Summer course UPDATE

Given the still-evolving COVID-19 situation and the continuing need to flatten the curve, all summer 2020 courses at Carleton will be offered through online and other methods of distance learning (e.g. rebroadcasts, BigBlueButton, Kaltura, and Zoom).

  • ESP/IESP Registration will start April 20
    (Note: degree student registration opens on April 16; non-degree student registration, including ESP/IESP: April 20th.)
  • Course listings will be available April 6

Does ESP/IESP run over the summer?

Workshops don’t run over the summer term, but Advisors are available all summer long! You can email us at or book an online appointment: 

How many courses can I take?

Degree students can normally take up to 2.0 credits in the summer. As ESP/IESP students, you can apply to do the same. The criteria are listed below.

  • To take 1.0 credit you need to be eligible to enrol (i.e. not suspended from study)
  • To take 1.5 credits you must be in “Good Standing” (normally D+ average)
  • To take 2.0 credits you’ll need to be admissible to a degree (normally C+ average)

You must apply for a course increase. Decisions made prior to final grades will be conditional and course loads will be adjusted if your CGPA drops below the requirements. You must complete this online form to qualify to increase your course load.

Apply to increase summer course load

When can I register for summer courses?

ESP/IESP student summer registration begins April 20. You can access the registration system yourself using Carleton Central at  Registration instructions are here:

Want help on registration day? 

Join Advisors Susan Burhoe (ESP) and Kirstei Abbott (IESP) for online drop-in hours in BBB on April 20 from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. No appointment needed.
(Note: use  an up to date version of Chrome or  Firefox  – NOT INTERNET EXPLORER)

Here’s how to access the BBB meeting space:

  1. Follow this link to the cuLearn course:  Start ESP/IESP online advising or
  2. Click “Enrol me”
  3. You’ll see the heading “Online Meeting Rooms”, click on “Susan Burhoe – ESP/IESP Advising” or “Kirstei Abbott – IESP Advising
  4. Click “Join session”

When do summer courses start?

The summer session is divided into two 6-week terms.

  • Early Summer: Week of May 4 to June 16 (Exams: June 22-26)
  • Late Summer: Week of July 2 to August 14 (Exams: August 17-21)

Half-credit courses are usually offered in one term, and full credit courses normally span both terms, starting in May and ending in August.

How do I know what courses are available and when they are offered?

The UPDATED 2020 Carleton University Summer Calendar will available on-line at on April 6. You can build yourself a draft worksheet now (with the courses you intend to take), then you’ll be ready when registration opens (how-to video here).

How much do summer courses cost?

A half-credit costs approximately $655. If you take 1.0 credit or more, you are normally charged the summer UPASS fee as well as tuition ($1520.98 per full-credit). The UPASS fee may change given the current circumstances, please stay tuned for updates.

What if I need summer OSAP?

  • Full-time funding is available to those taking a minimum if 1.5 credits over the entire summer.
    • Full-time funding normally covers books, tuition and some living expenses.
    • To apply for full-time OSAP funding, you need to fill out a form available through under the heading Awards and Financial Assistance > Undergraduate Online Application Forms > other financial aid applications (e.g. OSAP Summer Extension Form). See the step-by-step guide here.
  • Part-time funding may be available to students enrolled in fewer than 1.5 credits (if you take 0.5 or 1.0 credit.
    • Part-time funding normally only covers the cost of tuition and books.
    • To apply for part-time OSAP, visit the OSAP website at
  • Students with disabilities may be considered for full-time funding with a reduced course load (1.0 credit); please contact Awards with inquiries.

I’m not sure which course(s) I should take. Where do I go for advice?

The ESP/IESP Advisors are here to help you with summer session course selection and course load decisions. Call (613-520-2600 x 2545) or email us

I’m not in Ottawa for the summer. Can I take a course?

Yes. All summer courses will be offered online.  A list of those courses will be available April 6.

How to succeed in summer courses

  • Online courses have their own challenges.
    • See this page for advice on succeeding in an online course.
    • Register for the Online Student Success Module. A short cuLearn intro succeeding in online courses, including how to effectively manage your time, optimize your learning spaces, interact and engage online, and where to seek additional supports.
    • Consider taking a course with a friend or two and (virtually) watching the course together at a specific time.
    • A buddy system can help keep you accountable.
  • Summer courses are delivered in just half the time allotted to courses during the academic year.
    • That means that weekly lecture hours are doubled, reading loads are twice as heavy, assignments are due quickly, and then suddenly it’s the exam period!
    • This pace can be challenging, especially for students who are trying to balance academic work with the demands of a summer job or responsibilities at home.

What are the benefits of summer courses?

  • Completing a summer course brings you another step closer to the eventual completion of your degree.
  • Some students take a summer course as part of their plan for a reduced course load during the academic year.
  • Sometimes completing a credit in the summer will change your status from first year to second year (once you have completed 4.0 credits, you will be eligible for second year status).
  • Finally, if you don’t achieve the average required for admission, taking a summer course could help.
    • If you want to try to improve your average in the summer, we recommend an Early Summer term course that ends in June. Admissions can usually use that grade in the decision of your application.
    • Often Admissions is able to use grades from the late summer term as well, but some programs and/or majors will be full by the time the grade is available.