Applications for Fall 2021 programs are open!

Applications for both the Carleton Global Engagement Programs and the Carleton Global Engagement Scholarship are hosted on Carleton’s Terra Dotta Software (TDS) portal. You will find instructions for setting up an account when you follow the link to the TDS portal. Email with questions about the application process. Please note that admission decisions for Global Engagement Programs are made on a rolling basis beginning February 15. The deadline for both program application and scholarship application submission is March 15.

Application Instructions

  1. The link below will take you to the application page. Click Apply Now to start your application.
  2. On the User ID: Step 1 page, select from the three login options. If you are a first-time non-Carleton College user, you will select the third option to create an account.
  3. You must use your college/university email address rather a personal email when you create your account. This helps Carleton College identify you as a legitimate student applicant.
  4. Follow the instructions within the application portal to complete each of the items in your application checklist.
  5. You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. You should, however, save your application regularly. Your application will time out after 60 minutes and any unsaved parts of the application may be lost. Return to an existing application.

Contact the Carleton College Off-Campus Studies office if you encounter any difficulties with the application.

Tel: 507-222-4435


Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM Central Time

Application Tips

  • Start your application early so you have time to submit a quality application.
  • Identify your two recommenders early in the process and inform them of the deadline. This makes it possible for recommenders to complete your recommendation when is convenient for them while adhering to the application deadline.
  • Write and review your responses to the short narrative questions offline. When you are satisfied with your responses, copy them into the program application.
  • The maximum length of responses is indicated on each application question. Your responses do not need to be lengthy, but they should be well written.

Timeline for Program and Scholarship Applications

October 15 – Program application portal opens
We encourage you to start your application for our Fall programs early in the process. This will give you a sense for the various components of the application and the amount of time necessary to complete it.

January 15 – Carleton Global Engagement Scholarship application portal opens
The Carleton Global Engagement Scholarship is need-based, and aims to support broader access to study abroad opportunities through Carleton College. In order for the scholarship application to be reviewed, the applicant must have completed a Carleton Global Engagement program application by the application deadline. Scholarship awards range from $1000 to $3000.

Information about external study abroad scholarships (scholarships administered by organizations other than Carleton College) is available here (add link when scholarship page is created).

February 15 – Review of completed program applications begins
Admission decisions for Fall Global Engagement Programs are made on a rollig basis. Beginning on February 15, applicants will be informed of their application status within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

March 15 – Program and scholarship applications
Both program applications and scholarship applications must be complete by 11:59 Central Standard Time. Applicants will not be able to edit or complete an application that is in progress without first contacting Global Engagement Programs Office. Recommenders are able to submit recommendations after March 15, however the status of an application remains incomplete until the both recommendations are received.

April 7 – Scholarship applicants are notified
Students who applied for a Carleton Global Engagement Program Scholarship are notified of their scholarship status. Students who are awarded a scholarship are notified of the scholarship amount.

April 15 – Accepted students decision and deposit deadline
Students who have been accepted for a Fall Global Engagement program must decide whether to commit to participation or decline the spot they have been offered. Students commitments must be accompanied by $500 deposit. Accepted students are encouraged to make their commitment to participation as soon they are confident about their decision.