Applicants affected by Novel Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Important notice

Dalhousie remains committed to supporting students whose application process has been impacted by COVID-19 related disruptions. The application for our Fall 2020 term remains open and we continue to process new applications as usual.

We are aware you may have questions and concerns about your application, particularly pertaining to the closure of schools and testing centres. Dalhousie will work with students and institutions as plans emerge for determining final grades. We will continue to be flexible where possible and adapt to changing circumstances with the aim of removing any barriers to completion of the application process.

Here is what we are doing to address circumstances that may affect your undergraduate application:

Deadline extensions

We are extending the following deadlines:

April 1, 2020* Deadline to apply for entrance awards (international students)
June 1, 2020* Deadline to accept your offer of admission by paying your admission deposit

Scholarship offer acceptance deadline
July 31, 2020* Deadline to provide proof of English language proficiency

*Deadlines are subject to change and will be continually assessed and extended as needed.


Please note: We are not able to receive documents by mail or courier until further notice.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted by email for use in evaluating applications (this also applies to students seeking transfer credit assessment). In the event that you are not able to provide final grades due to exam cancellation (International Baccalaureate (IB), GCE A Levels) Dalhousie will accept predicted results or the grades presented at the time of your admission offer as “final” for admission purposes.   

Academic terms across the country, and internationally, continue to be disrupted by COVID-19. Please know that Dalhousie is committed to working with applicants throughout this period.

Canadian and US applicants please submit transcripts to and international applicants please submit transcripts to

Fee payments

Please be advised that fee payments must be made online. Dalhousie is unable to receive in-person payments until further notice.

English language proficiency test scores

Unofficial copies of current English language test scores (IELTS, TOEFL) will be accepted to prevent delays due to test center closures. Scores will be accepted by email only, on a temporary basis, with the understanding that any admission decision is subject to a review of official test scores when they are available from 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.

Please note: We are not able to accept documents by mail or courier until further notice.

Duolingo English Test 

To meet the needs of applicants during this challenging time, we are temporarily allowing students to complete the Duolingo English Test online, in place of in-person TOEFL and IELTS English proficiency exams. The test is taken using a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing samples which are shared with the university when students send their results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Entrance awards 

For international students who have been impacted by COVID-19 related disruptions, the deadline for General Entrance Awards has been extended to April 1, 2020. Please contact to obtain the award application.

A note for all who have chosen to apply to Dalhousie

We hope that you’re taking care of your health and the health of those around you. Please know we are thinking of you at this time. We are here to provide guidance and support as you navigate your way through the application process in an ever-changing situation.

If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of any of the accommodations we’ve outlined above, please contact Ann MacDonald, our Associate Director of Admissions at Please be sure to include your Dalhousie ID number (starting with B00) in any communication so she may assist you as quickly as possible.

Last updated March 25, 2020 at 11:46 a.m. ADT.