International students struggling to return to campus

As Dalhousie University prepares to welcome students back on campus, international students struggle with unclear government policies and slow university responses.  Returning international students have received conflicting, confusing and late information from the Dalhousie International Centre (IC.)   Dalhousie did not respond to the Dalhousie Gazette’s requests for an interview regarding this article.    The “Cold, mechanical voice” of the International Centre …

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International students deserve better

On Bedford Street in Halifax, N.S., Kenneth Zhang stood next to his crashed car. It was a snowy night in January 2021. The third-year international student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) was on his way to deliver take-out Chinese food, when his car slipped on the road and hit a street light. His manager kept calling, asking him…

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Orientation day for international students

It’s that time of the year again—Orientation Week! And the wonderful team at the International Centre has organized an International Student Orientation at the beginning of the fall and winter terms. This is to make international students feel welcomed at Dalhousie. The orientation is an excellent opportunity for international students to make new friends, meet…

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International students face difficulties finding Dal med school electives

International medical students applying for electives at Dalhousie are being turned away – because they’re applying for the wrong electives. Last year, 293 students out of 486 were turned away because the departments and times they had chosen were already full. According to the International Electives Office, very few applicants were rejected because they failed…

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International students present on science and economics

More than 70 Dalhousie students presented at last week’s International Perspectives on Science and Economics Student Conference. Pairs of students presented 10-minute presentations connected to their fields of study and subjects of personal interest, and received feedback from their peers. Polly Chen, a student who arrived in Halifax from China in August, presented on the…

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International students looking for more at Dalhousie

Fewer and fewer international students are applying to Dalhousie. (Photo by Kit Moran)

When Mahbubur Rahman came to Dalhousie from Bangladesh, he didn’t know anything about other universities in Canada. After completing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in his home country, he got a research scholarship from a professor at Dal. Rahman arrived in August 2013 with a lot of expectations. Unfortunately for him, not all of…

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International students have one more fee to pay

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ISES change international student’s health insurance plan International students at Dalhousie may be paying up more than ever as the result of a number of changes to the ISES health insurance plan opt-out. International students from over 100 countries make up 10.5 per cent of Dal’s student population. As at any university, international students can…

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