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SUP POR TIVE
A world of opportunities at every turn
At Dalhousie University, you’ll discover a remarkable blend of academic choices, award-winning professors and memorable experiences in one of Canada’s most dynamic learning communities.
I learn something old every day. I discovered my passion for studying the past. The rest is history.
Haylan Jackson, History Student
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Ready to go beyond all that you know?
To experience the thrill of discovery? The excitement of new ideas? The satisfaction of taking new directions? Then you’ve found the right place. At Dalhousie University, our tradition of innovation, exploration and excellence will transform your love for learning into a rich passion for life. Here, you’ll discover a world that’s invigorating. Motivating. Inspiring!
an amazing education, the warmest east-coast welcome
At Dalhousie University, you’ll enjoy the hospitality of Canada’s beautiful east coast, along with the prestige of a big-name school. You’ll discover a wealth of flexible degree programs – more than any other school in the region. You’ll also find renowned professors who love teaching and sharing their knowledge. At Dalhousie, we’re proud of our past and confident in our future. We’ve been at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, for almost 200 years. Sleek new facilities stand beside ivy-covered stone buildings that have shaped memories for generations of Dalhousie students. This is a place where the finest academic traditions blend with leading-edge thinking and life-changing research, just as Halifax blends coastal charm with the excitement of a dynamic city on the move. You’ll meet a diverse mix of students from across Canada and around the globe who, like you, are ready to do great things.
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Enter a world of ideas
Opportunities make all the difference. And you’ll find all kinds of them here. Opportunities for self-discovery. Critical thinking. Understanding. Creating change. Becoming the person you want to be. At Dalhousie, you receive more than a quality education. While building a solid academic foundation, you’ll have the chance to pursue your interests in ways you may never have imagined.
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An abundance of options
Select from a wealth of choices – 3,700 classes in 180 degree programs
Maybe you know exactly what you want in the future. Maybe you’re considering a variety of options, eager to discover as you go. Either way, you can unleash your curiosity within our huge diversity of programs and classes. With 3,700 courses in over 180 degree programs, you’ll have far greater choice than at most other Canadian universities. Many Dalhousie programs are unique in the Atlantic region – Costume Studies, Community Design, Informatics. Our Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program is not just unique in the region, it’s the first of its kind in Canada and one of only two such programs in North America. Dalhousie’s abundance of programs means you can delve into both your academic and personal interests. Take courses in various disciplines, or study in areas you might never have considered. In most first-year programs, particularly the arts and sciences, you can choose from hundreds of classes in more than 50 departments. No matter your direction, Dalhousie is a place that allows you — in fact, encourages you — to explore your passions and discover new interests.
Explore our programs at dal.ca
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Discover the world, and all its perspectives
Imagine combining studies in math and music. Russian and environmental science. Business and biochemistry. Dalhousie’s academic programs let you do just that. Here, you can shape the degree that suits your interests. Our programs are flexible, meaning you can choose from many different – and often very distinct – areas of study. Develop career-related skills and knowledge, while following your passions or exploring areas that have always piqued your curiosity. Dalhousie is large enough to offer you amazing academic choices, but flexible enough to ensure you graduate with a degree that reflects who you truly are, and want to be. Many of our academic programs are developed with that kind of multidisciplinary thinking in mind. Our unique Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program lets you combine studies within the faculties of Management, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, or Architecture and Planning with studies in ESS. Students graduate with a double major or honors, and the degree combinations are endless. Equally important, students are equipped to extend an understanding of sustainability – perhaps the most significant issue of our time – into every corner of society. It’s an innovative program that works for you, and for our world. Dalhousie’s flexibility and degree combinations ensure you’ll graduate with a well-rounded education, expertise in your chosen field of study, a solid foundation for any career you may pursue, and the ability to examine issues from many angles.
My students learn about designing the future by interacting with the subject matter in new and fun ways. Because it's not just about what you learn. It's also how you learn that makes things really interesting.
Srini Sampalli, Computer Science Professor
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Put learning into action
Lots of learning goes on inside a Dalhousie classroom, where you’ll have the chance to work with award-winning professors and enjoy a 14:1 student-to-professor ratio — one of the best in Canada. Lots more learning happens when you start working with other students outside of class, and when you step into the real world and start applying what you’ve learned. There are all kinds of ways to put what you learn into practice even before you graduate. Whether it’s through internships, group projects, research, co-op terms, field trips or community involvement, you’ll find yourself engaged in learning that extends far beyond the textbooks and the classroom. A group of 20 commerce students put their expertise into practise when they took part in the 2009 Jeux de Commerce, a national competition involving nine other Canadian universities. The event pits teams against one another in solving challenging case studies. The Dalhousie students celebrated victories in every category they entered, including accounting, marketing and business strategy. The commerce students are like many others across campus who test their theory and knowledge in real-world situations. Those in Health Promotion, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Kinesiology and Physiotherapy all take part in community-related projects. On other parts of the campus, music, theatre and costume studies students bring their learning to life on stage, in vibrant color and sound. Student productions draw audience members to the Dalhousie Arts Centre from across the campus and throughout Halifax.
