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New Student Orientation

ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS,  AUGUST 27-31, 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


Monday, August 27 – Friday, August 31

Undergraduate Student Schedule

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) Schedule

Monday August 27, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pick up 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 onwards, Registration available in August 

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9am onwards, Registration available in August 

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August 

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

 

Tuesday August 28, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  If you missed Day One you can still take a campus tour, pick up 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 onwards, Registration available in August 

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9am onwards, Registration available in August 

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August 

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

 

Wednesday August 29, 2018

 

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

You must submit your study permit information to the International Centre.  At this session you will also learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.  Current Dalhousie students will give you advice to help you have a successful start. 

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.

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

6-8:30pm

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 30, 2018

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

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

 

 

1-2pm

Student to Student: What to know about Halifax

The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) is a student-run society for all international 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 Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

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 reusable grocery bag to carry your items! You can purchase reusable bags if you don't already have them 

Friday August 31, 2018

 

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

 

11:15am-11:50am

Student supports on campus – The On Track Programs

Learn about the supports and services that will help you be a successful student.  You can also learn how to start developing your career in your first year.

To be announced

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

12-1pm

Mystery Hunt with the DSU

Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders in a Scavenger Hunt game. 

Start from McInnes Room, 6136 University Avenue

 

1-2:30pm

Pizza lunch

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

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 



Graduate Student Schedule

Graduate (Master and PhD Degree) Student Schedule

 

Monday August 27, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pick up 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 onwards, Registration available in August 

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9am onwards, Registration available in August 

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card.

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August 

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

 

Tuesday August 28, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

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

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

Time

Event

Description

Location

Registration

10:00am onwards, Registration available in August 

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9am onwards, Registration available in August 

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August 

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

Registration opens in August

 

 

Wednesday August 29, 2018

Time

Event

Street.on

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

 

10:30-12:00pm

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-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

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

12-12:30pm

Friend Finder

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

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

 

12:30-1:30pm

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch, at the International Centre

 

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

1:30-2:30pm

International Student Essentials

You must submit your study permit information to the International Centre.  At this session you will also learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.

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

Bring your passport and study permit

2:30-3:30pm

Your Career in Canada 

This session is for students who intend to work in Canada.  Learn about how to apply for jobs and the work regulations for international students

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

Bring your study permit with you

Thursday August 30 2018

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please Note

9am-12pm

Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation

This important Orientation is for all Faculty of Graduate Studies students

To Be Announced

 

12-1pm

Free time

   

 

1-2pm

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

 

2-3:30pm

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 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

 

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 reusable grocery bag to carry your items!

 

You can purchase reusable bags if you don't already have them

Friday August 31, 2018

 

Time

Event

Description

Location  

 Please note

10-11am

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.

To be Announced

 

11am

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.

To Be Announced

 

Exchange Student Schedule

International Exchange Student Schedule

Exchange (Studying for only 1 or 2 semesters) make sure to review the Exchange Student Checklist

Monday August 27, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  On Day One you can take a campus tour, pick up 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 onwards, Registration available in August

 

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9 am onwards, Registration available in August

 

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card.

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August

 

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

 

Tuesday August 28, 2018, Campus Tours and Check-ins

Welcome to Campus!  If you missed Day One you can still take a campus tour, pick up 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 onwards, Registration available in August

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 and 2pm

Dal card Pick-up

Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID

Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

9am onwards, Registration available in August

Cell Phone

Select a cellphone plan and/or purchase a sim card.

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

10am onwards, Registration available in August

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

 

Wednesday August 29, 2018

Time

Event

Location

Description

Please note

9-10:00am

Registration Check-in

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

Check in and let us know you are here!

Bring your DalCard (Student Id Card)

10-10:30am

Official Welcome

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

Meet the International centre staff who will officially welcome you to Dalhousie University

 

10:30-12pm

Exchange Essentials 

CIBC Auditorium (Room 127), Goldberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Avenue

Learn about the classroom experience in Canada

There will be a coffee break halfway through the session

12:00-1:30pm

Lunch

LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 Lemarchant Street

Free lunch for all new students

Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Dalhousie 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

 

6-8:30pm

Rez Board Game Cafe

Cameron Room, Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 30, 2018

 

Time

Event

Description

Location

Please note

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

 

 

1-2pm

Student to Student: What to know about Halifax

The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) is a student-run society for all international 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 Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street

 

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 reusable grocery bag to carry your items! You can purchase reusable bags if you don't already have them 

Friday August 31, 2018

 

Time

Event

Description

Location  

 Please note

12-1pm

Mystery Hunt with the DSU

Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders in a Scavenger Hunt game. 

Start from McInnes Room, 6136 University Avenue

 

1-2:30pm

Pizza lunch

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

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

Complete the modules on online orientation (beginning on June 26) 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 Monday, August 27, 2018 in order to settle in and attend orientation.

If you are living in residence you can move into your residence room anytime on Friday, August 24, 2018. You will need to submit an early arrival request on DalOnline.