Canada is a top choice for students worldwide when it comes to international education. In fact, in recent years, it has even become a more popular study destination than the US, which was a favorite among international students. 

Canada offers a variety of opportunities and experiences to students. In addition, it has put a lot of importance on its education system. For example, 26 of Canada’s Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are featured in the latest QS World University Rankings

If you are planning to study in Canada, one of the most important things you should know is the cost of studying in the country. This includes not only the tuition fees but also the other living expenses, so it’s important to create a good budget plan for yourself. 

Tuition Fees

Despite having a high quality of life, Canada’s tuition fee is still relatively cheaper than other English-speaking study destinations in the world. Although tuition fees are usually set by institutions, here’s an estimate of the tuition fees that students have to pay while studying in Canadian institutions. 

College and vocational schools usually cost less than universities in Canada. This is because some programs are shorter than the ones offered in universities. Moreover, tuition fees vary depending on the program chosen and the location of the institution. Students may have to pay a tuition fee of around CAD 2,000 to 18,000 per year. In some institutions, they offer students free tuition. 

Universities cost higher than colleges and vocational schools. However, there are also many universities that offer financial aid to students. A university education may cost around CAD 1,800 to 20,000 a year for undergraduate degrees.

Graduate School tuition fees vary depending on the location of the institution and the student’s program of choice. A master’s degree program in Canada may cost around CAD 18,000 a year, while a Ph.D. may cost around CAD 2,500 to 17,000 a year.

Language School Canada is a bilingual country, and you can either learn English or French in its language schools. The price varies depending on the institution’s location, and not on the chosen language. A 12-week language program in Canada’s major cities costs around CAD 3,500 to 4,000. 

Living Costs

Aside from tuition fees, international students also have other expenses to pay while studying, this includes accommodation, food, transportation, books, traveling, and entertainment. Although the cost of living varies depending on the location, approximately, a year of living in Canada may cost around CAD 12,000. Below are the average prices for each type of expense, per numbeo

Food (restaurant)CAD 17.71
Utilities (electricity, heating, water, cooling, garbage)CAD 164.56
MoviesCAD 14.00
Accommodation Rent (1 bedroom)CAD 1,109 to CAD 1,319
Transportation (1-way ticket)CAD 3.25

Other Expenses

Health Insurance Canada does not have a national healthcare plan, so students should ask if the city where they will study offers health insurance. If not, students should ask their institutions or education agents if there are health insurance plans they can purchase. Health insurance may cost students around CAD 600 to 800 a year. 

Student Visa Cost

To study in Canada, students have to apply for a Canadian study permit. Applying for one costs around CAD 150. 

Want to learn more tips about studying in Canada? Check out MSM Unify’s article on 5 Pre-Departure Tips for International Students Traveling to Canada

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