Cost of
Studying

Each year the Canadian Government sets a minimum financial requires international students must have to be accepted for a Canadian Study Permit.

In 2016 this amount was your tuition costs PLUS $10,000 CDN to cover your living expenses while studying in Canada for your first year.

Tuition Costs in Canada

Tuition cost at universities and colleges in Canada vary greatly across institutions and also programs.  Generally, tuition at a Canadian college will be less than at a Canadian university.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees at Universities in Canada

  • Nationally, international undergraduate students paid on average $21,932 in tuition fees in 2015/2016.
  • Newfoundland froze all tuition fees for international students in 2015/2016.

 

Average tuition fees for full-time international undergraduate students, by field of study

Academic Year 2015-2016

 

(in CDN dollars)

2016-2017

 

(in CDN dollars)

Education 16,712 17,337
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 19,766 20,571
Humanities 21,021 22,229
Social and behavioural sciences 20,644 21,604
Law, legal professions and studies 25,864 27,056
Business, management and public administration 22,340 23,555
Physical and life sciences and technologies 22,954 24,456
Mathematics, computer and information sciences 23,643 25,273
Engineering 25,112 26,582
Architecture and related technologies 21,033 22,171
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 19,327 20,268
Dentistry 50,646 53,105
Medicine 31,881 33,084
Nursing 18,152 18,806
Pharmacy 30,997 32,886
Veterinary medicine 54,326 58,629
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 19,269 20,117

Source: Statistics Canada

Postgraduate tuition fees in Canada

  • – Tuition fees are generally higher and vary greatly depending on your program.   Arts and humanities on average are $12,000 CDN – $28,000 CDN.  Executive MBA programs are generally the most expensive, averaging around CA$42,000.

Average tuition fees for full-time international graduate students, by field of study

 

2015-2016

 

(in CDN dollars)

2016-2017

 

(in CDN dollars)

Education 13,407 13,962
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 13,056 13,150
Humanities 13,154 13,460
Social and behavioural sciences 13,053 13,557
Law, legal professions and studies 16,230 16,549
Business, management and public administration 19,619 20,518
Executive MBA 55,014 56,900
Regular MBA 32,486 34,131
Physical and life sciences and technologies 13,393 13,730
Mathematics, computer and information sciences 12,799 13,067
Engineering 15,281 15,870
Architecture and related technologies 17,240 20,123
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 12,135 12,416
Dentistry 19,858 20,565

 

Source: Statistics Canada

The chart below outlines the average cost of an undergraduate degree, including the cost of living, across leading study abroad destinations including Canada:

Source: HSBC “The Value of Education: Springboard for success,” September 2014

*The HSBC report provided all costs in USD. For convenience and consistency, the costs have been converted to CAD. The exchange rate between USD and CAD can vary considerably. The October 21, 2014, conversion rate of 1 USD to 1.12 CAD was used.

  

Cost of Living

Your cost of living while studying will depend on where your university or college is located.  Smaller cities and towns are usually less expensive than larger cities.

Toronto, Canada – Prices

1 Litre of Milk $2.80 CDN

2 Movie Tickets $28 CDN

1 Monthly Public Transit Ticket  $138 CDN

Rent for an Apartment in a Nice Area: $1,600 CDN

Utilities for 1 Person: $99 CDN for a month

Kingston, Canada – Prices

1 Litre of Milk $2.55 CDN

2 Movie Tickets $23 CDN

1 Monthly Public Transit Ticket  $66 CDN

Rent for an Apartment in a Nice Area: $1,000 CDN

Utilities for 1 Person: $100 CDN for a month

 

See “Cost of Living Canada” for comparisons of the living costs in Canada, the US and the UK.

International students may help support themselves by working part-time while they study:

  • Students may be eligible to work part-time during their studies in accordance with their study permit.

 

  • If students are married and their spouse accompanies them to Canada while they are studying, the spouse may be eligible for an open work permit.

 

  • Students are eligible to stay and work in Canada after they compete their studies up to 3 years (depending on the length of their studies)

Book an appointment to find out more about studying in Canada and also the Canadian immigration system.

 

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