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Dalhousie University Tuition Fees For International Students 2021

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

The aim of this piece is to provide the latest information on Dalhousie University’s tuition fees for international students. We will first reveal the university’s tuition fees then go into detail about the other amounts you are more than likely going to come across during your time at Dalhousie. We will then conclude with a few of our own thoughts about the tuition and living costs here.

International students must also pay an extra International Tuition Fee if they are neither Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. International and Qualifying Dentistry, Internetworking, and incoming Doctorate students are among the programs that are exempt.

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Dalhousie University Tuition Fees For International Students 2021

The following rates are for 2021-22 for full-time students, while a proportional fee applies to part-time students.  Graduate Students should refer to Section 5.7 of the Graduate Studies Calendar to determine the number of years you are required to pay this additional fee.   

Students who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are also required to pay an additional International Tuition Fee.

International Tuition Rates – Students Entering Fall 2019 and later.

Undergraduate$8430.00per term
Masters (Non-Thesis based)$16860.00per year

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The following rates are for 2022-23 for full-time students, while a proportional fee applies to part-time students.

International Tuition Rates – Returning Students.

Undergraduate$5,352.00per term
PhD$7392.00per year

International Tuition Rates – Students Entering Fall 2019 and later

International students beginning a new program of study in September 2019 and later will be assessed the following additional fees:   

Undergraduate  $7470.00per term
Masters (Non-Thesis based)$14940.00per year
Masters (Thesis based)  $7179.00per year
PhDN/A 

International Tuition Rates – Returning Students

Students who were registered in the 2018-19 academic year and were continuing in 2019-20 are considered returning* and will be eligible for a lower rate until they complete their programs or until Summer 2024.    

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Undergraduate   $5,196.00per term
Masters (Non-Thesis based)$10,392.00per year
Masters (Thesis based)   $7179.00per year
PhD   $7179.00per year

*This includes students studying under articulation agreements for 2019-20, pending further review.

Exchange Students

Exchange students approved to participate in the University-Wide Exchange Programs are NOT required to pay undergraduate admission deposits, differential fees or fees related to tuition. Exchange students are responsible to cover costs for a U-Pass (transit pass), health insurance, residence fees and any other additional charges such as lab fees, locker rentals, etc.

Dalhousie University International Students Requirements

Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets the minimum admission standards that are required for entry into graduate programs. Individual departments may require additional qualifications of their candidates, and enrolment limitations usually mean that successful applicants possess qualifications that considerably exceed the minimum requirements. For more information on additional qualifications please see the program you are applying to on the graduate program page.

Common admission criteria

Master’s degree

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

Please note that programs with a thesis requirement normally require an undergraduate honours degree. There are some occasions where this requirement may be waived where evidence of independent research capacity is present. To read more about degree requirements for admission to Master’s programs, refer to section 3.2 of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Doctor of Philosophy degree

  • First-class thesis Master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing
  • Most candidates for admission to a doctoral program possess a Master’s Degree. Direct entry to some programs is possible for those with exceptional academic standing

To read more about degree requirements for admission to PhD programs, refer to section 3.3 of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.


Department-specific admission criteria

Some departments have individualized admissions criteria–such as a GMAT, GRE, portfolio, or minimum GPA–which may be higher than the Dalhousie standard. See below for a list of departments with non-standard minimum GPAs.

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Department-specific GPA requirements

 

English language proficiency

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission (see chart below). The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English in a country where English is one of the national languages. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores:

Test NameMinimum Acceptable Score
Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT)92
MELAB85
IELTS (Academic)7
CanTest*4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0)
CAEL70 with no band score lower than 60
English for Academic Purposes Level 2A-
Pearson English Test PTE Academicoverall score of 65 and nothing below 54

* CanTest scores will be accepted until August 15, 2022. 

Please note there are a number of programs that require higher test scores. See below for a list of these programs.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is accepting the results of at home TOEFL tests and the CAEL ONLINE test as official. The use of these tests for admission to graduate studies at Dalhousie may be reassessed in the future.

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