Explore individual programs at dal.ca
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Dalhousie’s collaborative learning community encourages you to develop ideas and new perspectives by engaging with other students, professors and community groups. On campus, you’ll work with students in classes, libraries, residences and the Learning Commons, where wireless workstations lead you to a world of online information. Our learning spirit extends beyond labs and classrooms. A group of marine biology students worked with Halifax restaurants to produce YourChoiceHalifax.ca – a website that allows restaurant goers to make sustainable seafood choices when eating out in Halifax. The students spent a summer canvassing restaurants and talking to the owners and chefs. Then, they reviewed the restaurants, highlighting sustainable seafood offerings. The site lets consumers identify fish that are harvested sustainably and locate restaurants where they can find such offerings on the menu. Industrial engineering students used forecasting methods and queuing theory to develop a tool that’s improving business practices, and could therefore benefit thousands of women, at the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Clinic. The two students worked with a faculty advisor to analyze phone logs to find monthly and seasonal trends, relating to call volumes. They then used a forecast model to manage the queue and determine the number of phone staff needed to manage the volume of calls on any given day. As a result, the clinic is seeing far fewer abandoned calls. You might find yourself involved in other initiatives, like research partnerships with industry leaders and teaching hospitals, or developing your career skills by assisting fellow students through programs like Students Offering Support (SOS), where senior students help first-years at mid-term and exam times.
Hands that help
Many Dalhousie students volunteer with non-profit agencies like Habitat for Humanity. During last year’s February study break, 150 Dalhousie students travelled to Mississippi to help rebuild homes and restore communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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The co-op experience
Co-op programs can give you the best of both worlds. By alternating classroom learning with workplace experience, you develop practical skills while you learn. You’ll earn money to offset the cost of your education, gain valuable career contacts and start applying your knowledge long before graduation. You might land a co-op placement on campus, elsewhere in Canada or even in another country. Imagine working with the Bermuda Aquarium where you prepare and deliver food to octopuses; Export Development Canada, where you apply your business skills; in a lab, studying DNA or conducting cancer research; with eBay in European Customer Support or Projet Eau Potable in Cameroon; or at EA Video Games, makers of games for Wii, Xbox and PlayStation. Dalhousie students have experienced these co-op placements and many, many more. Students who graduate with a co-op degree enter the marketplace with work experience, a developed work ethic and leadership skills – traits that are highly valued in today’s competitive marketplace. Co-op degrees are available in select undergraduate programs in the following faculties:
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Computer Science Engineering Management Science Architecture
For more on individual programs, visit dal.ca
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Professors who innovate
At Dalhousie, you’ll learn with professors who are experts in their fields. Brilliant minds that are advancing knowledge. Leaders who carry their passion for discovery directly into the classroom where they will engage you, motivate you and even help shape your life’s direction.
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Experts who mentor
Halifax’s friendliness makes learning and living a great experience. One student from another province was amazed that drivers almost always stop for pedestrians. She drew a comparison to the classroom. “Our professors stop for us, too.” Nursing’s Colleen Kiberd is a professor who ‘stops’ for students. Described as “supporting students with her whole heart,” she’s a multiple winner of the studentchosen Nurse Educator Appreciation Award. “How we mould our students is a reflection of ourselves as educators. I want my graduates to be fearless and energetic, yet supremely caring.” Other professors use unique teaching methods to inspire students. John Gosse, earth sciences, pours a glass of beer to illustrate the concept of exponential relationships. He measures the froth’s thickness and how quickly it dissipates. (The head disappears exponentially, somewhat like the decay of a radioactive mass.) “Once students see it illustrated this way, the concept will never leave them,” says Dr. Gosse, who teaches the course, “Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Other Natural Disasters.” In professor Amal Ghazal’s “Food for Thought: History and the Culinary Cultures of the Islamic World,” the final class includes a feast. Students learn how food reveals connections among civilizations. They collect and research the history of recipes relevant to their course content. The result? A final banquet that’s educational and delicious.
Music matters. It's a reflection of what is happening in the world and also changes who we are and what we believe. My course uncovers the meaning behind the music you love.
Jacqueline Warwick, Music Professor
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You’ll examine what is
At Dalhousie, you’ll learn with professors, researchers and other students who are making an impact in all areas of life. You’ll be immersed in a research-intensive environment where discovery is second nature; where you can help create new knowledge. We conduct more than $128 million in funded research annually, leading to breakthroughs in countless areas – climate change, medical treatments, literary history, sustainable energy, political science, development economics and much more. Our research extends into many sectors, including the arts and social sciences, health professions and business. What’s more, we’re affiliated with more than 40 research centres, institutes and technical facilities, spreading research throughout the community, the country and the world. At Dalhousie, your professors will bring their excitement for discovery directly to you. You may even play a role in their research by working in a lab or on a project. Here, you'll work and learn with some of the world’s top investigators.
Green spaces or parking places? Our Environment, Sustainability and Society students tackle critical economic, social and environmental issues head-on and hands-on.
