1. Eligibility
  2. Applying
  3. Explore Program
  4. Deadlines for application

Important Note:

As the current Public Health crisis continues to evolve in the Ottawa region and around the world, Carleton University has been constantly re-evaluating our plans in light of new information. The safety of our community and all its members is our first priority. Please continue to check Carleton’s COVID-19 information website and its FAQ section for updated information.

Applications for Fall 2020 will open on May 15 and for Winter 2021 on August 31. Applications for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 will only be accepted for institutions within Canada or fully online courses at institutions outside of Canada and these will require confirmation of the course delivery method.


Carleton Degree or Certificate students may study at any accredited university on a Letter of Permission (LOP).You will need approval from the Registrar’s Office for each course that you wish to take.  Check the Letter of Permission Guide (PDF 39KB) for further information about eligibility.


Application is online through Carleton Central: go to Student Services, Online Applications to access the form. You will need course descriptions for each of the courses you wish to take. These descriptions should be cut and pasted from the Host University’s web site.  There is an administrative fee that will be charged to your student account when you submit your online application.

Explore Program

Students who participate in the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Explore program may be able to earn credit toward their Carleton University degree upon successful completion of the Explore Program. Refer to the Explore Program Information Guide (PDF 444KB) for further information regarding receiving credit at Carleton University.

Deadlines for application

The deadline to apply to study on a Letter of Permission at another university is 4 weeks prior to the start of classes at the host institution.

Please allow 4 weeks for processing.

For more information please refer to our Letter of Permission Guide (PDF 39KB).