Canada is one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students, offering a diverse variety of experiences and opportunities in a country known for its vast expanses, multicultural cities and natural beauty. If you want to study in Canada, the good news is that tuition fees are generally less expensive than in other major Anglophone destinations (the US, UK and Australia), although they are still quite high in comparison to other countries.
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) offers a useful online tool which allows prospective international students to quickly calculate the costs of studying at different universities in Canada, as well as providing guidance on the documents needed to apply.
If you’re a Canadian citizen studying in Canada, you can expect to pay an average of CA$6,571 per year for an undergraduate degree, and CA$6,907 per year for a graduate degree.
As is the case worldwide, executive MBA programs are generally the most expensive, averaging around CA$51,891 (~US$42,440), while regular MBAs cost CA$29,293 (~US$23,900) on average.
To find out more, get your free online copy of the QS Top Grad School Guide, including a dedicated section about postgraduate study in Canada.
The Université de Montréal estimates students will need a total of CA$15,050 per year including housing, food, accommodation, books and course supplies, phone costs and miscellaneous expenses. Similarly, the University of British Columbia, located in Vancouver, estimates living costs of CA$15,500 per year, not including mandatory health insurance, which is CA$864 per year under the BC Health Plan. (Vancouver has been named the most expensive Canadian city to live in, particularly in terms of rent.) It’s also a good idea to budget for extra costs, such as warm winter clothing if you don’t already have any.
The three main types of student accommodation (homestay, university accommodation and private accommodation) vary considerably in costs, with students paying around CA$6,000 (~US$4,850) for accommodation each year. Private shared accommodation can cost up to CA$8,400 per year. University accommodation is often cheaper, with some universities offering meal plans to allow you to purchase food from the university’s food outlets.
Here are some examples of average living costs in Canada:
You should also remember to purchase compulsory health insurance while studying in Canada. This will cost approximately CA$600 (~US$485) per year.
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