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Study abroad opportunities

University-wide exchanges

Some of your most life-changing experiences at university can take place in another country. Dalhousie Student Exchange Services (DSES) provides students with information about programs and plenty of inspiration to encourage students to study abroad.

All Dalhousie University students can take advantage of the following exchanges and study abroad opportunities:

  • Exchange opportunities: Dalhousie has university exchange partners around the world. We can also help to arrange an exchange with a university not on our list.
  • Study abroad programs: Spend a year at Oxford University, the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, the Universities of Edinburgh or St. Andrew’s in Scotland, or the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Ireland.

Study abroad opportunties through the German Department

Ever dream about travelling to Europe? The opportunities available through the German Department can make that dream come true in the second half of your undergraduate degree. In fact, you’re encouraged to spend up to one full year studying at a university in a German-speaking country, so you can experience German culture firsthand while earning credits toward your degree at Dal.

A year in Germany—or Poland, Hungary, or Italy—helps you master the German language and discover the cultural heritage of German-speaking countries. Studying abroad provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about German customs. A year-long immersion gives you a linguistic and cultural expertise you won’t get any other way.

While studying abroad on an approved program, you can earn credits at Dal for the courses you take. Completing some advanced courses in the German language will make the intensive immersion process overseas that much easier.

Here are some of the study-abroad options you can choose from:

  • The Canadian Year in Freiburg, at Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, a program supervised in Germany under the guidance of a resident Canadian professor;
  • an exchange with the Universitia degli Studi di Maceratà in Italy, the University of Pecs in Hungary, or the University of Posnan in Poland, for students also interested in European studies;
  • an exchange with universities in Heidleberg, Munich, or Freiburg;
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD; in English, the German Academic Exchange Service) offers summer and year-long programs open to both German majors and non-majors. Students accepted to the program contribute to teaching and research in Germany.


For more information on study-abroad opportunities through the German Department, contact Brigid Garvey, academic advisor: Brigid.Garvey@Dal.Ca.