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How Much Does it Cost to Study in Canada?

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
  • Safety.


Source: Canadian Bureau for International Education

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?

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Tuition Fees

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 StudyCAD
Dentistry21,717
Medicine14,162
Law12,388
Optometry11,236
Pharmacy10,687
Engineering8,000
Veterinary medicine7,878
Mathematics, computer and information sciences6,851
Business, management and public administration6,827
Architecture6,473
Physical and life sciences and technologies6,056
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness5,867
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies5,770
Personal, protective and transportation services5,708
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation5,601
Nursing5,596
Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies5,544
Humanities5,542
Education4,624


Average MBA Tuition Fees 2019/2020
Field Of StudyCAD
Executive master of business administration (MBA)56,328
Regular MBA27,397
Business, management and public administration13,252
Dentistry12,892
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness8,270
Mathematics, computer and information sciences7,990
Engineering6,994
Physical and life sciences and technologies6,717
Nursing6,392
Education6,309
Architecture6,228
Law5,910
Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies5,794
Personal, protective and transportation services5,542
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation5,516
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies5,178
Pharmacy4,651
Humanities4,618
Veterinary medicine4,508
Optometry4,138

University Applications Fees

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.

Visa/Study Permit Fees

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.

Average Cost of Living

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
Annual ExpensesCAD/Year
On-Campus Accommodation$3,000 - $7,500
Private Shared Accommodation8,400 (excluding bills)
Health Insurance$6,00 - $800
Extra CostsCAD
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
Cinema Ticket$14
Monthly Gym Fees (1 Adult)$50.09


How to Apply for Your Canada Study Permit

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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.

Ready to take the next step in your Canadian journey? Simply click the link below and let's begin!



Let Us Take Care of Your Canada Study Permit Application

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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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