Tarah Wright, Environment, Sustainability and Society Professor
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... and explore what can be
Top researchers work and teach at Dalhousie, and are leading global efforts to protect our planet and expand our understanding of the world. Love your cell phone? Think hybrid and electric cars are cool? So does physics and chemistry professor Jeff Dahn, pictured below. His research has established him as a pioneer and world authority on advanced lithium-ion batteries – the kind found around the globe in laptops, cell phones and solar cells. Dahn isn’t just a great scientist – he’s a great first-year physics teacher. In 2009, the Canadian Association of Physicists awarded him its Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics medal. Why do some kids end up on the street? Social Work Professor Michael Ungar and an international team of researchers are studying teens who thrive, and those who struggle. They hope to find better ways to support youth, and encourage their well-being. The study involves researchers in Canada, South Africa, Colombia, China and New Zealand. Psychology professor Shelley Adamo knows a thing or two about insect behavior – including the fact that climate change could affect their immune and reproductive systems. That could result in more mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus and travelling to new and warmer geographic zones. Professor Ron O’Dor leads the Ocean Tracking Network, headquartered at Dalhousie. Fuelled by a global team of researchers, the OTN is conducting the most comprehensive examination ever of marine life and ocean conditions. Neuroscientist Dr. Donald Weaver is an authority on Alzheimer’s, one of the world’s fastest growing neurological diseases. His innovative research on the design of a drug that could cure Alzheimer’s earned him a Killam Research Fellowship – one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards. Dr. Weaver’s work could improve the lives of people around the globe.
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At Dalhousie, you’ll find countless opportunities to extend your learning into a truly international experience, whether it’s on campus or in locations around the globe. Through co-op programs, internships, volunteer placements and courses that involve travel to fascinating cities and countries, our students are on the move. Each year, hundreds of Dalhousie students take part in international exchange and study abroad programs, traveling to destinations as varied as England, Japan, Argentina, Senegal and the West Indies.
Interested in study abroad?
Dalhousie’s wide network of international connections lets us offer more than 70 international exchange and study abroad programs. You might help with an ecological project on a Caribbean island, find yourself in class at a Bohemian castle in the Czech Republic, or relax with koala bears while studying in Australia. Choose an academic adventure at Kyungpook National University in Korea, discover a land of rugged beauty at the University of Iceland, or take part in an award-winning undergraduate program at the International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. University-wide exchange and study abroad programs are available to all students. Department-specific programs are open to students in everything from nursing to economics to chemistry and computer science. If an overseas experience appeals to you, our International Student and Exchange Services office can help you find the right destination, assist with applications, financing, pre-departure orientation and much more.
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go to our list of international exchange and study abroad programs at dal.ca
Dalhousie may be physically located in Nova Scotia, but our influence extends around the world. Professors share their expertise with communities and countries globally – leading investigations into the health of the world’s oceans; contributing advanced knowledge to discussions about climate change; providing health care and education for sustainable infrastructure in developing countries.
The world on your campus
Dalhousie attracts about 1,400 students per year from more than 110 countries. International students enrich our classrooms and liven our campus with their perspectives and experiences. The International Student and Exchange Services office organizes orientation programs and cultural events to help international students adjust and settle in. The office also provides referral and counselling services relating to immigration, health care, finances, employment, travel and personal matters. Advisors, language tutors and a writing centre are all available to assist visiting students.
"Studying in a foreign country, taught by teachers from all over the world, has been a great experience. The most unexpected part of my study abroad? The amazing friendships I have made." – TYLER HALL, Management, exchange student at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
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Preparing for advanced studies
Dalhousie is a Canadian leader in preparing students for professional school, advanced educational programs and careers in research and the academic world. Half of Dalhousie’s graduate and professional program students completed their undergraduate work right here. If you choose to join that group, you’ll be part of a community of more than 3,800 graduate students from around the world. Our body of graduate students reflects the quality of our professional and advanced studies programs; it also benefits you as an undergraduate — you’ll have access to senior students who can talk with you about your own future academic plans. You’ll interact with graduate students in many ways: as tutors, lab assistants, in social settings, classes, even clubs and societies.
A solid foundation
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) are written onsite at Dalhousie or other locations in Halifax. Our Career Services Centre can help you build a career portfolio and interview skills, preparing you for success in graduate studies. Dalhousie is a researchintensive university. Many students gain experience and expertise through learning and working with leading researchers. Volunteer experience is an asset for most advanced degrees. Dalhousie has a Volunteer Program that will assist you in finding meaningful volunteer work.
Coming from a small town, I never expected to find so much choice. And I sure didn’t think one course could shape my future. Turns out an amazing biology course focused my studies and my grades skyrocketed. I loved the city, and Dal set me on my way to med school.
