The ISSO website lists all of Carleton’s exchange partner universities by country (https://carleton.ca/myexchange/partners/). You can also visit the ISSO office at 128 Unicentre for help in selecting a host university. The ISSO also offers a brochure that can help you find a university that is suited to your study needs.
You will be assessed Carleton University full time tuition fees in the same way as though you were studying here. Fee payment must be made to Carleton before you leave on exchange. Your residence, and other such fees, must be paid to your host university. These fees will vary by university; please consult their website for more information.
Students who plan to complete their final degree requirements on exchange are strongly advised to meet with their departmental advisor to ensure that their remaining course requirements can be completed at another university.
Your exchange credits cannot be transferred until we receive an official copy of your transcript directly from your host university. In some cases, transcripts from the host exchange partner may arrive too late for processing in time for graduation. In these cases, you will be required to postpone your graduation until the following term.
A list of courses that former exchange students have taken is available on this site. See Exchange Course Equivalencies for a listing. This list is not a complete list of all courses that are available at the host university, but you can use this as a guide to help you determine the kinds of courses that you can take.
You can still study on exchange even if you do not have electives left; however, you must consult with your departmental advisor to be sure that your remaining courses can be completed at another university.
The credit value systems vary from university to university. A general rule of thumb is 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) would count as 0.5 Carleton credits. Courses taken at the host institution that are valued as less than 6 ECTS will be required to be bundled together in a given faculty to obtain 0.5 Carleton credits. Please consult with your Registrar Specialist before you leave to be sure that you understand how your university’s credit system converts to Carleton credits.
The letter grade that you achieve in your exchange courses will not appear on your Carleton student record. This means that they will not be factored into the calculation of your CGPA. Passing grades will appear as “EXC” on your Carleton University record. Failing grades will be assigned a grade of “UNS” on your Carleton University record, and are not calculated in your CGPA.
Before you leave, you should make arrangements with the host university to have an official transcript sent to the International Student Services Office (ISSO). We also strongly recommend that you request multiple copies for your own purposes as they can sometimes be difficult to request after you leave and are often required for graduate school applications, for example. Please note that we are unable to provide certified copies of the transcript that is sent to the ISSO.
You can look at past university calendars on the host university website to get an idea of what was offered in the past. You can use the Registrar’s Office website to determine which courses have been offered and approved in the past. Alternatively, you can email the ISSO at firstname.lastname@example.org to request contact information for the host university.
Many courses that are offered at exchange partner universities do not have an exact match at Carleton. In these cases, you will be given credit for the course that you complete even if we cannot directly match it to a Carleton course. For example, if you are given the equivalency of LAWS 2XXX, this means that have been given credit for a 2000-level law course.
Like credits values, credit levels vary across universities. It is extremely important that you have all of your courses evaluated for an equivalency to make sure that you will be given the equivalency that you are anticipating. There are some cases where a course that is offered to 3rd year students at the host university will only be given a 2000-level Carleton equivalency.
We strongly encourage you to meet with your departmental advisor as soon as possible after you have accepted the offer to participate in the Exchange program. During this meeting, you and your advisor should discuss the courses that you plan to take while on exchange to determine whether you will be able to use them in your program. Use this time to clarify if there are any courses that you should take or avoid in order to meet your program requirements.
The list of courses you provided to the host university is only a preliminary list. It is not unusual to find that you cannot register for all of the courses you had planned on taking. If this happens, you should submit new courses via the Outgoing International Exchange Application in Carleton Central. Your Registrar Specialist will review the courses to determine the Carleton course equivalency and if the course(s) are appropriate for your program.
You may take courses that correspond to a discipline taught at Carleton (for example: English, law, history, business). You should avoid taking courses that do not directly correspond to one of our departments as it will be unlikely that another department will grant credit for a course outside of their discipline (ex: jewelry making, introduction to acting, etc).
Your exchange courses will appear as current on your audit (with a grade of CEX) as soon as all of your courses have been evaluated and you confirm your registration via the Exchange Application page in Carleton Central. Your exchange credits will be transferred (with a grade of EXC) as soon as we receive an official transcript from the host university.
The Registrar’s Office retains a copy of your transcripts in your student file; however, we cannot release the official copy to you as it is part of your university student record. You can obtain a stamped and signed copy of the transcript by presenting your student card to the Registrar’s Office (300 TB).