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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 – be sure to set this up (see below) in order to correspond with all of us here at the university.

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In this bulletin:

Getting prepared

Make sure you’re prepared for the start of the year.

  1. Do you have the technology you’ll need to learn online?
    • See this page for helpful information about minimum requirements.
    • Need assistance in obtaining equipment? Needs-based grants (i.e. unlike loans, you don’t have to repay these) of up to $500 for funds to assist in purchasing technology (computer, internet hotspot, accessories) to support you this year are available. Please email to ask about these funds.
  2. It’s essential to set up your Carleton accounts to be prepared for next week. This includes:
    • your Carleton email – it’s how the university communicates with you
    • login to cuLearn – Carleton’s learning platform where you’ll access Orientation activities and your classes & workshops
    • Carleton Central – where you can see your schedule, fees owing, OSAP info and more
    • download the Microsoft Office 365 – free to students!

Set up your Carleton accounts →

Academic Orientation Day: Tuesday, September 8th & other activities

  1. Academic Orientation is free and mandatory for all new students.
  • Activities will take place online in cuLearn between 10-12:30.
  • Details and links will be sent in the next day or two – keep an eye on your email.
  • The day includes an orientation session geared to introducing you to your studies in the Enriched Support Program and Indigenous Enriched Support Program, a draw for prizes and a chance to get to know your fellow students

2. In the meantime, visit our Virtual Main Office and Student Lounge for program info and content to prepare you for the year ahead!

  • The Virtual Main Office and Student Lounge can be found in cuLearn under the Fall 2020 heading.

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

  • Story time Trivia
  • At-home DJ party
  • The Price is Right
  • Intro to Carleton from your fellow students


When things start...

Classes start Wednesday, September 9th   

  • 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.
  • When you’re on 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: ca/campus/.

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

  • All ESP/IESP Workshops, listed on your timetables as “ESPW 1000” will start the week of September 14th – even if you haven’t had the class yet.
  • If you have a workshop (ESPW 1000) listed on your timetable for September 9th, 10th  or 11th; don’t go! We’ll see you there next week instead.

Tutorial Groups/Labs Start Dates: start dates are TBA

  • Anthropology, Chemistry, Child 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 B02, 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.

Get your...

  • U-Passes: (your student bus pass) are now available.
    • Don’t need a UPASS? Don’t pay for it – opt out on their website:
  • 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 didn’t 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 will receive at your MyCarleton email address a message titled “OSAP Application: Next Steps”. This email 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 the Fall OSAP distribution process.

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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 $)