The IESP provides

  • Personal and accessible help with application processes, course registration, program selection and academic career planning
  • A┬ánetwork of instructors, academic subject facilitators, peer mentors, writing and study skills coaches, and program coordinators who work together to ensure participants’ success
  • An Indigenous Studies First Year Seminar
  • Indigenous peer mentors who provide IESP participants with personal and front-line support in accessing both IESP and Indigenous resources on campus
  • Links with Indigenous resources and contacts, including:

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives

Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre

Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE)

The Mawandoseg Centre (CUSA Indigenous Student Service Centre)

Program of study

IESP students take first-year credit courses while benefiting from academic support in the form of weekly workshops. At the end of their IESP year, students who achieve the necessary grade point average across three courses (C+ for most Arts programs) are eligible for acceptance into full-time study in many degree programs at Carleton.

Find out how our IESP and ESP programs work. IESP students enroll in up to three university credit courses: one core First-Year-Seminar credit and two courses from a list of first-year subjects supported by IESP.

The First Year Seminar course helps students develop the reading, writing and critical thinking skills required for university level study. Students in IESP enroll in an Indigenous Studies First Year Seminar. Former IESP students work in the seminar as peer mentors, providing transition support.

For the other two courses, students also attend regular weekly, small-group workshops, where they are given extra support and guidance in dealing with the course material.

Students in IESP can also benefit from free one-on-one tutoring, time-management, writing and other academic support from our Academic Advantage coaches.

IESP students attend classes along with Carleton University students and participate in all forms of university life. They are evaluated according to the same standards. At the end of each course, they are given the same universally recognized university credit.

The credit courses that students complete with IESP will count toward their newly-declared degree program. Successful students have transferred to degree programs such as Anthropology, Art History, Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Business, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Commerce/Business, Computer Science, Criminology/Criminal Justice, English Literature, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Economics, Film, Geography, History, Human Rights, Humanities, International Business, Law, Linguistics, Mass Communication, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs and Policy Management, Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women’s Studies and others.