Your time, your way.

Every student is different. Every student has their own path to success, their own life journey.

At Cape Breton University we give transfer and mature students, like you, the choice to complete or advance your educational goals in a way that makes sense. It’s a way that fits your lifestyle, responsibilities, timeline and goals. Because continuing your education doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all solution.

CBU lets you do it your way.

So, let’s get started.

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Your way to a fast tracked degree.

Like many institutions, CBU recognizes education completed at other post-secondary institutions. Students who have been successfully admitted to CBU and who already have some education behind them can apply for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is awarded for any course a student has successfully taken that is a good match with a course offered by CBU. Students can then use these credits to fulfil up to 50% of the requirements for their CBU degree.

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Transfer to CBU

Time for a change? We’ll get you there. For many, life takes unexpected twists and turns and the goals you’ve set out for yourself can be put on the back burner as other priorities emerge. At Cape Breton University there are no maps, no right or wrong paths to success. There is only your way. CBU welcomes all students, past and current, with an interest in continuing their education. Credits do not expire, so picking up where you left off is easier than you think.

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Please make sure you’ve completed each step in the Transfer process.

STEP 1.) Apply to CBU and pay the associated fee. On your application, make sure to list every institution you attended, even if it was only for a few credits. Transfer credits will only be awarded to successfully accepted students.

STEP 2.) Students must upload official post-secondary transcripts and/or supporting documents in your Future Student account after submitting their application. Applications cannot be processed until this step is complete.

STEP 3.)
Accepted students will receive either a decision letter (for Canadian students) or a notice of acceptance (for International students). Once you have received your acceptance, you must submit a Transfer Credit Assessment Form.

Please note: students must submit their Transfer Credit Assessment by the following dates:
Fall Intake – July 31
Winter Intake – October 31
Spring Intake – March 31

STEP 4a.) Students must provide course descriptions for all courses they wish to be considered for transfer credit. Course descriptions can be sent in addition to the Transfer Credit Assessment form by e-mail to

STEP 4b.) Where documents are not originally in English, the student will provide documents with notarized translations, in additional to original documents. Please make sure that the grading method is listed on your official transcript; credit(s) and study hours per course should be clearly noted on the course description.

STEP 5.) Wait to receive your results. Applications will be processed 4-6 weeks after receiving all documents, and you will receive results in your Future Student account.


Still have questions? Review our Transfer FAQs or connect with a CBU Recruiter.

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I've transferred, now what?

Plan your next steps.

STEP 1.) Take a tour. Get to know your new campus virtually, or book a 1-1 tour with one of our Recruiters. 

STEP 2.) Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor through the online portal. 

STEP 3.) Register for your courses. You may register for your courses through your COMPASS Student Account. Visit Important Dates to see when registration opens each semester. 

STEP 4.) Plan your finances and create a plan for paying tuition. Review information on financial aid and learn about in-course scholarships and bursaries you may be eligible for.

STEP 5.) Coming from outside of Canada? Check out our International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist for more helpful information.

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Questions? We want to hear from you! CBU’s Student Recruitment Officers are here to connect you to all things Cape Breton University. CBU’s student-written blogs are a great resource for future and current students alike, providing tips on applying, studying, transferring and more.