The benefits of studying in Canada are widely known. A quality education with employment opportunities in Canada, the United States, or any other developed country in the world attracts many students. However, it is not always obvious what the full cost of studying in Canada will be. So what is the actual cost of studying in Canada for an international student? Let’s get to the bottom of this.
The price of a particular institution in Canada depends on what it costs.
First of all, it is worth noting that the average cost of studying at Canadian institutions is substantially lower, compared to similar institutions in the United States, Australia, or England. However, the cost of education in Canada itself can vary widely enough.
The main factors that affect university tuition fees are these:
The prestige of the institution
Studying in prestigious universities, such as the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario), will cost slightly higher than in the less known. On the other hand, the education program in Canada is such that, whatever the price, the quality of education is at a decent level in any provincially accredited university.
University location region
The province where the university is located is of great importance. The universities of Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan traditionally have higher tuition fees. And regions such as New Brunswick, by contrast, are very attractive in terms of tuition fees (there are programs starting at $9,100CAD per year!).
Different programs also have different costs. The most expensive to study in professions related to medicine. In addition, legal programs are more expensive than the average. However, the specific figure depends on the particular university.
Type of institution of higher learning
Private collages always come out cheaper than public ones. Private colleges are often aggressively advertised as an opportunity to emigrate to Canada, but this is not suitable for everyone. After you graduate from a public college, you may obtain an open work visa (without an invitation from your employer), but you cannot do so after private college. Therefore, not everyone will be able to stay in Canada after attending a private college. This is not suitable for young students who have their first education and no work experience in their home country.
In this article, we described who a private college for immigration would be suitable for:
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Type of Diploma
Bachelor’s and master’s programs will cost you much more than college degree programs. A PhD may be completely free for some students, so an international student in Canada may have no problem earning a living and securing extra money. And for students from Ukraine and other countries with low living standards, this way is optimal when studying in Canada. Of course, work, in any case, should not be an obstacle to good academic performance
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Bachelor’s and master’s programs will cost you much more than college degree programs. However, the PhD may be completely free for some students.
Average cost of education for different types of diplomas
- Diploma theses without awarding a scientific degree (undergraduate) 2-3 years duration
Cost 9.100-18.000 C $ per year.
- Bachelor (Bachelor Degree) 3-4 years of study,
average cost 17,000-20,000 C $ per year., 45,000 C $ in top universities.
- Master’s degree – 1-2 years,
average cost – from 15.000 C $ per year.
- PhD programs – 2-4 years duration, the
cost must be specified individually.
- Postgraduate education (Post Graduate Program) 1-2 years months
average cost – 13,000-14,000 C $ per year
How to save?
- Choose a smaller city. Both study and accommodation are cheaper here.
- Choose a less populated province. For example, in New Brunswick, you can study at NBCC for $ 9,100 per year.
- Apply for a scholarship. You can receive up to $5,000 CAD per year in the form of merit scholarships.
- Work during your studies. Every student is entitled to work up to 20 hours per week. This is important not only for your earnings, but also to gain valuable Canadian work experience that will help you find a job after graduation.
- Buy used tutorials or PDF versions. They can be many times cheaper.
- Fill in the tax return. Even if you don’t work at all, you will need to fill out a tax return so you can get a tax refund when you start studying and also get a refund of the part of your HST spent on basic necessities as you will be considered “low-income” because you have low earnings in Canada.
What is on the list of real costs for studying and living in Canada
It should be understood that the total cost of studying in Canada does not consist solely of the cost of the education itself. In fact, there are other, equally important, components of the total cost.
In addition to the registration fee, 60-150 CAD, which is paid before enrollment, and the selected program of study, you will have to spend extra fees (Student fees). These are fees for various clubs and student organizations, where participation is highly desirable and sometimes mandatory. In addition, you will often have to pay for the use of technology in laboratories. And, of course, textbooks, the price of which is significant, you will also have to buy for your money. All this will cost from 900 to 2500 CAD per semester.
Also, the student has to live somewhere. If you cannot live on campus, you will have to rent an apartment or live with a Canadian family. In all three cases, living will cost money. Approximately 500 to 1500 CAD per month.
It is almost always necessary to consider the cost of transportation. They can range from 100 to 200 CAD per month. It is if it is a big city, like Toronto or Vancouver.
It is not necessary to forget about necessity of medical insurance. This is a mandatory payment in Canada. Although the amount of it and the formula for payment are different in different provinces. As a rule, it is a sum of 50-100 CAD. In good colleges, insurance is already included in the tuition fees.
Of course, a young student cannot help but spend money on entertainment. All regions of Canada have many different attractions, and there are many activities. Many of them are free. But you still need some money for entertainment, anyway.
How much money should you have?
When applying for a visa is necessary:
- pay for the first year of study immediately (be sure to pay at least for the first semester, but we recommend the year).
- show sufficient funds in your bank account for the first year (the amount depends on the province, but you can orientate on $15,000 CAD)