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. Anyone is eligible to apply as a part-time Special Student subject to course availability and course prerequisites.
How to Apply
The following is a guide on how to apply to become a special student and what resources are available to you.
Special students may normally enrol in up to 2.0 credits per academic session (e.g. Fall and Winter together) and no more than 1.0 credit per term (e.g. two half-credit courses). Special students may enrol in up to 1.0 credit during the Summer session.
Special students who have completed one or more full credits with an overall CGPA of 7.0 in all credits taken at Carleton (including failures) may register in up to 1.5 credits in each term of the Fall/Winter session.
Special students who provide proof of the following may request up to 2.5 credits per term in Fall/Winter session and 2.0 credits in the summer session:
The student is enrolled full time in a degree program at another institution and can present a Letter of Permission authorized by that institution
The student holds an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution and wishes to pursue further study for professional development or in preparation for graduate study.
Credit limit increases are not automatically renewed and must be requested each term.
Audited courses are included in calculating the course load.
Special students who have been admitted with an English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR) are governed by additional regulations. Please consult the ESLR registration webpage for further details on registration limits.
Course withdrawal must be done via Carleton Central within the published deadlines. Non-attendance or failure to pay fees does not constitute as a withdrawal. Failure to pay your tuition fees by the published fee payment deadlines may result in deregistration from all courses.
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 You will be withdrawn from all your courses if you do not settle your account by the published deadlines.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.
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