Academic Services

Resources to help you at every step of your academic journey.

The resources below will help you plan your degree, stay on track and get the support you need to have success at King’s. We encourage you to reach out to the Registrar’s Office with your questions. We’re here to help you get the most out of your studies.

Academic Counselling & Services

A number of special services shared between King’s and Dalhousie are available to students to help ensure that their educational experiences are both rewarding and fulfilling.

Registrar’s Office

The King’s Registrar’s Office has an open door policy – we are here to help you through many kinds of difficulties. Sometimes you will meet with someone directly in our office, like one of our academic advisors. We provide degree advising and direction to students who are unsure of their program choices. Depending on the time of year, you can drop in or you can book an appointment in advance. Sometimes we may refer you to one of the other services available, like the Student Health & Wellness Centre, the Career and Leadership Development Centre, a departmental advisor, an academic success coach, or one of your professors. If you know you need to speak to someone but aren’t sure who that someone should be, drop by and tell us what’s on your mind. We are here to ensure your university experience is a good one.

FYP Writing Coach

Mark Burke the FYP Writing Coach offers one-on-one writing support to first year students during appointments and drop-in hours. He organizes and conducts workshops on writing, and develops writing resources for students.

Student Accessibility Centre

Both King’s and Dalhousie University are committed to providing an accessible environment in which members of the community can pursue their educational goals. Ongoing efforts consistent with a reasonable and practical allocation of resources are being made to improve accessibility and provide special services.

Students who have questions or concerns about accessibility on the King’s campus, including physical access on campus, should contact the King’s Accessibility Officer Neil Hooper.

For further information on the King’s Equity Policy concerning Individuals with Disabilities, please consult the Yellow Book [PDF].

Dalhousie’s Student Accessibility Services provides support and advocacy for students with disabilities. In cooperation with faculty, staff, and other student services at the university, the advisors and staff at the Student Accessibility Services office endeavour to provide appropriate support services as needed by the student. Early consultation is advised to ascertain that we can fulfill your needs.

Students with questions concering physical access to facilities on the Dalhousie campus and accessibility for students with learning disabilities at King’s and Dalhousie can contact the office by phone: voice (902) 494-2836, TTY 902-494-7091, or by email (access@dal.ca).

Please note that owing to the chemical sensitivities of those who work in and frequent the Student Accessibility Services office, our environment must be scent free.

Dalhousie Bissett Student Success Centre

King’s students can visit the Dalhousie Bissett Student Success Centre to learn more about Dalhousie programs and courses.

International Student Services

As an international student at King’s, you will become part of our small community while also having access to a large and diverse group of international students and a full range of international student services available through Dalhousie.

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Black Student Advisor

The Black Student Advising Centre provides assistance for prospective and current students of African descent (African, American, Canadian, Caribbean, etc.). The advisor may organize program activities that assist students in developing contacts with other students of African descent, both on campus and in the community. The centre is intended to foster a sense of support and community among these students, with other students and to increase intercultural awareness.

The advisor will provide confidential services and programs individual and/or group assistance, impartial observation, relevant resource materials, along with a referral service, which may benefit students’ academic, personal and social development on and off campus. There is a small student resource room for meeting, peer support, reading and/or studying. Awards, scholarships, employment, community information and upcoming events are also made available.

Dalhousie University created the position of the Black Student Advisor to provide information to prospective students, increase access, and promote retention of indigenous students of African descent. The centre may be beneficial to all students, faculty and staff as a means of increasing awareness and sensitivity to Black student issues and presence within the university community.

Students can also contact King’s Racial Equity Liaison Services.

Kindly note that the centre is a scent/fragrance-free environment.

Indigenous Student Centre

The Indigenous Student Centre is available to all post-secondary students in Metro Halifax. It  is located at 1321 Edward Street. Telephone 902-494-8863.

Racial Equity Liaison Services

The University of King’s College Racial Equity Policy serves to encourage diversity and awareness of equity issues within the faculty and student body, as well as community outreach. It provides students with information relating to diversity and equity issues, and counselling and mediation, through both the Racial Equity Committee and an External Equity Consultant. The Racial Equity Committee, itself, is also closely associated with theDalhousie Black Students Advising Centre and the Indigenous Student Centre.

An important part of the University’s Equity Policy is the position of Equity Liaison Officer. The Equity Liaison Officer is responsible for encouraging the goals of the Racial Equity Policy. He or she is also available for receiving complaints under the Equity Policy and referring these complaints as appropriate. As well, the Equity Liaison Officer acts as the liaison with the Dalhousie Black Student Advising Centre and Indigenous Student Centre.

The University of King’s College also has available an External Equity Consultant who is a trained mediator responsible for resolving disputes. The External Equity Consultant is available to all members of the King’s community.

Please see the University Racial Equity Policy in the Yellow Book on the policies site.

Study Abroad Advisor

Between King’s and Dalhousie, you can take part in many study abroad opportunities. The Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor offers support for students interested in studying abroad.

Tutoring Services

The Dalhousie Tutoring Service provides subject tutoring to students requiring academic assistance. Requests for tutoring are given to the Studying for Success Program Coordinator, who sets an appointment for the interested student to meet a Study Skills Coach. The coach then makes a detailed assessment of academic difficulties, helps develop effective approaches to studying, and may refer the student to a tutor, if needed.

Workshops and one-on-one study coaching is also available to King’s students through the Dalhousie Studying for Success program

Writing Centre

The Dalhousie Writing Centre’s goal is to help students cultivate ideas, develop strong organizational skills and heighten creativity. The centre’s tutors can assist with understanding directions for written assignments, essay writing, structuring letters of intent for graduate programs, and improving writing ability in general. They are available to help students articulate, clarify and shape their ideas.

The centre offers support services to students at both Dalhousie and King’s, and appointments are free of charge; the costs of the Writing Centre are included in university tuition.

Visit the centre in the Killam Library Learning Commons G40C, phone 902-494-1963 or email at writingcentre@dal.ca.