Carleton University


Why choose study in Canada

Bilingual environment
Live in a bilingual environment Canada is a bilingual country which makes studying here an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills and boost your prospects for an interesting career. Coursework in French and English is an integral part of Canada’s educational system, which enriches its cultural and community life.

Gain work experience in Canada after you graduate
The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is an excellent way to continue to live in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.

Enjoy an excellent quality of life According to QS World University Rankings
Three Canadian cities, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, made the list of the top 50 student cities. The ranking was based on several criteria, including affordability, the diversity of the student population, and employers’ perception of graduates on the job market. Canada boasts an enviable quality of life, with a cost of living (e.g., housing, transportation, tuition) that is lower than in other countries, such as the US, France and the UK, and offers safety, stability and respect for the rights of individuals and communities.

Have an enriching cultural experience
Canada has a highly diverse population resulting in a rich and vibrant cultural scene. To begin exploring what Canada has to offer, visit each province’s tourism website. Below are a few recommended experiences that should not be missed. Enjoy the sounds of the Montreal International Jazz Festival: A must for music lovers, this world-renowned event brings together over 3,000 artists from some 30 countries every year.
More than 2 million festivalgoers flood the city’s streets for the 1,000 concerts on offer! Don a pair of cowboy boots for the Calgary Stampede: The Calgary Stampede is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. In the space of just a few weeks, the city becomes one big party, with its residents dressed as cowboys, its buildings and storefronts decorated with western flair, and barbecue and pancake breakfasts served everywhere. Take in a hockey match: Hockey is to Canada what soccer is to Europe. It’s more than a national sport; it’s practically a religion! Canada has seven national hockey teams (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa). To truly experience the frenzy over hockey, you need to watch a match during the playoffs, which generally take place around May. Indulge in some poutine: This perfect blend of French fries, gravy and cheese curds is a treat enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at any time of day or night. Several Canadian cities even hold an annual Poutine Week! Visit a sugar shack: Mid-march to mid-April is the sugaring-off season in Quebec, when sap (also called maple water) is harvested to make maple syrup. To sample all sorts of treats made with this wonderful product, nothing beats a visit to a sugar shack, a festive place to eat, dance and put on a few pounds!

Discover the country’s natural beauty Canada is an extremely vast country
Its surface area is 14 times larger than that of France. It offers a multitude of magnificent landscapes that can be explored throughout the country’s four distinct seasons. Many Canadians complain about the country’s harsh winters, but the cold season provides an opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings. Here are just some of the most scenic places to visit: the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, the impressive fjords of the Saguenay and the Percé Rock of the Gaspé in Quebec, the fascinating Rockies and Lake Louise in Alberta, Niagara Falls in Ontario, Jasper National Park also in Alberta and Whistler Mountain in British Columbia. From the sea to its mountains, prairies and forests, Canada is an endless source of natural beauty! For international students, very few places offer the advantages that Canada does. Its universities, among the best in the world, are at the heart of its rich and diverse culture.

Canada is a country with an excellent standard of living and where there are many opportunities to get some experience in your field of studies. As a bilingual, safe and welcoming place, Canada won’t disappoint students who are looking to broaden their horizons.

University Overview

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. 

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 is 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 is 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 is 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 is undergraduate programmes while maintaining high entrance standards, and created new academic programming and start-up facilities for budding entrepreneurs.

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 of any post-secondary studies completed. If students are applying to a programme with specific application requirements, they will also be required to provide additional documentation to support their application.
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), financial assistance, 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.


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


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 is 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.


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 is 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 is 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 is 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.

What is new

Carleton University is 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 is calibre, i i 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 is 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 is Department of Psychology. His research specialty is the neurophysiological and cognitive bases of visual perception.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 - Rank: 601st

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 651st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 501st

Overall Cost of Living


Average Private Rent




Overall Cost of Living Value

CAD$ 11.751

Average Private Rent Value

CAD$ 5.250

Undergraduate Value

CAD$ 28.770

Entrance Scholarships for American and International High School Students

CAN $1,000 - CAN $4,000 per year

If you have been admitted to Carleton with an admission average of 80 percent or better and meet language requirements, you will automatically be considered for a renewable entrance scholarship. The admission average we use is calculated from the marks submitted by your high school in support of your application. Entrance scholarships are offered for fall entry only.  You may be offered a renewable entrance scholarship provided you are entering Carleton for the first time and have no previous attendance at post secondary educational institutions. Scholarships are renewable with an annual GPA of 10.0 (A- standing). Admission Average: 80 - 84.9% the value is CAN $1,000; 85 - 89.9% the value is CAN $2,000; 90 - 94.9% the value is CAN $3,000; 95 - 100% the value is CAN $4,000.

All international, United States

Merit Scholarships

CAN $1,000 - CAN $12,000 per year

These scholarships are based on your academic grades of your previous degree and are available for top-quality students. Recommendations for these scholarships are made by your department during the application per year.

All international

When you submit your application for admission to Carleton, you are automatically considered for funding and if you are eligible, you will be notified in your Offer of Admission and Funding.