2013 International Undergraduate VIEWBOOK
WE’VE SEEN ALMOST
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Halifax, nova scotia, canada
Welcome to a University filled with opportunity and bathed in fresh air World-class academic programs. Award-winning professors. Steps from the Atlantic Ocean. This is Dalhousie, one of Canada’s oldest universities. Situated in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, you’ll find historic buildings covered in ivy, a warm and welcoming community and a host of internationally recognized programs. Our Agricultural Campus, about an hour inland, sits atop a beautiful bluff overlooking a flowing river: a distinct rural setting for our specialized agricultural programs. Commerce, engineering, agriculture, computer science, English, law, oceanography, architecture – take your pick. Dalhousie offers flexible, comprehensive degree programs in a place where academic tradition blends with breakthrough thinking and research. Here you’ll be surrounded by professors whose passion for what they do shows, both in and out of the classroom. And you’ll meet fellow students from across Canada and around the globe. For almost 200 years, Dalhousie has shaped and informed great thinkers, including former prime ministers, astronauts, writers, scientists and 86 Rhodes Scholars so far. We can’t wait to meet our 87th.
Perfect place, p erfect size Why study in Canada? Start with natural beauty and sophisticated, safe cities. Add in that Canada is one of the world’s best-educated nations, with a well-developed university system. What’s more, we’re one of the world’s most multicultural societies. Little wonder more than 96,000 international students come here annually.
Where urban and small town unite. Halifax A lively coastal city of almost 400,000, Halifax is the perfect size – offering a blend of everything you want in an urban setting with a friendly, small town feel. The city’s youthful spirit, rich history and scenic waterfront all combine with our legendary Maritime Canadian charm. On Dalhousie’s beautiful, tree-lined campus, almost everything is within walking distance. Join friends at our popular Learning Commons. Or relax in one of our many outdoor Adirondack chairs.
Truro/Bible Hill David Hung Nova Scotia, Canada Theatre grad
Our Agricultural Campus sits just outside Truro, a scenic rural area that’s just an hour from Halifax. The campus is marked by open space and warm, welcoming people. Regardless of where you study at Dalhousie, you’ll find our commitment to sustainability is evident everywhere – we have a bike-loan program, energy-efficient buildings and locally grown food. In fact, Dalhousie was the first university in the country to receive an Energy Star® from the Government of Canada.
What’s the deal with the weather? Average temperatures in Nova Scotia range from 10°C in fall to -5°C in winter; from 4°C in early spring to 20°C and warmer in summer.
Get outside Point Pleasant Park: Enjoying fresh air is easy when you’ve got 185 acres of parkland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, just a 10-minute walk from campus. Waterfront: Stroll the scenic Halifax harbourside where you’ll find artists, food, music and much more. Victoria Park: Close to the Agricultural Campus, these 400 acres wind through a tree-covered gorge complete with waterfalls and walking trails.
Old School Founded in 1818 by George Ramsay, Scotland’s ninth Earl of Dalhousie and Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant-Governor of the day, Dalhousie was modelled after the University of Edinburgh. dal.ca
Academic reputation and credentials
Looking for a leading research university? LOOK NO FURTHER
A tradition of excellence In all we do. Dalhousie offers more than 4,000 classes in over 180 degree programs – more than many large Canadian universities. Dalhousie is a world leader in marine biology and ocean-related sciences, and is the only place in Atlantic Canada where you’ll find programs like community design and informatics. And our environment, sustainability and society program is one of the only such programs in North America. Other popular programs include commerce, engineering, pre-veterinary studies, computer science, agriculture, kinesiology and nursing, to name a few. For a complete listing, see pages 10-11 or visit dal.ca. Dalhousie is big enough to offer an array of academic choices, but flexible enough to ensure your degree reflects who you truly are and want to be. Suppose you want to combine music and math. Russian and environmental science. Business and biochemistry. You can do it here. So go ahead, explore new areas and follow your passions. Whatever you choose, you’ll gain valuable career-based skills and knowledge along the way.
