Virtual support for your transition to Carleton University

At Carleton, our community has mobilized to ensure that you have everything you need to successfully begin your studies from a distance. This includes the movement of our unparalleled package of transition and academic support services to high-quality online formats.

We encourage all future Ravens to register for the new CU 1001 program. Offered through the Student Experience Office, CU 1001 is a free, online mini-course experience that provides new students with a focused introduction to the Carleton community.

There are also a number of new and expanded online resources for you to take advantage of this summer and throughout your first year at Carleton.

Supports/ Course Offerings and Descriptions Start Date End Date Registration Information Website Link
Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) Learning Support:

  • Workshops/webinars
  • One-on-one learning support sessions



Summer: May 2021

Fall: September  2021

Winter: January 2022

Summer: August 2021

Fall: December 2021

Winter: April 2022


Learning Support:
Various dates – please check the website

Writing Services 

  • Workshops/webinars
  • One-on-one writing consultation sessions
  • Academic Writing for English Language Learners (ELLs)
Summer: May 2021

Fall: September  2021

Winter: January 2021

Summer: August 2021

Fall: December 2021

Winter: April 2021

FREE Writing Services:
Various dates – please check the website
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

  • Workshops
  • Office Hours
Fall: September  20, 2021

Winter: January 17, 2022

Fall: December 10, 2021

Winter: April 8, 2021

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Welcome to FASS course:
The course introduces the university, and FASS. You will learn how to navigate Carleton services, meet some of your fellow students, and have an opportunity to develop useful learning strategies to help you in your transition to university. Topics covered include procrastination (and how to avoid this trap), academic success (including how to read and take notes; study tips and goal setting), self-care (how to look out for your physical and mental health during the Fall) and online learning success. The course is facilitated by FASS student ambassadors and features presentations by faculty and students, in an interactive learning environment.
August 23, 2021 August 27, 2021 FREE
Engineering and Design

Foundations for Engineering
An online course designed to help new students prepare for their first-year engineering courses by reviewing key concepts from high school.This course will offer self-paced learning modules, practice problems, quizzes, and weekly virtual drop-in hours with an upper-year Engineering scholar (peer tutor) to ensure that new students are knowledgeable in Math and Physics concepts that are key for first-year engineering course success.
By August 10, 2021 Course will remain accessible to students for Fall and Winter FREE New students can expect to receive an email in mid-August with instructions on how to access the course.

New First Year Engineering Students website:

Elsie MacGill Learning Centre
Free tutoring for first year engineering students offered by peer scholars. Scholars can assist with explaining course content or assisting with homework problems for any first-year engineering course (including MATH, CHEM, and PHYS).
Starting September 15, 2021 Ongoing for Fall and Winter FREE Students will receive an email invitation to their email account to join the EMLC tutoring portal in early September.
Faculty of Science



CHEM Matters:
Is a weeklong course that emphasizes the importance of chemistry fundamentals and is designed to help prepare students coming into CHEM 1001.
August 30, 2021 September 3, 2021 Registration for CHEM Matters will open early June with your time ticket. For fees consult website.
MATH Matters:
A one-week refresher course for first-year students entering degree programs at Carleton with a math component.
August 23, 2021 August 27, 2021 Registration for MATH Matters will open in June with your time tickets. FREE and PAID options are offered (consult website).
COMP Matters:
A one-week course for first-year students developing and practicing problem solving skills in a computer science context. Study skills, in general, would also be covered to round out the content.
August 9, 2021 August 20, 2021 Registration for COMP Matters will open in June with your time ticket. For fees consult website.
Summer Match Up Program:
Pairs incoming students in the Faculty of Science with an upper-year mentor in the summer before their first year of study at Carleton.
June 15, 2021 September 15, 2021 FREE
Peer Mentoring Program:
SSSC mentors work with students on an individual basis or in small groups to help them define and achieve their academic, career and social goals.
September 13, 2021 April 13, 2021 FREE
Career Exploration Networking Events:
This event is hosted in partnerships with the Student Science Success Centre partners with the Career and Co-op Office and the Alumni Office.
Various dates – check website Various dates – check website FREE
Research and Healthcare Related Workshops:
A series of workshops the explores to career opportunities in the areas of research and healthcare fields.
Various dates – check website Various dates – check website FREE
Job Shadow Program-Science:
This is a unique opportunity for career exploration and to learn about career fields of interest by visiting a professional (job shadow mentor) in their workplace environment.
Winter Winter FREE
Recognized Study Groups:
Students receive Co-Curricular Record credit for studying with other students in your Faculty of Science courses.
Fall and Winter Fall and Winter FREE
Sprott School of Business

