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Cape Breton University

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Folklore B.A

Admission Requirements

**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for  students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.

Statement of Intent, reference letter, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts,

About The Program

About The University

Application Deadline

Start Date

Sep Jan May

Min IELTS overall: 6.5 Minimum Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0

Minimimum Academic Requirement

English Proficiency Requirement

Other Requirements

Program Level

45 days

Average Decision Time

103 CAD

Application Fees

Yearly Tuition Fees

16,080 CAD


Program Duration

4 Years

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Aug Sep Jan


Each year, CBU offers over $1.8 million in scholarships to students beginning their academic careers at Cape Breton University. There are a range of scholarships from $500 per year to $2,000 per year that will also be offered after a review of applicants.

CBU is the only Maritime University, and one of the only Canadian Universities, to offer Folklore. Given the location and its rich heritage, offering this program at CBU is only fitting.

Cape Breton is home to diverse cultures that go back many years, including Mi’kmaq and Gaelic. These societies and subcultures participate in activities that inform and perpetuate their identity, from rituals to dance, storytelling to language. The modern practice of Cape Breton cultures keep our heritage living.

Folklore is the study of informal culture - how beliefs, stories, music, crafts, rituals, customs and ideologies are transmitted through intimate, direct and interpersonal communication, rather than structured institutions.

Folklorists study traditions that help shape an individual, group, or community identity. Folklore looks at how people adopt and adapt the wealth of culture available to them and how groups participate in activities that inform their identity, including:

Customs and Rituals
Vernacular Language
Vernacular Architecture

Be a part of carrying on culture for the next generation.

Cape Breton is home to five Aboriginal First Nation communities. Cape Breton was also settled by more than 25,000 Gaelic-speaking Scots in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and to this day, remains the only place outside of Scotland where Gaelic is still spoken.
Cape Breton Island is an ideal location for a unique look into Folklore because of the diverse cultures and how they relate to one another, including English Loyalists, Irish, Acadian French, Ukrainian, Italian, Polish, Czechoslovakian, African-American, Jewish communities, and more.
Folklore students have the option of spending a year abroad at any of the universities CBU has an exchange agreement with, including Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye in Scotland), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and more.
Our students learn practical skills in interviewing, fieldwork and ethnographic research while also gaining an awareness of international heritage policy issues including the recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Learn more about Folklore from one of our own dedicated students. Check out The Folklore Tree, a series of Youtube videos made by CBU Folklore graduate, Cassandra Colman, during her final year as part of a senior project.
Folklore’s interdisciplinary nature promotes sharing concerns, methods, and insights with others. Through this group learning dynamic, Folklore students acquire skills and knowledge that are applicable in a wide range of careers.

Pick a career path that’s right for you. Some areas where you can apply Folklore:

The arts and arts administration: festival coordinators, practicing artists
Museums, libraries and archives: exhibit designers, researchers, programme developers
Education: teachers, producers of educational materials
Print and broadcast media: journalists, reporters, film and theatre consultants
Public history: historical interpreters; producers of historical documentaries
Government: working in departments of culture and tourism; developers of cultural policy

Cape Breton University (CBU) is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. We’re one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability.

CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.

CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site.


Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate international students can work anywhere on and off campus for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit. On average, a part-time student would earn anywhere from $800-$1500 a month (e.g. 20 hours/week x $11/hour x 4 week = $880). After applying for a work permit, international students become eligible to work as a co-op student or an intern.

In 1968 the “Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology” (NSEIT) opened in 1968 on the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway, immediately east of Sydney. This institution focused on business technology and trades and its development was largely enabled by federal and provincial funding at a time when the coal and steel industries in Industrial Cape Breton were facing serious challenges.

In 1974, the first university college in Canada was established on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia through an amalgamation of the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and Xavier Junior College. The Xavier Junior College was affiliated previously with St Francis Xavier University. The University College of Cape Breton became a public degree-granting institution, and retained technical and vocational programs from the former Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology. Cape Breton University was established by the Cape Breton University Act.

 Cape Breton University is nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Island in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As the second-largest city in Nova Scotia, it is said that Sydney is the best of both worlds, offering the amenities of a medium-sized, urban area with the safe and friendly atmosphere of a small town.

Along with our great location, CBU is home to many of Canada’s most content students, which is why we’ve consistently rated among the country’s highest for student satisfaction. We also have some of the highest academic achievers, with Nova Scotia’s highest percentage of students with high school averages of 95+.
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More than $1.8 million is put into student scholarships every year to help make sure our students get the support they need to succeed. At CBU, we provide international students a university experience of diversity and excellence and the promise of a future filled with opportunity.

The university’s distinctive blend of degree and diploma programs allows students to design an education ideally suited for success in the liberal arts, business, science and technology. Complimenting its leading academic programs, CBU offers a variety of activities to shape a well-rounded education.Whether you plan to study business, science, technology or the arts or, if you are determined to become a notable CEO, an innovative engineer or a famous novelist, CBU is your first step toward success. From nationally recognized sports teams, award-winning literary publications to world-renowned musicians, and unique theatre productions, you’ll find it all on this campus.

Life at Cape Breton University is one of opportunity, diversity and academic excellence. Receive a world-class education, while embracing adventure in a safe and academically challenging location. CBU is home to nearly 1,000 international students from more than 40 countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Egypt, Russia, the Bahamas, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Bangladesh. CBU fosters an inclusive and diverse learning environment, where you will experience the best of Canada while making friends with people from around the globe.

Global Partnerships-
CBU has more than 100 Memoranda of Understanding and institutional agreements, 50 recruitment agents, an exclusive international language school, the International Centre for English Academic Preparation ( , a partner campus in Egypt, a cooperation office in Beijing, a widely popular Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Community Economic Development and numerous exciting research projects – all of which demonstrate our commitment to global/local interrelations and outreach.


HSC with minimum 65% or GPA 3.50 or above From any background


Complete Higher Secondary education with minimum 65% From any background


Complete Higher Secondary education with minimum 65% From any background


Complete Higher Secondary education with minimum 65% From any background


A-Level with minimum 65% including English and 4 additional courses

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