Chintan Shah, Science Grad
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Inspired choices: advanced degrees
Graduate students contribute substantially to the campus lifestyle and culture. Their educations — like yours — are enriched by being immersed in a research-intensive university while still enjoying an intimate and student-focused environment usually associated with much smaller institutions. We offer 90 master’s degrees and 40 doctoral degree programs, including interdisciplinary programs in areas like International Development, E-commerce, Health Informatics, Marine Management, Oceanography and Environmental Studies. We’re internationally recognized for our many professional programs, including Medicine, Dentistry and Law. Here’s a sampling:
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Medicine Dentistry Law Business Administration Public Administration Occupational Therapy
Audiology Speech Language Pathology Architecture Physiotherapy Library and Information Studies
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undERGRAduAtE PRoGRAmS EntEREd diRECtlY FRom hiGh SChool: Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Bachelor of Community Design
Environment, Sustainability and Society*
Faculty of Computer Science
Bachelor of Computer Science
(co-op option) Environment, Sustainability and Society**
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Canadian Studies Classics Contemporary Studies Costume Studies (Theatre) Early Modern Studies English Environment, Sustainability and Society* European Studies French Gender and Women’s Studies German History History of Science and Technology International Development Studies Italian Studies Linguistics Music Philosophy Political Science Religious Studies Russian Studies Sociology and Social Anthropology Spanish Theatre Acting, Costume Studies, Scenography, Theatre Studies
Bachelor of Informatics
(Co-op program) Environment, Sustainability and Society*
Faculty of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering
(all available as co-op option) Chemical Civil Electrical Environmental Industrial Materials Mechanical Mineral Resource Bachelor of Engineering concurrent with Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts
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Additional areas of study:
Business, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Health Studies, Journalism, Law and Society, Community Design
Bachelor of music
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Faculty of health Professions
Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Bachelor of Science (Recreation)
Faculty of management
Bachelor of Commerce
(Co-op program) Accounting Business Management Entrepreneurship Finance International Business Marketing Logistics Marketing Management
Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (co-op option) Biology (co-op option) Chemistry (co-op option) Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP) First-year program only Earth Sciences (co-op option) Economics (co-op option) Environment, Sustainability and Society* Environmental Science (co-op option) Marine Biology (co-op option) Mathematics (co-op option) Microbiology and Immunology (co-op option) Neuroscience Oceanography Physics and Atmospheric Science (co-op option) Psychology Statistics (co-op option)
Bachelor of Health Science
Diagnostic Cytology Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Nuclear Medicine Technology Radiological Technology Respiratory Therapy
Bachelor of management
(Internship option) Environment, Sustainability and Society* Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership and Organizations Management and Globalization Public Sector Management Knowledge Management Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science (Recreation) / Bachelor of management combined
Bachelor of management / Bachelor of Science (Recreation) combined
Additional areas of study:
Business, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Community Design, Computer Science, Journalism and Canadian Studies
A degree program in Interdisciplinary Health Studies is proposed, subject to Faculty, Senate and mPHEC approval.
* Degree program in Environment, Sustainability and Society program options: - Double major or combined honours in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Community Design or Bachelor of Science - Major in the Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Informatics ** Minor available in the Bachelor of Computer Science
Programs available following one or more years of university study or the completion of an undergraduate degree:
Architecture (Co-op program) Audiology Business Administration Dentistry Dental Hygiene Diploma in Disability Management** Emergency Health Services Management** Environmental Design Studies Health Services Administration Law Library and Information Studies Medical Laboratory Technology** Medicine Meteorology Nurse Practitioner Studies Occupational Therapy Pharmacy Physiotherapy Planning (Co-op program) Public Administration Speech Language Pathology Social Work
** Admission is based on a combination of academic study and work experience.
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With you all the way
From the moment you arrive at Dalhousie, you will be surrounded by services and support units designed to ease your transition to university, and give you every opportunity for a successful post-secondary experience. Many activities are designed specifically for first-year students. Orientation Week is a fun, social time that will kick-start your Dal experience. Dalhousie’s MyGuide provides online support and advice to help you adjust and settle in during the first days, weeks and months of university. As time passes, MyGuide will deliver information customized to your needs – guidance on everything from class selection to academic advising and career planning. You’ll find many other services intended to ensure your personal and educational success: the Studying for Success program, first-year advising, a writing centre, psychological services, health clinic, walk-home services, student accessibility services, a women’s centre and a multi-faith centre – to name just a few. When you’re ready to begin your career, Dalhousie’s Career Services Centre will connect you with employers and experts. The Halifax Career Fair features more than 150 prospective employers, all seeking Dal graduates.
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Diverse and dynamic
Dalhousie’s campus reflects a rich mix of students from many ethnic backgrounds with unique outlooks and experiences. We value our diversity and strive to ensure that all students feel comfortable and connected. There are numerous services and organizations dedicated to nurturing an inclusive and inviting environment for all. Our Native Education Counselling Unit is open to all native students. The centre is both a resource for academic and social support, and a place to share your culture. Students of black and African descent will want to become familiar with the Black Student Advising Centre. The first of its kind in Canada, this centre links students with African Nova Scotia communities while providing support, meeting and study space, and other facilities and activities.
Your Dalhousie education opens doors to a future of unlimited possibilities
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Student living and you
Living in residence is a great way to quickly become part of the Dalhousie community and make friends. It’s convenient, close to classes, offers opportunities for social and recreational activities, and hassle-free. From our traditional, ivy-covered Shirreff Hall to the more recently-constructed Risley Hall, you’ll find a great place to call home. Regardless of what you choose – co-ed floor or not? single or double room? how many meals per week? – we’ll help you make choices that are right for you.
