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ESP/IESP Advising Bulletin


Hello everyone, welcome to the ESP and IESP!

We look forward to working with you this year. As Advisors in ESP/IESP, we will be emailing you from time to time with an Advising Bulletin like this that contains program announcements and helpful information.

For future bulletins, we will use your university Carleton email so be sure to set this up (see below) in order to correspond with all of us here at the university.

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Getting prepared

Make sure you are prepared for the start of the year.

  1. Do you have the technology you will need to learn online?
    • See this page for helpful information about minimum requirements.
  2. It is essential to set up your Carleton accounts to be prepared for the term. This includes:
    • your Carleton email – this is how the university communicates with you
    • login to Brightspace – Carleton’s learning platform where you’ll access Orientation activities and your classes & workshops
    • Carleton Central – where you can see your timetable, fees owing, OSAP info and more
    • download the Microsoft Office 365 – free to students!

Set up your Carleton accounts →

Academic Orientation Day: Tuesday, September 7th & other activities

  1. Academic Orientation Day is free and mandatory for all new students.
  • Academic Orientation Day will take place online in Zoom Tuesday, September 7th from 10-12:30.
    • Details and links will be sent to you next week – keep an eye on your email.
    • Orientation will introduce you to your studies in the Enriched Support Program and Indigenous Enriched Support Program and includes a draw for prizes and a chance to get to know your fellow students.

2. In the meantime, visit our Academic Orientation 2021 ESP/IESP page in Brightspace for program info and content to prepare you for the year ahead! (Will be able to access this very soon!)

3. Sign up for the (mostly online) Fall Orientation (i.e. frosh week). Activities include:

  • Trivia
  • At-home dance party
  • Game shows
  • Carleton drive-in movie night
  • Comedy night
  • Intro to Carleton from your fellow students as well as other inspiring speakers


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When things start...

Classes start Wednesday, September 8th   

  • Our timetable office is still shuffling rooms, so please double-check your timetable before you head out to your class for at least the first week.
  • If the course has a room listed, it is being held in person (most workshops and FYSM classes, for example). Otherwise, it will say ON LINE and will take place virtually – the prof will share the link in Brightspace or by email.
  • When view your Timetable in Carleton Central, skip ahead to mid-September to see a full week of classes.
  • Looking at your schedule and wondering where SA TH’B is? Have a look at this site for a map & building code legend:

Workshops (ESPW 1000s) start Monday, September 14th 

  • All ESP/IESP Workshops, listed on your timetables as “ESPW 1000” will start the week of September 13th – even if you have not had the class yet.
  • If you have a workshop (ESPW 1000) listed on your timetable for September 8th, 9th  or 10th; don’t go! We’ll see you there next week instead.

Tutorial Groups/Labs Start Dates: start dates are TBA

  • Anthropology, Chemistry, Child Studies, Communication & Media Studies, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Human Rights, Indigenous Studies, Law, Math, Political Science, and Sociology have tutorial groups or labs, which are listed on your course timetable as one hour blocks.
    • For example HUMR 1001 A02, refers to tutorial group 02 for Human Rights.
  • The professor will announce when these groups start; they always start sometime after the first course lecture.

Vaccine and COVID screening requirements

Carleton University’s COVID-19 response and policies can be found on its COVID info page. Here are the main highlights:

  1. Vaccine requirements: All students and employees are required to be vaccinated. You must attest to receiving your first dose vaccine by September 8, 2021, and second dose no later than October 15, 2021. Health and Counselling Services on campus is offering vaccination clinics with Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until October 7, 2021. Drop-in vaccinations are also available at any community clinic, pop-up clinic, or neighbourhood vaccination hub in Ottawa.
    • Details on how to submit your documentation will be announced soon.
  2. Screening process for coming to campus: Each time you come to campus, you should fill out the cuScreen COVID screening questions before leaving home. When you arrive on campus, you’ll use your phone to scan a QR code to enter each building/class.
    • Ambassadors will be there to help out and we’ll review the process at Academic Orientation Day.

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Get your...

  • U-Passes: (your student bus pass) are now available
  • Student card: Apply online
  • Books: Visit the bookstore website to order your textbooks (the bookstore is also open), but don’t panic if your course isn’t listed. Sometimes profs don’t order books through the bookstore, but they’ll let you know the first class how to get a hold of the books for their course.
    • Even easier: login to Carleton Central. Under the Registration menu, click on Other. Click on Purchase Books and choose your term.
    • The Carleton Bookstore does price-matching, so if you find your textbook for a lower price on,, or at a local competitor, then bring the advertised lower price and show them at the Bookstore and they can give you the difference on a gift card. They will even match prices up to 7 days after a book is sold. This applies to new, used, and textbook rentals.


Registration is complete and courses are mostly full. Login to Carleton Central and look under the Registration heading for View Timetable. If you did not get one of the courses you were hoping for, feel free to email us at to inquire about course wait lists.

OSAP status and info

Shortly after you apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and submit your Signature and Declaration forms to Carleton University, you a message titled “OSAP Application: Next Steps” (to your Carleton email). This will provide information from the Awards Office on monitoring the status of your OSAP application as it proceeds through the processing stages. A second email will be sent to you when your OSAP Loan/Grant Certificate arrives, providing information on how to receive the funds.

Visit the Awards and Financial Aid website for more information:  

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Students with Disabilities

If you have a physical or learning disability, or if you have a physical or mental illness and would benefit from accommodations, register with our Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. They will coordinate any needed accommodations across all your classes and workshops. 

Opt-In to the Student Health and Dental Plan

As an ESP/IESP student you are not automatically enrolled in (or charged for) the Student Health and Dental Plan. Click here for what the plan covers. To download the enrolment form, go to: Student Health Plan. The (not at all flexible) deadline to opt-in is September 30th.

Next edition of the Advising Bulletin

  • How to book an Advising appointment
  • How to book an Academic Coaching appointment
  • How to apply for a bursary (free $)