Dalhousie University


Requirements for Canadian Students

From High School: For general admission, English and five additional university preparatory courses are required. Minimum final grades of 65% in English and an overall average of 70%. Courses not required for admission to your program (electives) must have grades of 60% or higher to qualify as one of your five academic classes.

Please consult the following website for additional information on admission requirements.


Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance to many programs.

Requirements for International Students

Equivalent to Canadian student requirements. Students generally meet the admission requirements at universities in their home country. Students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of proficiency in English. (Minimum 580 TOEFL, 7 IELTS, and 70 CAEL for full-time admission.) Scores less than 580 (237 computer based) can do language upgrading while enrolling part-time. Transfer students from other universities will have their credits assessed for Dalhousie transfer.

Procedure for Canadian Students

You may complete your application online or mail a paper application to the Registrar’s Office. Whichever option you choose, be sure to send in all supporting documents and supplemental forms. Dalhousie's undergraduate application fee is $70. If you are applying online, the application fee will be requested.

Procedure for International Students

Please view 'Procedure for Canadian Students'.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, May, July, September
Notes:Generally, students start their studies in September. However, January, May or July start dates are possible depending on the program as class selection may be limited. International students studying on student authorization visas usually start in September. A full class, which runs from September to April, is valued at one credit or six credit hours. Half classes (half credit or three credit hours) are common and normally run for one term. Some classes vary from this standard. Standard annual course load for full-time undergraduates is five credits (30 credit hours).
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on October 17, 2023