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.
Studying in Canada is very affordable. You will likely need between C$20,000 and C$30,000 annually to cover tuition. This range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled. The costs for housing, food, and other living expenses will depend on your location and your own needs. Tuition fees for international students vary across provinces and programs.
Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available for international students wishing to study in Canada, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These include specific scholarships for sporting and academic achievement, and subject-specific scholarships. Many universities in Canada offer their own scholarships, so you might also be able to apply for a scholarship offered exclusively by the university at which you plan to study. In all cases, it’s important to apply as early as possible as scholarship funding is limited and highly competitive. International applicants have also been advised to research study abroad scholarship opportunities offered by organizations in their home country.
University tuition fees in Canada
Tuition fees at Canadian universities are a bit high but generally lower than those from countries like the United Kingdom, the USA, or Australia. University fees may vary yearly, as you will notice differences depending on the city or degree program. Newfoundland universities, for instance, have the lowest tuition fees, while Ontario is the most expensive area.
Tuition fees for Bachelor’s degrees
- Bachelors in Business & Management: 550 – 56,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Computer Science & IT: 1,535 – 55,500 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Engineering & Technology: 1,350 – 55,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Social Sciences: 1,025 – 56,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Natural Sciences: 1,780 – 53,000 CAD/year
Tuition fees for Master’s degrees
Tuition range: 1,075 – 65,000 CAD/year. Master’s in Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Law are the most expensive.
- Master’s in Business & Management: 2,150 – 52,700 CAD/year
- Masters in Computer Science & IT: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
- Masters in Engineering & Technology: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
- Masters in Medicine & Health: 2,150 – 58,300 CAD/year
- Masters in Social Sciences: 2,150 – 37,000 CAD/year
The purpose of these tuition fee ranges for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is to help figure out what kind of budget you need to study in Canada. We don’t have to choose the most expensive
programs because higher costs don’t always equal better education.