Student Travel and Pre-Departure Sessions

Welcome to Cape Breton University! We can’t wait to welcome you for the Fall 2024 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 2024

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.

Refer to the Pre-arrival Checklist that will guide you to prepare yourself before you arrive in Canada.

Distance Learning and its Potential Impact on Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

Starting January 1, 2024, students must complete at least 50% of their program in-class inside Canada. The time spent studying outside of Canada will be deducted from the length of the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). We recommend that students not take more than one course online per semester to give themselves the best chance to get a three-year PGWP.

Detailed information on PGWP can be found on the IRCC website.

Work in Canada

Wondering if you can work while studying. Please click here for more information and remember that you can not work until your classes start on September 4.

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

CBU is happy to offer a free airport pick-up service from JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport from August 19-29, 2024. All students must have accommodations secured before booking.

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 January 1 or later? Your international student health insurance plan with Cape Breton University will begin on January 1, 2024, or on the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive after January 1, 2024. Arriving in Canada before January 1, 2024? We strongly encourage that you enroll for the emergency plan to cover you until December 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-Arrival Sessions

To ensure you are prepared to begin your studies in September 2024, we are thrilled to share that CBU will be hosting a week-long pre-arrival series from Tuesday, July 16-Friday, July 19.

CBU’s pre-arrival series provides an opportunity for students to connect with members from their Student Success Team over Microsoft Teams where they will learn more about life at CBU and ask questions.

Please see the full pre-arrival 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

Online MS Teams Meeting link: Join us here
Meeting ID: 298 487 267 459
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Meeting ID: 243 268 075 628
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Meeting ID: 241 469 473 409
Passcode: X47aQe

Online MS Teams Meeting link: Join us here
Meeting ID: 283 611 228 627
Passcode: kDdCHz

Online MS Teams Meeting link: Join us here
Meeting ID: 288 298 559 804
Passcode: WjkQZ4

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Meeting ID: 253 677 753 279
Passcode: 98wJH4

Online MS Teams Meeting link: Join us here
Meeting ID: 271 155 044 456
Passcode: Yn7iHn

Online MS Teams Meeting link: Join us here
Meeting ID: 281 274 813 278
Passcode: WuGJ84