Outlook for the fall 2020 term

Group of students walking through doorway.


Our approach to courses and instruction

We recognize that students and their supporters are navigating uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalhousie remains committed to supporting you.

It is vital that you are able to pursue your studies and progress toward your goals while ensuring your continued health and well-being. At Dal we’re going to make sure you can do that this fall.

The fall 2020 term will be predominantly online, with limited exceptions based on those programs where extensive experiential learning defines the curriculum (i.e. medicine, dentistry, select health professions, agriculture) and these can be provided safely in adherence to health protocols. Full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

Campus Your safety is our guiding principle for everything we do. These decisions have been made in line with prevailing public health advice and restrictions, and with the leadership of our academic and operational teams. 
Computer Access and equity are at the heart of our decisions. Dalhousie is spending more than $1 million in technology development, additional online instruction training and increased online supports for students. We’re doubling financial aid and bursary funding, with an additional $3 million for domestic and international students who need financial support.
Graduation camp Promoting academic excellence for over 200 years. Dalhousie is focused on academic excellence and we're committed to the continuous development of all 200+ of our programs. Your courses will continue to be delivered by our award-winning professors and instructors with the same commitment to world-class academic quality you expect from Dalhousie. 

More details will be shared with you in June. Updates will be made available here and communicated to accepted students by email.

We've compiled a number of frequently asked questions from prospective students and answered them below. Should you have additional questions, please reach out to Ann MacDonald, our associate director of admissions, at ann.macdonald@dal.ca.

Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate applicants | Graduate applicants | International applicants | Transfer applicants

Undergraduate applicants


Applying to Dalhousie

Will the Fall 2020 semester start as planned?

The fall term will begin in September and be predominantly online, with limited exceptions based on those programs where extensive experiential learning forms part of the curriculum (i.e. medicine, dentistry, select health professions, agriculture). These programs can be provided safely in adherence to health protocols.

Your courses will continue to be delivered by our outstanding faculty and instructors, with the same commitment to world-class academic experiences that you’ve come to expect from Dalhousie. To ensure this is the case, Dalhousie is investing in your experience by spending over $1 million in technology development, additional online instruction training and increased online supports for students.

New: I missed the June 1 confirmation deadline, can I still accept my offer of admission for Fall 2020?

Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we are able to offer flexibility in many cases where students were not able to confirm their acceptance by the deadline.

While we cannot extend the confirmation deadlines for BSc Nursing, BSc Medical Sciences, BSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences, we can still work with students to confirm their place in other programs. Please contact an admissions advisor to request an extension or if you are ready to submit your confirmation deposit you can do so online.

Can I still apply for admission for the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes, the application for our Fall 2020 term is still open and we continue to welcome and assess new applications as usual.

Please note: While most programs remain open, the applications for BSc Nursing, BSc Medical Science, BSc Kinesiology and Bachelor of Health Science are now closed.

How do I apply?

You can apply for undergraduate admission online by visiting dal.ca/applynow.

Please note: While most programs remain open, the applications for BSc Nursing, BSc Medical Science, BSc Kinesiology and Bachelor of Health Science are now closed.

Will Dalhousie be extending any application deadlines?

Yes, we have extended several deadlines to remove as many barriers as possible to the application process. We will continue to assess and extend deadlines as needed.

April 1, 2020 Deadline to apply for entrance awards (International students) 
June 1, 2020 Deadline to accept offer of admission by paying admission deposit
Entrance scholarship offer acceptance deadline 
June 15, 2020 First-year course registration opens
July 31, 2020 Deadline to provide proof of English language proficiency

When will I receive an admission decision for my undergraduate application? Will there be delays in processing my application?

If you've submitted all your required documents online, we can typically complete our assessment in just a few weeks. As we are nearing the end of the application period, those applying now may receive a response sooner.

Your admission decision will be sent to you via email to the email address you provided on your application. You can also check your application status any time on Dal Online.

I have an offer of admission for Fall 2020, should I delay it until January or September 2021?

Because classes are proceeding in September, we are not adjusting our deferral policy. To learn more about programs that are eligible to defer admission, or to apply for a deferral, please visit dal.ca/defer.

Please note: Students who defer may not undertake post-secondary studies at another institution before starting at Dalhousie. Should you choose to do so, you will need to reapply to Dalhousie. 

If I need to defer my admission to a future term, is that possible?

Because classes are proceeding in September, we are not adjusting our deferral policy. To learn more about programs that are eligible to defer admission, or to apply for a deferral, please visit dal.ca/defer.

Please note: Students who defer may not undertake post-secondary studies at another institution before starting at Dalhousie. Should you choose to do so, you will need to reapply to Dalhousie. 


Tuition, fees, payments and funding

Have tuition and fees been set for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Dalhousie’s undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic term were recently confirmed. More information will be available at dal.ca/moneymatters in the coming days.

Will tuition be discounted with the fall term being delivered online?

Tuition will not be discounted for the Fall 2020 term to ensure the continued delivery of the high-quality academic experience you expect from Dalhousie. However, we are waiving or modifying many student fees and increasing financial aid for both domestic and international students. 

