From Africa? Choose Dalhousie University

Fast facts
  • Dalhousie offers over 180 degree programs and more than 4,000 courses.
  • Our student body includes students from over 110 countries.
  • 90% of our faculty members have a PhD.
  • Dal is a member of Canada's U15, representing the top research universities in the country.
  • Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia.
  • The Atlantic Ocean is a five-minute walk from our Halifax campuses.
  • African students can apply for generous entrance awards.
  • Our advisors can help with admissions.
  • Dal offers great support services, including academic advising and orientation for new students.

Your future, your choice

With more than 180 degree programs and over 4,000 courses to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests and goals. When you complete your undergraduate degree, consider continuing your education with us by applying for one of our well-respected graduate or professional degrees, like business, economics or agriculture.

Hands-on experience

Our co-op programs give you the opportunity to apply the classroom theory you’ve learned to the real world. Working in your field while you’re still in school means that when you graduate, you already have the experience you need to start your new career—in Halifax, your home country or anywhere in the world. Learn more about our co-op programs.


Nova Scotia

Get comfortable

Whether you choose one of our campuses in the vibrant, historic city of Halifax or the scenic town of Truro, you’ll quickly find out why Atlantic Canada is famous for its friendly, charming people, safe and secure environment and lively communities. Find out more about living in Nova Scotia.

Enjoy all four seasons

In Nova Scotia, you’ll experience four distinct, moderate seasons. And each change in season offers new, exciting outdoor experiences—from sailing to snowboarding, there’s something for everyone.

Shared experience

As a student from Africa, here is some information you'll find useful:

On-campus living

First-year students at Dal who apply by June 30 are guaranteed a room in one of our convenient residences. In residence, everything—from your meals to your classes to your friends—is close. We provide a variety of safe, clean housing options, including private rooms and all-female houses. Each residence has a building assistant and planned activities to help you settle in.

New friends with similar experiences

When you attend Dalhousie, you’ll find there’s a society, a sports team or an academic club for everyone. Joining the Dalhousie African Student Association gives you a taste of home and an opportunity to meet other students from Africa. And you might get to star in the annual Africa Night. Find out more about life as a Dal student.

Technology for all

The Killam Library Learning Commons provides access to Dalhousie’s technology, including PC and Apple computer workstations, printers and scanners.

Be a part of our legacy

When you earn your degree at Dalhousie, you’re investing in your future. For almost 200 years, Dalhousie has been one of the most influential universities in Canada. Graduating from Dalhousie means joining the ranks of successful alumni all over the world.

An interview with Dan & Pamela

Dan & Pamela Agada

  • Kogi State, Nigeria
  • Dan is a first year Management student
  • Pamela graduated in 2013 with a double major BA in Psychology and International Development Studies

Runs in the family

Pamela's years at Dalhousie were memorable enough to encourage her brother, Dan, to consider Dal for university.  

The right choice

“I got accepted to quite a number of universities but it wasn't a tough decision. I chose Dalhousie at once and I've never regretted it," says Pamela. So far, Dan agrees, "My favourite thing, by far, is the friendliness of everyone I meet. It's a real community.”

Countless opportunities

“I loved Dal because of the opportunities it gives both international and local students to shine—not just in the classroom, but in the community—through sports and a large number of extra-curricular activities," Pamela says. "The school environment inspires you to discover what works for you.”

Beautiful location

“Halifax is surrounded by water, it reminds me of the city of Port Harcourt where I grew up, in Nigeria," says Pamela. Dan adds, "Driving from the airport, it was so beautiful—trees everywhere and open lands."


Take the first step towards success

At Dal, it’s simple to apply. Our friendly, knowledgeable advisors can help you every step of the way. If you’re currently attending a university or college in Africa, you could be eligible for a transfer to Dalhousie. And when you finish your degree, our quality reputation means your degree will be recognized around the world. Find out how to apply.


English as a second language

Improve your English, increase your success

If you need to improve your English skills before starting university, an ESL program at Dalhousie will build your skills while giving you the opportunity to experience university life in Canada. Better yet, if you successfully complete our ESL program, you could be accepted directly to Dalhousie without having to take another IELTS or TOEFL exam. Find out more.


Support for international students

Your home away from home

We understand that as an international student at Dalhousie you may need a little help settling in. At our International Centre you’ll meet friendly people to help you every step of the way, from orientation at the university to local cultural events.


Have questions? Need help?

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