In the early 19th century, George Ramsay, the ninth Earl of Dalhousie and Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor at the time, wanted to establish a Halifax college open to all, regardless of class or creed. After the college was founded in 1818, Lord Dalhousie was appointed Governor General of Canada and left Halifax. Without his influence, the institution faltered. The first instruction was not offered until 1838. Its operation was only intermittent and degrees were not awarded for some time.
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 18,500 students from around the world. Located on Canada’s East Coast, the university blends world-class academic programs with leading-edge research. Their focus on academic innovation means they are committed to the continuous development of their programs and courses. And as Atlantic Canada’s leading Research University, Dal attracts 135 million in research grants and awards each year. Nearly 50 years after its beginning, the college was reorganized. In 1863, Dalhousie opened with six professors and one tutor. The first degrees were awarded in 1866. The student body that year consisted of 28 students working for degrees and 28 occasional students. Dalhousie’s global connections enhance the quality and impact of education and research at local, national and international levels. Their international strategy is built on cooperation and partnerships to support learning and research that is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, global in reach, and oriented toward solving problems that extend across national borders. Dalhousie has nearly 300 partnership agreements with universities from 67 countries. The Office of International Relations helps oversee the implementation of the international strategy and coordinates partnership agreements, visiting delegations and visits abroad.
Dalhousie currently welcomes nearly 3,000 international students from more than 115 countries. Over 300 Dalhousie students are studying abroad or on exchange in over 40 countries. The International Centres are committed to providing services and supports to strengthen international experiences for students. Dalhousie combines the prestige of a big-name university with a hands-on, collaborative education — all students have access to experiential learning opportunities in their programs with 87% taking advantage of them. Their focus on academic innovation means they are committed to the continuous development of their programs and courses, how they are designed, and how they deliver them. Their intimate learning environment allows students an opportunity to engage with Dalhousie's award-winning professors. Each year, their university conducts more than 135 million in funded research, building their reputation as one of Canada's premier research universities. With 4,000 courses in over 180 degree programs, Dalhousie offers a wealth of choice, attracting students from around the globe.
The campus is located just outside the Town of Truro, in the village of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. They're one hour from Halifax by car and only 40 minutes from the Halifax International Airport. Truro is known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia because of its historical significance and geographical position in the centre of Nova Scotia, just beyond the tip of Cobequid Bay—the eastern-most inlet of the Bay of Fundy. The highest tides in the world occur in Cobequid Bay—some recorded at over 52 feet.
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