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Accent clinic for Commerce international students

Posted by Rowe School of Business on September 10, 2017 in News

International students often experience difficulties communicating with others. Here is a unique opportunity to help you speak English clearly and confidently.

An accent modification program is offered by the Dalhousie Accent Clinic. It is for students who have English language proficiency but who are not always fully understood by listeners because of their accent. The goal is not to eliminate a natural accent but to increase success and confidence in speaking English. 

What is involved in accent training?

Training sessions will be conducted weekly for 10 weeks. Students will be given an individual and comprehensive speech assessment before and after the training.

What is the cost of the program?

  • Assessment. For individual clients, the cost of the initial assessment (approximately 1 1/2 hours) is normally $180.
  • Training sessions. Group sessions are normally $80 per student for a two-hour session.
  • Fostering internationalization and global citizenship is one of the three priorities of our faculty. The Faculty of Management will sponsor 4 international students to participate in this service for free (valued at about $1000 per student).

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  • Be a full-time international student in the 2nd year commerce program and entering the first co-op term in 2018 winter term
  • Be in good academic standing (above 3.0 GPA)
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities through participation in community events, student activities or athletics

Preference will be given to those who wish to stay in Canada for co-ops.

How to apply?

  • A short description of who you are and why you want to join the program (100 words)
  • A résumé 
  • An academic reference’s contact information (name, title, email address)

Please email your application to by Wednesday, September 20. Students who are selected will be informed by email. An interview may be required prior to the final decision.

For questions about the funding program, please email Lokiy Wang at For more information on the service, please visit the clinic's website.