Dalhousie University Overview

Dalhousie University is internationally known as one of North America’s most welcoming universities. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,200 students from around the world. Located on Canada’s East Coast, the university blends world-class academic programs with leading-edge research.

Dalhousie’s campus reflects a diverse mix of students who come from across Canada and around the world, bringing multiple cultures and perspectives to the Dalhousie community. Dalhousie has three campuses in the heart of Halifax, close to the city’s major amenities. In 2012, the Agricultural Campus is located just outside the Town of Truro, in the village of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Dalhousie University combines a tradition of excellence with the hospitality of Canada’s beautiful East Coast.

Along with the prestige of a big-name school, Dalhousie students enjoy one of the lowest student-professor ratios in Canada (15:1), engaging you directly with Dalhousie’s award-winning professors.

Swansea University currently has agreements in place with Dalhousie University for the School of Management and the department of Business.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 3rd September 2016 - 19th December 2016  9th January 2017 - 26th April 2017


The average cost of living in Halifax for one  academic is approximately $12,000 CAD. 

Estimates in Canadian dollars for a full year (prices subject to change):

On Campus Accommodation


                        4635 - 8910  

Health insurance


Meal Plan                                                                          

3,395 - 3,775

Upass * a transportation pass that allows unlimited travel on Halifax metropolitan buses and ferries




Dalhousie offers students a range of on-campus housing, including an international cluster of apartments. Some students choose to live off-campus, where there are several nearby neighbourhoods to rent in.

On-campus housing - Living in a Dalhousie residence is a good option for exchange students and a great way to meet people. If English is your second (or third) language, on-campus housing provides a relaxed and friendly environment. If you are coming to Dalhousie on exchange for the fall term only (September–December), please note that unfortunately there is no space available in residence for exchange students during this period. However, it is likely that you will find on-campus housing if you are planning to come to Dalhousie for the winter term (January–April) or for a full academic year (September–April). For more information visit the Residence website. If you would like to live in residence you are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Off-campus housing - Some students choose to live off campus, where there are several nearby neighbourhoods in which to rent. Dalhousie's Off-Campus Living website is a great way to find listings of available accommodations in Halifax. The site also has information and resources to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities while renting. They also keep a short list of temporary accommodations should you arrive in Halifax before your lease starts. The Volunteer Coordinator at the International Centre can further help you with finding accommodations. Please email your housing-related questions to icvolunteer@dal.ca

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.