Welcome to Carleton University

Two smiling female Carleton students

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) looks forward to welcoming you at Carleton University in person very soon. As you prepare for your arrival in Ottawa, take the time to review the information in this section, including:

Stay Connected

Contact the ISSO by email at isso@carleton.ca and follow our Ravens Student Life social media team on Instagram,   Facebook, and Twitter.

Connect with a peer to address your concerns about student life in Canada. Peers are upper year students available to support you, as you learn to navigate the culture, services, and social elements of your new home in Ottawa and Carleton University.

Global PALS Program

The Global PALS (Peer Advisors Lending Support) Program provides incoming and current international students with the opportunity to connect with an upper year or graduate student who can provide insights and support as you navigate the social, cultural, and academic transition to life at Carleton University and in Ottawa. Global PALS can support you in navigating Ottawa and Carleton resources, student support services, involvement opportunities, Canadian culture, and much more. To learn about the 2022/2023 Global PALS and for more details on this ISSO program, visit here.

First Year Connections (FYC) (Fall-term Only)

First year undergraduate international students can request a FYC Mentor for support during their first few weeks at Carleton. A FYC Mentor can help you adjust to your new surroundings, become connected to the campus, and focus on your academic success and personal growth.  More details on this program can be found here.

The Mentorship Network (offered through the Student Experience Office)

This program connect Peer Mentors and Mentees across the Carleton campus through mentoring relationships. You can find more information on this program here.