International & Exchange Students

International tuition fees

Students who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are also required to pay an additional International Tuition Fee. Some programs are exempt, including International and Qualifying Dentistry, Internetworking and incoming Doctorate students. 

The following rates are for 2024/2025 for full-time students, while a proportional fee applies to part-time students.  Graduate Students should refer to Section 5.7 of the Graduate Studies Calendar to determine the number of years you are required to pay this additional fee.   

International Students beginning their studies prior to 2024/2025 fall term

International Students beginning their studies prior to 2024/2025 fall term. Please refer to the fee schedule linked here:  


Exchange Students

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

Health Insurance Fees

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 at  the DSU Health Plan Office.  

    DSU International Health Plan

    Students charged with the International Health Plan are able to opt-out from their plan if they can provide proof of enrollment in a comparable health plan. Students who are on exchange, have sponsored, or private coverage, must opt-out by September 17th on the Student VIP website. International Opt-outs with MSI coverage can be submitted throughout the policy year. For further information regarding this, please contact the DSU Health Plan Office or visit Student VIP International
  • Dalhousie Student Union Health Plan

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

    Opt Out Policy

    Students with separate health insurance may apply to opt out of the DSU Health and Dental Plan via Dal Online no later than September 17, 2024 11:59pm AST. For more information, visit the DSU Health Plan website.  


Society Fee

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



If you are an international student (not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident) entering an undergraduate program in the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Management or Science for Fall 2023 or later, you will be part of Dalhousie’s new International Student Tuition Guarantee. For more information


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