This page outlines important information to help incoming exchange students select courses at Carleton, including:

Important Notes
1. Course availability is subject to change. For exchange term(s) at Carleton, students should create a study plan that includes a mixture of courses from their major, minor, concentration and most especially electives. Students are advised not to request courses that they need for graduation purposes because we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate their request. 
2. A placement test is required for all students who wish to take a language course at Carleton:

3. Students are advised not to request any courses found on the Courses Not Available list. These are restricted courses and are not available to exchange students.
4. In June, students can access the Public Class Schedule in Carleton Central to verify that the courses they require are  available in the correct term and are listed as ‘Open’:

Courses that have notations such as, ‘Full, no waitlist’ or ‘Waitlist Full’ should not be selected.

Courses labelled as ‘Waitlist Open’ are not recommended because there is no guarantee that a spot will open up in the class and the ‘wait’ time to find out if a spot is available can be quite long.

Courses At Carleton

Every course at Carleton is identified by four letters and a number (i.e. ARCH1111). The four letters indicate the department name. The numbers indicate the course level (1000 level courses are first year, 2000 are second year, etc. 5000 level courses are graduate level courses).

Do not select a course if you have not already completed the prerequisite courses. Exceptions cannot be made to accommodate exchange students without the required background knowledge.

It’s important to note that there are certain courses that are not open for incoming exchange students to take. It is very important that you read the check the list of courses not available for exchange students.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate exchange students are required to be enrolled in full-time studies (minimum 1.5 credits – maximum of 2.5 credits per term). The regular course load is 2.0 credits per term. Exchange students must consult with their home institution to confirm the required courses for enrollment in full-time studies. Information on your course registration will be emailed to your Carleton email account for undergraduate students from the Registrar’s Office. Included in that email will be detailed instructions on how to make registration changes.

Visit the Undergraduate Academic Course Calendar and the Public Class Schedule to see what courses are available.

Graduate Students

Graduate exchange students are required to be enrolled in full-time studies (minimum 0.5 credits – maximum of 1.5 credits per term). The regular course load is 1.0 credits per term. Courses will be registered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Incoming graduate exchange students should be aware that the availability of graduate level courses (5000-level) changes on an annual basis and registration in specific 5000-level courses cannot be guaranteed. Should incoming graduate exchange students be required to take specific graduate level courses in accordance with the regulations of their home institution, they should contact the applicable Carleton Graduate Department as part of their research into which courses would be available.prior to applying for exchange.

Please note that incoming graduate exchange students may register in undergraduate level courses.

Engineering Courses

Students who have been accepted into Engineering must visit the Engineering Supporting website before registering.

Course Approvals

Once a full-time, conflict free course load has been created, students will receive an email regarding their course registration details.