Student Travel and Pre-Departure Sessions

Welcome to Cape Breton University! We can’t wait to welcome you for the Fall 2023 semester. Below you will find helpful information that will help you prepare for your travels to Canada to begin your studies.

International Student Travel: Fall 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 travel. Students who have not secured housing and accommodations should not travel to Canada and are encouraged to defer their studies to a future semester.

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. 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.

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 the basic requirements for arrival in Canada.

Travelling to Sydney, Nova Scotia

Airport pick-up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, will be available from August 21-September 3, 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


International Student Health Insurance

Arriving in Canada on September 1 or later? Your international student health insurance plan with Cape Breton University will begin on September 1, 2023, or on the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive after September 1, 2023. Arriving in Canada before September 1, 2023? We strongly encourage that you enroll for the emergency plan until August 31, 2023. Please visit and click EARLY/LATE ARRIVALS. You can also learn more about international students health insurance at CBU. A list of international students health insurance FAQs is also available.

Pre-Departure Sessions

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.

Pre-Departure Session Schedule

Information Session with CBU’s International Student Advisors from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). Get ready to virtually connect with our knowledgeable ISA team as they introduce you to our comprehensive pre-arrival sessions and highlight the array of services we offer to support your smooth transition to our institution.

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Information Session with CBU’s Academic Advising and Success Coaching team from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). Prepare to virtually connect with our expert advisors who will guide you through the academic advising process, offering invaluable tips and strategies for a successful journey while pursuing your degree. From course selection to setting academic goals, we are here to support and empower you to thrive in your academic pursuits. Get ready to embark on a fulfilling and rewarding university experience with us!

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Information Session with CBU’s Registrar’s Office and Student Accounts from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). Connect virtually with our team to discover everything you need to know about vital academic regulations, important dates, fees, and your Compass Student Account. Get all your questions answered and gain valuable insights into managing your student accounts seamlessly. We’re here to ensure a smooth transition to CBU and set you up for success from the start!

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Information Session with Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). Learn essential tips and insights on navigating government services, understanding taxes, and maximizing your benefits as a student. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to set yourself up for success during your time in Canada.

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Information Session with CBU’s Housing and Ancillary Services team from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). If you’re a new student looking for housing options and advice, this session is perfect for you. Discover valuable insights, resources, and tips to find the best accommodation during your time at CBU. Don’t miss this chance to secure a comfortable and convenient home away from home!

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Information Session with CBU’s Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre from 10:30am-11:30am (AST).

Join us for an informative session tailored for new students, featuring CBU’s Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre, and an in-depth exploration of Insurance 101. Learn about the comprehensive health and counseling services available to you on campus, as well as the essentials of insurance coverage. Don’t miss this opportunity to prioritize your well-being and ensure a smooth transition to university life!

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Information Session with CBU’s Campus Life team from 10:30am-11:30am (AST). As a new student, you’ll discover a vibrant array of opportunities and support services to enhance your university experience. From exciting student clubs and events to resources for personal and academic growth, Campus Life has you covered. Get ready to make lasting connections, create unforgettable memories, and make the most of your time at CBU. Don’t miss out on this chance to embark on a fulfilling journey as part of our vibrant campus community!

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