For more information on tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic term and to see how Dalhousie is investing in the student experience this fall, please read the most recent memo from Dalhousie’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Deep Saini.

Will additional funding be available for students who require financial assistance?

Yes, Dalhousie is doubling financial aid bursary funding by adding an additional $3 million for domestic and international students who need financial support. For more information, visit dal.ca/financialresources.

Can I get a refund on my admission deposit?

Admission deposits are non-refundable. Since classes are proceeding in September, we are not adjusting our policy.

How do I pay my application fee or admission deposit?

At the moment, Dalhousie is unable to receive in-person payments as our team has transitioned to working remotely. All fee payments and admission deposits can still be made online.


Transcripts and final grades

What do I do if I can’t get official copies of my transcripts?

We are accepting unofficial copies of transcripts by email for use in evaluating applications for admission. Students can submit copies of their transcripts directly from their personal email accounts. If you have an offer of admission, it will be honoured.

Canadian and US applicants can submit transcripts to admissions@dal.ca and international applicants can submit transcripts to international.admissions@dal.ca.

How do I submit my transcripts?

At the moment, Dalhousie is only able to receive transcripts via email. We won’t be able to receive documents by mail or courier until we return to working on campus.

Canadian and US applicants can submit transcripts to admissions@dal.ca and international applicants can submit transcripts to international.admissions@dal.ca.

What do I do if I can’t provide final grades due to exam cancellations?

If you’re not able to provide final grades due to exam cancellations (i.e. IB, AP and GCE A Levels), we will accept predicted results or the grades presented at the time of your admission offer as “final” for admission purposes. If you have an offer of admission, it will be honoured.


General

When will I be able to register for my first-year courses?

First-year course registration will open on June 15, 2020 at 8 a.m. ADT (Halifax time). Before you can register, you must accept your offer of admission by paying your $200 CAD admission deposit at least 24 hours before registering and activate your Net ID. Learn more about how to register for courses.

Can I still apply to live in residence?

Yes, new from high school students are guaranteed a spot in residence if they apply before June 15. Once you’ve been admitted into a program and accepted your offer of admission, you can apply to live in residence.

For more information on fee refunds, residence availability for fall term and applying for rooms for the winter term please visit dal.ca/res-covid19.

How do I set up a virtual one-on-one appointment with an advisor?

Our advisors are currently offering virtual appointments to answer any questions you may have. To set up an appointment, visit dal.ca/connect and find the advisor supporting students from your area.

Once you’ve found your advisor, simply send them an email requesting an appointment. If you have a Dalhousie ID (B00 number) please include it in any communications, as it allows us to help you faster.

Am I able to visit the campus for a Campus Tour?

We’ve made the decision to postpone all in-person campus tours until public health officials and Dalhousie feel it is safe to once again welcome visitors to our campus.

Instead, we have made a number of virtual options available so you can still experience a visit to campus. Visit dal.ca/campustours to learn more.


Graduate Studies applicants

Where can I find information for prospective graduate students?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has an FAQ for prospective Graduate Students or you can contact Graduate Studies directly for more information by emailing  graduate.studies@dal.ca.


International applicants

What are my options if I am not able to start at Dalhousie in the Fall due to visa and study permit delays?

Dalhousie recognizes that there are delays with processing some student visa and study permit applications. As the Fall 2020 term will be predominantly online, we encourage you to connect with an immigration consultant at the International Centre to discuss what options may be available for you.

You can book an appointment directly using their online appointment booking system. You will need your Dalhousie Net ID to book an appointment, which you can set up once you’ve accepted your offer of admission. If you do not have a Net ID, please email international.centre@dal.ca.

For the most up to date information on travelling to Canada as an international student, please visit Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s website.

When should I apply for my study permit and/or visa to study in Canada?

Processing times vary by country and may be impacted by COVID-19. Dalhousie has a team of licensed immigration advisors available to answer your questions about study permits and visas. Please visit the International Centre’s website for more information.

What do I do if I can’t provide official copies of English language proficiency scores?

We are accepting unofficial copies of current English language test scores (IELTS, TOEFL) to prevent delays due to test center closures. We are only able to accept test scores by email until further notice. Please know that any admission decision is subject to a review of official test scores when they are available or able to be verified by the testing centre.

We’ve also extended the deadline to provide proof of proficiency to July 31, 2020. Please visit English language requirements for more information.

Are there any alternative testing options in place to help me provide proof of English language proficiency?

Yes, to meet the needs of applicants during this challenging time, we are temporarily allowing students to complete the Duolingo English Test online, TOEFL at Home or IELTS Indicator online tests in place of in-person English proficiency exams. The tests are taken using a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing samples which are shared with the university. 

Dalhousie is also offering English for academic purposes online to help you meet the English language requirements for undergraduate admission. Learn more about Dalhousie's EAP offerings

For more information and minimum test scores visit English language requirements.


Transfer applicants

Is Dalhousie accepting unofficial transcripts for transfer credit assessment?

Yes, we will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts to be used in assessing transfer credits. Visit dal.ca/transferapplicants for more information.


Last updated June 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ADT.