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A&M BUSH SCHOOL Only Exchange: Carleton University, Canada
Ottawa, Canada (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer 10-Week
Homepage: Click to visit
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 10-Week 2017 08/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Academic College: George Bush School of Government and Public Service Academic Department: International Affairs, Public Service & Administration
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor:
Janeen Wood, Patrick Moore
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Grad Student
Additional features: Internship, Research
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Carleton University
Established in 1942, Carleton University is situated on 100 acres between the Rideau River and Canal.  The university is just minutes south from the heart of Canada’s capital of Ottawa. In 2013, Macleans ranked Carleton as the 6th best university in Canada.

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) is Canada’s leading school for international affairs. NPSIA is the only full Canadian member of the Association of Professional Schools for International Affairs. In 2007, a poll of Canadian academics, intended to determine the best professional international affairs programs, ranked NPSIA at number two, tied with Georgetown University and ahead of programs such at Harvard and Columbia.


Ottawa is a year round destination in province of Ontario. The capital city’s downtown houses Canada’s Gothic-style Parliament buildings along with parks, gardens and wide, open public spaces. With the confluence of three rivers, Ottawa is a jumble of pulsing districts full of world-class museums framed by the rolling Gatineau hills. Initially an Irish and French Christian settlement, the city’s plethora of excellent dining options are a result of Ottawa’s cultural diversity. ByWard Market, Parliament Hill and the Golden Triangle districts have traditionally been the focal cultural scenes in Ottawa. The city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including Winterlude, Canadian Tulip Festival and the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during 
  • Fall Semester (September to December)
  • Spring Semester (January to April)
  • Summer 10-Week (May to August)

As part of the exchange program at Carleton, graduate students are open to register for any international affairs course NPSIA offers. Courses focus on topics such as international economic policy, conflict analysis and resolution, intelligence and national security, international organizations and global public policy, international development policy and development projects and planning. Instead of using a three credit per class system, Carleton courses have a credit value of .25 to .50. Typically, a 1.50 credit semester at Carleton is considered full time status. Check out Carleton’s pre-arrival exchange student info for details on orientations before the semester begins. 

On-campus accommodations are not guaranteed for exchange students, but there are a number of spaces reserved. Students must register early in order to ensure a place. Graduate students are generally housed in Leeds House in single bedrooms.  Off-campus accommodations are the second option open to exchange students. Various flats and townhouses are scattered throughout the city for exchange students to rent. Furnished one to multiple bedroom apartments are available.

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is its affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

Helpful Links

Carleton University Homepage
Carleton Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Carleton Exchange Program
Carleton NPSIA Course Offerings
Carleton Exchange Pre-Arrival Info
Carleton On-Campus Housing
Carleton Off-Campus Housing
Carleton International Graduate Student Guidebook
Carleton 2012-2013 Factsheet
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Ottawa, Canada City Guide
Canada Travel Guide

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant

For detailed information about the exchange program to Carleton University, students should contact Janeen Wood or Dr. Gregory Gause in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Patrick Moore