New Student Orientation

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION,  AUGUST 26-30, 2019

Adjusting to life in a new school and a new country can be very overwhelming. Orientation helps you adjust to new surroundings and get the support you need to settle in to life here at Dalhousie. It is a great way to get all your questions answered about things you need to do to prepare for university. 

During International Student Orientation, you will:

  • Tour the campus
  • Learn about your Faculty and how to prepare for the Canadian classroom
  • Learn how to get involved in clubs, teams, and other groups
  • Meet other students and make new friends
  • Meet the International Centre staff
  • Learn about Dalhousie's services and resources

Undergraduate Student Schedule

Monday August 26

Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pickup your Dalcard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one day, from one central location at the International Centre.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

 

 

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Tuesday August 27

Day Two

Welcome to Campus!  If you missed Day One you can still take a campus tour, pickup your DalCard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one place.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Wednesday August 28

Day Three

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9-10am

Registration Check-in

Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard

Lobby, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-10:30am

Official Welcome

Start of your life at Dalhousie with an official welcome from the University President and the university staff members who will support you during your academic journey

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Family members and Friends are welcome to attend

10:30am-11:30am

 

 

 

 

International Student Essentials

International students must be aware of their rights and regulations. At this session you will learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.  

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

11:30-12:00pm

Friend Finder

Meet other new students in a fun activity.  There is also a chance to win prizes.

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2)Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

 

12:00-1:30pm

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch, at the International Centre

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street

Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the International Student Essentials session earlier in the day 

1:30-3pm

The Dal Life

At this session you will learn where to go for help with your questions and how to have healthy fun in Halifax 

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

 Attendees will have a chance to win a free Apple Watch

6:30-8:30pm

Rez Board Game Cafe

Living in Residence?  Meet your Residence student leaders and enjoy an evening of fun and games

Cameron Room, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

 

Thursday August 29

Day Four

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9:30-10:30am Check-in Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-11am

Dating in Canada

Relationships in university are fun yet different from what you may be used to.  In this session you will meet new people and understand the do’s and don’ts of North American dating culture.

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 

11am-12pm

Academic Regulations for university students

To be a successful student you must follow regulations of Canada's university system.  In this session you will learn what those regulations and rules are, and the best strategies to follow them

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

12-1pm

Free Time

Go to the bookstore, explore the library, visit Student Accounts and get other things done during this free period

 

 

1-1:30pm Living in Canada Here is what you need to know about your new home Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  

1:30-2:30pm

Student to Student: What to know about Halifax

The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) is a student-run society for all internationals students.  They will share their advice with you on what to do and what not to do in Halifax.

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 

2:30pm

Shopping Trips

Student volunteers will help you get to the local malls so you can purchase the items you need for your living space and personal supplies.

Start at the LeMarchant PlaceAtrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

6-8pm Black Student Advising Centre Orientation This is a special session for students of African descent.  It will be facilitated by the Black Student Advising Centre Room 1107 and 1108, 1st floor, Mona Campbell Building There will be food! Parents are encouraged to attend.

5-8pm

Community Night

The Bookstore in the Student Union Building (SUB) is open until 8PM to help you get a jump on the new school year!

Purchase your textbooks, check out the new Dal swag, pick up some free goodies, win prizes and more! Plus, for this day only, save 25% on a Dal Hotline hoodie!

During Community Night, we will also have plenty of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about your course materials.

Basement, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

The bookstore is bagless so bring a reusuable grocey bag to carry your items! You can purchase reusable bags if you don't already have them 

Friday August 30

Final Day of International Student Orientation

 

Time

Event

Description

Location  

 Please note

9:30-11am

Faculty meetings:

Arts and Social Sciences

Science

 

Management

Computer Science

Engineering

This session will help you understand the culture of a Canadian university classroom. Learn what to expect from classes and what your professors will expect from you.  Meet staff and students in your faculty and learn about your academic program.

To be announced

 

11am-12pm

Social with the DSU

Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders 

McInnes Room, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

 

12-1pm

Pizza lunch

 The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) invites you to a free Pizza lunch  

Henry Hicks Quad (in front of the Henry Hicks Building)

 

1-2pm Halifax Waterfront Tour Celebrate the end of International Student Orientation with a tour of the Halifax Waterfront Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street Wear comfortable shoes!

Graduate Student Schedule

Monday August 26

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pickup your Dalcard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one day, from one central location at the International Centre.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

 

2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Tuesday August 27

Day Two

Welcome to Campus!  If you missed Day One you can still take a campus tour, pickup your DalCard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one place.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

 

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Wednesday August 28

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9-10am

Registration Check-in

Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard

Lobby, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-10:30am

Official Welcome

Start of your life at Dalhousie with an official welcome from the University President and the university staff members who will support you during your academic journey

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Family members and Friends are welcome to attend

10:30am-12:00pm

 

The Dal Life

 

 

 

At this session you will learn where to go for help with your questions and how to have healthy fun in Halifax 

Scotiabank Auditorium (Aud-1), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

12:00-1:30pm

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch, at the International Centre

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street

Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Dal Life session earlier in the day 

1:30-2:30pm

International Student Essentials

 

At this session you will learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.  You will also learn about the permtis required to work in Canada

Scotiabank Auditorium (Aud-1), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

 Attendees will have a chance to win a free Apple Watch

6:30-8:30pm

Rez Board Game Cafe

Living in Residence?  Meet your Resident student leaders and enjoy an evening of fun and games

Cameron Room, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

 

Thursday August 29

Day Four

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9:30-10am Check-in Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-11am

Relationships in Canada

Relationships in university are fun yet different from what you may be used to.  In this session you will meet new people and understand the do’s and don’ts of North American dating and relationship culture.

