Student Travel

International Student Travel: Winter 2023

In preparation for your arrival in Canada, please carefully review the terms from the Government of Canada to make sure you meet the criteria for travelStudents who have not secured housing accommodations should not travel to Canada, and are encouraged to defer their studies until they can secure housing.

IRCC Changes for Studying Online

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced changes to restrictions for post-secondary students taking online courses as it relates to their future post-graduate work permit (PGWP) applications. 

Please note, time spent studying outside of Canada can be counted toward the overall length of the PGWP until August 31, 2023. Any time spent studying outside of Canada after August 31, 2023, should be deducted from the length of the PGWP.

Arriving at your port-of-entry into Canada:

When you arrive at a port-of-entry into Canada, you’ll meet a border services officer who will make sure you meet some basic requirements for arrival in Canada

Travelling to Sydney, Nova Scotia

Airport pick-up in Sydney, Nova Scotia is available from January 2-7, 2023. Airport pick-up requests must be submitted 48 hours prior to your arrival time in Sydney, Nova Scotia. All students must have accommodations secured before booking. For more information about on and off-campus housing accommodations, please visit


International Student Health Insurance

Arriving in Canada on January 1 or later? Your international student health insurance plan with Cape Breton University will begin on January 1, 2023, or on the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive after January 1, 2023.

Arriving in Canada before January 1, 2023? Please visit and click EARLY/LATE ARRIVALS.

You can also learn more about international student health insurance at CBU. A list of international student health FAQs is also available.