COST OF STUDYING IN CANADA – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Compared to many countries, the cost of studying in Canada is very affordable. As a guide, you will likely need between $15,000 Cdn and $30,000 Cdn annually to cover tuition and living expenses. However, this cost range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled, your location, and living choices.

Tuition

Tuition fees for international students vary across provinces and programs. The table below shows the weighted average tuition fees for full-time foreign students, by field of study.

Remember, however, that the costs associated with attending university go beyond tuition fees. You must also budget for items such as books, personal living expenses, and housing.

An Average University / College tuition fees for full-time foreign students (in Canadian dollars)

Field of study grouping

Undergraduate

Graduate

Education

$14,600

$12,742

Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies

$17,530

$12,152

Humanities

$18,365

$12,633

Social and behavioural sciences

$18,078

$12,461

Law, legal professions and studies

$23,552

$15,065

Business management and public administration

$19,641

$18,157

Executive MBA

Not applicable

$44,800

Regular MBA

Not applicable

$32,424

Physical and life sciences and technologies

$20,039

$12,618

Mathematics, computer and information sciences

$20,699

$12,113

Engineering

$21,819

$14,315

Architecture and related technologies

$18,793

$15,982

Agriculture, natural resources and conservation

$17,558

$11,634

Dentistry

$47,621

Not available

Medicine

$29,198

Not available

Nursing

$16,435

$11,585

Pharmacy

$30,479

$12,231

Veterinary medicine

$51,538

$8,364

Other health, parks, recreation and fitness

$17,793

$16,460

Housing

Most universities offer on-campus residences designated for international students, or residences generally available to all students on campus. However, acceptance at a Canadian school does not automatically mean you can get a room in residence. Students must apply separately for on-campus housing. The cost of on-campus housing varies across institutions and will depend on whether or not you want a private room or meal plan, for example.

Some international students choose to live off-campus in an apartment or flat. Rent for an apartment in Canada can range from approximately $400 Cdn to $1,500 Cdn per month depending on the city or neighbourhood and the type of accommodation. As a renter, you may also need to pay additional monthly costs for utilities, such as electricity, home phone, Internet and cable television, as well as personal expenses and renters’ insurance.

Most universities can provide assistance with finding accommodations, both on- and off-campus, and answer questions through their housing office or student services.

People walking in front of Concordia University.

Concordia University

Transportation

Depending on where you live, you may be able to walk or bike to campus. Many students, particularly those in larger cities, choose public transportation: buses, subways, commuter trains, or ferries. One-way public transit fares typically cost a few dollars, and monthly passes around $90 Cdn per month, although many transit providers offer student discounts.

The provincial governments are responsible for licensing vehicles and drivers in Canada. Contact the ministry of transportation in your province of study to determine if you are eligible to drive a vehicle.

Health insurance

All international students in Canada must have health insurance. Medical coverage available to international students varies from province to province. The provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan cover international students under their provincial health care plans, but coverage generally depends on the length of your stay.

However, international students planning to study in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island or Quebec must arrange for private health insurance.

You can find out more details about health coverage through the university websites and those of the provin­cial ministries of health.