Build your Business Skills
Sign up for BUSI 1800! Complement your academic foundations with Business skills.
Ongoing Ongoing
BUSI 4800: Sprott Student Consulting Group II
Are you a motivated and ambitious student looking to acquire practical experience, expand their professional networks, and enhance their management and leadership skills? The Sprott Student Consulting Group is for you! The SSCG is a student-run consulting firm that works with real organizations to address their business needs. You can participate in the SSCG through volunteering or working for course credit (0.5)  in BUSI 4800: Student Consulting Group II.In order to qualify for the course, you must be an undergraduate student with fourth year standing and a minimum 6.5 CGPA. Please contact your program academic advisor to discuss your eligibility for the course. We look forward to working with you!
Ongoing Ongoing Visit to learn more about our group, and complete an application to be part of team.
Sprott Learning Pods:
Sprott students can get CCR credit and get recognized for their experience collaborating with their peers outside of the classroom. Register your Learning Pod and begin collaborating with your peers.
Ongoing Ongoing Please see website for more information.
Sprott Connects:
This summer, get virtually connected with an upper year Sprott student with Sprott Connects, while still practicing social distancing!Sprott Connects will help you get familiar with the Sprott community over the summer months whether you are in Ottawa, somewhere else in Canada, or all the way around the world.
Ongoing Ongoing Please see website for more information.
Faculty of Public Affairs  Welcome to FPA: Peer-to-Peer Connections
A week-long series of events that focuses on the challenges associated with the transition to a university environment. This initiative will include specific sessions dedicated to each of FPA’s units. All sessions will be led by upper-year FPA student Ambassadors in that particular FPA unit. The focus will be the first-year experience, strategies for a successful first term, and the balance between academics and university life within specific programs. Each session will conclude by highlighting the university supports available.
August 9, 2021 August 13, 2021 FREE
The Student Experience Office

Academic Orientation Day (AOD)
Academic Orientation Day is a mandatory introductory event for all new undergraduate students. AOD welcomes students to their fields of study, connects them with faculty, staff, and their peers, and provides essential information for the start of their academic journey.

AOD will follow a blended formatted that includes an interactive Brightspace course that compliments a virtual live event hosted by departments and faculties.

Brightspace Course on Sept 1, 2021

Virtual events are September 7, 2021

CU 1001- Your Start to Student Life at Carleton
The CU 1001 program is a free online bundled mini course experience that provides new students with a focused introduction to the Carleton community.CU 1001 includes modules that explore the 5 Success Pillars: Academics, Finances, Campus Life, Wellness and Employability through videos, presentations and other digital elements as well as optional portals for students to learn about the five Carleton Faculties.

Ravens Talks Web sessions with our student leaders and staff will also be available as an opportunity to ask any questions and connect with the Carleton community ​members.

July 5, 2021 N/A FREE (Registration is Live)
First Year Connections (FYC)
The First Year Connections program is a free peer-to-peer mentoring program for new and first year students at Carleton.FYC matches new students with upper year trained mentors from a similar academic program for the first 6 weeks of the fall semester.FYC will be offered virtually through MS Teams, to continue to support students with their transition to Carleton.
September 1, 2021 October 24, 2021 FREE
Registration is currently open
The International Student Services Office (ISSO)

I-Start: International Student Orientation
I-Start is the international orientation program designed for all new international students. In this free online mini-course, students will receive resources and information to help them transition successfully to student life at Carleton and in Canada. Students will also have access to live content, including Immigration Question and Answer webinars for new students and online chats with current international students. 
Online Course: July 21, 2021 April 29, 2022 FREE
International Welcome Week
The International Welcome Week brings together new members of Carleton’s international community through a week of virtual events aimed at helping them succeed. Students will learn about campus and Ottawa resources, learn tips and tricks for success from current students and professional staff, and socialize with other new international students. 
Virtual Events: August 30, 2021 September 3, 2021 FREE
Global PALS
The Global PALS (Peer Advisors Lending Support) Program provides incoming and current international students with the opportunity to connect with an upper year or graduate student who can provide insights and support as students navigate the social, cultural, and academic transition to life at Carleton University and in Ottawa.
July 2021 April 2021 FREE

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