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On your own with all the comforts of home
Residence gives you all the comforts of home, with the added benefit of having your own space. It’s safe, comfortable, convenient and a place where you’re almost certain to make friendships that will last a lifetime. GuARAntEEd ACCommodAtion. Every new Dalhousie undergraduate student who completes the residence application process and pays the deposit by August 1st is guaranteed a place in residence. Eighty per cent of our rooms are singles but we have plenty of double rooms if you prefer to share. How do you get in? Just pay your admission deposit, submit an online residence application, and pay your residence application fee. no GRoCERiES. no diShES. Talk about easy. When you have a meal plan in a traditional residence, we’ll do the shopping and cook the meals. You’ll choose from nutritionally balanced foods, including vegetarian options, and a variety of delicious and healthy meals. Our menus include multicultural cuisine and we’ll accommodate special dietary needs. StAY ConnECtEd. It’s easy to keep in touch with friends and family. All residence rooms and apartments feature high-speed Internet service, wireless areas, cable TV access and local telephone service with voice mail. ACADEmIC SUPPORT. Take advantage of yearround access to advisors, workshops and tutorials where you’ll learn about study skills, wellness and environmental sustainability. Be part of a Living Learning Community – an ideal environment to share interests, thoughts, opinions and motivations with your residence peers. Opt for moderate, low-key or quiet areas. Whatever your study needs and preferences, we’ll do our best to make it happen. YOUR WELL-BEINg. With full-time Residence Life Managers, Residence Assistants on each floor, and 24-hour security, Dalhousie staff deliver ongoing support to create a secure living environment. Most residences are centrally located so you’re never far from classes, the library and other on-campus services.
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A place to call your own
You can choose from a wide variety of residence environments at Dalhousie – each with its own personality and presence. Many new Dalhousie undergraduate students choose to live in on-campus residences.
Eliza Ritchie Hall
Eliza Ritchie Hall provides traditional accommodation for 92 students in single and double rooms. Students can eat in any residence dining hall but many opt to dine at Shirreff Hall, just across the street. “Eliza” is located beside Dalplex, our main athletic complex. The three-storey residence includes study rooms, a multipurpose room, laundry facilities and lounges with kitchenettes.
Howe Hall provides accommodation for approximately 700 returning and first-year undergraduate students. Its central location means you can walk out Howe Hall’s back door and be at the Killam Library within minutes. It’s also a short stroll to Dalplex, the Student Union Building and most classrooms. Single and double rooms are available and facilities include a 24-hour front desk, dining hall, television lounges, games room, study areas and laundry rooms.
Lyall House, Colpitt House and DeMille House provide accommodation for 49 students. The houses back onto a common courtyard, creating a strong sense of community. All rooms are singles and many are available to first-year students. A meal plan is required. You can dine in nearby Howe Hall or use any of the other residence dining halls. Each mini-res includes common space and TV lounges. Laundry facilities are shared by residents of all three houses.
Risley Hall is Dalhousie’s newest residence. Conveniently located directly behind the Student Union Building, it offers accommodation in 490 single rooms. Risley Hall features a 24-hour front desk, a dining room on the main floor, lounge space and laundry facilities on every floor. The residence also has accessible rooms with adjoining baths for students with special needs.
Shirreff Hall is a traditional residence in an historic stone building bordering a residential Halifax neighborhood. It accommodates 434 students. Shirreff Hall is divided into sections. New Eddy and Old Eddy offer co-ed living. Newcombe provides all-female accommodation. Single and double rooms are available and students have access to kitchenettes, a 24-hour front desk and a main-floor dining hall. Shirreff also features study areas, TV lounges, an exercise room and two pianos.
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There are several residence options close to the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture and Planning. They are only a short 20-minute walk to the main campus, where most first-year classes are held. gerard Hall Gerard Hall is a 12-storey traditional-style residence and home to more than 200 students in the heart of Halifax’s downtown. Many Gerard students dine in nearby O’Brien Hall, but you’re free to use any residence dining hall. Facilities include a 24-hour front desk, television lounges, games room, study room and laundry areas. O'Brien Hall Situated in the heart of downtown Halifax, O’Brien Hall is home to more than 100 Dalhousie students in both single and double rooms. Features include a dining hall, television lounge and laundry facilities.
Many students live off-campus, with friends or by themselves. Dalhousie’s off-campus housing office provides access to an up-to-date database with a wide variety of rental listings to help make your housing search easier. We don’t inspect the apartments or flats listed, but we can provide advice to help you find a great place to live in Halifax. For more information, visit dal.ca/livingoffcampus.
Visit our residence virtual tour at residence.dal.ca
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COmmUNITY & ATHLETICS
The Dalhousie community, your community
Students thrive on our campus, integrating studies with extracurricular activities, events, athletics and volunteering. Student societies abound, making it easy to meet people. Join our sea kayaking or rowing clubs and train on the ocean waters. Experience the Undergraduate Engineering Society, Pre-Law Society, an equestrian club, or learn to SCUBA dive. Join the Swing Dance Society, SustainDal or a filmmakers co-operative. If you can’t quite find what you like in our 225 clubs and societies, you can start your own. You might explore your journalistic side with our student newspaper, The Gazette, or host your own program on CKDU, our awardwinning campus radio station. Soak up concerts and art exhibits in the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Take a lunch break on our beautiful grounds or by a cosy fireplace. Our students embrace the Halifax community. Members of the Golden Key Society work with numerous local groups, mentoring high school students and helping out in soup kitchens. Teams of students from different faculties raise money for the local children’s hospital by pulling cars during the Pulling for the Kids event. Hundreds of other students take part in Shinerama, raising funds to support cystic fibrosis research, while others collect canned goods for Feed Nova Scotia during Trick or Eat. And when winter rolls around, many students take part in a volunteer snow-shovelling program to help neighboring seniors. We’re committed to sustainability at Dalhousie, both in our academics and our operations. Residence halls have eliminated trays, and much dining hall food is purchased locally. We practise six-stream recycling and both the university and the Dalhousie Student Union have active sustainability offices, dedicated to helping all of us protect the planet. Our annual Dalhousie Green Week in March helps raise awareness about sustainability, and our campus bike centre encourages earth-friendly transportation. Here, green isn’t just a color, it’s how we try to live.
