COVID-19 Service Update: As Carleton University continues to follow our safe meetings and social distancing guidelines, the Student Experience Office (SEO) has transitioned to providing services remotely during our regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday).

The best way to connect with the SEO is by email. You should receive a reply to your inquiry within 1 business day.

For the most up to date campus information, please visit Carleton’s COVID-19 information website.

What is Alternative Spring Break (ASB)?

Mondana, Ecuador 2019

ASB is an experiential-learning program that concludes with a week-long trip during the winter reading week each academic year.

In February 2020, students travelled to five different destinations in the United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Each trip was focused on a specific theme including immigration, education, food security, emerging markets and sustainability.

Students spent months actively preparing for their trip by conducting research on their destination, attending pre-departure sessions, participating in local community-engaged learning, and fundraising for their trip.

ASB 2022/2023

In light of COVID-19, the ASB program is on hold for the 2022/2023 academic year. If you are interested in participating in a community engaged learning learning program, check out our Community Partnership Project or Campus to Community Program.

Questions can be directed to

 Visit our FAQ for more information on the program and click here to read stories from past ASB participants.