Carleton University


Based in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Carleton University was founded in 1942 and has consistently built on its desire to provide a high-quality education for its students. With a focus on hands-on learning and innovative research, Carleton leaves students feeling ready to make the step up into the world of work.

The University has been increasing in size throughout the last ten years and now features a diverse international student population from 140 countries worldwide.

The Career Services team at Carleton can help students with any issues they may be having with finding a job in Canada. From drop-in career coaching sessions and support with networking, all the way to interview preparation and CV guidance, they are happy to help students with their job search in any way possible.

The University prides itself on its excellent selection of student support services. It awarded over CAD 19 million in financial aid to its students in the 2017-2018 academic year, and it also offers academic development workshops, writing support, dedicated fitness programmes and a variety of counselling services, too.

Carleton’s scenic riverside campus is based just south of the city centre in Ottawa, with on-campus accommodation which holds over 3,600 students.

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What’s new

What’s new

Carleton University’s Board of Governors announced the appointment of Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon as its 15th President and Vice-Chancellor. The appointment of Dr. Bacon follows an international search process that engaged hundreds of internal and external constituents at Carleton and in the Ottawa community.

“On behalf of the Carleton University community, I am very pleased that our comprehensive search process identified a leader of Benoit’s calibre,’’ said Chris Carruthers, chair of the Board of Governors.

“As Carleton positions itself to respond to a changing university sector and increased competition, Benoit will play a critical leadership role in leading the organisation and supporting our students, faculty and staff. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Benoit and welcome him to the Carleton community.”

An accomplished teacher, researcher and academic administrator, Dr. Bacon will assume his leadership role at Carleton from Queen’s University where he currently serves as Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Dr. Bacon will assume a tenured appointment at the rank of professor in Carleton’s Department of Psychology. His research specialty is the neurophysiological and cognitive bases of visual perception.

Faculties & schools

Faculties & schools

The Faculties and School from which prospective undergraduate students can pursue their education at Carleton University include:

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Carleton University’s FASS provides students with a welcoming and supportive learning environment that promotes independent thought and academic excellence, ultimately training leading citizens of the world.

Faculty of Engineering and Design

As one of Canada’s leading institutions in the study and research of engineering, architecture, industrial design, and information technology, Carleton provides students with an environment that is challenging, diverse and flexible.

Faculty of Public Affairs

The Faculty of Public Affairs brings together diverse academic units that prepare graduates to address regional and global challenges with the aim of fostering informed citizenship and building better societies. These graduates are leaders in fields such as politics, media and communications, economics, international relations, and law.

Faculty of Science

This Faculty is a thriving community of scholars, researchers and teachers with a passion for learning and exchanging ideas. With hands-on research in first year labs to a dedicated Science Student Success Centre, this Faculty offers exciting opportunities to create, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge.

Sprott School of Business

Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business has undergone tremendous change and growth over the last 10 years and more. This School values creativity, connectedness and caring, and has received accreditation by two international bodies, achieved growth in the University’s undergraduate programmes while maintaining high entrance standards, and created new academic programming and start-up facilities for budding entrepreneurs.



There are 22 undergraduate programmes at Carleton University including:

Commerce (Business) or International Business

The Bachelor of Commerce provides a complete business education, with eight concentrations, and options for co-op, study abroad and/or a minor in another subject. The Bachelor of International Business is also a unique degree that spans the study of business, language, and builds cross-cultural skills.

Communication and Media Studies, Journalism, or Media Production and Design

Carleton offers several programs focussing on aspects of understanding the ever-changing mediascape, and how media, information, and public engagement intersect. These programs prepare students for the exciting challenges facing journalists and communications professionals.

Computer Science

Computers and computer systems play a central role in business, communication, science, entertainment and medicine. As the range of computer applications continues to expand, so does the demand for computer scientists. This ever-changing discipline studies the theory, design and implementation of computer applications and systems.


