Outlined below are the different orientation programs organized by the ISSO. These orientation sessions are mandatory – please plan to arrive in Canada before your session. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and hear from senior students and university staff, ready to help you navigate student life at Carleton and in Canada. You may also want to view the Arrival Information page to read about the steps you can take to prepare for your time at Carleton.

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Follow the Types of Orientation flowchart to learn more about the different types of Orientation on campus.


International Undergraduate Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017  Time: 8:30a.m. Location: Southam Hall (registration in the entrance of the building)

Registration for Orientation is now closed. You may register in person on the date, time and location above.

students at orientation

The International Student Orientation is a full day event for all first year international students beginning their undergraduate studies, including Canadians returning to Canada for university.

This orientation takes place prior to the main campus wide orientation week – please make note of the dates when finalizing your travel plans.

The focus of this program is to welcome you to Carleton University and introduce you to university life in Canada.

This orientation day combines academic opportunities with social and cultural experiences. You will have time to connect with members of the Carleton community including other students in your program, faculty representatives, and different Carleton staff members who will support you throughout your studies at the university.

Accompanying Parents or Guardians

Parents accompanying their student to Canada are invited to attend the Parent Information Sessions held in the morning at orientation. This is your opportunity to meet support staff, receive important information, and learn more about Carleton University. While students are required to stay at the orientation all afternoon, parents can choose to stay for lunch and accompany their children in the afternoon, or use the time to explore the campus and the city.

Early Move-In and Living Arrangements 

Early residence move-in will ensure that you can arrive on campus and attend this orientation prior to the start of the campus wide orientation week. International students living on campus will be granted an early residence move in date only if they register for this program before the early move-in registration deadline – Thursday August 10, 2017. Note that an additional cost ($93.91) will apply to cover meals and two nights in residence for those taking advantage of the early residence move-in date.

Students living off-campus, or who are on the residence waiting list are encouraged to make alternative accommodation arrangements early on. This arrangement can include making hotel/hostel reservations in the case that you are unable to secure a permanent arrangement prior to your arrival in Ottawa. For information on off-campus housing visit the Off Campus Housing website.


International Graduate Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: Loeb Building (registration in the Tory Quad)

Registration for Orientation is now closed. You may register in person on the date, time and location above.

The International Student Services Office offers information sessions to support the transition needs of new international graduate students at the International Graduate Student Orientation. Sessions provided include: Living in Canada, Immigration Compliance, Carleton’s Academic Culture, the Canadian Healthcare System, Campus tours, and much more.

The International Graduate Student Orientation will provide you with a great introduction to university life at Carleton University and Ottawa.

Early Move-In and Living Arrangements 

Graduate international students living on campus will be granted an early residence move in date only if they register for this program before the early move-in registration deadline – Thursday August 10, 2017. Note that an additional cost ($93.91) will apply to cover meals and two nights in residence for those taking advantage of the early residence move-in date.

Students living off-campus are encouraged to make alternative accommodation arrangements early on. This arrangement can include making hotel/hostel reservations in the case that you are unable to secure a permanent arrangement prior to your arrival in Ottawa. For information on off-campus housing visit the Off Campus Housing website.


Exchange and Study Abroad Student Orientation 

Date: Tuesday September 5, 2017 Time: 12:50 pm Location: University Centre (Registration between UC, Architecture Building and Canal Building)

Registration for Orientation is now closed. You may register in person on the date, time and location above.

The Exchange and Study Abroad Student Orientation focuses on supporting your academic and social transition to student life at Carleton. In recognizing the specific needs of students here for a semester or two,  you will be introduced to Carleton’s campus life and Canada’s academic culture. You will also have the opportunity to meet other exchange and Canadian students, as well as faculty and support staff that will be available to support you throughout your studies at Carleton.

Please note that it is MANDATORY for all Exchange and Study Abroad students to attend this orientation.


International Winter Orientation (January 2018)

Date: Sunday January 7, 2018 Time: 9:00a.m.  Location: TBA

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Winter Orientation is the program for all international students, including graduate, undergraduate, exchange and study abroad students, arriving in Ottawa at the start of the Winter Semester. Attending winter orientation will be your first step towards learning more about student life in Canada.

Winter Orientation involves a series of information sessions (academics, immigration, health insurance, life in Ottawa and Canada, cross-cultural communication, etc.), a campus tour, and an optional shopping outing.

You will be also invited to attend various indoor and outdoor activities while in Canada to help you get familarized with your new home.

Early Residence Move-In and Living Arrangements 

All new international and exchange students living on campus will be granted an early residence move in date to attend this orientation. You will be permitted to check in at the Residence Reception Desk in the Residence Commons Building as of 12:00p.m. (Noon) on Saturday January 6, 2018. 

Students living off-campus are encouraged to make alternative accommodation arrangements early on. This arrangement can include making hotel/hostel reservations in the case that you are unable to secure a permanent arrangement prior to your arrival in Ottawa. For information on off-campus housing visit the Off Campus Housing website.

Students Arriving Late

Students arriving in Ottawa after January 7, 2018 and missing the orientation should check in at the ISSO (128 University Centre) in person to receive information and sign up for the ISSO Orientation for late arrivals. This drop in event will take place on Friday January 19, 2018 at the ISSO between 2:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. and it will be a great opportunity for you to meet the staff at the ISSO, other students, and get information, resources, as well as all of your questions answered by our team.