Global Connections: Pre‑arrival videos


Global Connections, is a YouTube series for new international students.

Current Dalhousie students called Welcome Ambassadors will provide advice and answer new student questions on everything from life in Halifax (weather, making friends, where to eat) to what to expect at Dalhousie (classes, school clubs, etc). A full list of videos is available below.

New students can contact the Welcome Ambassadors via the International Student Chat Group or Wechat. Chat Times are listed in the Welcome Ambassador bios below. 

New Student Videos

2019 videos

How to find a place to live

How to survive in Canada as an international student 

How to apply for a study permit and/or visa

What to expect at orientation

What to expect at the Halifax airport

How to get from the airport to your accommodations

What Halifax is like

Where to find help when you first arrive on campus

How to be a successful student in your first month at university

How to survive the weather in Halifax

The Welcome Ambassador Team

Name: Jeonghee (Jane) Lee
Nationality: South Korea
Languages Spoken: English, Korean, Spanish
Faculty: Management

Chat Times:
Monday, 1-3pm (AST)


My perfect DAL day would be: 

I would start my day with grabbing an iced coffee at the SUB then heading to the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building for class. I love chatting with my favorite professor after class. Then I would walk to the Lemarchant Place Atrium to study and work on my assignments. Once I’m done studying, I go to the Dalplex to enjoy Zumba and Yoga classes with my friends. There are a lot of free group fitness classes for Dal students! 😊

Name: Keyue Gong
Nationality: China
Languages Spoken: English and Mandarin
Faculty: Science

Chat times:
Tuesday, 11pm-1am (AST)


My perfect DAL day would be: 

A day with no early classes, when I can sleep in and wake up at 10am. I would go to the Life Sciences Centre to get coffee and my favorite sausage bagel sandwich for breakfast at Tim’s, go to my class, then study with friends. My favorite campus study space is the Wallace McCain Learning Commons because there are plenty of group study rooms. My secret study space is the GIS Lab, located in the Earth Sciences Department.  It’s a super quiet place to study and to make maps. Feel free to join me there if you have the password lol!


Name: Yufei (Steve) Chen
Nationality: China
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin
Faculty: Computer Science

Chat Times:
Thursday, 9-11am (AST)


My perfect DAL day would be: 

Waking up and receiving a campus closure notification from the Dal Safe App. I would meet up with friends to have breakfast together.  Afterwards we would study in our Residence common room for a few hours. In the afternoon we would go to the Halifax Shopping Centre to shop and eat.  I would end the day with ordering a pizza and enjoying a movie in friend’s residence room.


Name: Melanie Smith
Nationality: Belize
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish, Creole
Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Chat Times:
Thursday, 10am-12pm (AST)

Email: Melanie

My perfect DAL day would be: 

My perfect Dal Day would begin with dropping my children off at school. Then I would go to the Killam Atrium for a cup of coffee and to set writing goals for the day. Then I would either proceeded upstairs to the grad pad or my assigned study carell. I usually end my Dal day at 2:30 pm so I can be on time to pick up my children from school.