Dalhousie is a lively and engaged campus. Become part of the energy now by joining our Facebook group or watching our YouTube videos
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On the move and in the game
Whether you’re a member of a Dal Tigers’ varsity squad, an intramural athlete or someone who shapes your own fitness routines, you can stay active and involved at Dalhousie. All students have access to Dalplex, our recreation centre. It features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, cardio machines, squash courts, fitness classes and one of the best rock-climbing structures in Eastern Canada. Intramural teams compete for supremacy in all kinds of sports: basketball, broomball, flag football, hockey, rock climbing, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, volleyball and dodgeball. Recreational sports appeal to hundreds of students, and are a great way to stay fit and meet new people. A third of our Tigers are Academic All-Canadians, a national honour bestowed on high-achieving athletic scholars. In the past decade, our teams have won 63 Atlantic University Sport Championships and two Canadian Interuniversity Sport Team Championships, along with countless individual medals and honours.
men’s and women’s varsity teams
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soccer cross-country track and field swimming basketball volleyball hockey
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halifax – a city with heart
A lively coastal city of almost 400,000, Halifax is the perfect size — offering everything you want in an urban setting, yet maintaining small-town friendliness. Halifax boasts a youthful spirit, rich history and scenic waterfront. Combine that with our legendary Maritime charm and Nova Scotia’s capital city will quickly become your second home. Our vibrant cultural and athletic scene features world-class events and concerts. Music lovers have flocked to recent concerts by Hedley, Feist, Carrie Underwood and James Blunt, among others. There are countless multicultural celebrations, restaurants, theatre productions and coffee shops. And Halifax will attract thousands of visitors when the city hosts the Canada Winter Games in 2011. This is a lively city but it’s still small enough to navigate easily. It takes just 20 minutes to walk from our main campus to downtown. Full-time students enjoy unlimited use of buses and ferries during the school year. Buses and . . . ferries? You bet – throughout the day they ply the water between Halifax and Dartmouth, our sister city across the harbour.
Halifax at a glance:
Founded: 1749 Population: almost 400,000 Restaurants: more than 300 Point Pleasant Park: 185 acres overlooking the Atlantic, 10 minutes from campus Fun stuff: International Buskers Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Tall Ships Challenge
flying times to halifax from:
Vancouver 6.5 hours Calgary 5 hours Toronto 2 hours montreal 1.5 hours Boston 1.5 hours New York 2 hours Washington DC 2 hours
Montreal Toronto Boston New York
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Come for a day, stay for a degree
Ready to discover Dalhousie and all we offer? We host many get-acquainted activities, including an annual open house and daily campus tours. Or visit dal.ca for virtual tours of our scenic campus and residences.
Take a campus tour
To get the best feel for Dalhousie, explore our campus with a current student as your guide. Eat in a dining hall, chat with professors and students. You can even meet with an admissions advisor, attend a class or talk with a coach. Set up your tour by calling 1.902.494.2587, or sign up at dal.ca.
So what about the weather?
In Nova Scotia, we embrace our changing seasons and welcome the unique beauty that autumn, winter, spring and summer bring to our province. Because Halifax is a coastal city, we enjoy a temperate climate. The ocean is part of our life here, so sailing and water sports are enjoyed through spring, summer and autumn. Year-round surfing and hiking is popular along our coast. Spring is a wonderful season of renewal, and summer’s warm temperatures draw everyone outside to bask in relaxed activities and sun-drenched days. The autumn is spectacular in Nova Scotia, as cooler temperatures transform our trees and woodlands into panoramas of vivid reds, golds and yellows. Winter is crisp and fresh, and the perfect opportunity for skiing and outdoor skating. (And if you’ve never built a snowman, be sure it’s on your “to do” list.) Average temperatures in Halifax range from a comfortable 10°C in fall to -5°C in winter; from 4°C in early spring to 18°C and warmer in summer.
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FINANCES & ADmISSIONS
Financing your education
When you choose Dalhousie, you’re making a sound investment in your future. We’re serious about investing, too — in students just like you. From an extensive range of scholarship, bursary and financial assistance programs to hundreds of on-campus employment opportunities, we are committed to helping you fund your education.
(separate applications required)
Dalhousie offers a variety of entrance awards ranging in value up to $40,000 (CDN). These awards take into consideration financial need, extracurricular activities, community service and/or leadership experience. Eligibility varies by award. For more information on entrance awards and to download application forms, visit moneymatters.dal.ca. Scholarships are not only available at the beginning of your studies. Many upper-year Dalhousie students are awarded in-course scholarships based on academic performance.
