Winter 2021


Our program offers the opportunity to:

  • take up to three first-year university courses (one core course and two electives)
  • receive academic support in small, weekly workshops that help you make the transition to university-level work
  • take advantage of advising and coaching options
  • get started on first-year university by earning credits that count toward your degree
  • build a basis for admission to a degree

ESP and IESP offer unique pathways to help you qualify for a variety of degree programs.

Please note: January admission is only available for our Arts and Social Science Stream.

Application to ESP/IESP (Winter)

Application deadline: January 2021 Admissions is now closed. If you still would like to apply, you will be added to our waitlist.

Please complete the online application.

New student applications

Apply for Winter Admission to the Enriched Support Program

Apply for Winter Admission to the Indigenous Enriched Support Program

Returning student applications

Returning ESP Student: Apply for Winter Admission to the ESP

Returning IESP Student: Apply for Winter Admission to the IESP

Minimum criteria

Click here to learn more about the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the ESP/IESP.


Students must choose classes from the list of courses supported by ESP/IESP.

Admission to a B.A. after ESP/IESP

Students in our January program can earn up to 1.5 credits (because they are enrolling in 3 half-credit courses and two non-credit workshops). ESP/IESP students (unless they qualify as mature applicants) must complete at least 2.0 credits before being admitted to a degree program. Click here for more details. Click here for our Student Guide.

This means that you will be continuing ESP/IESP in the subsequent Summer or Fall/Winter terms before entering a degree program.

You will qualify for degree admission once you have met one of the following criteria:

Students who meet the criteria above  are eligible for admission to most of Carleton’s Bachelor of Arts Programs. Some B.A. programs may require a higher average (BA Geomatics or Criminology), or have prerequisite subjects for high school (e.g. BA Biology, B. Economics).

Mature students may qualify for admission to a B.A. program after having completed a minimum of 1.0 credit with at least a C- or better standing in the first attempt, provided they meet the university’s formal definition of a “Mature” applicant, that is they:

  1. are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  2. have not attended a college or university as full-time student;
  3. have been away from full-time studies for at least two calendar years;
  4. do not meet the normal admission requirements (as published in the Undergraduate Calendar);
  5. have completed any required prerequisite subject (for example: applicants to a B. Economics must have completed grade 12 Advanced Functions with a minimum of 70%).

Costs and Funding

January 2021

Estimated costs for domestic students taking first-year courses:

Costs for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents
Course Cost
#1 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $ 658.08
#1 ESP/IESP Workshop (winter term) $ 500.00
#2 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $ 658.08
#2 ESP/IESP Workshop (winter term) $ 500.00
# 3 Core Course (0.5 credit course) $ 658.08
U-Pass (bus pass, mandatory fee) $ 218.03
Total $ 3,192.27 

Payment Deadline

Payment of all Winter term fees is due November 25.

Students receiving OSAP may be eligible to defer this deadline to January 13, 2021 provided they meet the deferral conditions found here. Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline at 613-520-3626 or

If you are planning to apply for student loans, be sure to apply as soon as possible (there’s no need to wait for an admissions decision to begin your application).

What if I pay after the deadline?

Late charges will apply. Detailed payment information can be found on the Student Accounts website: Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline at 613-520-3626 or


Please see the Awards Office website for interactive resources to help you with calculating your costs.

Student Loans

Students (Ontario residents) enrolled in the ESP/IESP may be eligible for OSAP. Please note, not every provincial loan program will fund students enrolled in ESP/IESP. For further information about financial support, please contact Carleton’s Awards Office.

Registration Information

Please read through our Student Guide for information on registration and rules and regulations that apply to you once you join the program.

Complete the online registration form once you have applied and been accepted to the program.

Winter term classes begin on Monday, January 11th, 2021.

Newly admitted students should attend our Orientation session on Friday, January 8th at 1:30 p.m. (location TBA). We’ll provide useful information on classes, resources and registration, plus show you how to get your U-Pass (bus pass for full-time students), student card, and get to know your classes.