Fall/Winter 2023/24

Which courses can I take?

ESP students are eligible to register in three full credit courses: one First Year Seminar and two elective courses that are supported by ESP workshops.

How do I register for my courses?

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

  1. Research your course choices:
    • Students in the Computer Science stream have set electives but can choose a First Year Seminar. Read through the Course Descriptions to familiarize yourself with the elective options and identify a FYSM of interest to you;
  2. Build a schedule:
  3. Complete and submit the applicable online Course Selection Form:
    • Approximately 5-7 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.
    • Use our checklist to make sure you’re on track.
    • Orientation is on September 7th and classes begin September 8th.

Course Planning

Please view the detailed video below for a step-by-step instruction on how to register for courses.

ESP Registration steps video

How can I get help selecting courses?

We will be hosting stream-specific Group Advising Sessions in the summer. For the Computer Science Stream, all sessions begin at 1:30 PM on July 27th, and August 3rd.

Attend a group advising session and we’ll review:

  • How ESP works
  • Choosing your classes
  • How your courses will transfer to different programs
  • How to qualify for a degree
  • Degree lingo: majors, minors, electives, etc.
  • How to view your class schedule
  • How to pay fees
  • Orientation options
  • A customized plan for your degree

And answer your questions about starting university this fall.

RSVP for a Group Advising Session by clicking here.

We also recommend signing up for a 10:00 am campus tour and then attending the ESP Advising Session. Campus Tours are hosted by Carleton’s undergraduate recruitment office, are lead by a Carleton student, and include 4 hour parking and a free lunch. See the Campus Tour website for details and to register.

If you have any questions, you can email for further assistance.

**Please be aware that there are specific laptop requirements for your COMP 1005 and COMP 1006 courses. For more information please click here.

Summer Prep

Academic Prep: How to Be a University Student

Held August 14-18 2023, 9am to 4pm, Academic Prep: How to be a University Student is a five-day, on-campus course for incoming university students who want a strong start in their university studies. A blend of lectures, readings, and workshops will teach students evidence-based strategies for success in university, with an emphasis on how to develop strong academic skills and habits. Students will apply their new knowledge through in-person, interactive workshops led by skilled upper-year university students.

Topics Include:

  • Study skills and habits assessment
  • The transition to in-person learning
  • Forming and maintaining habits
  • Managing stress
  • Predicting interests, challenges, and strengths
  • Advanced goal setting: What’s a WOOP?
  • How learning works: Learning styles and other learning myths
  • Reading & writing for university: No more 5-paragraph essays
  • Academic self-concept, metacognition, growth mindset
  • Collaboration skills for higher education

For more information go to:

To register for this summer course: Complete the ESP Summer Prep Registration Form.

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 3, 2024 – More information will be provided to students as it becomes available.
  • Begin your classes on Wednesday, September 4, 2023.

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 programs and provide key information prior to starting their first year at Carleton. Please note, that not  all information will be relevant for ESP students. If you are unsure about something please send us an email or discuss with one of our Academic Coaches when you have your essential summer welcome visit beginning the week of August 2nd through our Summer Welcome Program.
  • Participate in the Fall Orientation activities:

Fee Payment

How do I pay my fees?

Once ESP has registered you in courses (approx. 5-7 days after you submit your Course Selection Form), login to Carleton Central to confirm fees and payment methods. The deadline for each semester’s fee payments are as followed:

  • Fall: August 25, 2024.
  • Winter: November 25, 2024.

Ensure payment for your fees is processed to your account by these deadlines to avoid late and interest charge penalties. Detailed payment information can be found on the Student Accounts website. As well, while any prefer to pay the entire academic year up-front, you do have an option to pay by term, provided that your payments are received by the associated deadlines,

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 13th for the Fall and January 16th for the Winter).

Please contact our Student Accounts office if you have any concerns about meeting the payment deadline: 613-520-3626 or

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 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. In order to avoid these charges, you must contact the ESP office as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw: 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 one of the ESP Student Advisors no later than 4:00 p.m. on the drop-date. You will not be able to withdraw from courses online.

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

  • September 30, 2024: Last day to withdraw from full fall term and fall/winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • November 15, 2024: Last day to withdraw from full fall courses (no refund of fall term fees if you withdraw after September 30th).
  • January 31, 2025: Last day to withdraw from full winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • March 15, 2025: Last day to withdraw from full winter courses (no refund of winter term fees if you withdraw after January 31st).