Still Time to Apply

Although the deadline for international students was April 1 for most programs, please note that we are still accepting new applications for September 2021, dependent on availability. Students still exploring university options should apply as soon as possible to be considered for their first choice program. (See list of programs with firm early deadlines.)

Accepting Offers

As your students make decisions about university, please remind them that accepting an offer of admission to Carleton will secure their spot in the program. There is no financial commitment required when accepting an offer, and we don’t require final grades or exam results if they’re not yet available. If students are interested in joining Carleton University in September, they need to accept offers of admission by the date indicated on the offer letter.

What About Grades and Documents?

Students should supply up to date transcripts and documents as soon as they’re available. We understand that many schools have been impacted by cancellations or delays, as well as adjusted assessment procedures. We consider all applications on a case by case basis, and are working with students to ensure we are taking into account their individual circumstances. If you wish to provide students with documentation from the school with relevant contextual information, they can upload that along with their results. You can also let students know they can get a speedier decision if they upload required documents to their application directly in our Carleton 360 portal. (Watch: How to upload your documents).

Timeline - What’s Next?

  • As soon as possible – accept any offer of admission
  • May – attend CU at Home series, and discover the excitement of university life!
  • Early June – accept on campus residence offers and pay residence deposit
  • Late June/early July – prepare class schedule using our timetabling tool, and register for classes (see important registration dates and deadlines)
  • July – Pay tuition for first semester
  • July – Sign up for Fall Orientation and I-Start (sessions for international students)
  • September – Residence move-in (if applicable)
  • September – Attend Fall Orientation

Students Can Connect

We’re here to help – there are lots of ways students can connect with us – through booking a 1:1 appointment with our International Admissions Officers, a daily live chat or by email

A Fall 2021 Update

As vaccinations continue to roll out across Canada, Carleton is planning for a safe and gradual return to campus in fall 2021. This includes plans for in-person courses and activities on campus in the fall. We will also have online options to allow for maximum flexibility for students. Large classes will continue online for fall 2021, but we hope to offer a significant proportion of small and medium-sized classes (under 60 students), labs and tutorials in person or in a blended format. Information on whether courses are being offered in-person and online learning for fall 2021 will be available in May 2021, in advance of course registration in June. We will provide more information as the situation continues to evolve.


For questions, please contact Rob Finlayson:


International Admissions and Recruitment

315 Robertson Hall
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada