Connect with a Peer

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.

Learn about the many opportunities available for you to connect with a peer:

Connect with a Peer Before You Arrive

All new international students, including undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, are invited to submit their questions and begin corresponding over Carleton email with a peer prior to their arrival in Ottawa.

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about all aspects of university life in Canada and get the perspective and insight of those already here.

Note: Your question will be forwarded to an ISSO peer mentor and you will receive an answer from a peer very soon!


First Year Connections (FYC) 

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.

Connect with a First Year Connections Mentor

Group Mentorship

Group mentorship is a great resource to help you make new friends and learn more about culture and societal norms in Canada. You will connect with other international students and a mentor through meaningful conversations about international student life. Group mentorship sessions are for undergraduate and graduate students. Sessions run weekly during the academic year (no sessions over fall and winter breaks). You can attend as many sessions as you want and join at any point during your time at Carleton University!

Sept. 11 – Nov. 23, 2018 |Tues. 1PM & Fri. 12PM | ISSO Lounge (128 University Centre)

  • Week 1: Canadian encounters 
  • Week 2: Living independently 
  • Week 3Asking for help in Canada
  • Week 4: Academic experiences and support
  • Week 5: Preparing for Winter
  • Week 6Everyday relationships in Canada
  • Week 7: Special Event: Halloween in Canada and Pumpkin Carving
  • Week 8: Sharing about your culture and home
  • Week 9: Homesickeness
  • Week 10: Special Event: Preparing for the holidays in Canada – Gingerbread house building

Personalized Social and Cultural Peer Support

Undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students can connect with an Intercultural Peer Advisor (IPA) at any point during their Carleton experience. Whether you are new to Canada, or have been living here for a few years, a Peer Advisor can connect you with resources and services at the University, while helping you navigate social and cultural barriers affecting your enjoyment of life in Canada.