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Check application deadlines and requirements

Admission requirements vary by program. Please refer to the detailed admission requirements for your specific degree program and educational background.

The general application deadline for fall admission (September 2020 entry) is April 1, 2020.

Please note, some programs have earlier application deadlines and may also require portfolios or additional documents. Find out more about the programs with additional admission requirements.


The deadline to apply for winter admission (January 2020 entry) is November 15, 2019. Only a limited number of programs permit entry in the winter term. Please see the January Admissions webpage for program availability.

Applications may be received after these deadlines with no guarantee that they will be processed in time for the session requested.

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Apply online and track application

You can apply directly to Carleton University by completing our online International Student Application (processing fee: $100 CAD).

If you are applying to several Ontario universities, the best way is to use the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) online application, and select Carleton as one of your choices.

  • Base application fee charged by the OUAC: $166 CAD
  • Admission processing fee charged by the OUAC on behalf of Carleton University: $67.25 CAD
  • Fee for each university/program choice beyond the initial base three university choices: $50 CAD

Within five days of submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledging that we received your application. This email will contain your MyCarletonOne (MC1) username and password, along with details on how to check the status of your application on our student portal—Carleton Central.

If we are missing documents or need more information to process your application, we will post this information on Carleton Central. Be sure to check your application frequently and contact us with any questions you may have.


Send in additional documentation before deadlines

Submit official/original transcript(s) from high school and of any post-secondary studies completed. Documents should be sent directly from the institutions to the following address:
Admissions Services
Carleton University
315 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
Fax: 613-520-3517

If you’re applying to a program with specific application requirements, you’ll also be required to provide additional documentation to support your application.

If you are sending paper documents, it may take up to seven to 10 days for the document to appear on Carleton Central from the time it is received by Carleton University. Please do not send duplicate documents until you have confirmed with Admissions Services that additional copies are required.

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to prove your language proficiency.


Receive admission decision

You will view your offer package in Carleton Central by clicking on the View Offer Details link on the Application Summary page. Important information about your degree program, scholarship offer (if applicable), financial assistance, residence and more is included with your offer. Any conditions associated with your offer will appear in your offer letter. Please review the conditions carefully and contact us if you have any questions.


Accept your offer of admission and confirm residence

If you applied directly to Carleton University – If you receive an offer of admission and wish to accept, you need to do so by the date indicated on your offer letter in order to reserve your space in the program. Log in to Carleton Central and accept your offer on the Admission Offer Details page. Read and note any conditions identified in your offer.

If you applied through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre – To accept the offer of admission, go to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre’s website.

If you are admitted to first-year studies from high school on or before May 15, 2020 you will be offered a place in residence. If you received a first-year guaranteed offer of residence and would like to reserve your place, you must:

  • Accept your offer of admission to Carleton University;
  • Wait for your application status on Carleton Central to display “Applicant Acceptance”;
  • Confirm your offer of residence and pay the residence deposit on Carleton Central by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on June 8, 2020; and
  • Complete the residence information form.

If you do not receive a residence offer, you may apply by submitting a residence application to be included in the lottery for remaining spaces taking place on June 11, 2020. Visit the Housing website for more information.

It’s important to remember that most offers of admission are conditional. Make sure to review the information on how to maintain your conditional offer of admission.

Once you accept your offer of admission, the next thing to do is plan your registration.

Find out more about what to do after being admitted.

Contact Us

International Admissions
Carleton University
315 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6

Telephone: +1 613-520-2400


Chat with International Admissions

International students can chat live with a representative from International Admissions on Tuesdays (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) and Thursdays (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Note: the chat tool is accessible by clicking the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

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