Cape Breton University


Cape Breton University is a public university in Sydney, Nova Scotia. It dates back to the creation of St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus in 1951 as a satellite of St Francis Xavier University. In 1974 it merged with the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology to become the College of Cape Breton before becoming a full university in 1982.

It has ranked 19th in the MacLean's undergraduate university rankings and 46th in its reputation rankings. It also ranked 6th in the student satisfaction survey. It has just over 5,500 students including, 3,500 from more than 55 countries around the world. This makes it one of the most diverse and multicultural universities in Canada.

What is the Cape Breton University acceptance rate for International Students?

The Cape Breton University acceptance rate is over 50%.

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Student Satisfaction

Cape Breton University has been ranked at #1 for student satisfaction in Canada as well as for its Entire Education Experience accordion to an NSAA survey. It also came first for Teaching Instruction and for class sizes.


Tuition fees for international students in Canada generally are lower than other countries like the USA, UK and New Zealand. Cape Breton in particular has some of the lowest fees in Canada, making it an affordable place to study with a low cost of living as well.


Cape Breton University’s location on Cape Breton Island gives you the opportunity to study on what Travel & Leisure Magazine called ‘one of the world’s most beautiful islands. It’s also been named one of National Geographic’s Must See Places and is known for its forests, lakes, flora and fauna as well as stunning coastline.


The Cape Breton University Career Services team works with students on their career options during and after their studies. Student Development Officers are available for individual sessions and group workshops on employment readiness skills. These include CV/cover letter writing, interviewing skills and business etiquette. Student Placement Officers work to support the co-op education program where students balance their studies with work placements. These can help develop job search skills, broaden networks and bring back real life working experience to studies.


The Cape Breton University employability rate is 45%.

The Cape Breton University is ranked 1475th in the QS World University Rankings.