Academic Advising

Current Student Advising

Planning your course of study

We know that you want your studies to engage you fully, to bring you closer to answering important questions and to provide you with skills you can use after graduation. The question is: what program or programs will do this most effectively for you?

Review and download the What’s Next? Advising Guide, and the timetable below for resources that will help you make your choice on an area of study.

What’s Next?

2020/2021 Advising Timetable

Fall Term

July 1
Last day to apply to graduate in October (Dalhousie Convocation)
Sept. 8
Courses begin, Fall term
Sept. 18
  • Last day to add courses
  • Last day to apply for honours programs
  • Last day to change from Dalhousie to King’s or vice versa
  • Last day to drop Fall courses with no financial implications
Oct. 1
December exam schedule posted (King's and Dalhousie)
Oct. 2
  • Last day to drop without a “W” (Fall courses)
  • Last day to change from credit to audit or vice versa (Fall courses)
Oct. 16
Fall Convocation Ceremonies (Dalhousie) for Arts, Science and Music
Nov. 2
Last day to drop with a “W”
Dec. 1Last day to apply to graduate in Spring 2021
Dec. 8
Last day of courses for Fall term (Monday classes held)
Dec. 10-20
Fall exam period
Dec. 3
Summer academic timetable available via Dal Online


Winter Term

Jan. 6 Courses begin, Winter term
Jan. 15
  • Last day to add courses (Winter term)
  • Last day to drop Winter courses with no financial implications
Jan. 29
  • Last day to drop without a “W” (Winter courses)
  • Last day to change from credit to audit or vice versa (Winter courses)
Feb. TBA
April exam schedule posted (King’s and Dalhousie)
Feb. 22Registration opens for summer courses
Mar. 8Last day to drop winter term classes with a 10% refund. See refund schedule for fee implications.
Apr. 8 Last day to drop with a “W” (Winter courses)
Apr. 8 Last day of courses for Winter term
Apr. 10-23 Winter exam period
May TBA Encaenia


Registration Review

Welcome back to another year at King’s. Here’s a refresher on how to register:

  1. Visit Dal Online and log in using your Net ID and PIN.
  2. Select “Web for Students,” and then select “Academic Timetable” to view the classes available to you.
  3. Make a note of the Class Reference Number (CRN) for each class and tutorial you select, paying attention to which term each class is held in.
  4. From the main menu select “Registration.” Click on “Register for Classes.” This will bring up the main registration page. Click on “Register for Classes” in this menu and you will then be prompted to select your term. From here you can search for classes and “Add to Summary” from there or use “Enter CRNs” to directly enter the CRNs you have selected. Be sure to click on “Submit” once you have reviewed them in your schedule and are able to register.
  5. Courses are also dropped or added to the waitlist through drop-downs in the Register for Classes pages.

Important Things to Note

  • Full-year classes (multi-term classes) are divided between the two terms: in the Fall Term there will be a Part I and in the Winter Term there is Part II. You must register for both parts separately. For these courses you must take both parts consecutively to receive credit. Check the course description for more information.
  • If a class you want has a tutorial or lab, you must register for the lecture and tutorial/lab together or you will get an error message. If you receive a “T0 error,” you must add a tutorial; an “L0 error” means that you have to add a lecture, and a “B0 error” indicates you need to add a lab.
  • A “Reserve Closed” error means that, although there are still spots in the course, the seats reserved for your program or major group are full. Therefore, you will not be able to register.

The Dal Online system does not check for timetable conflicts. It is your responsibility to make sure that your classes aren’t scheduled at overlapping times. You can use the Class Schedule feature when registering to double check. Dal Online may identify a timetable conflict even if there is not, if a Lecture and its Tutorial or Lab happen at the same time.

For Journalism Students

  • Many of your classes including the workshops, are cross-listed between BJH (4000 level) and one-year BJ (5000 level). Pay attention to the number of the class as well as the title.
  • Before returning to King’s in September fourth-year BJH students must register for JOUR 0477.00 (Journalism Internship) and JOUR 4002.03 (Honours Project).
  • Registration for Fall term workshops takes place in September. Registration for the Winter term workshops takes place before you leave for the break in December.
  • Note also that because the Workshops are limited enrolment and because their term is so short, the academic deadlines are earlier than for regular classes. Normally, the deadline for registering for journalism workshops is the end of the second day of classes in that workshop.

Taking Courses at Other Universities

As a King’s student in good standing, once you have completed your first year of study you will be eligible to take classes at other universities and have them count toward your degree here at King’s. There are a number of important steps you must complete before taking the class, in order to receive credit for the course as part of your degree here at King’s. This process can be lengthy—get started early.

  1. Do your research. Figure out which university you’d like to take a class at—it could be another university in Halifax, the university in your hometown, a distance course from across the country or a term spent abroad.
  2. Look through the course calendar and timetable at the university you’d like to attend. If a course has ever been approved for transfer credit to King’s / Dalhousie, it will appear in the Transfer Credit Equivalency Database.
  3. Print the following Letter of Permission form, or pick one up at the Registrar’s Office, and read it carefully:
  4. If your course is listed in the Transfer Equivalency Database, simply  fill out the form and bring it to the King’s Registrar’s Office.
  5. If your course doesn’t appear in the database, you will need to provide a copy of the class calendar description and syllabus to the department at King’s or Dal that offers similar classes. If the department approves of the class, your form will be signed. Bring it to the King’s Registrar’s Office for processing.
  6. Once you receive a copy of your form, apply to the other institution as a Visiting Student and send them a copy of your approved Letter of Permission form.
  7. Register for your class; check the university’s website or contact their Registrar’s Office for info on how to register.
  8. Request official transcripts be sent to the King’s Registrar’s Office, so we can list your grade on your record.