Carleton prepares students for a successful career as an engineer by combining rigorous programmes and a highly supportive learning environment with practical, hands-on experience. The 13 streams offered cover a broad range of engineering activities, including the design of aircraft, software, telecommunications systems, medical devices or environmental solutions to pollution.

Science and Health Science (BHSc)

Labs, tutorials, field courses and seminars are conducted in small classes, resulting in personalized interactions with professors, lab supervisors and fellow students. An early emphasis on experimenting is a key component of science at Carleton. Carleton’s BHSc is a wide-ranging and career-focused programme that provides students the skills required to succeed in the rapidly changing worlds of medicine, biomedical research and healthcare research.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International students who are applying for the undergraduate programmes at Carleton University have to meet certain criteria. High school graduation is the normal minimum level of study to be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program at Carleton University. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission.

There are specific prerequisite subjects for the various undergraduate programmes, the necessary minimum requirements of which will only establish the eligibility of an applicant to be considered for admission to the degree programme. Students are expected to present a minimum overall average and minimum prerequisite average, depending on the programme for which they apply. They can refer to the Ontario High School Admissions Chart for minimum cut-off ranges. The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a programme by programme basis.

Proof of English language proficiency is also required for all degrees. Students can demonstrate their English language proficiency by providing an approved English language test score, or by presenting official transcripts indicating they have studied for the last three years (full-time) in a high school, college or university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which the primary language is English and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was exclusively English.

How to apply

How to apply

The following are the steps through which students can apply for a degree at Carleton University:

1) Check application deadlines and requirements

Admission requirements and deadlines vary by programme. Students must refer to the detailed admissions requirements for their specific degree programme for their educational background.

2) Apply online and track application

Students can apply directly to Carleton University by completing its online International Student Application, at a cost of CAD 100 for processing fee, or through the central Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC).

3) Send in supporting documentation before deadlines

Students must submit official/original transcript(s) from high school and any post-secondary studies completed. If students are applying to a programme with supplemental requirements, they will also be required to provide the portfolio/audition/documents as indicated for that programme.

4) Receive admission decision

Students will view their offer package on their Carleton online profile. Important information about their degree programme, scholarship offer (if applicable), residence, documentation for study permit application and more is included with the offer.

5) Accept the Offer of Admission and confirm residence

If students have received an Offer of Admission and wish to accept, they need to do so by the date indicated on their offer letter in order to reserve their space in the programme.



Carleton University has one of the most generous scholarship and bursary programs in Canada. Last year, more than 11,900 scholarships and bursaries, totaling over CAD $19 million, were awarded to undergraduate students including:

Entrance Scholarships

Students applying directly from high school who are admitted to Carleton with an admissions average of 80% or better are automatically considered for the merit-based renewable Entrance Scholarships.

Prestige Scholarships

Carleton’s highest awards are the 24 Prestige Scholarships. For all consideration, students must have an admission average of 90% or more. The selection committee assesses applications on the range of student’s community, leadership, and secondary school activities for these scholarships.

Additional Entrance Scholarships

  • Faculty of Engineering and Design Scholarships

Up to 60 scholarships, valued at CAD 1,000 to CAD 5,000, will be awarded to the top students who are entering selected Bachelor of Engineering programmes.

  • Collins Memorial Entrance Scholarships for Earth Sciences

Two or more scholarships, valued at CAD 1,000 to CAD 4,000 will be awarded to students entering the first year of an Earth Sciences programme, in addition to other Entrance Scholarships.

  • Sprott School of Business Scholarships

Apart from the other Entrance Scholarships, the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship of Excellence, valued at CAD 2,000 or CAD 4,000, will be awarded to the top students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Commerce programme.

  • Bachelor of Global and International Studies Award of Excellence for ICP Graduates

Two awards, valued at CAD 500 each, will be given annually to outstanding students who have completed an International Certificate Programme (ICP) in Canada and are entering the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) programme at Carleton University.

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“Canada is a wonderful country. It embraces diversity & is very welcoming to international students.”Anjola Studied Biomedical and Electrical Engineering

Updated: May 2, 2019 — 8:35 am

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