International Students

Why Carleton?

  • Our students get jobs. Graduate with several items on your CV and your career already in motion.
  • Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Find your place among the world’s leading professionals, majestic landscapes and culturally-diverse communities.
  • Automatic scholarships. High performing students admitted directly from high school are automatically considered for entrance scholarships.
  • Inclusive and caring campus. Get the personalized support you need to be successful at university and beyond. We can’t wait to meet you!

Flexible Programs

Are you interested in…

  • Sustainability and environment
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • New technologies and big data
  • Creativity and design
  • International and global issues
  • Helping people and social justice
  • Communications and media

There are countless ways to build your degree around your interests, including adding a minor, concentration, double major, or more. Experiential learning opportunities mean you can learn by doing and apply your knowledge in real-world contexts. 

Admission Requirements

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Why Carleton?

Located in Ottawa, Canada’s scenic capital, Carleton University offers opportunities students won’t find anywhere else. Carleton consistently ranks in the Top 5 among comprehensive universities in Canada. Join the 4500+ international students from over 150 countries who are studying at Carleton University. Our application process is simple and fully online.

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Costs and Scholarships

Here’s how much you can expect to pay in a year at Carleton University, as well the cost of tuition by program. Yes! International students are eligible to receive Carleton University’s automatic entrance scholarships, and can also apply for Prestige Scholarships – our highest awards.


Student Residence

All international students entering directly from high school are automatically offered a room in one of our 11 on-campus residence buildings if they receive an offer by May 12. Hungry? Residence also comes with unlimited meals in our residence buffet-style cafeteria.

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English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to show that you studied in an English language school full time for the past three years OR obtained a required score in one of our many accepted English Language (ESL) tests.


Study and Work Permits

Carleton University is authorized by the Government of Canada to host international students. Our expert staff will help you navigate the process of applying for a study permit to begin your studies and for work permits to work in Canada while you study and after you graduate.

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