Place of Residence


Entrance to the Dalhousie Medicine MD program is currently 134 students annually.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents at the time of application.  International students are not eligible for these positions.

The 134 positions are categorized into 4 applicant categories: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Other Canadian residence which includes all other Canadian provinces and territories. Applicants are assigned to a category as determined by their place of residence history entered on their application. 

Residency Policy

The governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island provide funding for a certain number of seats from each province. Residence of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are defined by this policy.

For the purpose of applying to Dalhousie Medical School, you are considered a resident of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island if you meet the following:

You are a Canadian citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident (valid and non-expired) at the time of application AND you meet the criteria in 1 of the 3 categories below:

1.    You are an independent student** (see definition below) and have resided continuously in the same province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or PEI) for one period of twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the final (Section 2) application submission deadline, excluding time spent as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.

2.    You are a dependent student** (see definition below) and your parents, or guardian resided in the same province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or PEI) for one period of twelve consecutive months immediately prior final (Section 2) application submission deadline.

3.    You have completed 6 consecutive years of post-secondary education in the same province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or PEI) immediately prior to the final (Section 2) application submission deadline.


For the purposes of this policy, the term:

Independent or Dependent Student status is determined by an individual's status at the time of the start of the academic medical program for which they are applying.  For example, if you are applying for entry into MD program which begins in August 2025 and graduated high school in 2021 or earlier, you are an INDEPENDENT student.

Please note the terms defined below:

  • "Independent student" means you meet, at minimum, one of the following conditions:
    • have been out of high school for four years
    • have been in the work force for two periods of 12 consecutive months and were not a full-time student during this period
    • are or were married or common-law
    • have a dependent living with you
    • have no legal guardian or parents are deceased
    • are a permanent ward of a child and family services agency
  • "Dependent student" means you are considered to be financially dependent on parent(s) or guardian(s) AND do not meet the criteria of an independent student
  • "Full-time student" means you are enrolled in a post-secondary education program for at least 60% of the regular course load, or 40% if you are disabled, including internships and practicum's.

Applicants are required to give complete information on their residency status and residency history in their application.