Our plan for fall 2021


Safely welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus 

We’re proud of Nova Scotia’s strong commitment to public health and safety throughout this pandemic and we are confident in our plans for the fall. We promise to keep you up to date on what you can expect as you prepare to join us this fall.

On this page you’ll find information about our top priorities this fall: your education and academic experiencethe student life experience, and everyone’s shared health and safety.

Your academic experience

We know how important it is to our students and professors alike to be able to return to the classroom this fall. We are preparing to welcome all students to campus this fall. Throughout the pandemic, university students have been allowed to travel to Nova Scotia to study.

  • Course delivery: You can expect most courses to be in person, with appropriate safety measures in place based on public health guidelines. A small number of courses will continue online.
  • Have concerns about courses and registration? Support is available to you if you have questions about the timetable, registering for classes, or how you can take online classes. The timetable will indicate whether courses are in person or online. Visit the courses and registration page.

Your student life

This fall, in accordance with public health guidelines, our plan includes the re-opening of in-person services and facilities on campus.

  • Campus Services: You can expect a return to on-campus events and programming, library service access, food services, study spaces, fitness facilities, and more. Our campus services is your source for the most up-to-date information.
  • Orientation: Our New to Dal orientation program will be for first- and second-year students this year, which will allow all our new-to-campus students the chance to discover everything student life has to offer with a mix of in-person and virtual activities. Learn more at dal.ca/new-to-dal
  • Residences will be open this fall (single occupancy only with restrictions based on current public health guidelines), as will our residence dining halls. More information is available on our residence site.
  • New students: Sign up for Together@Dal and download the Dal Mobile app to meet other students and become connected to the university community before you arrive.

Our shared health and safety

Nova Scotia has gotten through this pandemic with strong public health measures that have helped keep our community safe. Vaccination and the province's re-opening plan are both moving ahead quickly. Our return to on-campus learning will be fully aligned with provincial Public Health requirements and Dalhousie’s health and safety protocols.

  • Health-and-safety requirements: Our plans for Fall 2021 are aligned with a postsecondary framework that applies to all universities and colleges in Nova Scotia, and has been approved by Nova Scotia Public Health and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Dalhousie's plan builds on this framework and our success in on-campus activities this past year, applying multiple layers of safety protection to help keep our Dal community safe and supported.
  • *NEW*: Students, faculty, and staff will need to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to accessing university campuses. Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated, or choose not to provide proof of vaccination, will have to undergo COVID-19 testing twice a week and will be required to provide proof that the testing has taken place. Learn more about Campus Check.
  • There will be on-campus vaccination and COVID testing available, and though there will not be formal distancing requirements we are asking our Dal community to continue to wear masks through the month of September. Learn more about what to expect for health and safety in September.
  • Shared responsibility: All of us have a part to play in keeping one another safe. We’re in this together: be aware, be safe, and be considerate. Check our Health and safety resources page for the latest information and please complete the Dalhousie vaccine survey.

Coming to Nova Scotia?

Travel requirements to Halifax or Truro this fall will depend on where you're coming from and current Public Health guidelines, but we promise to provide you with support, guidance, and timely updates.

  • Joining us from elsewhere in Canada? Visit our Arriving in Nova Scotia page for what you need to know.
  • Are you an international student? Even students who are exempt from quarantine must still have a quarantine plan before travelling to Nova Scotia. Visit the International Centre's Immigration & COVID-19 Updates page for more information on coming to Dalhousie from outside Canada.
  • Vaccination: Students who have not been vaccinated (partially or fully) prior to arriving at Dalhousie will be able to get vaccinated here in Nova Scotia. Keep in mind that students who are vaccinated may have fewer travel restrictions to enter Nova Scotia.

Student Q&A videos

On Tuesday, July 20, Dalhousie hosted two virtual Q&A discussion on vaccines, travel, and our safe return to campus this fall, hosted by Dalhousie administration and staff members. Archived video of the two Q&A sessions can be found here.

Learn more