Welcome to Cape Breton University! We can’t wait to welcome you for the Spring/Summer 2023 semester. Below you will find helpful information that will help you prepare for your travels to Canada to begin your studies.
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. All students who started or will start a program of study between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023, are required to complete at least 50% of their program (or programs) of study in Canada.
For the above group of students, up until August 31, 2023, time spent studying outside of Canada will be counted toward the overall length of the PGWP only if it constitutes less than 50% of the program.
Airport pick-up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, will be available from April 21-28, 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, please visit CBU.ca/accommodations.
CBU’s pre-departure series is an opportunity for students to learn more about CBU and ask questions to our International Student and Study Abroad Centre team. Please see the full pre-departure schedule below with links on how to access each. Miss a session? Following each session, a full recording, including the top five key takeaways, will be posted below.
Information Session with CBU’s International Student Advisors and Student Development Officers. Key takeaways from this session include:
Students must have their accommodations secured before travelling to Canada. Students must also arrive prior to classes beginning. Late arrivals will not be permitted.
Students must be advised before they can register for classes. For advising instructions, please visit cbu.ca/advising. For post-baccalaureate students, please reach out to email@example.com. Remember, all new students must be advised before they will be eligible to register for classes. Need help adding or planning your courses? Here is a helpful video that shows the process in full.
International students cannot begin working until after they start their classes.
Students do not need a travel support letter. Students can take a screenshot of their Compass Student Account noting their course registration.
International students starting in May 2023 must be enrolled full-time, which is two courses for the spring/summer semester.
Information Session with CBU’s Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre and Guard.me Health Insurance. Key takeaways from this session include: Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre
The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre is a collaborative health care centre with nurses (including a mental health nurse), physicians and counsellors on site working together to meet the needs of our patients.
The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre is located on the CBU campus and is available for to all CBU students.
This space is confidential. Any information shared by students with the Centre is kept private.
All students are required to be in the Guard.me international student health insurance program.
Each student will be charged approximately $500 for their coverage, which will begin on May 1 or the first day they enter Canada if entering after May 1. The coverage will be valid until August 31, 2023.
Students will receive their policy number and card in their CBU email in June 2023. Please keep an eye on your CBU student email regularly.
Information Session with CBU’s Office of the Registrar, Admissions and Student Accounts. Key takeaways from this session include:
The Registrar’s Office does not issue enrolment letters for travel.
Stay in your courses! Due to seat availability and program capacity, it is strong recommended that once you are registered in your classes, to stay in those classes. Do not try to switch sections.
Be open! It is important to get your core courses first and be flexible with your electives. Be open to taking different courses.
Read the refund policy! Students must review the refund policy, as refunds are only issued when a study permit is refused. Official documentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is required for a refund to be processed.