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Established in 1818, Dalhousie University is a public research-intensive university located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, Dalhousie University is one of the top 15 universities in Canada. On the other hand, as per the QS World University Rankings 2023, it ranks at the 12th position (overall) in Canada. In addition, the university has attained 5 stars as per the QS stars rating.

Year of establishment1818

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Also Known AsDAL
Total International Students3843
Male/Female Ratio1.16
UG/PG Course Ratio0.70
Faculty/Student Ratio16.5
Endowments ValueCanadian Dollar 582 million
No.of Campuses4
Accommodation expenses7701 CAD for 2 sharing (UG),8895 CAD for 1 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses4220 CAD (UG),4220 CAD (PG)
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Dalhousie University Admission Dates

Before applying for admission at Dalhousie University, it is advised to check the application deadlines. Given below are Dalhousie University course-level wise application deadlines.

Undergraduate Courses


Application Deadline

Deadline for September 2023

April 01, 2023

(Note: The dates given above are subject to change. Also, there are some program-specific deadlines too, check those as well, as applicable)

Graduate Courses General Application Deadline


Application Deadline

September Session

April 01

January Session

August 31

May Session

December 31

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Dalhousie University Scholarships

Dalhousie University provides scholarships to international students. The details of some of the scholarships offered by Dalhousie University are given below:

  • A.S Mowat Prize: This prize was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in their first year of a master’s program in any discipline at Dalhousie University. The value of A.S Mowat Prize is $1,500.
  • WeAreAllCS Women in Technology Entrance Scholarship: The value of this scholarship is up to $10,000 over 2 years. It is applicable for international female students who have applied for Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Applied Computer Science Program of Dalhousie University

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Scholarship information is not available. You can apply to non-college specific scholarships available for Canada.

Dalhousie University Fees & Eligibility

In order to take admission at Dalhousie University, students are required to meet the entry requirements as per their choice of course. Students are required to meet the general as well as the program-specific requirements. The general Dalhousie University eligibility details are given below:

Undergraduate Courses

  • To pursue any of the graduate course, students must have completed secondary school (Grade 12)
  • The minimum overall average needed as per the program of interest, in five academic Grade 12 course
  • A qualifying final grade in Grade 12 academic English and any other needed subject

Admission Requirements

  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate (CISCE) or any other Senior Secondary School Certificate granted after class 12th

Graduate Courses

Master’s / PhD degrees

  • 4-year’s bachelor’s degree (for master’s degree) or thesis-based master’s degree or equivalent (for PhD degree)
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree should be granted by any university of recognized standing

Dalhousie University Entrance Exams

Those applicants whose first language is not English should provide proof of English language proficiency. Course-level wise English language proficiency scores are given below:

Undergraduate courses


Minimum Scores


6.5 overall


90 overall


115 overall

Michigan English Test




PTE Academic

61 overall

C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency

180 overall

Graduate Courses


Minimum Acceptable Scores




C1- level and 4 skills test needed

64 (with no skills area below 53)




70 with no band score less than 60

PTE Academic

65 overall with nothing below 54

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CoursesDuration1st Year Tuition Fees
MS(31 Courses)(1 year-3 years)INR 9.19 L - 26.18 L
B.E. / B.Tech(12 Courses)(4-5 years)INR 13.2 L - 23.24 L
BBA(10 Courses)(2-4 years)INR 11.23 L - 21.62 L
UG Diploma(7 Courses)(1 year-2 years)INR 4.46 L - 16.9 L
B.Pharma(1 Courses)(4 years)INR 22.48 L
MASc(9 Courses)(18-27 months)INR 10.24 L - 12.04 L
M.A.(11 Courses)(12 months-3 years)INR 9.53 L
B.A.(25 Courses)(4 years)INR 12.97 L - 13.46 L
B.Sc.(20 Courses)(4 years)INR 11.23 L - 19.54 L
B.Arch(1 Courses)(4 years)INR 11.23 L

University’s Evaluation 2023

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B++Overall University Grade

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Dalhousie University Entry Criteria

MS(31 Courses)

: 7.0-8.0

: 92.0-100.0

: 65.0 & Above

B.E. / B.Tech(12 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 90.0 & Above

