Academic Tips for the start of Second Year:

Jump to Things To Do in Second Year, starting in September.

  1. BIBs are encouraged to choose a Concentration, rather than go the non-Concentration route.  Your course planning for Year 3 (abroad) and Year 4 will be more transparent if you have a Concentration on your Audit!
  2. BIBs are encouraged to add a Minor in their BIB language  (Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish).  Most of you will graduate with a Minor. If by Year 4, however, it becomes clear that you will not be able to meet the requirements of the Minor, then you can simply drop it (after consulting with your academic advisor). For now, please add it.
  3. If your Academic Standing at the end of Year 1 is AW (Academic Warning) or ND (No Decision), please consult with the BIB academic advisor no later than the first week of September, to make sure the courses you’re taking (and re-taking) in Second Year are appropriate for a plan towards success.

To add a Concentration and a Minor to your Audit:
Carleton Central/Student Services/OnLine Applications/Change Program Elements

Don’t forget to reference your BIB Degree Planning Guide

Month Suggestions for Second Year BIB Students
September – October
  • Learn all you can about the possibleplacement locations for next year.
  • Please be aware that some partner institutions charge extra fees for language classes and athletic facilities.
  • Talk to 4th year BIB students; attend information sessions;read stories from previous students and travel guides.
  • Check out theRegistrar’s web-site, including the ‘Exchange Courses Equivalencies Database‘ for a preliminary look at the kinds of courses offered at each partner institution.  Please note:  These lists are subject to change, and are for your information only (they do not guarantee credit transfer).  But they give you an idea as to what you might expect to take if you studied at that institution.
November – December
  • Applications due Friday, December 1st on
    Carleton Central. (Student Online Applications: Outgoing International Exchange). Online applications open in Carleton Central November 6th and close December 1st at 4:00 p.m.
  • BIB students do not pay the application fee of $70 – they are exempt from the fee.
  • The application form requires you to indicate your top 3 preferences for placement.
  • If you are applying for ORA (France), OBW (Germany), or OJS (China) – please indicate that program as your first preference, then select two more locations as your second & third preference.
  • Remember, all placements abroad are conditional upon students meeting the
    eligibility requirements for BIB study abroad.
  • Continue with your language study even though classes have ended! Rent foreign films, read, talk, exchange e-mails.
  • Apply for a
    passport (if you do not already have one).
  • If you already have a passport, check the expiry date: If the expiry date is sooner than 6 months after your expected return from the year abroad, renew your passport now.
  • The Sprott School of Business will make a conditional placement decision
  • By the end of January you will be informed of the decision.
January – February
  • Your name will be submitted to one of our partner institutions as a candidate for the exchange.
  • The partner institution will send us their application form, which you will complete. (Most often, this application is an online process. The partner institution will send you a log-in and password.)  If the application requests a preliminary course selection, please consult both the partner institution’s web-site/ or instructions, and our own database of courses taken previously by Carleton students there.  Please use the host course numbers (not the Carleton Equivalents).
  • The Sprott School of Business will courier your completed application package to the partner institution. (including any other documents required by the partner institution – e.g., your Carleton transcript, photocopy of your passport, and so on.)
  • Purchase (and read) a travel guidebook for your country/region.
  • Get together with BIB students who studied at that partner institution last year. Learn all you can from them!
February – March
  • Pick up a student-visa application form from the Embassy here in Ottawa (click on ‘Diplomatic Missions’). Begin to gather the required documentation for the visa.
  • Attend the compulsory Pre-Departure Orientation Thursday April 12, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in 231 Unicentre.
  • Ontario Residents: Inform OHIP of your year abroad. If you’re from outside Ontario, be sure to inform your health provider of your year abroad.
April – June
  • Receive your official Acceptance Letter.
  • Submit your completed Student Visa application form to the Embassy.
  • Communicate with your host institution regarding arrival dates, housing options, course selection, and so on.
  • Book your flight. Purchase health/travel insurance.
  • Get ready to go!
  • Pay Carleton tuition for the full academic year.
  • Do not register at Carleton. The Registrar’s office has already registered you as a full-time student on Exchange for the year abroad, based on the form you submitted in April.
  • The Registrars Office will also register you into BUSI 3700.
August – October
  • Comply with all of Carleton’s Departure requirements & forms.
  • Make arrangements for a place to stay for the first few days, if necessary, while you search for an apartment or wait for the residence to open.
  • Bring local currency with you, enough to live on for the first few days. U.S. cash can be handy, too.
  • Board your flight: the adventure begins!
  • Follow the 5 Steps for Approval of Courses. Do this at the start of each semester.