Fall/Winter 2021/22

Which courses can I take?

ESP/IESP students are eligible to register in three full credit courses: one First Year Seminar (FYSM) and those elective courses that are supported by ESP/IESP workshops.

A note about course offerings as we emerge from COVID restrictions:

  • Most large courses will be online in the fall and move to in person in the winter term
  • Most of our ESP/IESP workshops and FYSM courses will be held in person (with social distancing guidelines in place for the fall term)
  • We have an online only option for those who wish to study fully online this year (see point 3. below)

How do I register for my courses?

ESP/IESP students have a different registration method than other Carleton students. You register through the ESP/IESP office, following the steps below. Read through the Student Guide for guidance in completing each registration step.

  1. Research your course choices:
  2. Build a schedule. For your top three choices (your top FYSM choice and top two electives plus their workshops)
  3. OPTION: Online only option for ESP & IESP – You have the option to register in our fully online stream (limited space available). This will allow you to study online for both terms. Most other course offerings at Carleton will be returning to in person instruction in the winter term, but the following courses are available to those who wish to study online in the fall and winter terms: First Year Seminar, LAWS 1001/1002 and PSYC 1001/1002.
  4. Attend a Registration Information Session if you would like assistance choosing classes.
  5. Complete and submit the applicable online Course Selection Form:
  6. Approximately 5 days later: Check your schedule and pay your fees. See the Student Guide for more on how to view your schedule and pay your fees.
  7. Use our checklist to make sure you’re on track.
  8. Academic Orientation is on September 7th and Classes begin September 8th.

Course Planning

How can I get help selecting courses?

Please attend one of our Registration Information Sessions.

ESP/IESP Registration Information Sessions

Register: To register for a Registration Information Session, click here.

  • All sessions begin at 1:30 pm online and are approximately 2 hours in length.
    • Tuesday, August 3rd
    • Thursday, August 5th
    • Tuesday, August 10th
    • Thursday, August 12th
    • Tuesday, August 17th
    • Thursday, August 19th

Student Orientation

Below is some information to assist you in preparing for the start of the academic year:

Mandatory Orientation Activities

  • Attend the mandatory Academic Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – This will be held online this year. More information will be provided to students as it becomes available.
  • Begin your classes on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Optional Orientation Activities

  • Register for a Summer Orientation Session – This virtual offering will be hosted on Brightspace and will provide students with an opportunity to explore campus resources. Please note that not all information will be relevant for ESP/IESP students. If you are unsure about something please send us an email or discuss with one of our Academic Coaches that will be inviting you for a virtual “meet and greet” beginning August 9th through our Summer Welcome Program.
  • Participate in the Fall Orientation activities:

Fee Payment

How do I pay my fees?

Once ESP/IESP has registered you in courses (approx. 5 days after you submit your Course Selection Form), login to Carleton Central to confirm fees and payment methods.

  • Fall fees are due August 25, 2021. This deadline is for the fall fee payment. Failure to pay fall fees by September 30th will result in de-registration from all fall and winter courses.
  • Winter fees are due November 25, 2021. Ensure payment for your winter fees is processed to your account without incurring a late charge by this date.

If you will be receiving funding from a Government Student Aid Program such as OSAP, you may be eligible to defer fee payment beyond the August 25th payment deadline (to September 15th for the fall and January 17th for the winter). Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline at 613-520-3626 or

What if I pay after the deadline?

Students who have not made arrangements to have their fees paid by September 30th will be deregistered from all courses for the fall and winter terms. 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: 613-520-3626 or

Do I have to pay for both terms at the same time?

No – while many prefer to pay the entire academic year up-front, you do have an option to pay by term, provided your payments are received by the associated deadlines (August 25th for the fall and November 25th for winter term fees). Make sure you are aware of the late and interest charge penalties for late payment, as well as our financial hold policy.

How can I check my balance?

You may check your balance online via Carleton Central once you are registered in courses. Click on “Calculate Amount to Pay” from the “Registration” menu. The ‘Total Amount to Pay’ amount is your account balance. The ‘Minimum Amount to Pay’ amount is the balance for your fall term (if electing to pay by term).

Click here for ESP/IESP tuition and workshop costs.

Program or Course Withdrawal

Before September 30  

After you submit the Course Selection Form and we add your courses, you will be charged tuition and workshop fees. If you must withdraw, you must contact the ESP office as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw in order to cancel tuition and workshop fees at or 613-520-2804.

After September 30

After September 30th, you cannot receive a refund of your fall term fees, though if you withdraw between October 1st and January 31st, you will be eligible for a refund of winter term fees. In order to withdraw from courses, you must contact an ESP/IESP Student Advisor no later than 4:00 p.m. on the drop-date. You will not be able to withdraw from courses on-line.

If you need to withdraw from a course during the year, please note the following deadlines:

  • September 30, 2021: Last day to withdraw from fall courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • December 10, 2021: Last day to withdraw from fall courses (no refund of fall term fees if you withdraw after September 30th).
  • January 31, 2022: Last day to withdraw from winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • April 12, 2022: Last day to withdraw from winter courses (no refund of winter term fees if you withdraw after January 31st).