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 
11-11:30am Living in Canada   Room 1007, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  

11:30am-12:30pm

Student to Student: What to know about Halifax

The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) is a student-run society for all internationals students.  They will share their advice with you on what to do and what not to do in Halifax.

Room 1007, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

12:30-5pm

Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation

This Orientation will introduce students to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

TBA

 

5-8pm

Community Night

The Bookstore in the Student Union Building (SUB) is open until 8PM to help you get a jump on the new school year!

Purchase your textbooks, check out the new Dal swag, pick up some free goodies, win prizes and more! Plus, for this day only, save 25% on a Dal Hotline hoodie!

During Community Night, we will also have plenty of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about your course materials.

Basement, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

The bookstore is bagless so bring a reusuable grocey bag to carry your items! You can purchase reusable bags at the Bookstore if you don't already have them. 

Friday August 30

Final Day of International Student Orientation

 

Time

Event

Description

Location  

 Please note

11am-12pm

Social with the DSU

Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders 

McInnes Room, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

 

12-1pm

Pizza lunch

 The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) invites you to a free Pizza lunch  

Henry Hicks Quad (in front of the Henry Hicks Building)

 

1-2pm Tour of the Halifax Waterfront Celebrate the end of International Student Orientation with a tour of the Halifax Waterfront Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street Wear comfortable shoes and bring your bus pass!

Exchange Student Schedule

Monday August 26

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pickup your Dalcard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one day, from one central location at the International Centre.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

 

2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

 

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Tuesday August 27

Welcome to Campus!  If you missed Day One you can still take a campus tour, pickup your DalCard, set up a bank account and buy a cell phone plan and/or a cell phone all in one place.

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am and other time slots*

Campus Tour

Your student leaders will take you on a tour of the Studley Campus

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

Registration opens in August

10am

 

 

2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

DalCard Office, 1st floor Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

Bring a valid government issued photo ID (eg. passport, driver's license) 

9am and other time slots

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan or even puchase a phone

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am and other time slots

Bank Account Set-up  

You will need a local bank to handle your banking needs while you live in Canada.  You can easily set-up an account right at the International Centre

International Centre, First (1st) floor, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  

Registration opens in August

*Time slots will be available at a later date.

Wednesday August 28

Day Three

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9-10am

Registration Check-in

Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard

Lobby, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-10:30am

Official Welcome

Start of your life at Dalhousie with an official welcome from the University President and the university staff members who will support you during your academic journey

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Family members and Friends are welcome to attend

10:30am-12:00pm

 

 

 

 

Exchange Student Essentials

At this session you will learn about regulations for exchange students.

CIBC Auditorium, 1st floor, Golberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Avenue

Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

12:00-1:30pm

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch, at the International Centre

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street

Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the International Student Essentials session earlier in the day 

1:30-3pm

The Dal Life

At this session you will learn where to go for help with your questions and how to have healthy fun in Halifax 

Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

 Attendees will have a chance to win a free Apple Watch

6:30-8:30pm

Rez Board Game Cafe

Living in Residence?  Meet your Residence student leaders and enjoy an evening of fun and games

Thursday August 29

Day Four

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

9:30-10:30am Check-in Let us know you are here and check in with your DalCard Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-11am

Relationships and Dating in Canada

Relationships in university are fun yet different from what you may be used to.  In this session you will meet new people and understand the do’s and don’ts of North American dating culture.

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 

11am-12pm

Academic Regulations for university students

To be a successful student you must follow regulations of Canada's university system.  In this session you will learn what those regulations and rules are, and the best strategies to follow them

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information

12-1pm

Free Time

Go to the bookstore, explore the library, visit Student Accounts and get other things done during this free period

 

 

1-1:30pm Living in Canada Here is what you need to know about your new home Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  

1:30-2:30pm

Student to Student: What to know about Halifax

The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) is a student-run society for all internationals students.  They will share their advice with you on what to do and what not to do in Halifax.

Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 

2:30pm

Shopping Trips

Student volunteers will help you get to the local malls so you can purchase the items you need for your living space and personal supplies.

Start at the LeMarchant PlaceAtrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

6-8pm Black Student Advising Centre Orientation This is a special session for students of African descent.  It will be facilitated by the Black Student Advising Centre Room 1107 and 1108, 1st floor, Mona Campbell Building There will be food! Parents are encouraged to attend.

5-8pm

Community Night

The Bookstore in the Student Union Building (SUB) is open until 8PM to help you get a jump on the new school year!

Purchase your textbooks, check out the new Dal swag, pick up some free goodies, win prizes and more! Plus, for this day only, save 25% on a Dal Hotline hoodie!

During Community Night, we will also have plenty of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about your course materials.

Friday August 30

Final Day of International Student Orientation

 

Time

Event

Description

Location  

 Please note

11am-12pm

Social with the DSU

Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders 

McInnes Room, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

 

12-1pm

Pizza lunch

 The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) invites you to a free Pizza lunch  

Henry Hicks Quad (in front of the Henry Hicks Building)

 

1-2pm Tour of the Halifax Waterfront Celebrate the end of International Student Orientation with a tour of the Halifax Waterfront Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street Wear comfortable shoes and bring your bus pass!

 

 

Prepare yourself for your arrival!

Watch Global Connections: Pre-arrival Videos where current students and staff discuss international student life in Halifax.

Complete the modules on online orientation  to learn more: academic success, finances, health, alcohol & safety, consent, community, using the Dal libraries, and academic integrity. 

Arrival dates:

New students should plan to arrive at Dalhousie on or before Monday, August 26, 2019 in order to settle in and attend orientation.