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Changes to International Differential Fees and Tuition for PhD Students

Posted by Faculty of Graduate Studies on July 8, 2019 in News

In April 2019, Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors approved two significant changes to international differential fees and tuition for PhD students. The changes, effective September 2019, are as follows:

  • New international PhD students will no longer be charged international differential fees.

  • Tuition for new PhD students will be lowered from the current levels charged in the first two years of the program and remain consistent throughout the program. Tuition for new Faculty of Arts and Social Science PhD students will now be $4,146 per year. Tuition for all other new PhD students will be $6,147 per year. These amounts will be subject to annual increases approved by Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. For complete details please see the “2019-2020 Graduate Studies Fee Schedule – Doctorate” on Dalhousie’s Money Matters website.  

In consultation with FGS, Financial Services has considered the application of the fees in several other discrete circumstances as follows:

  • PhD students who entered their program in May 2019 through direct admission or transfer from a master’s: These students may opt-in to the new PhD fee structure.  If a student chooses to do so, international differential fees, where applicable, and the difference in tuition paid for summer 2019 will be reimbursed (see below for details).  Students wishing to opt-in to the new fee schedule should contact
  • Master’s students who transfer to a PhD in September 2019 or beyond: International differential fees, where applicable, and the difference in tuition between master’s and PhD paid from September 2019 to the date of transfer to the PhD will be reimbursed.  

PhD students who entered their program before May 2019 will remain on the current fee schedule.

Reimbursed fees will be returned to the sources that provided the funding in proportion to the amount provided. For example, if 100% of the fees are paid from a research account, they will be returned to the appropriate research account.  If the fees are paid from a student scholarship, they will be returned to the student. If fees are derived from multiple sources, they will be returned in proportion to the contributions from each account. Those eligible for a reimbursement should contact

Please note that reimbursements will not be processed until late in the Fall 2019 term, as system changes are required to implement the new fees. Financial Services asks for your patience.

If you have general questions about how these changes may affect you, please contact and we will be pleased to assist you.