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Application information and other practical matters

Application deadlines

February 1: Students coming to Dalhousie in the Summer term.

May 1: Students coming to Dalhousie in the Fall term (September–December) or the Fall and Winter terms (September–April).

October 1: Students coming to Dalhousie in the Winter term (January–April).

For Winter Applicants: because current Dalhousie students can register for classes (courses) as early as March, we strongly advise your students to apply early so that they are able to register for the classes they want.

Please make sure you are aware of other important dates at Dalhousie.

Admission process for exchange students

If your institution has signed a department- or faculty-specific agreement with Dalhousie, please contact the exchange coordinator in the relevant department or faculty for details on the admission process.

If your institution has signed a university-wide agreement with Dalhousie, please direct your nominated students to the Apply Now section of this website. Please keep in mind we no longer require paper applications or transcripts. All application forms and transcripts should be submitted electronically to international.centre@dal.ca

Application package


Application packages should include:

Recommended arrival time

All exchange students must attend International Student Orientation, hosted twice a year by the International Centre. Generally, Orientation takes place 5-6 days before the start of the Fall term, and 2-3 days before the start of the Winter term. Please direct your nominated students to the New Student Guide for more information about orientation and preparations before arriving at Dalhousie. 

On-campus housing

Students coming to Dalhousie on exchange for the Fall term only (September–December) are not eligible to stay in residence on campus. Please see Step 6 of the Apply Now section for more details.

Other matters

Be sure to read about health insurance fees for exchange students, campus life, and student fees at Dalhousie.