Study Costs

International Student Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for international students are different at every school and vary depending upon the program they want to study. The actual cost that students pay depends on their program of study, grants and assistance they may receive.

International students can save considerably by studying in Canada. In a survey compiled by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada offered the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the UK, Australia, New Zealand & the US.

2019-20 International Tuition Fees by Field of Study *

Field of study grouping Undergraduate Graduate
Education $20,875 $15,764
Visual & Performing Arts, and Communication technologies $25,127 $14,737
Humanities $28,676 $13,667
Social and behavioural sciences $27,647 $15,032
Law, legal professions and studies $33,192 $17,237
Business management and public administration $26,680 $24,693
Executive MBA Not available $66,665
Regular MBA Not available $38,950
Physical and life sciences and technologies $31,536 $15,421
Mathematics, computer and information sciences $33,012 $16,647
Engineering $33,703 $19,301
Architecture $26,457 $23,992
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation $26,208 $14,452
Dentistry $56,621 $22,472
Medicine $32,450 Not available
Nursing $21,922 $16,168
Optometry Not available $14,014
Pharmacy $40,960 $12,876
Veterinary medicine $63,323 $10,099
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness $24,626 $18,551
Personal, protective and transportation services $20,332 Not available
*Weighted average tuition fees by field of study in Canadian dollars.
Source: Statistics Canada

Tuition fees throughout Canada vary considerably depending on the Province, the university and the degree. The overall cost of a year’s study also inevitably depends on the student’s own needs and ‘Lifestyle’. Standard expenses for an academic year would include textbooks, laboratory facilities/equipment and student activity fees, as well as accommodation costs, food, health care, etc.

Tuition fees for universities vary depending on the program and school you choose. On average in Canada, university tuition costs around: $36,100 per year for international undergraduate students and $21,100 per year for international graduate students (Source: Statistics Canada, 2022)

The Cost of Post-Secondary Education:

Cross-Country Comparison of Tuition and Living Costs for International Students

Country Tuition Fees* Living Costs** Total Costs
Canada $7,100 $8,100 $15,200
United Kingdom $14,800 $12,600 $27,400
United States (Public) $12,200 $10,400 $22,600
United States (Private) $20,500 $11,600 $32,100
Australia $11,700 $11,550 $23,250
France (Public) Minimal $15,550 $15,550
*For average undergraduate academic year.
**For average academic year.
Source: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Canadian Education is Competitively Priced

Canada’s lower tuition and living costs create exceptional value. Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada puts the average annual cost of studying in Canada at $15,200, thus making it an economically viable option.

The Cost of Post secondary education in 2014-2015 for Full time students in Canada was an average of $ 16600.

Cost of living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada is very affordable compared to many other countries and may be around Cdn $ 10,000 depending on city & lifestyle of a student.

As a rough guideline, one will need approximately Cdn $ 18840/- to cover all expenses for an academic year. This includes tuition and living expenses and is an average only. Actual expenses may vary with geographic region and will depend upon the specific tuition fees for the program and university one attends. [Source: AUCC]


Canada offers a very low cost of living – especially compared to the United States or the United Kingdom.

The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000 for a single student, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. An additional $4,000 will be required for a spouse and an additional $3,000 for each dependent, to cover 12 months of living expenses.

However, the expenses are diverse for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea.

Accommodation costs vary depending on the location and type of accommodation one prefers such as Home stay, dormitory or renting.

Accommodation Type Average Cost (CAD)
Homestays $400 – $800 per month
Dormitory $3,000 – $7,500 per school year
Renting $400 – $1,500 per month

The average monthly cost of living in Canada for International students is between CAD $600 and $800 for groceries and other daily expenses, excluding accommodation.

Most people can survive with $1000-$1500 a month which is a rough estimation of Living Expenses.

Note: This is only an approximation of basic living expenses and should only be used as a guide. Individual costs may vary depending on factors including a student’s lifestyle, marital status, program of study etc.
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