Study In Canada

Compared to many countries, studying in Canada is very affordable. You will likely need between C$20,000 and C$30,000 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 your living expenses.

Tuition

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

2017–2018 International Tuition Fees for Full-time Study *

Field of study grouping

Undergraduate

Graduate

Education

$17,337

$13,962

Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies

$20,571

$13,150

Humanities

$22,229

$13,460

Social and behavioural sciences

$21,604

$13,557

Law, legal professions and studies

$27,056

$16,549

Business management and public administration

$23,555

$20,518

Physical and life sciences and technologies $24,456 $13,730
 Mathematics, computer and information sciences $25,273 $13,067
Engineering

$26,582

$15,870

Architecture and related technologies

$22,171

$20,123

Agriculture, natural resources and conservation

$20,268

$12,416

Dentistry

$53,105

$20,565

Medicine

$33,084

Not available

Nursing

$18,806

$12,183

Pharmacy

$32,886

$10,548

Veterinary medicine

$58,629

$8,640

Other health, parks, recreation and fitness

$20,117

$16,031

Do remember that the costs associated with attending university go beyond tuition fees. You must also budget for items such as books, living expense, and housing.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada mandates that you prove you have enough money to meet your financial needs while studying in Canada before you start. So it’s important to begin sorting out your finances – and looking into the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to help fund your education – early on.

Housing

Most universities offer on-campus residences for students, some of them specifically for scholars from abroad. But acceptance at a Canadian school does not automatically mean you can get a room in residence. Students must apply separately for on-campus housing, and its cost varies across institutions and will depend on whether or not you want a private room or a meal plan, for example.

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 range from about $80 to $110, although many transit providers offer student discounts.