Summer course updates

Will be available here in January 2022. Below is information from 2021 for your reference. 

  • ESP/IESP Registration will start March 29, 2021
    (Note: degree student registration opens on March 25)
  • Course listings

Does ESP/IESP run over the summer?

Workshops don’t run over the summer term, but we do offer support for students:

  • Advisors are available all summer long to help you apply to programs, talk through options and help you navigate your next steps at Carleton! You can book an online appointment: and select “Advising” or email us at
  • Academic coaches are available to support you with your academic work. Meet with a coach for help on time management, academic writing and research, and building your academic skills. You can book an online appointment: and select “Coaching” or email us at

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 March 29. You can access the registration system yourself using Carleton Central at

How do I register?

The Summer course offering are available for viewing on or you can use the Public Class Schedule .

Registration instructions are here: You can build yourself a draft worksheet (how-to-video on creating a draft worksheet) then add your courses.

There are helpful registration related how-to videos here.

You can choose from any of the course offerings at Carleton, provided you meet the prerequisite or other registration requirements.

  • For example, some courses are restricted to students in the program (common in programs like Journalism, Engineering, Architecture, Business, and Industrial Design) or to students with second year standing.
  • Check the course description for restrictions will be indicated in the course description.
  • Sometimes you can ask for permission to take a course (through the Course Override Request form in Carleton Central). Completing the form will send your request to the department offering the course. They will review it and let you know whether they can grant you access to the course.

When do summer courses start?

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

  • Early Summer: Week of May 6 to June 18 (Exams: June 21-27)
  • Late Summer: Week of July 2 to August 16 (Exams: August 19-25)

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 much do summer courses cost?

A half-credit costs approximately $658. If you take 1.0 credit or more, you are normally charged the summer UPASS fee (approx. $217.00) as well as tuition (estimated cost for 1.0 credit plus UPASS is $1533.00). Since courses will be offered online only this summer you should be able to opt-out of the UPASS. For more information on this visit

What if I need summer OSAP?

  • Full-time funding is available to those taking a minimum of 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 new 2020-2021 OSAP application (it’s still part of the current academic year).
    • See the Awards office website for a good “how-to” guide
  • 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. Book an advising appointment or email us

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

Yes. All summer courses will be offered online this summer.

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.