Fall/Winter 2019/20

Which courses can I take?

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

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 Handbook for guidance in completing each registration step.

  1. Research your course choices:
    • Read through the Course Descriptions to identify courses that are of interest to you;
    • Consult the Student Handbook for tips on recommended courses for majors you might be considering.
  2. Build a schedule:
  3. Attend a Registration Information Session if you would like assistance choosing classes.
  4. Complete and submit the applicable online Course Selection Form:
  5. Approximately 10 days later: Check your schedule and pay your fees. See the Student Handbook for more on how to view your schedule and pay your fees.
  6. Use our checklist to make sure you’re on track.
  7. Orientation is on September 3rd and Classes begin September 4th.

Course Planning:

How can I get help selecting courses?

Please attend one of our Registration Information Sessions.

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

1:30-3:30 pm (approx) in 342 Tory Building

  • Friday July 19, 2019
  • Friday July 26, 2019
  • Friday August 2, 2019
  • Friday August 9, 2019

Optional: before the Registration Session, go on a campus tour. Book tours through the tours office here.

Can’t make it to a session? Check out the slides.

Summer Prep & Student Orientation

The Science Success Centre is offering two valuable summer prep courses: Math Matters and Chemistry Matters. These courses are designed to get you ready for first-year university Math and Chemistry.

We recommend all students in our Engineering and Science streams, consider taking Carleton’s Math Matters and/or Chem Matters summer preparation course(s).

Math Matters

Held August 21-28, Math Matters is specially designed for first-year students entering programs at Carleton with a math component.

The fee for Math Matters is around $250, including HST.  Residence is optional and has an additional fee.

Math Matters covers and reviews topics like:

  • Algebra (basic algebra, intervals, and simplifying algebraic expressions);
  • Equations (solving equations and inequalities, special formulas);
  • Graphs;
  • Transcendental functions; and
  • Trigonometry.

More info: visit

To register: Complete the ESP/IESP Math Matters Registration Form

Chem Matters

Held August 12-16, Chem Matters is specially designed for first-year students entering programs at Carleton with a chemistry component.

The fee for Chem Matters is around $100, including HST.

Chem Matters covers and reviews topics like:

  • Simple chemical reactions: stoichiometry and balancing, calculating reagents, moles, neutralization reactions
  • Units: conversion between units, identifying and using SI units
  • Physical properties of solids, liquids and gases: density, volume, using the ideal gas law

More info: visit

To register: Complete the ESP/IESP Chem Matters Registration Form

Orientation Activities

Below is some information regarding on-campus opportunities to assist you in preparing for the start of the academic year:

Mandatory Orientation Activities

Optional Orientation Activities

  • Register for a Summer Orientation Session (we recommend the Open Sessions, as they are not degree-specific)
  • Participate in the Fall Orientation activities:
    • “Frosh week” social orientation (please note: “Engfrosh” – activities run by the Faculty of Engineering and Design – are restricted to those already admitted to a degree program in Engineering and Design)
    • International student orientation

Fee Payment

How do I pay my fees?

Once ESP/IESP has registered you in courses (approx. 10 days after you submit your Course Selection Form), login to Carleton Central to confirm fees and payment methods.

  • Fall fees are due August 25, 2019.  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, 2019.  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 25 payment deadline (to September 11 for the fall and January 13 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 30 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. In order to avoid these charges, you must contact the ESP office as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw 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, 2019: Last day to withdraw from fall courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • December 6, 2019: Last day to withdraw from fall courses (no refund of fall term fees if you withdraw after September 30th).
  • January 31, 2019: Last day to withdraw from winter courses and receive a refund of fees.
  • April 9, 2020: Last day to withdraw from winter courses (no refund of winter term fees if you withdraw after January 31st).