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New Student Orientation

ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS,  JANUARY 5-6, 2018

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 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

To register click here

International Student Arrival Week Full Schedule

Undergraduate Student Schedule

Please plan to attend all of the following events.

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) Schedule

Friday January 5

Time Event Description Location Please note
All Day Residence Move in Move in to your residence room, your first home in Canada Various Residence buildings  
2:30-3:00pm Orientation Check-in Let us know you are here! Lobby, McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue Bring your Dalcard for easy check-in
3-4pm Welcome Reception and  The International Centre welcomes you to Dalhousie McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue Family members and Friends are welcome to attend
4-6pm Dalhousie Bookstore Open House Purchase books and supplies for your accommodations in this special bookstore event for international students Basement, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue Items for sale include books, microwaves, minifrdges, blankets and bedding.

Saturday January 6

Time Event Description Location Please note
10-10:30 Meet and Greet Meet other new students in a fun activity Room 140, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
10:30am-11:30pm Dalhosuie Student Essentials 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.  Current Dalhousie students will give you advice to help you have a successful start.  Room 140, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
11:30am-12:00pm Friend Finder Take a break and have fun with your new friends. There is also a chance to win prizes. Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
12:00-12:30pm 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 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
12:30-1:45pm Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch   Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Dalhousie Essentials session earlier in the day 
2:00-3:30pm 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  Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Attendees will have a chance to win prizes from the Dalhousie bookstore.
3:30-4:30pm Studely Campus Tour Student leaders will take you around campus so you can learn where   Meet in the atrium of the Collaborative Health Education Building  
7:00pm Movie Night Join us for an evening movie @ the International Centre.  We will bring the popcorn and you just bring yourself! International Centre, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street  

Graduate Student Schedule

Please plan to attend all of the following events.

Graduate (Master and PhD Degree) Schedule

Friday January 5

Time Event Description Location Please note
All Day Residence Move in Move in to your residence room, your first home in Canada Various Residence buildings  
2:30-3:00pm Orientation Check-in Let us know you are here! Lobby, McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue Bring your DalCard for easy check-in
3-4pm Welcome Reception  The International Centre welcomes you to Dalhousie  McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue
4-6pm Dalhousie Bookstore Open House Purchase books and supplies for your accommodations in this special bookstore event for international students Basement, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue


Saturday January 6

Time Event Description Location Please note
10-10:30 Meet and Greet Meet other new students in a fun activity Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
10:30am-11:30pm Graduate Student Essentials This session will help you understand your study permti and visa rules and regulations. You will also learn about employment in Canada  Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
11:30am-12:00pm Friend Finder Take a break and have fun with your new friends. There is also a chance to win prizes. Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
12:00-12:30pm 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 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
12:30-1:45pm Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch   Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Dalhousie Essentials session earlier in the day 
2:00-3:30pm 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  Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
3:30-4:30pm Studely Campus Tour Student leaders will take you around campus so you can learn where   Meet in the atrium  Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Attendees will have a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 CAD Gift Cards from Best Buy.
7:00pm Movie Night Join us for an evening movie @ the International Centre.  We will bring the popcorn and you just bring yourself! International Centre, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street  

 

Exchange (Studying for only 1 or 2 semesters) Student Schedule

Please refer to the Schedule on the Exchange Student Checklist

Exchange Student Schedule

Please plan to attend all of the following events.

Exchange and Visiting Students Schedule

Friday January 5

Time Event Description Location Please note
All Day Residence Move in Move in to your residence room, your first home in Canada Various Residence buildings  
2:30pm-3:00pm Orientation Check-in Let us know you are here! Lobby, McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue Bring your dalcard for easy check-in
3-4pm Welcome Reception  The International Centre welcomes you to Dalhousie McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue
4-6pm Dalhousie Bookstore Open House Purchase books and supplies for your accommodations in this special bookstore event for international students Basement, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue


Saturday January 6

Time Event Description Location Please note
10-10:30 Meet and Greet Meet other new students in a fun activity Room 150, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
10:30am-11:30pm Exchange Student Essentials 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.  Current Dalhousie students will give you advice to help you have a successful start.  Room 150, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
11:30am-12:00pm Friend Finder Take a break and have fun with your new friends. There is also a chance to win prizes. Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
12:00-12:30pm 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 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
12:30-1:45pm Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch   Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Exchange Essentials session earlier in the day 
2:00-3:30pm 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  Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
3:30-4:30pm Studely Campus Tour Student leaders will take you around campus so you can learn where   Meet in the atrium, Room Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Avenue  
7:00pm Movie Night Join us for an evening movie @ the International Centre.  We will bring the popcorn and you just bring yourself! International Centre, LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street  

 

Time Event Description Location Things to note
9-10am Registration Check-in      
10-10:30am Official Welcome      
10:30am-12:00pm Dalhosuie Student Essentials   Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue  
12-12:30pm Friend Finder   Atrium, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue  
12:30-2pm Lunch      
2-3pm The Dal Life   Room 1028 Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue  
3-4pm Your Dal   Room 1028 Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue  
6-8:30pm Rez Board Game Cafe      

 

Prepare yourself for your arrival!

Watch pre-arrival webinars 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 by Friday January 5, 2018 the first day of International Student Arrival Week of in order to settle in and attend orientation.

If you are living in residence you can move into your residence room anytime on Friday January 5, 2018. You will need to submit an early arrival request on DalOnline.