New IESP Applicants

Returning IESP Students

New Applicants

How do you apply?

IESP does not base its admissions decisions on high school or college/university grades alone. For this reason, we ask students to submit an Application Package including an application form, two letters of reference from teachers, a personal statement and an application fee.

IESP applications are not made through the Ontario University Application Centre. Instead, you apply directly to the program, below.

IESP Application

Who should apply?

Indigenous students interested in beginning university studies who:

  • would like academic and social support
  • have taken time away from school and wish to start in a supported environment
  • have potential but may lack the grades needed for traditional admission

IESP students:

  • have come from across Canada
  • have diverse educational and/or professional backgrounds and experiences
  • have included both recent high school and/or college graduates and mature students who have decided to undertake university studies after years in the workforce

What is the application deadline?

  • Fall 2019:
    • June 28, 2019 – Business Stream, Computer Science Stream, Engineering Stream and Science Stream
    • July 31, 2019 – Arts and Social Sciences Stream
    • Once deadlines have passed, please contact our office to see if spots are still available in the stream that interests you: iesp@carleton.ca or 613-520-2600 x 8136.
  • Winter 2019: Please visit our January application page.

What are the minimum educational requirements for admission to IESP?

Applicants must meet the following minimum educational criteria:

  • Ontario high school applicants: must submit a complete application and have three Grade 12 credits at the U or M level (4U English is recommended but not required), and be eligible for their OSSD.
  • Out-of-province high school applicants: must submit a complete application, have a high school diploma and half their grade 12 credits in the academic/university stream.
  • Mature applicants (the IESP office will consider those who have been away from full-time studies for a two-year period and who have not undertaken other college or university study as “mature”): must submit a complete application and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • College/CEGEP applicants: must submit a complete application and may be considered after the completion of one year in a college program.
  • University students: please consult with us about whether our program can assist you. Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Prerequisite subjects:

Applicants to our Business, Computer Science, Science or Engineering streams, have additional prerequisite course requirements. These prerequisite course requirements apply to all applicant types (high school, college, international, mature or other university students).

Business stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Functions (60% or higher)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)

Computer Science stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Functions (60% or higher)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)

Engineering stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Chemistry (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Physics (may be taken concurrently, i.e., while enrolled in ESP/IESP)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)
  • Note: Students with previous university studies cannot be considered for our Engineering stream.

Science stream (prerequisite subject requirements)

  • Required: Grade 12 Advanced Functions (60% or higher)
  • Required: Grade 12 Chemistry (60% or higher)
  • Recommended: Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (60% or higher)

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Returning Students

How do I apply to a second year of IESP?

  • Consult with us at iesp@carleton.ca or 613-520-2600 x. 8136. Please note: second year is normally only available in the Arts and Social Sciences Stream.
  • Complete the Second Year/Returning Student IESP Application form below.

Returning IESP student application

What is required to return to IESP for a second year?

Your attendance in workshops, final grades and application essay will be used to determine your eligibility for a second year of IESP. You need to have good attendance in your workshops and an average approximately in the C range. You will also need to complete and submit the Second Year/Returning Student IESP Application form.

What is the application deadline?

Note: Applications received after the deadline will be added to a waitlist and processed if space permits. 

  • Fall 2019:  July 31, 2019
  • Winter 2020: Please check back in September.

If I’m taking summer courses, should I still apply to a second year of IESP?

Consider applying to a second year of IESP even if you are enrolled in summer courses. While your summer course may help you qualify for admission to a degree program, you may want to apply to a second year of IESP as a precaution.

Spaces in the second year of IESP are limited and may be full before you have your summer course results, so if you are considering this option, please apply early.

If you are admitted to a degree program after you receive your summer course results, you may simply withdraw your application to IESP.

What does a second year of IESP involve?

If admitted to a second year of IESP, you would enroll in one core second-year credit and two first-year elective credit courses chosen from the list of courses supported by the program.

Can I apply to receive funding for second year IESP?

For students funded by their band, please contact us for advice. Some funders will support a second year in IESP.

The ministry will only fund students who are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to take IESP for one year. This means second-year students cannot receive OSAP (if they received it in their first year of study).

Students may apply for a bank student line of credit and/or student bursaries.