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Saudi Students

Recently, there have been reports that the Saudi Arabian government intends to withdraw Saudi students at Canadian universities, colleges and other schools by the end of summer 2018.

We understand this may be creating challenges and concerns for our Saudi students and their dependants. Dalhousie is monitoring the situation and would like to remind you of our core support services, as you may find them helpful at this time. We have also compiled other relevant support services below as you plan your next steps.

We are committed to updating this page with any official information we receive on the situation. You may also wish to contact the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau for additional information. They can be reached at 1-877-446-8212 or office@saudibureau.org

We've included a list of resources and support services available below. These services are confidential. We encourage all students to reach out to support services as needed.

Dalhousie Support Services

For matters relating to immigration, study permits and visas (including assistance with F1 US Student Visa applications)

Immigration Matters:

For those impacted by this situation, please note:

  • Students can leave the country anytime provided they have a valid passport. 
  • Students are not required to inform Canadian immigration authorities that they are no longer intending to study in Canada.
  • Students do not have to cancel their immigration permits, or visas.
  • Students who have recently applied for permit extensions and are still waiting for a decision should cancel their application if they are intending to leave and not currently attending classes. Students can request a refund of fees paid in this scenario.
  • Other immigration scenarios may exist and students are welcome to contact the International Centre for assistance. 

Dalhousie International Centre

Halifax Campus

1246 LeMarchant Place, First Floor, Suite 1200

Truro Campus

Student Success Centre, Dairy Building



For matters relating to health, well-being and counselling

Student Health and Wellness

Halifax Campus

1246 LeMarchant Place, Second Floor

Truro Campus

Student Success Centre, Dairy Building

Student and Resident Affairs Office – Faculty of Medicine



Saint John


For matters relating to transfer credits, academic regulations and transcripts

Transfer Credits

If applying to transfer to other post-secondary institution(s), check with each one about their specific admission and transfer credit policies. Most often, to assess transfer credits, they will require course descriptions, which you can access online via the Academic Calendar. If the institution requires more detailed information (e.g. a course outline), you can acquire course syllabi through each Faculty.  Contact information will be available as soon as possible. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Nicole Douglas via email (Nicole.Douglas@dal.ca).

Ordering Transcripts

Instead of going through the regular transcript request process, Saudi students requiring transcripts may contact Nicole Douglas, Assistant Registrar, Records and Academic Support, via email (Nicole.Douglas@dal.ca) citing their full name, student number (B00), number of transcripts required and where they would like them sent (mailing address or fax number). We cannot provide official electronic copies of transcripts, but students can download unofficial pdf versions under the Student Records section of DalOnline: www.dal.ca/online.

Registrar’s Office

Halifax Campus

Henry Hicks
Nicole Douglas

Truro Campus

Student Success Centre, Dairy Building
Wayne Paquet
902- 893-6522

Academic Advising

For information and assistance navigating the transfer process, the advisors below have been assigned to help Saudi students navigate the transfer process.

Halifax Campus

Bissett Student Success Centre
Pat Schappert

Truro Campus

Peter Havard

For all matters relating to graduate programs

Office of Graduate Studies

Henry Hicks, Third Floor

For independent, impartial and confidential support to students who want to resolve any university-related concerns and advice related to student rights and responsibilities


Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave
Diane Hawco

For matters related to the international student health fund, emergency funding

For confidential guidance on personal and spiritual issues

Multifaith Centre

Imam Dr. Jamal Badawi

For matters related to leases and moving resources

Dalhousie Muslim Student Association


Community Support Services

Ummah Masjid and Community Centre

Islamic Association of NS