Studying in Canada is not only a great experience that will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional qualification. It’s an investment: an investment in your future and can be for your loved ones too.
Canada is not only the third most popular study destinations in the world but also has one of the most diverse student populations, with students originating from over 186 nations to study in Canada.
Today, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there are over 642,000 foreign students in Canada and nearly 54,000 international students who have stayed on after graduating from a university or college in Canada.
93% of international students have said that they enjoyed their time spent studying in Canada with almost 87% reporting that it has also has helped them prepare to find a job in Canada.
When asked why they chose Canada over any other study destination abroad, the top 5 reasons were:
- Quality of Education;
- The Prestige of a Canadian Qualification;
- Availability of Courses;
- Tolerance and Non-Discriminatory; and
The opportunity that a Canadian qualification will give you is priceless but how much will it cost you? Let’s take a closer look at how much it will be to study in Canada so that you can plan ahead and budget for the year ahead.
How Much Does it Cost to Study in Canada?
Your annual tuition fees will vary depending on location, which programs you choose and which of the many amazing colleges or universities in Canada you decide to enrol at. According to Statistics Canada, you can expect to pay anywhere between an average $29,714 for undergraduates programs and $17,744 CAD for postgraduate programs per year, while MBA programs average at about $27,397 annually. Below is what you can expect to pay for an undergraduate and MBA in 2019/2020 based on your chosen program or field of study:
|Average Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2019/2020|
|Field Of Study||CAD|
|Mathematics, computer and information sciences||6,851|
|Business, management and public administration||6,827|
|Physical and life sciences and technologies||6,056|
|Other health, parks, recreation and fitness||5,867|
|Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies||5,770|
|Personal, protective and transportation services||5,708|
|Agriculture, natural resources and conservation||5,601|
|Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies||5,544|
|Average MBA Tuition Fees 2019/2020|
|Field Of Study||CAD|
|Executive master of business administration (MBA)||56,328|
|Business, management and public administration||13,252|
|Other health, parks, recreation and fitness||8,270|
|Mathematics, computer and information sciences||7,990|
|Physical and life sciences and technologies||6,717|
|Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies||5,794|
|Personal, protective and transportation services||5,542|
|Agriculture, natural resources and conservation||5,516|
|Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies||5,178|
Annual fees to enrol at universities in Canada
To enrol at a college or university in Canada you will need to pay admission fees for the processing of your application. This, of course, varies from institution to institution but on average you can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $500, however, there are a few that don’t charge an admission fee. Below are five universities that don’t charge admissions fees for international students:
- Royal Roads University
- Fairleigh Dickinson University;
- Quest University;
- Booth University;
- The University of Winnipeg.
It is important to note that this fee is nonrefundable which means that whether or not you get accepted you will not be able to get a refund once you have submitted your application.
Your Visa or study permit is the document that allows you to study in Canada. This is different from your visa that allows you to enter Canada however when you apply for your study permit, you will automatically be granted a temporary travel visa. Your Canada study permit will cost $150.
As an international student, you will be able to work on or off-campus for 20 hours a week off-campus without a work permit. If you would like to apply for an additional work permit it will cost you $155. This is of course optional.
Most international students don’t take into account how much they could be spending on accommodation and food. Once again this depends on which city and province you’re situated in but you should budget for around $10,000 to $15,500 CAD. According to Neuvoo, on average you can expect to pay:
|Average Cost of Living for Students in 2019/2020|
|On-Campus Accommodation||$3,000 - $7,500|
|Private Shared Accommodation||8,400 (excluding bills)|
|Health Insurance||$6,00 - $800|
|Basic Utilities per month||$158.77|
|1 min prepaid mobile tariff (local)||$0.36|
|Internet per month(60mbps or more, unlimited, Cable/ADSL)||$76.51|
|Eating Out at a Restaurant (1 person)||$17 -$35|
|Take-away meal (1 person)||$10 -$15|
|One-Way Ticket on Public Transportation||$3.25|
|Monthly Pass Public Transportation||$97|
|Loaf of Bread||$2.90|
|Bottle of water (1.5l)||$2.20|
|Bottle of wine (mid-range)||$15|
|Bottle of Beer (0.5l)||$3.05 - $3.70|
|Loaf of Bread||$2.90|
|Monthly Gym Fees (1 Adult)||$50.09|
How to Apply for Your Canada Study Permit
Step 1. Eligibility Assessment
This is an extremely important part of the Canada visa application process. Knowing whether or not to get a visa is crucial because if you are deemed inadmissible it will not matter whether or not you have been accepted to a university in Canada or not.
Step 2. Guidance from an Academic Advisor
Before applying to your university or college of choice you may want to take advantage of our complementary academic advisor. This Is an added bonus to have a paid evaluation done as you will receive all the support and guidance that you need to help you make the best choices for your academic future in Canada.
Step 4. Receive Your Acceptance Letter
So you’ve been accepted! Congratulations! Just be sure to get an acceptance letter as you’ll need it once we start the process of applying for your Canada study permit.
Step 5. Submit Documents and Application
Now that we have everything in order it’s time to start your application and by choosing to use our services, you won’t have to worry about a thing except planning for your orientation week! Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) will not only verify all your supporting documents but will complete and submit your application for you, ensuring that all deadlines are met.
Step 6. Receive Your Application Status
Once we get feedback, your dedicated RCIC will give you feedback toilets you know whether or not your application was successful or not, but not to worry. We have a 97% success rate which means that you can rest assured that your application is in great hands.
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Let Us Take Care of Your Canada Study Permit Application
Applying for a visa can be time-consuming and confusing. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements to adhere to, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to study in Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), the process will be stress-free.
When you choose to use our expert and government trusted services, you will receive:
- An in-depth eligibility assessment
- Guidance on which of 100+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
- An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
- A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
- Support through every step of the application process.
All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.
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