Winter 2022


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 personalized advising and academic 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 offers unique pathways to help you qualify for a variety of degree programs.

ESP Winter admission is only available for our Arts and Social Science Stream.

Note about course offerings in Winter 2022: Carleton will continue to offer the majority of the large courses online again this term. Our workshops will be offered primarily in-person with a few being offered online. The core course, CIED 1001 A, will likely be offered in-person with the option to join online. Please see Carleton’s COVID updates and ESP-specific COVID updates.

We are offering a mix of in-person and on-line learning along with some fully online courses or those who do not wish to study in person. If you wish to study online, be sure to note which classes have in person workshops versus online workshops on the Class and Workshop Schedule below. Please note Carleton’s vaccination requirements for in-person learning.

For a full listing of our course options for Winter 2022, please consult our Class and Workshop Schedule and our Course Descriptions.

Application to ESP (Winter)

Our application deadline has now passed. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2022.

New student applications

Apply for Winter Admission to the Enriched Support Program

Returning student applications

Returning ESP Student: Apply for Winter Admission to the ESP

Minimum criteria

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


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

Admission to a B.A. after ESP

Students in our Winter program can earn up to 1.5 credits (because they are enrolling in 3 half-credit courses and two non-credit workshops). ESP 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 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

Winter 2022

Estimated costs for Domestic students taking a full ESP courseload:

Costs for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents
Course Cost
#1 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $656.79
#1 ESP Workshop (winter term) $500.00
#2 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $656.79
#2 ESP Workshop (winter term) $500.00
# 3 Core Course (0.5 credit course) $656.79
U-Pass (bus pass, mandatory fee* ) $218.03
Total $3,188.50

*Students can opt-out of the UPASS if they are registered in fully online courses.

**International students (below) can opt-out of the UHIP fee if they are studying from outside of Canada.

Estimated costs for International students taking a full ESP courseload:

Costs for International students 
Course Cost
#1 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $3052,79
#1 ESP Workshop (winter term) $500.00
#2 Carleton University (0.5 credit course) $3052,79
#2 ESP Workshop (winter term) $500.00
# 3 Core Course (0.5 credit course) $3052,79
UHIP Fee (health insurance, mandatory fee**) $756.00
U-Pass (bus pass, mandatory fee* ) $218.03
Total $11,132.40

Payment Deadline

Payment of all Winter term fees is due November 25.

Students receiving OSAP may be eligible to defer this deadline to January 17, 2022 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 may be eligible for OSAP. Please note, not every provincial loan program will fund students enrolled in ESP. 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 Course Registration Form below.

For students that have applied and been admitted to ESP for Winter 2022.

Winter term classes begin on Monday, January 10th, 2022.

Newly admitted students should attend our Orientation session on Friday, January 7th (time: 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.