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Canada: Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: AU- applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Dormitory, Shared Apt. Language of Instruction: English
Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
Advisor: Tina Murray Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Advising Required:
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada is perhaps the closest and most extensive in the world. Canada is the largest trading partner of the United States. Total U.S. trade with Canada is greater than its trade with all 15 countries of the European Union combined. The United States accounts for 72% of all foreign direct investment in Canada, and Canada is the third-largest foreign investor in the United States. More than 200 million Americans and Canadians cross the border in a year. Despite occasional sharp differences, the American and Canadian governments have forged, over time, a strong cooperative relationship on most foreign policy issues.

Carleton is widely recognized as one of the top universities in Canada. Centrally located in the Canadian capital, it draws 18,000 students to its wide range of course offerings. Carleton is especially well known for public affairs, public management, and international relations.


Carleton has recently introduced many new undergraduate programs, including an interdisciplinary program in public affairs and policy management with courses that AU students in SIS and SPA should find particularly attractive. AU students in virtually all majors will be able to enroll at Carleton and take advantage of its course offerings. Course descriptions and a complete listing of Carleton's courses can be found in the link for each department. Students will be required to secure course equivalenciesSyllabi will be available when the student registers and arrives on site.

Student Life

Life in Ottawa

Ottawa is one of the undiscovered gems of North America! It is a beautiful city of parks, rivers, and canals. In addition to the parliament buildings and other governmental facilities, Ottawa boasts some of the finest cultural facilities in Canada. It has a dynamic downtown center featuring the bustling Byward Market, trendy restaurants, elegant shops, and quaint cafes. Winterlude, a February celebration that attracts a million visitors to the city each year, features a host of fun activities, including skating on the world's largest skating rink. The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League draw sell-out crowds throughout the winter. In the spring, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa presents dazzling displays of color throughout the city.

Like Washington, Ottawa offers students an opportunity to experience politics at work on a daily basis. There are vibrant and heated parliamentary debates on issues of Canadian public policy and Canada's relations with the United States, and the ever-present issue of regional relations within the Canadian federation. Your experience in Canada will also provide you with a unique opportunity to view how the United States is perceived, both pro and con, by its closest and most intimate neighbor and thus oblige you to think more profoundly about U.S. policies as well. So discover Canada - close to home but in many ways farther away and more different than you think!

Housing and Meals

Students are responsible for making housing and meal arrangements independently. Upon admission to Carleton, the Carleton International office will provide students with potential housing options. Most international students live in residences that offer a variety of living styles including single gender or co-ed and single or double bedrooms. Rooms are equipped with basic furniture, telephones, and some storage space. Bed linens and pillows are not supplied so students must provide their own. As for meals, students living in residences receive two meals a day, seven days a week.

You will be able to contact alumni from this program when you start an application.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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