September 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have further questions, please contact us by emailing askme@cbu.ca

Dear Students,

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.

With this in mind, we have decided that we will deliver 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. 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.

Although courses will be delivered online for Fall semester, 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 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.

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard MacKinnon

Vice-President, Academic (Provost)

 

Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett

Associate Vice-President, Academic & Research

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.

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. We are here to help you Thrive at CBU this fall.

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.

Over the past few months, faculty and staff have been working hard on an online preparatory program to ensure students are fully prepared for the Fall 2020 online semester. On August 17, CBU will launch Start Smart! 2020: Preparing for Online Learning, an on online learning experience that will give new and returning students from all programs an opportunity to:

  • Become familiar with the primary digital tools used in online learning at CBU;
  • Pick up tips and tricks for being more effective and successful online learners;
  • Get ready for university studies through introductions to foundational academic concepts and skills; and
  • Connect with faculty, staff members, and fellow students.

For more information Start Smart!, please click here.

The majority of the Fall 2020 classes will be delivered using online learning tools through Moodle and Microsoft Teams, however, other platforms may be used as required. Students are encouraged to review the course syllabus provided at the start of each semester to ensure they are clear with the expectations for the course.

For online payment options and instructions, click here. 

To access books from the bookstore, you can place an order online. If you have a special request or are unable to place an order online, please email 2955mgr@follett.com and the Bookstore will be happy to work with you to make sure you get your required item. Free shipping is offered on all domestic orders over $100!

To place an order, for more information or to visit the CBU Bookstore online, please 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