Fall and Winter terms
2010/2011 fees: Tuition and incidental fees* Books and supplies Residence (accommodation and food)** Canadian Student Total CDN$ $6,800 $1,000 $8,700 $16,500
For international Students
Differential fee Health insurance International Student Total
Bursaries and temporary loans
Despite careful planning, students sometimes run into financial hardship. We are here to help. Hundreds of Dalhousie students receive non-repayable bursaries every year. Others who experience short-term challenges receive temporary loans.
$7,260 $636 $24,396
Based on courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Fees vary by program.
** Based on the average residence rate for a double room.
The Canada Student Loans Program
The Canada Student Loans Program helps many students. To get started, we’ve provided contact information for the National Student Loans Service Centre and each province or territory’s student loan office at moneymatters.dal.ca.
Building a budget
If you’ve never budgeted before, now is the time to start. Be sure to include required academic expenses, the scholarships you expect to receive, personal savings, and contributions from family members, along with expenses such as travel costs and spending money. Visit moneymatters.dal.ca for more information on funding and budgeting.
U.S. student loan programs
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Dalhousie for the Direct Stafford and Plus Loan Programs. Dalhousie is also recognized by some private lending agencies. Our U.S. Department of Education School Code is 00683800. The student loan application process is very different for U.S. students attending a foreign school. Visit moneymatters.dal.ca for application information. Note: students attending a school outside the U.S. are not eligible to receive Federal Grants.
Academic entrance scholarships
High School students who apply for September admission, and have submitted a complete admissions application by March 15, are eligible for academic entrance scholarships. Academic scholarships are valued at up to $39,000 (CDN) and are awarded on the basis of academic performance. All students are eligible, regardless of citizenship. International Baccalaureate (IB) students and Shad Valley participants are eligible for special awards. For more information on scholarships and consideration, visit moneymatters.dal.ca.
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Admission requirements direct from high school
You can be admitted to many Dalhousie programs directly from high school. The subjects required for admission to various programs are listed below, as well as the minimum required Grade 12 averages. Admission to some programs at Dalhousie is competitive; meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission. Normally 70 per cent or higher is necessary in all required subjects for early admission. All courses are Grade 12 academic or advanced. Ontario: 4U or 4M courses.
Bachelor of: Arts Music1 Commerce Management Science2 Computer Science Community Design Informatics Engineering Health Professions:
English ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
math ✓* ✓* ✓** ✓** ✓* ✓* ✓**
Additional Academic Subjects 4 other courses 4 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses 2 other courses 3 other courses 1 other course 3 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses 1 other course 3 other courses 2 other courses
minimum Overall Average 70% 70% 75% 70% 75% 70% 75% 70% 70% 70% 70% 75% 70% 70% 70%
1 Science Chemistry and Physics Biology or Chemistry
Health Promotion Interdisciplinary Health Studies (proposed) Kinesiology Nursing Recreation (Therapeutic) Recreation Management Health Science: Diagnostic Cytology Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Nuclear Medicine Technology Radiological Technology Respiratory Therapy
✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
✓* ✓* ✓* ✓*
Biology and Chemistry Biology or Chemistry Biology or Chemistry
✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
✓* ✓* ✓* ✓* ✓*
Biology and Chemistry Physics and Biology Physics and Chemistry Physics, and one of Biology or Chemistry Chemistry, and one of Biology or Physics
1 other course 1 other course 1 other course 1 other course 1 other course
75% 75% 75% 75% 75%
1 Students applying to Music are also required to demonstrate proficiency as instrumental or vocal performers in an audition/interview, and knowledge of the basic rudiments of music theory (equivalent to Grade II theory, Royal Conservatory of Music) and aural dictation through written diagnostic tests. 2 Students who wish to complete first year in the Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP) must apply to the Bachelor of Science program and select the DISP option on the application form. In addition to meeting the English and Math requirements for the BSc, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics, and one additional university preparatory course.
math courses that fulfil the admission requirements
*Required math (one of) Alberta British Columbia manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Nova Scotia Ontario PEI Quebec Saskatchewan Outside Canada IB Curriculum Applied Math 30, Pure Math 30, Math 31 Applications of Math 12, Principles of Math 12, Calc 12 Applied Math 40S, Pre-Calc 40S Trig and 3-Space 121/122, Adv. Math w/Intro to Calc 120 Math 3204, 3205, 3207 Math 12, Adv. Math 12, Pre-Calc 12, Calc 12 Data Mgmt (MDM4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calc and Vectors (MCV4U) Math 621A, 621B, 611B CEGEP Math Math B30, Math C30, Calc 30 Senior Level Math **Required math (one of) Pure Math 30, Math 31 Principles of Math 12, Calc 12 Pre-Calc 40S Adv. Math w/Intro to Calc 120 Math 3207 Pre-Calc 12, Calc 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calc and Vectors (MCV4U) Math 621B, 611B CEGEP Calc I and II Math C30, Calc 30 Senior Level Math (Pre-Calc or Calc)
Standard or Higher Level Math (Math Studies does not meet Math requirements) Standard or Higher Level Math
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International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma must receive a minimum of 26 points as well as meet the subject requirements listed on page 31. IB students who have completed Higher Level subjects with a result of 5, 6, or 7 may be eligible for university credit. We also offer a second-year credit for Theory of Knowledge to students who receive a C or better. In addition to general entrance scholarship consideration, Diploma candidates are also eligible for specific IB scholarships. To be considered for these awards students must submit their anticipated IB grades.
