How Can I Apply to Attend Carleton University on Exchange?

1. Be nominated by your home institution

To apply to Carleton as an exchange student, you must be nominated for exchange through the international office at a current exchange partner- see the list of our current partners here. Exchange students pay tuition to their home institution during their time at Carleton.

If your institution does not have an exchange agreement with Carleton University, you can look into applying as a Study Abroad student.

Nomination Deadline Study Period
March 15 Fall Term (September to December)
March 15 Full Year (September to April)
September 15 Winter Term (January to April)

2. Complete the Incoming Exchange Application Form and Supporting Documents

Application Deadline Study Period
April 15 Fall Term (September to December)
April 15 Full Year (September to April)
October 15 Winter Term (January to April)

Steps for Completing the Application

Please carefully follow the steps below in order to complete the form. A checklist is also provided in the downloadable form.

  1. Read important course selection information and note which courses are NOT available for exchange students. You will need to take a look at this information before you fill out the form
  2. Complete the Incoming Exchange Application Form below.  Applications should be typedincoming exchange application form button
  3. Submit an official transcript. The document should be an original and officially translated into English
  4. Submit official proof of English proficiency if you are applying from a country in which English is not the dominant language. Documents should be original, with test dates no more than 24 months from the time of application, and should be officially translated into English. The minimum scores required for:
    • Undergraduate Students:
      • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 86 (minimum of 22 in writing and speaking, 20 in reading and listening)
      • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each band)
      • CAEL: 70
      • CEFR: Level C1 or C2
    • Graduate Students:
      • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT/ Next Generation): 100 (minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening)
      • Paper Based TOEFL (PBT): 580
      • IELTS: 8.0 (minimum of 7.5 in each band)
      • CAEL: 70
      • CEFR: Level C2
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE)(Academic): 60 overall (minimum 60 in each Communicative Skill)
  5. Submit copy of valid passport photo identification

3. Have your home institution submit your application and supporting documents

All applications must be submitted by your home institution’s exchange coordinator or international office. Application forms must be typed. Hand written forms will not be accepted.

All submissions MUST include the following documents:

  • Completed Incoming Exchange Application
  • Official Transcript (in English)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
  • Audition for performance courses in Music (if applicable)
  • Official proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

All original application documents must:

  1. Be emailed to exchange@carleton.ca;   AND
  2. Sent by mail or courier to:

Nancy Leslie, International Student Services Office
128 University Centre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada  K1S 5B6

Telephone: +1 (613) 520-6600

4. Receive your student number, set up your MyCarletonOne account

After you have submitted your Application Form, the ISSO will review your application. Data on the application will be processed for student profile and student number. Applicants who apply by the application deadline will receive their student number in a Letter of Acceptance sent to the email indicated on the application form.  In this letter, you will find your Carleton University Identification Number (CUID), which will allow you to set up your Carleton email.

Your Carleton email will be your main point of contact with the ISSO and the University. Set up your MyCarletonOne account and your Carleton email and make sure to check it regularly. 

Your MC1 username is: firstnamelastname

For more information and additional instructions, please visit the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. ITS can be reached by phone at + 1 (613) 520-3700 or its.service.desk@carleton.ca. With your MyCarletonOne account, you will also be able to access CU Learn, which is the platform that your course information (such as the syllabus, class slides, grades, etc.) will be available on.

Should you wish to do so, apply for on-campus housing on Carleton Central.

5. Request for courses and Letter of Acceptance

Request for courses indicated on page 3 of the application are sent for departmental approval.  Students who indicate courses in more than one discipline will have their request sent to each department for approval. If you require a student visa, submit a copy of this Letter of Acceptance with your visa application to the nearest Canadian Embassy/Consulate/High Commission.

Letter of Acceptance Sent By Study Period
June Fall Term (September to December)
June Full Year (September to April)
mid-November Winter Term (January to April)

Note that after the letter of acceptance is sent, Carleton University will only contact students via their Carleton email address and students must check their account regularly for important messages and updates.

Once your application has been submitted, consult our Pre-Arrival Instructions for important information on the next steps of preparing yourself to come to Carleton.

6. Official Transcript

The ISSO no longer sends out hard copy originals of transcript. Transcripts are sent electronically as a PDF and the information contained therein is equivalent to that on the paper version.  Please note that transcripts are emailed directly to the home institution and not to the student.

Should you require a hard copy original of the transcript, please submit a request to the Registrars’ Office at registrar@carleton.ca


Questions? Contact the Exchange Program Coordinator: