International students

International community

Dalhousie has a special page for international applicants where you can learn more about Dalhousie's community. (Please note that some academic information may apply to undergraduate applicants only.)

Dalhousie International Centre

If you’re an international student in need of information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travel to Nova Scotia, please see this page on Dalhousie’s International Centre website. For questions about how COVID-19 has impacted Post-Graduation Work Permits, please see this page. If you have specific questions about study or work permits, please book an appointment with an International Centre advisor.

International postdoctoral fellows with questions should contact

Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

To apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), as well as the institution's DLI number. Dalhousie's DLI number is # O19209939282.

International degree equivalencies

Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed below. Normally, they are recognised as equivalent to a Dalhousie University four-year bachelor's degree if they have been awarded from an institution that is recognised by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a Dalhousie University B grade average. Please be advised that degree equivalences are subject to change on a continuing basis.

Please be advised that when a college is affiliated to a university the applicant must submit official transcripts and degree certificate from the university and not the affiliated college. The reason for this is because the university is recognized not the college. If a college is autonomous to a university we will accept the transcripts but they must be accompanied with a degree certificate from the university.

A - I Degree equivalencies by country name

Country Qualifications Academic standing
Argentina 6 (1-10 scale) Bachelor Superior
Australia 5 (1-7 scale) Honours Bachelor's
Bangladesh Second Class Upper Honours MA, MSc, MComm, BSc (Eng.), BArch, Bachelor (Honours)
Brazil 7 (1-10 scale) 4- or 5-year Título de Bacharel/Grau de Bacharel, or 4-year Título de Licenciado 
Chile 5.5 (1-7 scale) Licenciatura, titulo 
China (People's Republic) 80 or better, 73 or better for top universities 4 year Bachelor's
Colombia 3.5 (1-5 scale) Licenciatura
Egypt Good, 70 or better, 1.6 (1-4 scale) 4 year Bachelor's/Baccalaureos or Lisans
France 12 (1-20 scale) Assez Bien Licence
Germany 2 (4-1 scale): (Gut)  Bachelor
Ghana 3.25 (0-4 scale) or Second class
Honours Bachelor's
Hong Kong B average or better Honours Bachelor's
India Upper Second Class 4 year Bachelor's degree
Iran 14 (1-20 scale) 4 year Bachelor's
Ireland Second class Honours Honours Bachelor's
Israel 75 or better 4 year Bachelor's
Italy 21 (1-30 scale) Laurea 

J - R Degree equivalencies by country name

Country Qualifications Academic standing
Japan 70 or better / B / RYO
4 year Bachelor's 
Korea (South) First Class or B or 80% 4 year Bachelor's/Haksa
Lebanon 12 (1-20 scale) 4 year Bachelor's
Malaysia Second Class Honours 4 year Baccalaureate degree
Mexico 8 (1-10 scale) 4 year Licentiate/Title of Licentiate/Title of (field of study/profession)
Nepal Second Division 4 year Bachelor's
New Zealand Second
Honours Bachelor's 
Nigeria 3.0 (0-5 Scale) ; 3.0 (0-4 Scale) B Bachelor's 
Pakistan Second Class  4 year Bachelor's
Peru 12 (0-20 scale) 4 year Licenciando en… Bachiller en…
First Class; 2.4 (5-1 scale) 4 year Bachelor's
Russia Khorosho; 4 (1-5 scale)

S - Z Degree equivalencies by country name

Country Qualifications Academic standing
Saudi Arabia 3 (1-5 scale); Very Good; 80% 4 or 5 year Bachelor's/Baccaloreus 
South Africa Second Class Honours Bachelor's 
Spain Notable; 7 (0-10 scale)
Título de Licenciado en…
Sri Lanka 55% or better
4 year Bachelor's (Special)
Syria 65%; Good 4 year Licence
Taiwan 70% or better; 3 (0-4 scale) 4 year Bachelor's
Trinidad and Tobago 73% Bachelor's
Turkey 7 (1-10 scale); lyi Lisans Diplomasi, Mühendislik Diplomasi
United Kingdom Second class; 50% or better
Honours Bachelor's
United States 3 (0-4 scale) Bachelor's
Ukraine 4 (2-5 scale) Dyplom Bakalavra
Venezuela 7 (1-9 scale); 13 (0-20 scale); 4 (1-5 scale)
4 year Licenciado en...


English language proficiency

International students must complete the same admission process as Canadian students. If English is not your first language, you must provide an English proficiency test score, unless:

  • You received a degree where the medium of instruction is English;


  • Your degree is from a country where one of the national languages is English.

Dalhousie's institution code for TOEFL test scores is 915. See a list of TOEFL iBT department codes to find the appropriate code for the program you are applying to.

Please review our admission requirements for more information.

Non-Canadian application deadlines

Non-Canadian applicants must submit their applications by certain deadlines in order to be considered for admission and funding opportunities.

Please review our application deadlines and department-specific application deadlines for more details.