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New Student Orientation

ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

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 before Monday August 28, 2017 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 and after Friday August 25, 2017. You will need to submit an early arrival request on DalOnline.  

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

Orientation Registration is open! Register here.

International Student Arrival Week

Monday August 28, 2017, 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 Click here to register for a tour
10am and other time slots
Dal card Pick-up
Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  
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   Click here to register for an appointment.

 

Tuesday August 29, 2017, Campus Tours and Check-ins

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 Click here to register for a tour
10am and other time slots
Dal card Pick-up
Pick-up your Dalcard, your student ID Start at the LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  
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   Click here to register for an appointment.

 

Wednesday August 30, 2017, Orientation Day 1

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) Schedule

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 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.  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
12-12:30pm 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  
12:30-2pm 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 Dalhousie Essentials session earlier in the day 
2-3pm 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  
3-4pm The Dal Deal Learn about the opportunities available to all Dalhousie students and how to use it to your advantage  Ondaatje Auditorium (Aud-2), Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue Attendees will have a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 CAD Gift Cards from Best Buy.
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  

 

Graduate (Master and PhD Degree) Student Schedule

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  
10:30-11:30am Graduate Student Essentials Learn what your classes will be like and important information about your academic program  Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
11:30am-12:30pm Graduate student Success Panel Get advice from current Graduate students and a Professor Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
12:30-1pm Friend Finder Meet other new students in a fun activity.  There is also a chance to win prizes. Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue  
1-2:30pm Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch, at the International Centre   Lunch tickets are only available to students who attend the Graduate Essentials session earlier in the day 
2:30-3:30pm Study Permit and Visa Check-in You must submit your study permit information to the International Centre.  At this session will also learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.  Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue Bring your passport and study permit
3:30-4:30pm 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 Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building 6100 University Avenue Bring your study permit with you

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

Please refer to the Schedule on the Exchange Student Checklist

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      

Thursday August 31, 2017, Orientation Day 2

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) Student Schedule

Time Event Description Location Please note
10-11am

Faculty meetings:

Arst and Social Sciences

Science

Engineering

Management

Computer Science

Meet staff and students in your faculty and learn about your academic program

Science and Arts and Social Science - Scotiabank Auditorium (AUD-1), McCain Arts and Social sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue

Engineering - TBA

Management - Room 1014, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

Computer Science - TBA

Bring your favourite note-taking device (notebook, phone, tablet) to record important information
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
 
12-1:30pm Free Time Go to the bookstore, explore the library, visit Student Accounts and get other things done during this free period
   
1:30-2:30pm Study Permit and Visa Check-in You must submit your study permit information to the International Centre. You will also learn the regulations all study permit holders must follow while they study in Canada.
Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue Bring your passport and study permit with you
2:30-3:30pm Global Family Feud
Get into teams with you new friends and compete for prizes in a Family Feud Game.  The game is based on the popular North American Family Feud Game.
Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  

 

Graduate (Master's and/or PhD Degree) Student

Time Event Description Location Please Note
10-11am 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 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  
  Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation This important Orientation is for all Faculty of Graduate Studies students McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building  

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

Please refer to the Schedule on the Exchange Student Checklist

Friday September 1, 2017, Orientation Day 3

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree Student Schedule

Time Event Description Location    Please note
10-11am Skills Building Session presented by My Halifax Experience Finding jobs in Halifax is all about making connections, but making connections in a new culture can be difficult.  In this session you will learn strategies and develop skills to help you network and build your career in Halifax. 
Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  
11am-12pm 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  
12-1:30m DISA Barbeque lunch The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) invites you to a free Barbeque lunch LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant Street  
2-3pm Mystery Hunt with the DSU
Meet your Dalhousie Student Union Orientation leaders in a Scavenger Hunt game.    Start from Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  
         

 

Graduate (Master's and PhD) Student Schedule

Time Event Decsription Location Please note
10-11am Skills Building Session presented by My Halifax Experience Finding jobs in Halifax is all about making connections, but making connections in a new culture can be difficult.  In this session you will learn strategies and develop skills to help you network and build your career in Halifax.  Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  
11am-12pm 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 on what to do and what not to do in Halifax. Room 1028, Kenneth Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue  
12-1:30pm DISA Barbeque lunch The Dalhousie International Students Association (DISA) invites you to a free Barbeque lunch 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