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International Student Emergency Fund Application

Emergency financial assistance is available for international students in financial difficulty due to unforeseen circumstances. Funds are limited so there is no guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive assistance.

The purpose of this fund is to enable students in good academic standing to continue or complete their program of study at Dalhousie University. Emergency financial assistance will be issued only if the committee is satisfied that the funds will fulfill the student’s need and provide a final solution to the financial difficulty. Students can apply for this Emergency financial assistance only once in a calendar year (12 months).

Eligibility Criteria

The application will be considered in view of the following criteria. Applicants for the international student emergency fund must:

1. Be in their 2nd year or more of study at Dalhousie University.

2. Be a Dalhousie University international degree student (exchange students are not eligible for Emergency financial assistance).

3. Be studying at Dalhousie University with a valid Study Permit issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada-IRCC (formerly CIC).

4. Be enrolled as a full-time student in the academic session in which they are applying. (students who are not registered will not be considered for emergency financial assistance).

5. Demonstrate by documentation - that his/her financial situation is a result of a one-time unforeseen circumstance, e.g. political unrest, foreign exchange restrictions, unexpected illness/death, or other special circumstances. Applications without appropriate documentation will not be considered.

6. Submit the application form, supplementary information sheets and appropriate documentation.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Students are required to arrange for an interview with the DSU Vice-President (Finance & Operations) to discuss their financial situation.

In assessing bursaries, all efforts should have been made by the student to keep costs at a minimum, e.g. sharing accommodation, moving to a less expensive apartment, and reducing personal expenses. This can be demonstrated in the cover letter.

Students will receive notification of the outcome of their application by email. If a student is granted emergency assistance, a cheque will be issued by the DSU to the student directly or made payable to the Dalhousie University-Student Accounts to clear any outstanding balances on tuition, campus residence or other expenses. A refund will be issued if the bursary creates a credit on the student's account.

Application Deadline

There is no application deadline.  Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis.

Reversal of Awards

The DSU reserves the right to reclaim the emergency financial assistance should the student withdraw from studies at Dalhousie University or if information becomes available which changes the student's eligibility for emergency financial assistance.

PLEASE NOTE: This form will be submitted to the DSU Vice President (Finance & Operations) and your application will not be considered if it is incomplete. You will receive an email notifying you that your application has been successfully sent however, that does not guarantee your application is complete.  

Please cleary explain the situation that has led you to apply for this bursary and the ways in which you have tried to reduce expenses.
This section outlines the total amounts of money received by each academic year.
1st Year
Ex: Sponsor
ex: 14,000
Ex. Scholarship
Ex. 2000
Ex. Savings
Ex. 2000
Ex. Part-time work
Ex. 1500
Total of all financial support from your first year Ex. 19,500
2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year
Ex. 1500
All amounts in Canadian Dollars
Tuition and Fees
Differential Fees
Books and Supplies
Heat and Hot Water
Child Care
Other Miscellaneous Expenses
Please provide employment history from the past 2 years.
All amounts in Canadian dollars
Use the number from the "All Sources of Financial Support Section
Use number from "Current Year Budget"
Subtract your Total Expenses from your Total Resources to get your Short Fall
Please attach all that will provide proof of your bank balance for the 6 months leading up to this application: Copies of bank activities/online banking Line of Credit Statment Credit Card Statement Anything else that applies
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods xml avi mov mp3 ogg wav bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit tar zip.
Please attach: Copy of valid study permit Any copies of correspondence or other documents, which confirm the situation outlined in their letter
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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By submitting this application I declare that:
All statements in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. Any misrepresentation/falsification of information may result in cancellation of my application or award. I will be required to repay the award. All information is subject to verification. I will provide further supporting documentation upon request for verification. If granted an Emergency financial assistance, funds will be deposited to my student account in the event of outstanding debts to Dalhousie University. A refund will be issued if a credit remains on my account.