Dalhousie is a member of the U15, Canada’s top crop of research-intensive universities, helping to spread research throughout the community, the country and around the globe. We conduct $149 million in research annually and, as a world leader in oceans studies, serve as host university for the international Ocean Tracking Network. You’ll have access to top researchers, including the 54 Canada Research Chairs who work and teach here. They’re leading global efforts to protect our planet and expand our understanding of the world.
Come for your undergrad. Stay for more. Dalhousie offers 90 master’s degrees and 40 doctoral degree programs, including interdisciplinary programs in areas like international development, e-commerce, engineering, health informatics, marine management, oceanography and environmental studies. We’re internationally recognized for our many professional programs, including medicine, dentistry and law. Many of Dalhousie’s graduate and professional program students complete their undergraduate work right here.
“Studying abroad has always been my dream because it’s a total shift from who you were to what you’re going to be. I’m here in a multicultural nation where I see people from every country.” Ponmalar Pandian, India Engineering
Life at dal – inside the classroom
Life at dal – outside the classroom
The professors won’t forget your name. And you won’t forget theirs.
The best thing about life at Dal? Having a life.
What makes a really great class? Simple. A really great professor. Our professors are experts in their fields. Friendly and accessible, they engage, motivate and inspire you. They love to share their passion for discovery in the classroom. They love what they do. And it shows. Roberta Barker, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences In a local Best of Halifax guide, Roberta Barker was named “Best Professor” not once or twice, but four times. You can find her expanding young minds in classes such as Play Analysis for Directing and Gender in Theatre. Derek Lynch, Faculty of Agriculture Organic agriculture is a rapidly growing industry with increasing product demand from consumers around the world. But organic farmers face unique business challenges. Derek Lynch, a Canada Research Chair in Organic Agriculture, is helping Canadian producers grow organic products more successfully and more sustainably. Through multi-scale, on-farm and station-based research, his work will enable farmers and producers to address both their challenges and growing consumer demand, at the same time. Jeff Dahn, Faculty of Science Attached to your cellphone? Big fan of hybrid and electric cars? So is Jeff Dahn. He’s a pioneer and world authority on advanced lithium-ion batteries — the ones in your cellphone and laptop. He’s also an outstanding first-year physics teacher and has received the Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics Medal awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists.
Student societies and academic clubs are a great way to meet people and try new things. Dalhousie offers more than 270 such groups, from DalDance to the tea drinker’s society to the equestrian club. The International Students Association, one of the most active on campus, organizes gala celebrations and cultural events. Many groups, like Habitat for Humanity or Engineers Without Borders, are involved in community service and volunteer activities. So go ahead, get busy.
Go Dal! The spirit of the Dal Tigers and Rams is campus-wide, both on and off the playing field. On the Halifax campus, try out or cheer on varsity Tigers teams in soccer, cross-country, track and field, swimming, basketball, volleyball and hockey. On the Agricultural Campus, root or play for varsity Rams soccer, cross-country, basketball, volleyball and rugby teams or take part in woodsmen competitions.
Work It Out. All students can stay active and involved. Join an intramural team. Hit the gym or pool at Dalplex. Run the pitch on Wickwire Field. Work the cardio machines at Langille Athletic Centre on our Agricultural Campus.
Dalhousie’s International Centre You’ll find a warm welcome and a supportive environment from the moment you arrive to the day you graduate. Visit isd.dal.ca.
“All the professors at Dalhousie are so welcoming. If you have a question you know you can approach them. And it’s amazing how professors interact with students here. They don’t give you the answer right away – they make you think.” Meelashini Auaduer , Malaysia Commerce
Srini Sampalli Professor, Faculty of Computer Science
The right place for you Do it all: Co-op programs, Volunteer placements, International exchanges. Our co-operative education (co-op) programs, internships, volunteer placements, exchanges and study-abroad courses let you travel to fascinating cities and countries, and open the door to a world of opportunities. Co-op programs deliver the best of both worlds. By alternating classroom learning with workplace experience, you gain practical skills, make money and build career contacts. Co-op opportunities exist close to Dal, throughout Canada and around the globe. Degrees are available in select undergraduate programs in the faculties of Computer Science, Engineering, Management, Science and Architecture. Visit dal.ca/coop. Each year, hundreds of Dalhousie students take part in international exchange and study-abroad programs in more than 60 countries, from England to Argentina to Senegal. Learn more at dal.ca/ises.
