1. Special Students
    1. Apply to study as a special student
    2. Special Student Information brochure
    3. Special Student Checklist
    4. Fee Payment for Special Students
  2. Non-Degree Students
  3. FAQs

Special Students

Special Students are those who have not been admitted to a degree program but are taking degree-credit courses to qualify for admission, to improve professional qualifications, for transfer credit, or for personal interest.

Please note: special student applications will not be processed after March 24 at 4:30pm. Normal processing will resume on March 30. Due to the high volume of applications during this time period, delays in processing may occur.

Apply to study as a special student

Anyone is eligible to apply as a Special Student subject to course availability and course prerequisites. To do this, you must complete the Online Special Student Application and pay a non-refundable processing fee of $55. The fee can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or online Debit.

You will also need to provide a copy of a transcript showing the most recent education you have completed. Proof of English Language Proficiency may also be required (refer to section 4 of the General Admissions Requirements section of the undergraduate calendar). Your application will not be processed until all of these requirements have been submitted.

The processing time is normally 3-5 working days. An email will be sent once your application is approved with your student identification number and registration information.

You can apply any time throughout the year, but please allow sufficient processing time prior to registration dates.

Special Student Information brochure

More information is available in our Special Student Information brochure (see the downloads section of this page).

Special Student Checklist

We have prepared a registration checklist specifically for special students. This checklist will help you get ready.

Fee Payment for Special Students

Don’t forget that fee payment is due in full once you register.  You will be withdrawn from all your courses if you do not settle your account by the published deadlines.  Information on fee payment deadlines can be found on the Student Accounts website.

Non-Degree Students

Carleton University offers a number of options for studying, even if you aren’t interested in doing a degree! Visit the FAQs below and the following pages for more information on what is required to study at Carleton:


The following are frequently asked questions for Non-Degree and Special students.