Application & Admission Process

Admission Requirements

  • The intensive nature of this program requires applicants to have a secondary school diploma equivalent to Academic Grade 11. Please see the FAQ page for a list of diplomas that are suitable for entry into the IPY Program but not sufficient for undergraduate admission to Dalhousie University. 
  • English proficiency: One of the following is required to enter the IPY program.
    • IELTS 5.0
    • TOEFL iBT 61
    • Cambridge First B2
    • Dalhousie Placement Test B1 or equivalent. 

If you are not sure if you meet the English requirement, you may take the Dalhousie Placement Test online before applying. If you do not meet the English requirement for the program, you can complete English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Foundations 1 and/or Foundations 2 prior to beginning the IPY Program. Learn more about the EAP program by clicking here or contact the English Language Studies Department at for more information.

Application Deadlines

You can apply for the IPY Program at any time. However, to account for student visa processing time, we strongly recommend applying at least four months before your program begins.

For more information on the application process, see Dalhousie’s Applying for Undergraduate Studies page.

Tuition & Fees

Program Tuition & Fees 
Tuition & Student Service Fee $20,422
Textbooks $500
Health insurance $450
Total Program Fees $21,372
Estimated Living Expenses*
Accommodations $6,700
Unlimited meal plan (optional) $5,655
Living Expenses (variable) $2,400
Total Tuition & Fees $12,355

*All costs are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.


You will have the option to stay in residence on campus, with a homestay family, or in off-campus housing. Our team of advisors will help you select the option that makes the most sense for you based on availability and preferences. Please note that on-campus housing is subject to availability during the winter term.