From Southeast Asia? Choose Dalhousie University

Fast facts
  • Dalhousie offers over 180 programs and more than 4,000 classes.
  • Our student body includes students from over 110 countries.
  • 90% of our faculty have a PhD.
  • Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia.
  • The Atlantic Ocean is a five-minute walk from our Halifax campuses.
  • Students from countries in Southeast Asia can apply for generous entrance awards.
  • Our advisors can help with admissions.
  • Dal offers great support services, including ESL programs and orientation for new students.

The choice is yours

With more than 180 programs and over 4,000 classes, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests and goals. When you complete your undergraduate degree, continue your education with us by applying for one of our respected graduate or professional degree programs, like mathematics, engineering or computer science. Learn more about our programs.


Nova Scotia

Make yourself at home

Whether you select the historic city of Halifax or the scenic town of Truro, you’ll quickly learn why Atlantic Canada is famous for friendly, charming people and a safe and secure environment. And our campuses are conveniently located within walking distance of all the amenities you might want. Find out more about living in Nova Scotia.

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 nationally and internationally recognized. Graduating from Dalhousie means joining the ranks of successful alumni from countries in Southeast Asia and around the world.

Shared experience

As a student from a country in Southeast Asia, here is some information you'll find useful:

Convenience is key

As a first-year Dalhousie student, you are guaranteed a room in one of our clean, convenient residences if you apply by June 30. You’ll be well fed, with a variety of on-campus meal options available. Living in residence means you’ll be close to your classes, your meals and your friends.

Meet new people

At Dalhousie, you can choose from over 270 student societies, academic clubs and sports teams, giving you the opportunity to quickly make close friends and important connections that will last a lifetime.

Learning with friends

At Dal, you’ll meet new people with common goals. Whether you’re studying alongside other students in the Killam Library Atrium or meeting with a study group in the Learning Commons, you’ll always have support nearby.

Your academic future starts here

When you choose Dalhousie, you’re getting top-notch, world-recognized programs taught by award-winning professors and researchers—with lots of opportunity for social interaction, even while you study.

An interview with Hidaya

Hidaya Ahmad

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 4th year
  • Neuroscience (major); Spanish (minor)

Strong reputation

“After looking at the websites of several universities that offer Neuroscience, I found that Dalhousie holds a reputation of being a pioneering institution that offers an undergraduate program in this discipline.”

A friendly welcome

“I did not have any trouble making friends as the people here are very warm and friendly. I knew I could easilty ask for help from teaching staff, administrative staff and friends.”

Stimulating education

“My program is very interesting, although it is demanding. Nevertheless, I love every bit of it. My professors should be praised for their expertise and their ability to stimulate students' thinking skills. My classes can be quite lively and as I get into the upper years of my degree, I find most students become more serious. This helps me prepare myself for the professional world after I graduate."

Vibrant student life

”I have amazing, eye-opening experiences when volunteering with different societies on campus, participating in student movements and doing 'Canadian' outdoor activities.

Beautiful Halifax

“I fell in love with the Halifax waterfront instantly. Plus, Haligonians are known as the friendliest people and it's safe to walk even if you happen to be alone.”


Take the first step towards success

You’ll be in good company at Dalhousie. We admit students with strong academic standing from various national and international curricula, including the British, Indian and American systems, as well as the International Baccalaureate. And as a student from a country in Southeast Asia, you’re eligible to apply for most of Dalhousie's scholarships. Find out how to apply.


English as a second language

Improve your English, increase your success

Build on your English skills by taking an ESL program at Dal or one of our partner institutions. Complete our ESL program and you could be accepted directly to Dalhousie without having to take another IELTS or TOEFL exam. Find out more about our ESL programs.


Support for international students

Home away from home

At Dalhousie, you’ll always have support. Our multilingual International Centre staff will help before you even leave home. From orientation to advising, we’re here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. And when you arrive, you’ll soon find your place in our vibrant, diverse student community.


Have questions? Need help?

Email us and we will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.