Go Beyond Borders Fair

Dalhousie's Go Beyond Borders Fair takes place on Wednesday, October 21 in the McInnes Room (SUB). Explore study abroad and exchange opportunities for 2022 (spring/summer/fall terms) and 2023 (winter term). Visit the Go Beyond Borders website for more details.

Cancellation of outbound International Learning Experiences for Winter 2022

International Learning Experiences (ILE) such as student exchanges, study abroad, international field courses, international work-terms, and international travel for research or conferences continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

As the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all outgoing ILE for the winter term (January through April 2022), with some very specific exceptions (noted below). This decision was informed by Dalhousie’s International Travel Policy, which restricts student travel to international locations with a Global Affairs Canada travel advisory of level 3 or 4. Currently, Global Affairs Canada has assessed all countries to be at least a Level 3 Travel Advisory (“Avoid non-essential travel”).

Students travelling to their home countries to complete a work-term or co-op will be granted an exception. The Faculty Dean and Provost must approve all other exceptions to this decision. The process to initiate a request for an exception is outlined below.

While our decision is consistent with many other post-secondary institutions, we know that this will be a disappointment to our students. Internationalization continues to be a high priority for Dal and we hope these students (and many more!) will be able to participate in international learning experiences in the future.

Inbound programs will continue to be permitted. Provided international students and researchers follow Government of Canada protocols, Dalhousie will pose no additional restrictions on their participation in Dalhousie programs.

Questions can be directed to cynthiajmurphy@dal.ca.

Process for requesting an exception for the Winter 2022 ILE cancellation

There is a process for requesting exceptions to Dalhousie’s international travel policy.

Step 1.

Per section 5 of the policy, individuals requesting an exception must submit the following information* to their course supervisor:

1. Written request, outlining:

  • Are the international travel and activities proposed required to fulfil the stated mandate of a University project or initiative?
  • Is the expected output of the travel and activities critical to the Traveler’s academic or professional success?
  • Have feasible, alternative locations and/or timings been considered?
  • Is there an agreement with a third party regarding the activity? Has the activity been funded by an external agency? Does the agreement or funding agency impose security planning requirements on the activity?
  • Is International SOS’s safety assessment consistent with that issued by GAC?
  • Has an appropriate risk assessment and safety plan been prepared?
  • Is there any other information that is relevant to the Provost & Vice-President Academic’s decision?

2. Completed Risk and Safety Assessment document.

*Please refer to the following resources when preparing these documents, and demonstrate that you have conducted this research:

Step 2.

If approved by the course supervisor, the request must be sent by the course supervisor to the relevant Dean for approval.

Step 3.

If approved by the Dean, the Dean will forward the request to the Director, Student Experience, and Legal Advisor (Global Relations) for review and recommendation regarding approval to the Provost & Vice-President Academic.

Step 4.

The Provost and Vice-President Academic will communicate their decision.

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