International & Exchange Students


Differential fees

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents are required to pay an additional fee referred to as a “differential fee”. Students who receive landed immigrant status must submit proof of residency to the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day of December, April and August for each term.

    Undergraduate students

  • Full-time undergraduate students are charged $5634.00 per term.
  • There is a proportional charge for part-time students at the rate of $375.60 per billing hour.

    Graduate students

  • The graduate differential fee will vary depending on the frequency of payment and the program type. Detailed information is available under Fee Schedules.
  • Consult the Graduate Studies website for the number of years a student is required to pay the differential fee.

Exchange students

Exchange students approved to participate in the University-Wide Exchange Programs are NOT required to pay undergraduate admission deposits, differential fees or fees related to tuition. Exchange students are responsible to cover costs for a U-Pass (transit pass), health insurance, residence fees and any other additional charges such as lab fees, locker rentals, etc.

Health Insurance

International and Exchange students are assessed under both the International and Dalhousie Student Union Health Plans.

  • International Health Plan

    Each academic year, all single international and visiting exchange students are automatically enrolled in the International Student Health Insurance Plan, which is exclusively for international students and administered by the Dalhousie Student Union. The cost of this mandatory single plan is included in your student fees.  

    Plans for couples and families are also available. To enroll in these plans, you need to apply in person at DSU Health Plan Office.  

    Opt Out Policy

    Students who have MSI or alternative proof of coverage can opt out of the International Student Health Plan. For further information or rates, please contact the DSU Health Plan Office.
  • Dalhousie Student Union Health Plan

    All full-time students, including international, are automatically included in the Dalhousie Student Union Health Plan providing benefits at a lower cost compared to traditional group benefit plans.

    Opt Out Policy

    Students with seperate health insurance may apply to opt out of the DSU Health and Dental Plan via Dal Online no later than September 18, 2019 11:59pm AST. For more information, visit the DSU website 

International Students with seperate health insurance may apply to opt out   of the DSU International Health Plan via no later than September 18. 2019 11:59pm AST

Society fee

All international students pay $5.00 per term for membership in the Dalhousie International Student Association Society.

Making a payment

International transactions may be sent through GlobalPay.