We intend for a full return to campus for the Fall 2021 term, and we look forward to welcoming students back to an in-person learning environment. COVID-19 still poses risks to our community, and we continue to enforce our required safety protocols. Please continue to follow our mask policy and perform a daily symptom check.
New students are encouraged to visit our Welcome Week website and register for New Student Orientation. In New Student Orientation (September 5-7), you'll meet new people, have fun, and get acquainted with the services and resources available to help you succeed this year.
Information below is current as of July 12, 2021. Changes and adjustments may be implemented based on Nova Scotia health directives.
On-campus activities requiring in person delivery that cannot be modified for virtual instruction. Delivery of these activities will be adjusted to comply with public health guidelines and physical distance requirements.
A flexible course structure that combines elements of both classroom-based and virtual learning. Students will have the option of attending course components in the classroom or virtually. There are two formats:
Scheduled Instruction (HS)
Virtual Instruction will have specific “live” class times as noted in the course timetable for lectures and other activities. Pace of course content delivery, in addition to required assignments and on-going assessment will be consistent across both virtual and classroom-based environments.
Unscheduled Instruction (HU)
Virtual Instruction will be unscheduled allowing students to participate primarily on their own schedule. Pace of course content delivery, in addition to required assignments and on-going assessment will be consistent across both virtual and classroom-based environments. These courses will provide flexible options for students who wish to study online and/or who will be residing outside the province in time zones that would make it difficult for them to align with courses scheduled in the Atlantic Time Zone.
Virtual courses will take place entirely online. There are two forms:
Scheduled instruction (VS)
These courses offer specific “live” class times as noted in the course timetable for lectures and other activities. Faculty and instructors also have the flexibility to integrate additional online activities directly with the class and/or individual students.
Unscheduled instruction (VU)
Virtual instruction providing students with the flexibility to complete a course based primarily on their own schedule. These courses will provide flexible options for students who wish to study online and/or who will be residing outside the province in time zones that would make it difficult for them to align with courses scheduled in the Atlantic Time Zone.
We're here to support you. Many of our services now include online options, and we've added new recreational activities.
Book a medical appointment with a doctor at the campus medical clinic.
Speak to a counselor or connect with peer support and local wellness resources.
Get the facts on campus regulations and how you can enjoy alcohol and cannabis safely.
Understand what consent means and how you can have a healthy relationship.
Discover local options for celebrating your religion or beliefs.
Connect with resources for food assistance and healthy eating.
Learn about residence options, room placement, and becoming a Resident Assistant.
Browse meal options, dietary information, and special events at Wheelock Dining Hall.
Make friends, make a difference, and follow your passions with over 80 clubs and societies.
Play the sports you love and find new friends in these recreational campus leagues.
Play hard and have fun in sports that range from recreational to competitive.
Enjoy alcohol socially and help keep others safe. All students are encouraged to join.
Learn about Acadia's Harassment & Discrimination Policy and how you can request help.
For those that have experienced such violence, or are standing by someone who has, find out how Acadia can help you in this area.
Learn about the judicial process for students who violate university policies.
We're here to support you. We're adapting our services to continue safely serving you throughout the year.
Updated July 12
Travellers entering Canada and Nova Scotia are subject to rules and regulations put forth by the Federal Government of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Government of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Public Health. The rules and regulations may vary from traveller to traveller and are largely based on your citizenship status and origin of travel.
While Acadia University makes every effort to keep this page up-to-date, we strongly encourage all travelers to continue to monitor government travel policies as regulations may change frequently:
Please continue to monitor Nova Scotia Public Health's COVID-19 website. Remember to regularly monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested even if you are asymptomatic.
Beginning July 5 at 11:59PM, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to complete the federal quarantine. If you arrive after July 5 and are not fully vaccinated with a Canadian-approved vaccine, you will continue to follow the existing Government protocols. Please visit the Government of Canada's website for fully vaccinated travellers for more information.
Beginning August 9, 2021, air travellers that are not completely vaccinated and arriving in Canada after 12:01 am, will not be required to book a 3-day federal quarantine hotel at the point of entry. You will be able to complete your full 14-day quarantine in Nova Scotia. International flights will be able to arrive directly to Halifax, so check your flights to see if you can book a direct flight to Halifax.
If you are fully vaccinated, the government will be implementing a surveillance program in the airports that allows for a randomized testing regime for fully vaccinated travellers.
As of July 5, 2021, Canadian travellers are allowed to enter Nova Scotia. Quarantine and testing requirements are based on vaccination status. Please visit the Government of Nova Scotia’s webpage to determine your quarantine and testing requirements.
As long as you remain in the province, you and your family member are required to follow the same guidelines as the student, whether you are an international or a Canadian traveller. The Nova Scotia COVID-19 travel guidelines page explains the most up-to-date guidance for travellers originating within Canada.
Currently, post-secondary study is considered essential travel. This designation extends to spouses, partners, and dependent children when travelling together with post-secondary students coming to study in Nova Scotia. If family members do not travel with the student to assist with moving to Nova Scotia, they will likely not be considered essential for travel and will not be granted a travel exemption. Visit the Government of Canada travel restrictions site to determine if you can travel separately from the student.
As long as you remain in the province, you and your family member are required to follow the same guidelines as the student, whether you are an international or a Canadian traveller.