International Students

This Institute receives a large number of applications each year from well-qualified international students for an extremely limited number of positions. Only students in mechanical and aerospace engineering who are in the top 5% of their graduating class and fulfilling all the requirements should consider applying. In addition, applicants to the Ph.D. program who have technical papers published in international journals or presented at international conferences have a much better chance for admission than those applicants who do not have such evidence to indicate the quality of their Master’s theses.


The academic year starts in September and students generally first register in the Fall semester. To indicate relative time guidelines applicants should note that, depending upon their country of application, it could take up to 6 months or more to obtain a visa to study in Canada which will not be issued without an official letter of acceptance from the university of the supervisor and evidence of adequate financial support. The universities and/or the individual professors generally make their decisions concerning financial support/aid by April 15th.


For registration in September, in most cases the student’s file should be complete by March 1st. Other applicants will be processed but will have little prospect of receiving financial support.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in English is necessary to purse graduate studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. All applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways: