September 2020 Information

COVID-19 has presented universities across the country with many challenges. As we continue to navigate the situation, the success of our students and the health and safety of our campus community remain our top concerns.

We have decided that the Fall 2020 semester at Cape Breton University will be delivered completely online. It is important to make this decision now, to provide time to adapt our operations and maintain our commitment to providing an exceptional student experience. 

The decision to move to online learning was not an easy one to make, but it is in the best interest of our campus community’s safety. While this decision changes the way in which our students’ education is delivered, it does not change the standard to which that education is held. Online delivery, when done with adequate planning, can be a very robust and engaging learning experience. That is our goal and that is how we will spend the next three months. 

We continue to work closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to ensure our response is informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. We will reopen campus facilities when we are directed to do so.

We know you likely have many questions, and we are working hard to work out all of the details. We want you to feel supported during this unusual time and want to hear from you as well.  We will keep you updated as more decisions are made. Please keep an eye on your email and check www.cbu.ca/covid-19 regularly. 

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.

If you have questions or feedback, you can email askme@cbu.ca.

September 2020 FAQs

Yes. Although we have moved to online learning, Cape Breton University continues to operate and will maintain operations for the upcoming semester. We are currently accepting applications for September intake at cbu.ca/apply

No. Cape Breton University will be delivering the Fall semester completely online.

We have decided this now because we want to have the necessary time to fully adapt courses into rich online learning experiences.

The decision to move to online learning was not an easy one to make, but it is in the best interest of our campus community’s safety. We continue to work closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to ensure our response is informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia.

While this decision changes the way in which your education is delivered, it does not change the standard to which that education is held. Online delivery, when done with adequate planning, can be a very robust and engaging learning experience. That is our goal.

Other operations will be determined based on public health orders. We continue to work closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to ensure our response is informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia.

We will keep you updated as more decisions are made. Please keep an eye on your email and check www.cbu.ca/covid-19 regularly.

We’re hosting a Virtual Open House that will help provide information on everything you need to know about CBU from programs and services to financial aid and more. To learn more and register, click here.

For online payment options and instructions, click here. 

Online courses will not affect your PGWPP eligibility.

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.

If you’re in this situation, you may

  • begin your classes while outside Canada, and
  • complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.

If you start your studies in fall 2020, you won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete while outside Canada between fall 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Students do not need a study permit to take distance or online courses in Canada, however if you would like to apply for a post-graduation work permit at the end of your program you will need a study permit. If you do not have a study permit during your time spent studying, it will not count toward your PGWP.

Visas are only required to enter Canada. Visas are automatically processed when a student applies for a study permit.

Yes, students can register and study online from any country. Please keep in mind that at this time, permission to study from outside of Canada is only approved until December 31, 2020. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will expect students to travel to Canada when on-campus classes resume.

Students should not begin classes until their study permit is approved. If you make a tuition deposit and your study permit application gets denied, you can receive a 100% refund when you provide proof of the refusal.

We know you likely have many questions, and we are working hard to work out all of the details. We want you to feel supported during this unusual time and want to hear from you as well. If you have questions or feedback, you can email askme@cbu.ca.