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ESP/IESP Advising Bulletin: January 14, 2021

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Deadline for course changes: January 25

The deadline to request a change to this term’s courses is Monday, January 25 by 4:30 pm. You cannot change courses yourself, so you’ll want to make an appointment with an advisor right away for help. Email us if you have any trouble finding a time

Book an Advising Appointment now →

Apply for a Winter Bursary

ESP/IESP is happy to announce that we have a few winter bursaries available. These bursaries were established to help support students with workshop fees and educational expenses.

What: This is a bursary award of $1000 for this term. A bursary is a grant that is awarded based on financial need. Unlike loans, you do not need to repay bursaries. There are 6 bursaries available.

Who: This will be awarded to 6 current ESP/IESP students who are in need of financial assistance this term.

Criteria: Priority will be given to students with strong attendance and academic performance, and who have not received a Carleton University bursary this academic year.

Note: This bursary is intended for students who started ESP/IESP in the September. New January students should use the General Bursary Application in Carleton Central. Questions? Just ask!

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Apply to convert a grade to SAT deadline: January 31

The deadline to apply to convert a fall course grade to SAT is January 31. There’s a good FAQ about SAT and UNSAT grades here.

SAT/UNS grades are not used in the calculation of CGPA, which means that changes in academic performance due to the current pandemic will not affect your permanent record.

But how would that affect qualifying for a degree? 

Here’s what the university has told us about SAT/UNSAT grades and ESP/IESP admission to a degree. In general the Admissions Office will consider ESP/IESP applications where students have completed 2.0 of 3.0 credits with grades. 

  • ESP/IESP students who are completing the year with 3.0 credits can be considered for admission with one credit of SAT and/or UNS grades.
    • Bachelor of Arts: normally a CGPA of C+ (6.0 on Carleton’s 12.0 scale) on the 2.0 graded credits. (Some majors have higher CGPA requirements).
    • Science, Health Science, Commerce and Engineering: need to satisfy all core/prereq course requirements and may have higher CGPA requirements.
  • If you apply to have your grade changed to SAT, the university will still keep the original grade on file if it is needed for other purposes.
    • One purpose would be to enforce a prerequisite for the next course, e.g., second year COMP courses require a minimum grade of C- in COMP 1006. Most majors don’t use that rule, but some do – see the calendar to check second year course prerequisites in your field of interest.

Finally, please meet with an advisor as you make the decision. It is more complicated because (most of) you are still working toward qualifying for a degree. We’re here to help you navigate all of this!

Looking for work? Virtual career fair January 27 

All current students and new grads are cordially invited to attend Carleton University’s Virtual Winter Career Fair: January 27 from 10-4.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat with recruiters and professionals in your field of interest, and explore full-time, part-time, summer, co-op and remote work opportunities – all from your preferred device!


Sign up now →

Summer courses

Curious about summer courses? Course offerings are now available to view in the Public Class Schedule. Registration starts on March 29 and early summer term courses begin May 6.


Read more about summer courses →

Workshops: Top Ten

Start this term resolved to put in your best effort. This is a perfect time to commit to excellent workshop attendance. In January, most students make new efforts to reach their goal of getting into a degree and your workshops can help. Don’t be shy about making a re-appearance if it’s been a while, your facils will be happy to see you!

There are so many good reasons to make the effort. Here are our top 10 reasons to go to workshops:

  1. Practice tests: test your understanding
  2. Improve your study skills, create good work habits
  3. Organize and review class notes
  4. Because friends don’t let friends study alone
  5. Stay eligible to apply to return to ESP/IESP (if needed)
  6. Because they help you structure your study time (and we could all use a little structure right now!)
  7. Because you paid for ’em and you should get your money’s worth
  8. Friendly facils who care about helping you learn
  9. Money! You can earn an ESP/IESP Scholarship ($500-$3,000) for great attendance and grades (full-time students)
    • If you improve your attendance second term, we’ll double-weight it when assessing your award eligibility
  10. Because you are twice as likely to qualify for a degree if you do. Check out the numbers:
    • 80-90% of students who had good workshop attendance qualified for a degree.
    • Only 45-50% of those who had poor workshop attendance got into a degree after ESP/IESP.

Academic Coaching

Your ESP/IESP Academic Coaches can help you with assignments, readings, or even just reading and understanding the syllabus of your course. Academic coaches are experienced upper year students at Carleton who can listen to you and provide targeted individualized academic support. Whether you are interested in setting up an organized system to stay on top of your classes, or have specific questions about academic reading, writing, math, or labs, starting off your semester with coaching is highly recommended!

Book an appointment →

Applying to a degree

To apply for a program, come in and meet with an Academic Advisor.


  • February 1st: Social Work and Architecture
  • March 1st: Engineering, Computer Science, Humanities, Industrial Design, Information Technology (Interactive Multimedia and Design), Journalism, Music
  • June 1st: This is the general deadline for all remaining programs, including all in the Bachelor of Arts (such as Criminology, English, Psychology, Sociology and so on), Business, Economics, Global and International Studies,  Cognitive Science, Science, etc.

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ESP/IESP Student Survey Results

Curious about the ESP/IESP student survey results? Have a look at the results here.

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Withdrawal deadline: January 31

The financial withdrawal deadline is January 31st. You can withdraw from courses up until the last day of classes (April 14), but January 31st is the last date to withdraw and receive a refund of (or cancel) winter term fees.

You need to request a withdrawal from an academic advisor either by email: or by booking an appointment (link below).

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