About us

Internationalization is an integral part of Carleton University’s mission, strategic focus and an essential component of the university’s institutional fabric and fundamental character.   Carleton has a unique ability to give a voice to diverse peoples and communities, and to address nation-building challenges and opportunities worldwide.

Carleton is a University with an international outlook.  10% of our undergraduates and 15.7% of our graduate students are international students. These students come from over 140 countries. We also host over 100 visiting scholars annually, from over 30 countries. We have MOUs that include research partnerships in 64 countries – and many of our faculty are actively engaged in research collaboration projects beyond our existing agreements. Carleton continues to build on its solid foundation  by growing its international activities including international enrollments, visiting scholars, international research centres and international partnerships among others.

The office of the Associate Vice-President (Research and International) provides strategic direction for Carleton International research activities. In support of the university Strategic Integrated Plan, the AVPRI enables international partnerships, research collaborations and connects our faculty to worldwide research opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • Located in the Canada’s capital, Carleton is Canada’s Capital University.
  • Population: 28,297 students (24,554 undergraduate, 3,735 graduate)
  • 859 faculty, 1,090 professional staff, 126,000 alumni
  • More than 50 areas of study and 85 specialized research centres
  • 185 new start-up companies since 2010


World class research

  • 55.3 Million in sponsored research funding
  • 1,000 plus research projects underway
  • 24 Canada Research Chairs
  • 7 Endowed Chairs
  • 28 Royal Society Fellows
  • 5 Members of the College of New Scholars, Artist and Scientists
  • 18 recipients of the Order of Canada
  • 7 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • 3 Killam Prize and Fellowship Awards

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Strategic Objectives

  • To offer an exceptional educational experience, including opportunities for all students to gain the knowledge, skills and intercultural competencies required to contribute as active citizens in the global community, and the support services necessary to help student realize their international aspirations.
  • To strengthen our reputation as globally-engaged university through the development and stewardship of strategic and sustainable academic, research and exchange partnerships and the leveraging of our location in the global capital city.
  • To increase our capacity to engage in academic, research, and training opportunities, partnerships and consultancies that will extend the University’s global reach, reinforce the Carleton value proposition, and strengthen our ability to attract and retain global talent.
  • To foster a campus culture that support and promotes internationalization, global learning and intercultural awareness and cooperation.
  • To ensure that appropriate institutional support structures and governance models are in place to facilitate the successful implementation of the internationalization agenda and to design and implement tracking processes and practices necessary to assess progress towards meeting our international goals.

Departments within OVPRI

Carleton Office for Research Initiatives and Services (CORIS) Animal Ethics and Biohazards
Industry and Partnership Services (IPS) Human Research Ethics
Research Communications Carleton International