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  • Locations: Halifax, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: Office of the Provost Department/School: Office of International Programs
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program Majors: ALL MAJORS
Student Level: Pre-Freshman Applicant Restrictions: Invited Pre-Freshmen may apply
Maximum Number of Participants: 14 Contact: Korbin Dimmick,
Program Description:

*Students will not be able to apply online. In order to apply to this program, invited pre-freshmen must follow the application instructions outlined below.

Pre-Freshman Program in Nova Scotia, Canada


Welcome to Auburn University! In recognition of your outstanding academic achievement, you are part of a group of students invited to join Dr. Andrew Gillespie, Assistant Provost for International Programs, on the Pre-Freshman Program in Nova Scotia, Canada, this July 19-25, 2017. This one-week program has been designed to give you the opportunity to meet new friends while visiting one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces by the Atlantic Ocean.

Consisting of a peninsula and offshore islands, Nova Scotia is home to puffins and seals, and popular for water sports like kayaking. The Bay of Fundy, with its famous tides, is a whale-watching destination. Halifax, the capital, is known for its lively waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens. As part of the learning experience of this program, the group will visit a variety of locations that provide first-hand insights to the culture and environment of this beautiful region. Enjoy a guided tour of Halifax, climb aboard boat rides to see puffins and whales, sharpen your historical knowledge by seeing sites in Fort Anne and Port-Royal, and experience Acadian, Gaelic, and Celtic heritage in Grand-Pre and Cape Breton. All of this and more is waiting for you in Nova Scotia! 

PF.Spain.GillespieThe cost of this program $2,250 and includes tuition for two elective credit hours, room and most meals, in-country transportation, educational materials, guest lecturers, sessions with local experts, and cultural activities.

International airfare is NOT included – this cost is approximately $700-800, depending on the airline. Students will return to the U.S. prior to Auburn residence hall move-in day. If interested in Band Camp, Rush, or other special activities, please verify the date that you must arrive at Auburn University.

The program is open to 14 incoming pre-freshmen (students who are starting their freshman year in fall semester 2017).

The deadline for applying to this program is April 25, 2017, and the application is located at the link below.  


  • All incoming fall 2017 Auburn University freshman are eligible to apply.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.


All invited students interested in participating must complete an application packet: 2017 PreFreshman Application.pdf

Please make checks payable to Auburn University and specify "Pre-Freshman Canada" in the memo section of the check. Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program. Checks will only be cashed if the student is accepted into the program.

Send all forms and deposit (postmarked April 25, 2017) to:


2017 Pre-Freshman Program
c/o Deborah Weiss, Director
Auburn Abroad
Office of International Programs
243 Foy Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5159


  • 25 April 2017: Postmarked application and $50 deposit to hold space (deposit will be applied to program cost).
  • 28 April 2017: Notification of acceptance and billing
  • 12 May 2017: Program fees due
  • 19 July 2017: Program begins in Nova Scotia (meet program staff in airport in Halifax – pickup and transport to orientation)
  • 25 July 2017: Program ends in Nova Scotia, depart to airport and to U.S.
Payment and Withdrawal dates:
Full Payment due 60 days prior to program start date.
No refund if withdraw from program 30 days prior to program start date.

PROGRAM COSTSNS.HalifaxNighttime

Cost of $2,250 includes tuition for two credit hours (on fall course schedule), on-site orientation in Halifax, welcome dinner, room and most meals, in-country land transportation and guides, all educational materials, guest lecturers, and cultural activities throughout the program including all guided tours.

International airfare to and from Canada is NOT included – the estimated cost is $700 - $800.

All students should plan to bring $200 for personal spending money.


INTL 1977 Special Topics:  “The Context of Sustainability - National, Municipal, and Community Choices in Renewable Energy and Resources” (2 credit hours)

Historical and contemporary sustainability and energy issues are examined in the context of Nova Scotia and Canada through differing cultures, environments, and trading issues. Note: This course will show up on your Fall 2017 transcript.


If interested, students can count this course as elective credits toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies as a substitute for an approved elective in the areas of Environment or Social Justice. Because INTL 1977 is for 2 credits, it would need to be combined with a one-credit course of the student's choice in order to make a regular 3-credit elective toward the minor. Some one-credit options are listed on the Sustainability Studies Minor website. Another option is UNIV 1100: First Year Seminar - Live Green, Save Green (2 credits). This course is part of a variety of Learning Communities, but other students can also take it if there is room.


Students will stay in hotels throughout Nova Scotia. All excursions will be during the day, with return to the designated housing at night.


Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Andrew Gillespie of Auburn University and lecturers from Nova Scotia will discuss the energy issues and responses in the area and explore the rich culture of this specific region of Canada. Nova Scotia has the kind of livable charm that inspires visitors to picture themselves here for the long term – fresh breezes, open spaces, historical interests, and a thriving economy. The tentative itinerary begins and ends in Halifax, and includes overnight journeys to Baddeck and Annapolis Royal.



If you do not have a PASSPORT, please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

Thanks to generous donations through Tiger Giving Day, Auburn Abroad is pleased to support first-generation students by providing funds to cover the cost of a passport. For more information, please contact Auburn Abroad staff and visit the following page:

VISA REGULATION: U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program. Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements.


Please contact:

Korbin Dimmick
Auburn Abroad
Office of International Programs

This program is currently not accepting applications.