Pathways

Our Pathways Division provides options for those who may require some additional preparation to meet admission prerequisites or to ensure their success. Pathways programs are: Transition Year Program (TYP), University Preparation courses (UPrep), English as a Second Language Programs (ESL), and Refining Your Learning Skills. We also offer Mature Student Advising for older students returning to learning.

Transition Year Program

Address 1400 LeMarchant Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone:  (902) 494-3730
Fax:  (902) 494-2135
Website:  www.dal.ca/typ


Have you ever thought of attending University? Thought you couldn’t do it?  Have you thought, “I am not ready for university? I have been out of school for too many years; I don’t think I can make it through?” Then the TYP may be for you. Since 1970, the TYP has served the post-secondary educational needs of the Mi’kmaq nation and African Nova Scotian communities. It is a one-year program designed for African-Canadian and First Nations students who wish to enter university but who do not yet meet standard entrance requirements. TYP was established to redress historical and current educational disadvantages to members of the Mi’kmaq and Black Nova Scotian communities.

TYP prepares its students for full admission to regular Dalhousie BA degree programs at the beginning of their second year on campus. Some students may qualify for entry into other degree programs at Dalhousie. TYP core curriculum includes courses in Black and Native Studies, Strategies for University Learning, English and Mathematics. Classroom instruction is complemented by an orientation session, special lectures, campus tours, workshops and field trips. The program’s staff are drawn from the Dalhousie University community as well as the Nova Scotian Black and First Nations communities.

If they successfully complete the TYP, students receive a tuition fee waiver for their undergraduate degree and are eligible for continued financial assistance as long as they remain in good academic standing.

TYP students have gone on to complete degrees in Architecture, Biology, History, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology and Social Work to name a few. After completing their first degree, others have gone on to pursue post- graduate studies.  The program offers financial support to qualified applicants.  Overall maturity and seriousness of purpose are vital components to TYP success.

Deadline for receipt of complete applications for the following September: April 30th.

University Preparation Courses

Address 1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone:  (902) 494-2375
Fax:  (902) 494-3662
Website:  www.dal.ca/uprep

Dalhousie offers a “bridging program” for high school and mature students who are not fully prepared to start university or for those needing assistance in a particular subject area while enrolled in university. University prep courses offered through the College are designed to help students develop their academic skills in a specific subject, improve their marks, complete a prerequisite to enter a specific university program and build confidence before taking a university credit course.

University Preparation Courses Offered

The Writing Skills for Academic Study course prepares students for the writing demands in all university level courses and is accepted by Dalhousie in place of NS English 12. University Prep Chemistry is accepted in place of NS Chemistry 12 and may be used as the prerequisite for all Dalhousie first-year chemistry courses. Math 0010: Pre-Calculus and Math 0011: Pre-Calculus Plus are accepted in place of NS Math 12 Pre-Calculus and enable students to pursue university math and science courses. Math 0009.00: Academic Math is accepted in place of NS Math 12 for entrance to the Faculty of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Management and Nursing programs. Physics 0010.00: University Prep Physics is accepted by Dalhousie in place of NS Physics 12 and enables students to enter Physics 1100.06 and Physics 1300.06. University Prep Biology is also accepted by Dalhousie as an admission requirement to all undergraduate programs.

English as a Second Language Programs (ESL)

Address 1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201
  PO Box 15000
  Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-6060
Fax: (902) 494-3662
Website: dal.ca/esl
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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Dalhousie's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is designed for students planning to pursue a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD at Dalhousie but who do not meet English language requirements of the university. Dalhousie's intensive EAP courses prepare students for success at an English-speaking university by developing reading, listening, writing, speaking, and academic research skills. The EAP courses consist of 30 hours a week of classroom instruction, and include attendance at lectures, academically-relevant visits to museums and exhibits off and on-campus, and cultural events. Students do not have to be conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie academic program to take Dalhousie's EAP courses.

Direct Entry to Dalhousie after the EAP

If students meet the academic requirements for admission and complete EAP Level 2, they are not required to provide additional proof of English proficiency, such as TOEFL or IELTS test.

ESL Course Placement

All students must be placed at an appropriate level before starting any program. Recent official results from a recognized English language placement test, such as IELTS or TOEFL, can be used for placement in courses. Dalhousie also offers a Placement Test, which applicants can take in lieu of other tests.

English Language Support for Regularly Enrolled Students

  • ENSL 0004 and ENSL 0005
    These credit courses (pass/fail) are open to all regularly enrolled students. Since there is 0 credit for the courses, students’ GPA is not affected by taking the courses nor is there any adjustment necessary to the students’ academic program. Results are recorded on the students’ transcripts.
  • ESL Workshops
    ESL Programs runs a 20 workshop series twice a year, once in the Fall Semester and once in the Winter Semester. Ten of the workshops focus on the mechanics of writing and ten workshops focus on communication.
  • Advanced English Courses (non-credit)
    ESL Programs runs courses in Writing and in Speaking and Pronunciation for Graduate Students. In addition there are courses in advanced grammar and oral communication.

 

Refining Your Learning Skills for Academically Dismissed Students

Address:  1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201                             
  PO Box 15000
  Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-6430
Fax: (902) 494-3662
Website: www.dal.ca/refining

These courses are practical and experiential and designed to enhance students’ learning skills for the purpose of achieving academic success in university.  Students who attend this course will have experienced academic success in high school; however, the study skills applied may not have been sufficient for the intense demands placed on students in the early years of university.  To help you refine your skill set and the way you think about your academic performance, we have selected a range of topics that aim to secure self-awareness and personal competence.

Refining Your Learning Skills courses are offered during the summer and include 30 classroom hours, plus daily assignments and some afternoon appointments. The goal of the course is for students to return to Dalhousie in September with renewed confidence and commitment.

A team of instructors, including professors, advisors, and psychologists, will help students deal with the matters of “head, heart and hands” that are critical to academic success.  Assignments are designed in consultation with your Faculty to ensure relevancy to your particular program needs.  This course may also assist you in your application for a waiver of academic dismissal. 

Check with your program advisor before registering.

Mature Students: Full and Part Time

Address 1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201
  PO Box 15000
  Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-2375
Fax: (902) 494-3662
Website: dal.ca/cce

Applicants who are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and 21 years of age or older, by the first day of classes, and are not eligible for admission on the basis of regular admission requirements, may apply for admission as a mature applicant. In order to be eligible, the applicant must either have no university-level study, or have attempted less than one year of transferable course work. The student cannot have been in full-time university-level study for a minimum period of two years.

Applicants must provide a completed application for admission, high school or post-secondary transcripts, any other relevant documents (e.g. SAT scores, if available), and a letter outlining life and work experiences since last attending full-time study. Applicants will be expected to clearly outline their education goals and motivation to succeed at university study. All factors will be considered in the admission decision.

Admission under this policy is restricted to first year of undergraduate programs. Applicants must have completed grade 12 English (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 65. Admission to some programs will require completion of other required subjects.

A student admitted on this basis may be restricted in the number of classes he/she can register in during the first year. Otherwise, these students have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other students within their program.

Services include pre-admission counselling and university preparation classes such as Writing Skills for Academic Study, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Academic Math and Pre-Calculus.