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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

This is a special Orientation issue of TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter. You will receive this newsletter on the first and third Wednesday of every month (third Wed. during the summer months.) Returning students might notice that the newsletter has a new look. Please feel free to send your feedback to

Have You Been Affected by the Phoenix Pay System?

If you have been affected by issues regarding the Phoenix pay system currently impacting Government of Canada employees and are having trouble paying your tuition fees, you will want to read this.

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Orientation for New Grad Students and TAs

You still have a couple of days to register for the Sept. 6th fall Orientation. We strongly encourage all new graduate students and teaching assistants to attend.

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Orientation for New International Graduate Students

As well as the general Orientation on Sept. 6, you are also invited to a special Orientation for new international graduate students that is happening tomorrow on Friday Sept. 2.

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GSA Welcome Weeks

The Graduate Students Association is hosting two weeks of fun activities for new and returning graduate students at Carleton from September 3  to 18. For a preview of events, visit and stay updated by signing up for the Grad Bulletin at

GSA Health Plan

The GSA offers a medical, dental and accident insurance plan designed to be relatively comprehensive and low in cost. All full-time students registered in the fall term are automatically covered. Part-time students and dependents can join the plan for a fee. Deadlines apply.

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Important Information for Teaching Assistants

Check out our TA web page for important information for new and continuing TAs, including how to update your profile.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


September 1: Last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates.

September 3-4: Residence move-in weekend.

September 3: cuLearn Update

September 5: Statutory holiday. University closed..

September 7: Fall term begins.

September 14: Deadline to apply for an opt-out for students who have not picked up their U-Pass. If you have already picked up your U-Pass, you may still submit the opt-out application and you will receive a pro-rated fee adjustment.

September 20: Last day of registration for fall term and fall/winter term courses.

September 20: Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Fall 2016 and must register for the fall 2016 term.

October 7: Deadline to opt out of the GSA’s Health Plan.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s website. For all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.


September 3 to 18: GSA Welcome Weeks

September 2: Orientation for new International Graduate Students

September 6: Orientation for all new Graduate Students and TAs

September 8: Meet other grad students and service organization representatives at GSA’s Grad Fair from noon until 4 p.m. between the University Centre, Architecture and Canal Buildings. Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 15. Free bike tune-ups and a vegan lunch provided by the Garden Spot (small donations are encouraged).

For information about other Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


Some Grad Navigate workshops are now available for the fall term. FGPA will continue to add new workshops over the next month.

TAs, check out the EDC’s Training Day on Sept. 17, as well as the Preparing to Teach Certificate program.


For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.  The OGS application form is already available online.