Dalhousie University - Inspiring Minds


From the U.S.A.? 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.
  • Americans can apply for generous entrance awards.
  • Our advisors can help with admissions requirements.
  • Dal offers great support services, including orientation for new students.
  • American students can apply for their study permit at a Canadian border point of entry.

Your future, your choice

With more than 180 programs and over 4,000 classes 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 international development studies, environmental engineering or medicine.

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’ll already have the experience you need to get started—in Halifax, the U.S.A. or anywhere in the world. Learn more about our co-op programs.


Nova Scotia

Make yourself at home

There’s so much for American students to discover in Nova Scotia. From the fun, historic city of Halifax to the scenic town of Truro, you’ll quickly find out why Atlantic Canada is famous for its charming people, safe and secure environment and lively communities. 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 all over the world.

Shared experience

As an American student, here is some information you'll find useful:

On-campus living

As a first-year Dalhousie student, you’re guaranteed a room in one of our convenient on-campus residences if you apply before June 30. In residence, everything—from your meals to your classes to your friends—is close. We provide a wide variety of housing options, including private rooms and apartment-style living.

Go exploring

With everything from downhill skiing to surfing, a wide variety of parks and an incredible amount of coastline to explore, you’re sure to find an outdoor activity that suits your interests. Find out more about living in Nova Scotia.

Get your study permit

A study permit may be required in order to study in Canada. For more information visit the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada website of contact the Dalhousie International Centre.

An interview with Haley

Haley Heist

  • Bar Harbour, Maine, U.S.A.
  • 4th year
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • International Development Studies/Social Work

Warm and welcoming

"There’s a very diverse international population at Dal and if you want to get involved, there are lots of opportunities, like international student groups and job opportunities on campus. It’s a welcoming atmosphere."

Dynamic classes

“The amount of knowledge my professors have about their subjects is really surprising. And being in a classroom with all kinds of people who are so excited about the same things makes the debates and dialogue really dynamic.”

Academic support

“There’s a lot of support if you need it. The library and the Writing Centre are really helpful, there are lots of opportunities to work with groups and professors are always happy to meet with you.”

Vibrant Halifax

“With the parks and the ocean being right here, it’s amazing. And there are so many talks and lectures in the community, about anything that you can think of. There’s a constant flow of information in the city.”


Take the first step towards success

As an American student, you’ll need to provide your SAT or ACT scores when you apply. You’ll have convenient access to academic advisors, making it easy to apply for admission, choose your program and find a place to live—all before you leave home. Find out how to apply.


Support for international students

Your home away from home

We understand that as a new Dal student, you may need a little help settling in. By accessing the many services available at our International Centre, you’ll have help every step of the way, from orientation at the university to filing your taxes.

Financial assistance for American students

Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.A. may apply for Stafford and PLUS loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Find out more.


Have questions? Need help?

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