: 61.0 & Above

BBA(10 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 90.0 & Above

: 61.0 & Above

UG Diploma(7 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 90.0 & Above

: 61.0 & Above

B.Pharma(1 Courses)

: 7.0 & Above

MASc(9 Courses)

: 7.0-7.5

: 92.0 & Above

: 65.0 & Above

M.A.(11 Courses)

: 7.0-7.5

B.A.(25 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

B.Sc.(20 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 90.0 & Above

: 61.0 & Above

B.Arch(1 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

On-campus Accommodation


  • Dalhousie University provides campus accommodation to its students in Halifax and at the Agricultural Campus in Truro and all first-year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in the residence
  • Students have the option to choose from traditional dormitory-style residences or non-traditional residence apartments and Live on their own in a single room or with a roommate in a double room
Housing- Gerard Hall Meal Plan - 14 Meals per week plus $150 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus (UG)
Housing- Graduate Apartment Meal Plan - 14 Meals per week plus $150 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus (PG)

Off-campus Accommodation


  • The average rent is 700 to 900 CAD/month
  • The residence type includes studio apartments, 3 bedroom apartments, 4 bedroom apartments, shared apartments and Condo
  • The student residences are fully furnished with all the basic amenities such as electricity, water and Wi-Fi included in the rent
  • On-site laundry facility is also available

DAL Reviews (Showing 2 of 2 reviews)

Overall Rating (Out of 5)


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Student Views (Based on Reviews)
  • 50% of students Never faced discrimination in this University
Vibe of Campus
  • Academically oriented
  • Friendly
  • Fun loving
  • Stressful
Ankush Kalsi | MEng Industrial Engineering - Batch of 2019
Reviewed on 10 Apr 2023
University is one of the best in Canada

Tips: The education is world class and cutting edge. Very different from India and required a lot of self-studying and hard work. Be ready to put in a lot of hours and also discipline will go a long way. Make sure to learn skills rather than getting grades, it will help you a lot in the long run.

Likes (Public transportation): Cheap and safe, there is no metro or trains only transportation available are buses but it’s extensive. The buses run till late and cover most of the city. The service is really good and the buses are free for...

  • Total Monthly ExpenseCAD 2181
  • Prepping time for classes20 hours / Week
  • Expected Annual SalaryCAD 100638
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Sumith Sai Rachak ... | Master of Applied Computer Science - Batch of 2021
Reviewed on 31 Dec 2022
Tough academics, average lifestyle and very expensive tuition fee

Tips: Make sure what is the tuition fees and what you require to complete the program. No scholarships for international students are given. The college has good campus area, its within city and accessible. Not a lot of on campus jobs. Some courses have 5 days classes so it can be difficult for part time work.

Likes (Quality of faculty): Not all professors are that great. Some have extensive knowledge and some do not. Subjects are not regularly taught by the same professors. Professors try different teaching approaches which some...

  • Total Monthly ExpenseCAD 1543
  • Prepping time for classes40 hours / Week
  • Expected Annual SalaryCAD 70559
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Average 1st Year Tuition Cost
BSc INR 19.5 L
MS INR 11.7 L
BE/Btech INR 22.4 L
MA INR 9.8 L
BBA INR 16.9 L
MIM INR 18.4 L
MEng INR 16 L
MASc INR 12.2 L
MBA INR 29.6 L
MFA INR 10.1 L
MArch INR 21.4 L
BHM INR 12.5 L
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Average Admission Exam ScoresTOEFL: 85
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 59
GRE: 306
GMAT: 560
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International Students at Dalhousie University

If we talk about the enrollment of students at Dalhousie University, then over 20,000 have been enrolled at the university according to the facts stated on the official website of the university. Out of which, 24% are international students. The number of countries represented is over 115. 4,500+ international students are there at the university.

Dalhousie University FAQs

Q. Is Dalhousie a top university in Canada?

A. Yes, it is one of the top-ranked universities in Canada and its rankings are the proof of it. As per the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023, Dalhousie University is placed in the top 15 in Canada. If we talk about its exact position, then its Canada 2023 rank is 14. Whereas, in the QS World University Rankings 2023, it has been placed at the 12th position in Canada. On top of this, Dalhousie University has got 5 QS stars across teaching, inclusiveness, and more.

