Cost of studying in Canada as an international student
In order to better convey the cost of studying in Canada, we have used data gathered by Canada’s National Statistical Agency (Statistics Canada) to create two data tables. In these tables, we have provided information about the average tuition fees of colleges and universities in Canada as well as in each province.
Average tuition fees of colleges and universities of Canada for international students in the academic year 2021-2022
|Canada||Grade||Tuition Fees per Year|
|Average tuition fees in Canada||Undergraduate||$33,623|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$20,120|
Average tuition fees of colleges and universities of each province for international students in the academic year 2021-2022
|Province||Grade||Tuition Fees per Year|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undergraduate||$12,037|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$4,082|
|Prince Edward Island||Undergraduate||$20,417|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$10,546|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$23,048|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$13,123|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$18,577|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$26,236|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$11,887|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$7,583|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$15,167|
|Graduate and Ph.D.||$20,295|
Smart table of graduate and undergraduate tuition fees in Canada
In the following table, by selecting your preferred level of study on the left, you can acquire relevant data about the average tuition fee in general and divided by different fields of study.
Cost of studying in Canadian schools
International students must pay tuition fees in order to enroll in a Canadian school and the amount depends on the province in which the school is located. In larger provinces, tuition fees for Canadian schools are higher and so are the incomes.
Regular schools tuition fees
Canadian high schools and elementary schools are free for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are in Canada on a temporary visa (i.e., study permit or work permit) under certain conditions your child can study in Canadian schools for free as well.
- Average tuition fees for Canadian elementary schools: 8,000 to 16,000 per year
- Average tuition fees for Canadian high schools: 12,000 to 16,000 per year
Average tuition fees of Canadian schools in each province
|Province||Capital or major city||Average tuition fees per year|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||St. John’s||$13,750|
|Prince Edward Island||Charlottetown||$10,600|
Boarding schools tuition fees
Tuition fees for Canadian boarding schools include both education costs and campus costs. Campus fees include meals, uniforms, and the use of available amenities. Tuition fees for Canadian boarding schools average from 30,000 to 80,000 per year.
Language courses tuition fees in Canada
Students who have not met the language proficiency requirements of their program, need to enroll in an English or French course in order to improve their proficiency in English or French. These courses last for a few weeks and academically prepare the students for their program. The costs of these language courses are different for each institute. Some universities and colleges have specific courses themselves and their costs are included in the program tuition fees. In some major cities, the costs of language courses are as follows:
- Toronto: A 12-week English course is around $3,500
- City of Quebec: A 12-week French course is around $3,750
- Vancouver: A 12-week English course is around $4,000
- Calgary: A 12-week French course is around $3,400
Tuition fees for Canadian college programs
Since colleges in Canada offer a variety of programs that are both practical and academic, their tuition fees are very wide-range and an average may not do justice in providing a correct insight about their tuition fees. Tuition fees for Canadian colleges also differ depending on the province and even the city they are in. a college in north bay, ON for example has a much lower tuition fee compared to a college in Toronto, ON.
As we mentioned, providing an average for Canadian colleges’ tuition fees may not be very accurate in conveying the required info. However, for those who need a number from us regarding this matter, we would say that the average tuition fee for a college program in Canada is somewhere around $12,000.
Tuition fees for graduate university programs in Canada
In some countries, it is common knowledge that Master’s degrees cost more than Bachelor’s degrees. In Canada, however, this is not the case and the situation is the other way around. Graduate programs in Canada cost far less than undergraduate programs. Tuition fees for graduate university programs in Canada average around $17,000 per year.
MBA programs in Canada are among the most expensive programs. Although, some universities offer this program for under $20,000 per year.
International tuition fees for graduate programs of Canadian universities in the academic year 2021-2022
|Major||Tuition Fees (CA$)|
|Average for all majors||$20,120|
|Art / IT||$16,148|
|Social and behavioral sciences and legal studies||$16,582|
|Math / Computer science||$19,088|
|Medical School||No information|
|Personal Service / Transportation||$12,550|
Scholarships and funds for Ph.D. programs in Canada
Tuition fees for Ph.D. programs in Canada vary a lot depending on multiple factors. In one university you might need to pay $2,000 yearly for your program, while in another you receive a yearly fund of $25,000. In the following table, the cost of studying for a Ph.D. at the University of McGill will be assessed.
As you can see in the following table, the cost of studying for a Ph.D. at the University of McGill is around $20,000. Although, Ph.D. students receive a yearly fund of $30,000 along with other compensations for their research.
|Tuition Fee Details||Fall Semester Fees||Winter Semester Fees|
|Student Association Fees||$181.39||$97.66|
|Student Services and amenities||$322.09||$322.09|
|Dental Insurance Plan Fees||$200||–|
|Medical Insurance Plan Fees for international students||$1,047||–|
Cheapest universities in Canada
|University||Yearly Tuition (CA$)|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland||$2,150 – $11,460|
|University of Regina||$1,715 – $20,050|
|Royal Roads University||$3,750 – $27,600|
|University of Saskatchewan||$4,110 – $24,000|
|Athabasca University||$1,625 – $17,250|
Who can pay Canadian tuition fees instead of international?
- Canadian Citizens and permanent residents
- Protected people and their families (Refugees)
- Eligible international students
- Accompanying family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Work permit holders and their accompanying family members (Exceptions: graduate teaching assistant, co-op, medical residency employment, post-graduate work permit, off-campus work permit holder)
- Visitor visa holders who are allowed to stay in Canada
- Ambassadors and legal representatives of other countries
Cost of living in Canada for international students
The main point to keep in mind is that “small cities are cheap and larger cities are expensive”. While the cost of living in large cities is expensive, they offer better career opportunities and have a much more diverse population. The cost of living in smaller cities in Canada is cheaper but the society is much more local and there are not many employment opportunities. Overall, the decision is yours.
|Category||Cost in large cities (monthly)||Cost in small cities (monthly|
|Books and study materials||$40||$35|