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FAQ

Do I need IELTS or TOEFL scores to go to Dalhousie ESL?

No you don’t: if you do not have those scores, you can take the EAP Placement Test. In that case, you may only sign up for EAP Foundations when you apply.  If you take the placement test and qualify for a higher level of EAP, we will then move you to EAP1 or EAP2.

If I get accepted to Dalhousie ESL, am I accepted to my academic program too?

Applications for Dalhousie ESL and Dalhousie academic programs are separate. You will need to apply to your desired academic program as well as to Dalhousie's ESL programs. However once your complete EAP, you will have achieved Dalhousie's English admission requirement, so you don't have to re-write a standardized test such as the IELTS or TOEFL. 

You can check admission requirements, deadlines, and view the application process on Dalhousie's International Centre website.

Will I need to buy health insurance?

Yes: 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 approximately $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.

What do I do when I arrive in Halifax?

Dalhousie International Students Association offers airport pickups at certain times of the year. Contact them at: disa@dal.ca (or) coordinator.c@disadal.ca  

Alternatively, when you arrive at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport  you will need to pick up your luggage and walk towards the exit nearest baggage claim. You can go to the Ground Transportation desk and ask about getting from the airport to your residence. Click here to learn more of getting to Halifax from the airport.

Where will I live while I study?

During the Fall and Winter Terms: 

To learn more about on-campus housing options, you can visits the residence site and complete the residence application here.  EAP applications and residence applications are separate, so we cannot comment on availability. 

For other housing options, you could check the Off-Campus Housing page. Another option is to search for a homestay.  Here is one place you may want to try. Please note that these external residences are not connected to the university, so we cannot officially vouch for them. Therefore, we recommend that you ask lots of questions in order to ensure that their quality meets your standards.   

During the Summer Term:

Dalhousie’s residence are available for rental to the public in the summer. To book your stay, visit their website.

What happens if I don’t get my study visa in time?

We allow students to be up to one week late for their EAP course. If you cannot arrive in Halifax by that time, don’t worry: we can defer your acceptance to the next course. We cannot refund your deposit payment, but we can hold onto it until you are able to come for your studies. If this happens, please email us as soon as possible at esl@dal.ca.