave of studies from a current program? Returning students must have their accounts reactivated at CBU. Rather than follow the traditional process to apply to CBU, returning students should complete the Reactivation for Returning Students form. Once your application for reactivation has been reviewed, CBU Admissions will be in touch via your personal email to confirm your next steps.

i.) You will need to create a CBU Future Student Account. You will submit your application via this platform.


ii.) Gather your documentation. You’ll need items like transcripts, certificates and language scores (if applicable). Your Future Student Account will prompt you for all required documentation, as well as all supplemental documentation (Letter of Intent or References, if applicable).


iii.) You will need a credit card to apply. CBU currently accepts Visa or Mastercard as payment.

i.) International students can apply to change their agent by completing the Change of Agent form. This form can be submitted to the email indicated on the form.

Please note that it is not possible to request a change of agent after commission has been paid.


ii.) For applicants currently residing in any of the seven countries listed below, your application must be submitted through our in-market educational partner. They will provide you with guidance on your application, review your supporting documents, and process your submission to us. Please email the corresponding address and they will give you step-by-step instructions to apply or refer you to an approved agent. Applications submitted to CBU directly from these countries will not be processed.



iii.) If you reside outside of the seven countries listed above, you can using our online admissions application.


Questions? Contact CBU’s Admissions Office at or 902-563-1330.