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.

International Graduate Students, 2017-2018 Tuition Fees

Field of Study in Canada

Field of Study $ Amount 2017-18
Education 15262
Visual & Performing Arts, and Communication technologies 13636
Humanities 14147
Social & Behavioral Sciences, and legal studies 14283
Law 16695
Business, Management and Public Administration 22154
Executive MBA 61190
Regular MBA 36623
Physical and life sciences and technologies 14502
Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences 15015
Engineering 17213
Architecture and related Technologies 23130
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 13428
Dentistry 21894
Nursing 12992
Pharmacy 11891
Veterinary Medicine 8777
Other Health, parks, recreation and fitness 16769
Personal, protective and transportation services 16923
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.

The average tuition fees for international Undergraduate students is $ 25180 while for international Graduate students is $ 16252 in 2017/2018.

Average Annual Cost of Studying abroad for International Students

Country Annual Fees (USD) Annual Cost of Living (USD) Annual Total (USD)
Australia 24,081 18,012 42,093
United States 24,914 11,651 36,565
United Kingdom 21,365 13,680 35,045
Canada 16,746 13,021 29,947
Singapore 18,937 20,292 39,229
Hong Kong 13,444 18,606 32,140
Taiwan 3,338 8,573 11,911
Turkey 1,276 10,089 11,365
China 3,844 6,886 10,729
Taiwan 3,338 8,573 11,911
Mexico 750 8,710 9,460
India 581 5,062 5,642
Source: HSBC RESEARCH September 2014


According to research conducted by HSBC, It costs less for international students to study in Canada than in countries such as Australia, the U.S. and U.K., etc

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. The foremost expenses can be split up as:

Rent $ 400 per month
Groceries $ 100 per month
Utilities $ 100 per month
Phone $ 100 per month
Sundry $ 200 per month
Other $ 100 per month


So, about Cdn $1000 per month is a fine estimation. Most people can survive with $700-$1000 a month.

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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