If you have attended another post-secondary institution, you may be able to transfer to Dalhousie and receive credit for courses you have completed elsewhere. Normally, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.2 at your previous institution is the minimum required to transfer to Dalhousie. For more information on the transfer credit process, visit www.registrar.dal.ca/transfercredits. This site includes a link to the transfer credit equivalencies table, which contains information on classes that have been recognized for credit in the past.
SAT or ACT scores
If you’re applying from a U.S.-based curriculum, we look for SAT results with a total score of 1650. ACT results are also acceptable with a composite score of at least 23 and with no individual score less than 20. Home-schooled students can also present a SAT or ACT score for admission and scholarship consideration.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Students may be eligible for university credit for AP courses in which a national exam result of 4 or 5 is achieved. The completion of AP courses is also considered during assessment for entrance scholarships.
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How to apply
Step 1: Complete an application form
(print or online)
To apply online or to download a paper application, visit www.registrar.dal.ca. Be sure to include your application fee with your completed application. To self-report your grades, complete the online application and include a list of your Grade 11 classes and the corresponding grades, as well as a list of your planned Grade 12 classes.
Applicants whose first language is not English, or whose high school program was not taught in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. The required minimum test scores include: IELTS 6.5 and TOEFL 90 (Internet-based). Other English language proficiency test scores are also accepted. Please visit dal.ca for a more comprehensive list. If your test scores are lower than our stated minimum but you otherwise meet admission requirements, you may be able to study part-time at Dalhousie while participating in language upgrading. Details on ESL programs and services are available at dal.ca. Official documents, such as transcripts and test scores, should be mailed directly to Dalhousie from your testing agency or issuing institution. Please include an official certified English translation if these documents are written in another language.
Step 2: Submit official transcripts
Have your official transcripts sent directly from your high school, college or university to the Registrar’s Office. Ontario students who have provided an OUAC number on their application form are not required to submit official transcripts. Some applicants may be required to submit supporting documents in addition to official transcripts. Please read the application form carefully as it will indicate when additional documentation is required. Apply by March 15th to be considered for academic entrance scholarships. Some programs have specific application deadlines. Visit dal.ca for details.
We’re here to help you navigate the application process Phone: 902.494.2450 Email: email@example.com
If you are not a Canadian citizen, and are planning to study in Canada for longer than six months, you will need to apply to a Canadian Visa Office for a Study Permit. In support of your application for a Study Permit, you will need to provide: a valid passport, your Dalhousie acceptance letter, and evidence of adequate funds to live and study in Canada. Other documentation may also be required. Visit www.cic.gc.ca for more information.
Self-reported grades (October 15 to December 31)
We begin considering applications for admission in midOctober. If you are applying for admission directly from high school and completed your studies in Canada, you have the option to self-report your grades. Self-reporting gives you the opportunity to apply prior to completing your first semester courses. We will consider your application for admission on the basis of your Grade 11 final marks and your planned Grade 12 classes.
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Find your future
more than 100,000 alumni already have
Your degree holds prestige worldwide and immediately connects you with thousands of other Dalhousie graduates who are influencing and improving our world – some publicly and profoundly, others more quietly but in equally important ways. At graduation, you take your place within our network of graduates and become linked – socially and professionally – with others around the globe, in places like Toronto, Boston, New York, London, Bermuda and Hong Kong.
Robin Sharma (LLM’91) Author, international leadership speaker, founder of Sharma Leadership Int. Ian Hanomansing (LLB’86) Gemini Award-winning news anchor, reporter with CBC-TV’s The National Joni guptill (MD’81) President, Doctors Without Borders, Canada Kathryn Sullivan (PhD’78) First American woman to walk in space Richard Currie (BEng'60) Former chairman, Bell Canada; former president, Loblaw Co. Ltd. and George Weston Ltd. Bertha Wilson (LLB’57) First woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada
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“Dalhousie gave me the freedom to pursue my passions. Dalhousie’s culture is one of openness and flexibility. There were doors open everywhere.”
– ZOE CARON (BSc’07)
Vice-President, Sierra Club of Canada Co-author, Global Warming for Dummies Climate policy and advocacy specialist, WWF-Canada
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Dalhousie at a glance
Faculty: 1,012 professors Percentage of faculty with PhD or doctorate: 92 Student-faculty ratio: 14:1 Degree programs: 180 Study abroad: more than 70 exchange programs in over 60 countries World-class researchers: 50 Canada Research Chairs Research funding: more than $128 million annually Student assistance: over $40 million per year in scholarships, bursaries, student jobs Number of library volumes per student: 155 Student housing spaces: 2,200, in a wide variety of residences Student clubs and organizations: over 225 School mascot: Tiger School colors: Black and gold Number of varsity teams: 14 Academic All-Canadian Student Athletes: 62 Campus size: 32 hectares (79 acres) Established: 1818, one of Canada’s first universities Founder: George Ramsay, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia and Ninth Earl of Dalhousie
16,000 students: 56% female, 44% male Close to 1,400 international students from over 110 countries 60% of first-year students receive entrance scholarships 86 Rhodes Scholars — among the top universities in the world
Viewbook information is subject to change. Please consult the Dalhousie University calendar or dal.ca for complete information.
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