Carleton University – Ottawa, Canada

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Carleton University is a public comprehensive university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The university is reputed for its strength in a variety of academic fields such as Humanities, International Business, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and many of the disciplines in its Faculty of Public Affairs. The university is also renowned for the strong performance of its men’s basketball team, which won seven consecutive Canadian national championships between 2006 and 2017,

Carleton University offers more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines and has 30,000 students and has produced more than 140,000 alumni.

Programmes of study

Carleton University offers a range of programmes of study that include Commerce (Business), Cognitive Science, Commination, Media Studies, Journalism, Health Sciences, Engineering and so on. Full details of the majors on offer can be found on the Carleton University website.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at Carleton University.

Campus activities and events

At Carleton University, there are hundreds of ways to get involved and make the most out of your university experience. Find out what it’s like to be a Carleton student by reading their student blogs. Their extensive network of clubs and societies is another great way to meet new people and pursue your interests outside the classroom. With more than 200 clubs and societies to choose from, you will certainly find a venue for your interests. There is are a diverse range of clubs and societies at Carleton University, including academic, cultural, hobby-interest, philanthropic, political, religious, social and volunteer.

In addition, the Department of Recreation and Athletics offers a variety of programs, facilities and sports teams to suit every level of fitness. As a Carleton student, you can take full advantage of first-class athletic facilities, conveniently located in one area of campus. You can sign up for a fitness class, swim laps in the pool, lift weights or run on a treadmill in the brand new 11,000 sq. ft  Fitness Centre,  or just get together with friends to play one of your favourite sports during open recreation time.


It is recommended that you purchase your flights to Ottawa once you have your Letter of Acceptance and the required documents to enter Canada such as: passport; Visa; Study Permit; eTA. When you arrive at Ottawa International airport it is recommended to take a taxi to Carleton University as the service is easy to use, readily available, and there is always someone there to assist you in getting a taxi. The taxi ride from the Ottawa Airport to Carleton University’s Residence Commons costs approximately $15. For more information, please see Carleton University website.

Also, whilst at Carleton University, exchange students qualify for the UPass. The U-Pass is mandatory for all incoming exchange students at Carleton University and provides access to the bus and O-train. To obtain the U-Pass as an exchange student you will need your Carleton University Campus ID card and your Letter of Acceptance detailing that you are at Carleton University on an exchange.


It is recommend that all exchange students should live on campus because you will be able to build social networks and integrate into the Carleton University student community.

You should only apply to live in Residence as an exchange student after you receive your Letter of Acceptance. For more information check out Carleton University Residence webpage.

Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet Canadian immigration requirements. Further visa information will be provided to all accepted students.

Insurance information

DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Canada, and students are required to purchase medical insurance while attending Carleton University.

Fees and costs

Whilst studying at Carleton University, you don’t need to pay any tuition fees. You will be required to pay for the following: accommodation, meal plan, health insurance and books.

Key Information

  • Departure date: September 2020
  • Return date: June 2021
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £800 (50% of the bursary will be paid after completion of the 1st term)
  • Deadline for application: Monday 20 January 2020 9am