Course Policies

Health Insurance

Students are required by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to carry valid health insurance at all times. EAP students will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan. You will make the payment for this and receive your insurance card during the first week of classes. The cost to you per day for insurance is currently around $1.45 / day. This cost is in addition to the tuition fee.

If your health insurance is being sponsored by a government or scholarship provider, or if you have coverage under the Nova Scotia provincial health plan (MSI), a copy of the policy or MSI card along with the opt-out form, must be provided to the Administrative Officer during the first week of classes to opt out of the health insurance provided by Dalhousie.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Grades

For students planning to begin a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate program at Dalhousie University, the mark needed to pass the EAP course depends on what the academic program students will be studying at Dalhousie, and what their faculty or department requires for entry into a specific program.

Undergraduate

For undergraduate students requiring an IELTS equivalent of 6.5 to enter Dalhousie programs: A GPA of 3.0 (B letter grade) at the end of EAP Level 2 meets the competency standards of the EAP program.

Graduate Programs

Most graduate programs require an IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 to enter the program. However, some graduate programs have a higher entrance requirement. Please visit this page for more details of the admission requirements.

  • For graduate students requiring an IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 to enter Dalhousie programs: A GPA of 3.7 (A- letter grade) at the end of EAP Level 2 meets the competency standards of the EAP program.
  • For graduate students requiring an IELTS or equivalent of 7.5 to enter Dalhousie programs: A GPA of 4.0 (A letter grade) at the end of the EAP Level 2 meets the competency standards of the EAP program.  

Terms and Conditions

 

Program Rules

 

  • I hereby accept the place in the above-named course offered by Dalhousie University, College of Continuing Education.
  • I further understand that the Tuition Fees and Health Insurance Fees (unless included in a scholarship) must be paid before the beginning of the Course.  Non-payment of these fees may result in my enrolment being cancelled.
  • If I arrive more than one week after my course commences, I understand that I may not be permitted to enrol in the course.
  • I agree to behave in a mature and respectful manner to Dalhousie employees, instructors and fellow classmates at all times.  I understand that bad behaviour can be grounds for dismissal, and that my parents may be notified of problems that are caused by my behaviour, if I am under 19 years old.
  • I understand all ESL Programs operated by Dalhousie have a Classroom Language Policy which details appropriate and acceptable use of English and other languages in the classroom. I understand there may be academic consequences including penalties if I do not abide by this policy. The Classroom Language Policy is described in the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education EAP Programs Student Handbook as well as on the EAP course outlines.
  • I understand that if I do not make satisfactory academic progress, I may not be allowed to re-enrol in the next course.
  • I understand that I must attend a minimum of 90% of all my classes, lectures and tutorials. If I do not maintain satisfactory attendance, I may not be allowed to re-enrol and my visa status would be jeopardised.   I understand that being absent from class without proper cause, and continual late arrival to class can be grounds for suspension or dismissal.

Program Completion Certificate

 

A transcript detailing achievement will be issued after each level, and a program completion certificate will be issued no later than 30 days after the successful completion of the program.

Fees

The estimated cost of the ESL Program at the College of Continuing Education is approximately $18,000.00 to include all 4 levels (EAP Foundation1, EAP Foundations 2, EAP 1 and EAP 2).  Each course tuition is $4500 (12-week courses) / $3000 (8-week courses) payable term by term on or before the 1st day of class. Students will not be admitted to class until tuition is paid in full. Want to pay your EAP tuition? Click here.

NOTE: Students may be admitted to class on the first day if special arrangements for payment have been made with our financial officer, Gena Walsh, before the term starts. 

Attendance Policy

Students must attend 90% of the total number of classes in the course in which they are currently enrolled to pass the course. In other words, students who have been absent more than 10% of the time, regardless of the circumstances, will receive a failure.  There are no excused absences.

  • Absent from 8:30 to 12:30 – ½ day absent
  • Absent for 1:30 to 3:30 – ½ day absent
  • Late arrival (up to an hour) in the morning, after a break, or after the lunch hour – ¼ day absent
  • Early departure (up to an hour) – ¼ day absent
  • Late arrivals or early departures of more than an hour -- ½ day absent

If a student’s attendance drops to 92%, they will be required to meet with the Head Teacher. If a student’s attendance then drops to 90%, they will be asked to leave the course. If there are extenuating circumstances related to the absences, students may appeal to the Director. The Director’s decision is final.

EAP Course Cancellation & Refund Policy

1) Refused Entrance to Canada:

If a student is refused entry to Canada by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the student will receive a full refund of any tuition fees that have been paid.  There will be no refund of the application fee. To obtain a refund of any tuition fees under these circumstances, the student must write to the Director of ESL Programs, Dalhousie University (esl@dal.ca).  The request must include a copy of the letter of refusal from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

2) Student Cancellation / Dismissal

Any correspondence concerning attendance and/or cancellation in courses at Dalhousie ESL Programs must be in writing to the Director of ESL Programs, Dalhousie University (esl@dal.ca).

  • If a student has received permission to enter Canada to study and cancels in writing before arriving in Canada, Dalhousie University will refund the tuition fee minus $400.  There will be no refund of the application fee.
  •  If a student has received permission to enter Canada to study and cancels in writing before the first day of the course designated in his/her acceptance letter, Dalhousie University will refund the tuition fee minus $400.  There will be no refund of the application fee.
  • If a student cancels in writing under any of the following circumstances:
    • after arriving in Canada with a valid study permit or temporary visitors’ visas; and/or
    • is asked to leave after the first course (and any subsequent course) begins;

Dalhousie University will issue a refund (or not) as follows:

Less than 10% of course completed

Total fees paid minus 50%

10-30% of course completed

Total fees paid minus 70%

More than 30% of course completed

No refund

There will be no refund of the application fee.

  • If a new student or a returning student fails to cancel in writing and he / she has a valid study permit or temporary visitors’ visa, Dalhousie ESL Programs will move to collect any tuition fees that are due according to the schedule outlined above.

Any Refunds Due:

Students will receive any refund due to them within 30 days of Dalhousie University receiving written notice of cancellation from them or a notice of dismissal.

Payment through an Agent:

Students who enroll or pay through an agent and a granted a refund will receive that refund through their agent.

Language School Act

Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education Agreements shall be interpreted by the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia and the parties hereby accept the jurisdiction of the courts of that Province in resolving any disputes I understand that I am expected to adhere to all the terms stated above. I also understand that if I do not, I may be sent back to my home country immediately at my own expense.