Our Program

For over 25 years, the Lifelong Learning Program (LLeaP) — through Carleton University’s Centre for Initiatives in Education — has provided diverse, non-credit and non-degree learning opportunities to adults of all ages.

Our program typically runs six-week sessions in the Fall, Winter and Spring, with lecture and workshop topics ranging from arts to sciences and everything in between. Our series are taught by Carleton and non-Carleton experts, and have no prerequisites, required readings, exams, assignments, or grades.

We offer numerous delivery formats, including online and in-person at Carleton’s main and satellite campuses, the National Gallery of Canada, and the downtown Ottawa region for walking tours.

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Participant Testimonials

Read what participants have said about the LLeaP experience:

  • I love the opportunity to attend such classes. Since there are no exams, no assignments, I can spend as much effort as I want, dive deeper, or skip areas that interest me less. I get what I put into it.
  • I think the program is excellent. I like that over the years lecturers have included retired profs, current profs, post-grads (i.e. PhD candidates) and non-academics with specific interests or expertise.
  • The lecturers know their subject matter, are friendly and approachable, willing to answer questions, and organized. I’m really happy I found the program.
  • The program and offerings are marvelous and cover a wide array of topics. The staff are terrific and very responsive to questions etc.  Altogether, the entire program is an Ottawa gem!