Q. Why Dalhousie is the best for studying in Canada?

A. Dalhousie University has excelled in academics, leadership, research, and innovation. Students will get a chance to join a socially conscious community of students who are passionate about making a difference on campus, in society, and around the world. Dalhousie Courses are available in over 180 flexible degree programs with proper hands-on learning.

Q. Is it hard to get into Dalhousie University?

A. Yes, it may be difficult for international students to get into the university as Dalhousie University's acceptance rate is around 60- 70% percent with slight variations every year. A student must also meet the general admission and program-specific requirements. Do note that meeting the eligibility requirements does not ensure admission. Dalhousie University has mentioned that admission to many of the undergraduate programs is competitive. So, do check the requirements as per your course carefully before applying.

Q. Is Dalhousie University a good university?

A. As per U.S News & World Report, Dalhousie University ranks at #314 position globally. Its position has improved from 2022 as in that year, it was placed at #317. In the rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the universities are ranked according to the performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. These indicators are global research reputation, regional research reputation, publications, conferences, total citations, etc.

Q. What is Number 1 ranked university in Canada?

A. As per the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023, the universities like University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMaster University and University of Montreal are the top 5 universities in Canada.

Q. How much is Dalhousie Entrance scholarship?

A. Students applying directly from high school can apply for General Entrance Award program at Dalhousie University. The awards amounts usually range from $750 for your first year to $48,000. The university examines all students individually as per their complete application submissions. Some awards are offered as per academics and other achievements and some are based as per the financial need, and others are hybrid awards and consider the student's grade, involvement outside the classroom, and financial need.

Q. Is Dalhousie University expensive for international students?

A. International students who apply to study at Dalhousie University require to pay an additional International Tuition Fee. However, some programs are exempted from this, including International and Qualifying Dentistry, Internetworking and incoming doctorate students. The following rates are for 2023-24 for full-time students, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences ($31,900), Faculty of Computer Science ($35,000), Faculty of Engineering ($40,800), Faculty of Management ($35,300), and Faculty of Science ($31,900). *Note, other incidental fees will be subject to changes each year and guaranteed tuition is based on defined credit hours and program terms.

Q. What is Dalhousie University best known for?

A. As Atlantic Canada's primary research-intensive university and a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, Dalhousie's research and innovation include world-leading researchers working in labs, studios, and in the field. Apart from this, Dalhousie University has a welcoming community. Meaning, the university welcomes a diverse mix of students from Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world. As per the facts specified by the university itself, apparently, there are 20,000+ students enrolled at the university. Out of which, 24% are international students.

Q. What is the world rank of Dalhousie University?

A. If we talk about the Dalhousie University ranking in the world, then according to the QS World University Rankings 2023, the university ranks at #308 position. In the year 2022, the QS rankings of the university was #272. Although, the university's position declined in the current QS rankings, but it performed best on the indicators with international focus. Dalhousie University received maximum 100 points for the proportion of international faculty. This indicator captures how internationally attractive the university is to academic staff. International student ratio was also a strong contributor. In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, the university ranks at #301-350th position. Basically, it is in the top 350 universities in the world as per Times Higher Education rankings.

Q. Is Nova Scotia good for international students?

A. Yes, Nova Scotia is a nice place to study for international students. This is because it provides students with an inspiring and supportive environment so that they can pursue their academic and personal goals. Nova Scotia has top-notch universities and colleges. Moreover, because of its thriving arts and cultural scene, active outdoor recreation and friendly people, studying in Nova Scotia is an enriching and unique experience.

Q. What marks do you need to get into Dalhousie University?

A. Note that the minimum average marks required to take admission into the undergraduate courses of Dalhousie University varies from course to course. So, it is advised to check the program-wise requirements as well as general admission requirements. For admission into undergraduate courses, you need to complete Grade 12. In case of admission into graduate programs, you need to have a bachelor's degree for admission into master's degree and for thesis-based master's degree or its equivalent for admission into PhD program. For graduate course, the minimum grade point average should be of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of study.

University CityHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Size of cityMedium
Population of City4,14,000
Wikipedia Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_County,_Nova_Scotia
PO Box 550, Truro, NS B2N 5E3
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
108 - 5269 Morris Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax NS B3H 4R2 Canada

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