Guidance and support every step of the way. From the day you arrive, Dalhousie’s International Centre will provide all the support you need for a smooth transition from home, and a great post-secondary experience. For more information, visit isd.dal.ca. Dalhousie Student Services also provides online advice to help you settle in, visit dal.ca/studentservices. Other resources include a multi-faith centre, studying for success office, writing centre, black student advising, health services and accessibility services – just to name a few.
“In co-op, you learn a lot more – about managing, projects and planning. Co-op allows you to build connections and get to know people.” Sara Maldonado, Ecuador, Informatics
Residence: the very best home-away-from-home The residence experience: Living in residence is safe, hassle-free, close to classes and gives you lots of opportunities to get involved. You choose what works for you: single or double room, moderate, low-key or quiet floor, and how many meals per week. No more dishes: We’ll do the shopping, cooking and dishes. You’ll choose from nutritionally-balanced foods, including vegetarian options and multicultural cuisine. And we’ll also accommodate special dietary needs. Stay connected: Residence rooms and apartments feature high-speed internet, wireless areas, cable TV access and local telephone service with voice mail. Safe and secure: Full-time Residence Life Managers, Residence Assistants and 24-hour, campus-wide security ensure a secure living environment. We’ll save you a spot: Every new Dal undergraduate student who completes the residence application process and pays the deposit by June 30, 2013, is guaranteed a place in residence. How to apply? Pay your admission deposit, submit an online residence application and pay your residence application fee. See page 14 for details.
The right residence for you: Whether you live in a traditional or recently-built residence; on Studley campus, the downtown Sexton campus or our Agricultural Campus, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that’s right for you. Learn more by visiting our virtual tour at dal.ca/virtualtour/residence. Off-campus life: Many students live close to Dalhousie with friends or by themselves. Our off-campus housing office can help make your housing search easier. Visit dal.ca/livingoffcampus. Getting around: Halifax is easily accessible by walking, biking or public transit. The MetroTransit U-Pass included in Dal fees allows unlimited bus and ferry trips in the fall and winter semesters. Everything is within walking distance at our Agricultural Campus, and Halifax is just a one-hour bus ride away. Now that’s convenient: Dalhousie is one of the few universities with a computer store, right on the Halifax campus. PCPC is not only close, it has some of the best prices in town. What’s more, our Books in Rez program lets residence students order textbooks from home that will be waiting upon arrival.
Dalhousie University Degree Programs Undergraduate programs entered directly from high school Faculty of Agriculture
(programs available on the Agricultural Campus only*) Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) Agricultural Business Agricultural Economics Animal Science Aquaculture Environmental Sciences Integrated Environmental Management Plant Science Bachelor of Technology (Applied Science) Diploma in Engineering (available in Halifax and on the Agricultural Campus) Pre-Veterinary Medicine Technology Diplomas Veterinary, Managed Landscapes, Plant Science, Business Management Bachelor of Administration in International Food Business (with Dronten University)
Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Bachelor of Community Design Environment, Sustainability and Society** Environmental Planning Urban Design Studies
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 Womenâ€™s Studies German History History of Science and Technology International Development Studies
Italian Studies Music Philosophy Political Science Religious Studies Russian Studies Sociology and Social Anthropology Spanish and Latin American Studies Theatre Acting, Costume Studies, Scenography, Theatre Studies Additional areas of study: Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Film Studies, Health Studies, Journalism, Law and Society Bachelor of Music
Faculty of Computer Science
Bachelor of Computer Science (Co-op option) Environment, Sustainability and Society*** Bachelor of Informatics (Co-op program) Environment, Sustainability and Society**
Faculty of Engineering
Diploma in Engineering (available in Halifax and on the Agricultural Campus) Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op option) Chemical Civil Electrical Environmental Industrial Materials Mechanical Mineral Resource Bachelor of Engineering concurrent with Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Computer Science
Faculty of Health Professions
Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Bachelor of Science (Recreation)
Bachelor of Health Science Diagnostic Cytology Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Nuclear Medicine Technology Radiological Technology Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science (Recreation) / Bachelor of Management combined
Faculty of Management
Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op program) Accounting Entrepreneurship Finance International Business Managing People and Organizations Marketing Logistics Marketing Management Bachelor of Management (Internship option) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environment, Sustainability and Society** Knowledge Management Leadership and Organizations Management and Globalization Public Sector Management Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management Bachelor of Management / Bachelor of Science (Recreation) combined
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 â€“ 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)
Additional areas of study: Canadian Studies, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Food Science, Journalism, Law and Society * Please see dal.ca for a complete list of certificates, diplomas and programs offered on our Agricultural Campus ** 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
Start here. Stay here. Programs available following one or more years of university study or the completion of an undergraduate degree: Architecture (Co-op program) Audiology Business Administration Dental Hygiene Dentistry Emergency Health Services Management* Environmental Design Studies Environmental Landscape Horticulture** 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 ** Available on the Agricultural Campus only Full details at dal.ca
Admission Requirements International students who meet university entrance requirements in their home country are normally eligible for admission to Dalhousie. Visit dal.ca/admissions for admission requirements specific to your country. 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 programs at Dalhousie can be 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 consideration.
