Est. 1942Ranked among top 20 universities in CA
Located in the capital city of Ottawa in Canada, Carleton University, was established in the year 1942 and is one of the most famous public university in Ontario, Canada. The university is named after the former Carleton County, which used to be a part of Ottawa at the time of the establishment of this university. Carleton County itself was named after Guy Carleton, who was the 1st Baron Dorchester.
Carleton offers a wide range of courses in more than 65 academic programs. The university is well-known for its engineering, international business, humanities, and industrial design courses. The university currently has more than 22,000 undergraduates and around 3,500 postgraduates from all over the world.
Carleton University is located to the west of Old South Ottawa. It is surrounded by the Rideau River in the south and Dow’s Lake and Rideau Canal in the North. The university is about 20kms from Ottawa’s Confederation Heights and The Glebe.
If we talk about travelling to and from the university, Carleton has partnered with a number of sustainable public transportation programs to make things easier for the students. The university promotes walking and cycling to the campus. There are ‘’Safe Paths’’ inside the campus for the walkers and the cyclists can benefit from the free open racks in the campus and a secure bicycle storage compound close to the Athletics Complex, for which a student needs to pay a yearly fee of $10.
If you are looking for public transport, then the OC Transpo/O’Train is the easiest way to reach to the university. The service is available throughout the day and all over the city. Apart from this, the university also has a Safe Cabs program and also promotes Carpooling. In short, transportation will never be a problem for you at Carleton.
The university is designed by a local artist Adrian Grollner and has an urban backdrop. One of the most unique things about the university is its dense network of underground tunnels. Students can use these tunnels to travel across the campus, especially in the winter and rainy months. One of the most famous buildings at the Carleton campus is the Norman Peterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), which is one of the leading international affairs school in Canada.
The Sprott School of Business is located to the east of the campus and was the first school in Canada to offer a bachelor’s degree in business management. The campus also has MacOdrum Library which has more than 3 million research collections and archives.
The university has a total of 11 student residences. There are traditional-style residences as well as suite-style residences. Some of the traditional-style residences are Russell House, Renfrew House, Glengarry House and Dundas House. Suite-style residences include Frontenac House, Leeds House and Prescott House. All the residence houses of the university are named after different counties in Ontario. These residences are all inter-connected to one another and liked to the university through its tunnel system.
More than 3000 undergraduates and postgraduates live at these residences. Applying for an on-campus accommodation is very simple and can be done from the official website of the university. For students who are looking for off-campus accommodations, large number of options are available for them as well. You can get a 1-bedroom suite for an average cost of $600 and a 3-4 bedroom house for an average $1500. Most of them are at a walking distance. This is important keeping the harsh winters in mind.
Canada is known for its winter and snowfall. As an Indian student, the winter months (December-February) can be difficult as the temperatures can fall up to -15 degree Celsius and even below. Ottawa also receives around 230cm of snowfall on a yearly basis. Summers are humid and warm, and the average temperature in the summer months is about 25 degree Celsius.
Carleton offers a wide range of courses in engineering, physics, business management, IT, and even in oceans and paleontology. As a matter of fact, more than 1500 courses are listed on the university’s website. The university is only able to offer such a stimulating array of courses due to the network of top tier professors from some of the best global universities, including Peking and Harvard. Many of the professors at the university are highly reputed in their fields, making Carleton an ideal place for every international student looking for an academically-reputed university.
The university is not known to offer much of financial help to international students. It is a part of Project Hero, a scholarship program for the family members of fallen Canadian Forces. It also offers scholarships to Aboriginals, Metis, Inuit and First Nations. The university also offers TA opportunity to its students.
Carleton is pretty famous in Ottawa and a large number of companies participate in the career fairs organized by the university. While the academic syllabus of the university is often termed as very demanding by the students, the ones who are able to excel have bright chances of getting selected by some of the best of companies at these fairs.
If you are looking for an international university in Canada, Carleton should be among the top three options. The university is well-reputed for the academics and even the student reviews on the internet are highly positive. While the syllabus is rigorous, top tier professors and an entertaining campus life are sure to make things easier for you. If you are looking to work in the government sector in Canada, this is a good choice.
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