Canada and Ottawa have a long history of welcoming international students from across the world and consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in. Ottawa is also one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, has a host of urban amenities, and offers a vibrant political and historically relevant environment. If you’re looking to study internationally at a well-known institution in Canada, Carleton University may just be your best fit.

Here’s a closer look at why Carleton — ‘Canada’s Capital University’ — is a great choice:

Outstanding Location and Campus Life

Ottawa is a cosmopolitan city with more than a million residents and is close to Montreal, Toronto, and the US. It is well-connected with public transport, so you don’t need a car while you’re there. Carleton University is situated along the beautiful Rideau River and Canal and is close to the bustling downtown area, parliamentary buildings, farmers’ markets, and parks.

On campus, Carleton has more than 28,000 full- and part-time students, 2,000 faculty and staff, and offers 200 clubs and activities. You can stay active outside of class by joining a cultural, social, or sports club; get involved in community outreach work, try your hand at Curling, or even play Quidditch!


Large International Student Support and Community

Carleton is home to students from over 140 countries and takes pride in fostering a warm and welcoming environment for students from around the world. The University has created a suite of student services to help international students transition successfully into university life. This includes the support students receive before they arrive on campus and throughout their time at Carleton. Services include an airport welcome program, international student orientation, and academic mentoring for students throughout their studies.

A Degree in Under 4 Years

At Carleton, students can pursue an Honours program, typically completed in four years, or opt for a General program, which can be completed in three years. As many programs are interdisciplinary, you can combine a variety of classes to design a program that best suits your career goals and ambitions. Carleton offers 19 undergraduate degree programs with over 100 majors and specializations, ranging from business to engineering, life sciences to the humanities.


Scholarship Opportunities

Carleton offers an unlimited number of renewable Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships. All incoming high school students who meet the academic and language requirements are automatically considered for these as part of the admissions process. The scholarship amount is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance, and they range from $1,000 to $16,000 CAD over 4 years. Carleton also offers more competitive, but higher value Prestige Awards that you can apply for.

Co-ops and Industry Links that Further Career Prospects

The majority of Carleton’s undergraduate programs include co-operative education (co-op) or work-study opportunities, which help you take theoretical concepts from the classroom and apply them to real-world problems in your field of study. These programs help you develop professional skills, create industry contacts, and explore career options. By participating in co-ops, you can graduate with up to 20 months of valuable, paid work experience, giving you an edge in the competitive job market, both in Canada and back home. Employers who’ve hired Carleton co-op participants include Alcatel-Lucent, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and IBM Canada.


Additionally, the University has links with many industry leaders both in Ottawa and across Canada, in industries ranging from medicine and life sciences to engineering and nonprofit organizations; this provides strong research and job placement opportunities for both students and alumni.  

If Carleton University seems like the right fit for you, check out the school profile to learn more about their programs, and even start an online school application. Also, read our blog, ‘Canada - An Attractive Destination for International Study’ to find out about recent Canadian laws that favor international students.