admission requirements by curriculum Minimum Requirements
Math requirement †
GCE / British System
5 subjects with 2 A levels or 4 AS levels with grades of “C” or higher
Computer Science, Engineering, Science – at least AS level; All other programs requiring academic math – IGCSE or O level
Students who have studied their last 3 years in English and have IGCSE English First Language with a minimum of “C” are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency
AP (Advanced Placement) / US System
GPA on 5 subjects no less than 3.0 with SAT I total of 1650 or ACT composite score of 23
Computer Science, Engineering, Science – Pre-Calculus; All other programs requiring academic math – grade 12 math
AP classes with final grades of 4 or 5 will be considered for transfer credit
IB (International Baccalaureate)
Diploma students must have a predicted All programs requiring total of at least 26 points; Certificate pre-calculus or academic students will be considered on the basis math – at least math SL of at least 5 certificates
IB classes with grades of 5, 6, or 7 will be considered for transfer credit
Standard XII with at least 5 subjects and scores averaging at least 70%
All programs requiring pre-calculus or academic math – Standard XII Math
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Management programs require Standard XII Math
Countries with a 12 year education system
Academic standing equal to 75% in 5 academic 12th grade subjects
Computer Science, Engineering, Science – a grade 12 Math class with pre-calculus preparation; All other programs requiring academic math – grade 12 math
Students who have studied their last 3 years in English and have IGCSE English First Language with a minimum of “C” are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency
All courses are Grade 12 academic or advanced. Bachelor of:
Arts Music1 Commerce Management Science2
3 3 3 3 3
Computer Science Community Design Informatics Engineering Health Professions:: Health Promotion
3 3 3 3
Recreation Management Health Science: Diagnostic Cytology
Additional Minimum Overall Academic Subjects Average
3* 3* 3**
4 other courses 4 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses 3 other courses
70% 70% 75% 70% 75%
3** 3* 3* 3**
3 other courses 2 other courses 3 other courses 1 other course
70% 75% 70% 70%
3 3* 3*
1 Science Chemistry and Physics Biology or Chemistry
3 other courses
Biology and Chemistry
3 other courses 1 other course
4 other courses
3 other courses
Biology and Chemistry
1 other course
1 other course
1 other course
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
Physics and Biology
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Physics and Chemistry
Agriculture / Pre-Veterinary Medicine
1 other course
Technology (Applied Science)
2 other courses
Physics, and one of Biology or Chemistry Chemistry, and one of Biology or Physics
1 other course 1 other course
Technology Diplomas3 – Veterinary, Managed Landscapes, Plant Science and Business Management * Programs that require academic level math or equivalent. ** Programs that require math with a pre-calculus or calculus component. 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. 3 See dal.ca/admissions for specific diploma admission requirements.
Other important information
International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Students Students who complete International Baccalaureate courses or Advanced Placement courses may be eligible for university credit. Such programs are also considered during scholarship assessments.
SAT or ACT scores
Students from a U.S.-based curriculum require SAT total score results of 1650; or ACT composite score results of at least 23 and no individual score less than 20.
You may be able to transfer course credits completed at another university to Dalhousie. Normally, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required. Some programs may require higher GPAs. See dal.ca/transfercredits.
HOW TO APPLY Step 1: Submit your application Apply online or download a paper application at dal.ca/admissions. Apply by March 15 for entrance award consideration. Some deadlines may be earlier. See dal.ca and dal.ca/moneymatters.
Step 2: Send official transcripts Have official transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office from your high school, college or university. Additional information or documentation may also be required.
Step 3: Check your status If you applied online, you can check your application status using your dal.ca/online account. Everyone who submits a complete application will receive an acknowledgment.
Step 4: Confirm your spot After an offer of admission, submit an admission deposit as directed in your acceptance package. You may also be asked to confirm acceptance of scholarships, which are normally offered in mid-April.
Step 5: Apply to residence New Dalhousie undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in residence if the residence application process is completed, and deposit paid, by June 30. Submit a residence application at dal.ca/online.
Fees AND ADMISSION INFORMATION English proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English, or whose high school program was not taught in English, must provide an English proficiency test score (minimum: IELTS 6.5 and TOEFL 90 Internetbased). Other English language proficiency test scores are also accepted. If you meet the academic criteria but need further preparation in English language, you may be admitted conditionally based on registration in an ESL program offered by Dalhousie or one of our partner institutions. Details on ESL programs and services are available at dal.ca/admissions. Students applying directly from high school may choose to complete the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC), a comprehensive transition year program integrating English language training with instruction in math, science, computing, business, and social studies. GAC students enjoy the comfort, safety, and social experience of on-campus life in the year between high school and beginning their undergraduate studies at Dalhousie. Visit collegeofcontinuinged. dal.ca/ESL for more information. Transcripts and test scores should be mailed to Dalhousie from your testing agency or issuing institution. Include a certified English translation if documents are written in another language. For details, visit dal.ca/admissions.
If you are not a Canadian citizen and plan to study in Canada for longer than six months, you will need a study permit issued by a Canadian Visa Office. A valid passport, Dalhousie acceptance letter and proof of sufficient funds must accompany your study permit application. Other documentation may also be required. Some students may also need a Temporary Residence Visa. Visit cic.gc.ca.
Estimated Costs 2012/13 Financing your education
Fall & Winter Term
Tuition and Incidental Fees* Books and Supplies Residence (lodging and food)** Canadian Student Total
$7,350 $1,000 $8,950 $17,300
For International Students Tuition and Incidental Fees* Books and Supplies Residence (lodging and food)** Differential Fee Health Insurance International Student Total
$7,350 $1,000 $8,950 $7,962 $640*** $25,902
Tuition and incidental fees are based on approved rates for the 2012/13 academic year.
Dalhousie’s robust program of financial awards and assistance includes a full program of scholarships, bursaries, emergency loans, on-campus employment and other forms of financial assistance. Scholarships are valued at up to $39,000 (CDN). Visit dal.ca/moneymatters. Information is also available relating to loan programs for Canadian and U.S. citizens.
* Based on classes in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Fees vary by program. ** Based on the average residence rate for a double room. *** Based on 2011/12 rate and subject to change.
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Fast Facts Students Student population: 18,200 International students: Almost 2,400 from more than 110 countries Student body: 55% female, 45% male Student clubs and organizations: More than 270 Profs Faculty: 1,080 professors Faculty with a PhD or doctorate: over 90% Study Degree programs: More than 180 Study abroad: More than 70 exchange programs in over 60 countries World-class researchers: 54 Canada Research Chairs Research funding: More than $149 million annually
Campus Size: Halifax campus: 32 hectares; Agricultural Campus: 61 hectares Places to live: 2,475 student housing spaces in a variety of residences Spirit School mascots: Tiger & Ram School colours: Black and gold; Blue and gold Number of varsity teams: 23 Academic All-Canadian Student Athletes: over 100 Awards Financial assistance: Over $40 million per year in scholarships, bursaries, student jobs Rhodes Scholars: 86 to date, among the top universities in the world Alumni More than 110,000 and counting
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