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What does it cost to study in Canada?

October 2019

Canada, often regarded as one of the best places to live, offers to you access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates. Universities and colleges in Canada charge lower tuition fees from international students when compared to other study destinations. Apart from the economical nature of courses in Canada, the quality through which the courses are conducted remains high. However, since the quality of courses are high, the entry requirements are more competitive. About 10% of universities and colleges in Canada are ranked amongst the top in the world. The quality of education along with the economical course structure and permanent residency coupled with the multicultural nature of the society are prominent reasons international students like you are drawn to study in Canada. As an international student who is anxiously waiting to begin their higher education journey, considerations for cost becomes a determining factor. Before commencing your education in Canada, constructing a budget plan becomes integral. Through this article, you will attain integral information that will help you undertake crucial financial decisions.

Study in Canada

Tuition Fees

Programs  Tuition Fees (Per year/ Approx) 
 Certificate Program & Diploma  C$13000-C$16000
 Bachelors Program  C$13000-C$18000
 Masters Program  C$17000-C$25000


Types of Accommodation Living costs (Per month/ Approx)
 Residence/Dormitory  C$350-C$515
Off Campus Rental Housing C$350-C$700 (shared apartment)
  C$500-C$1200 (single apartment)
Homestay C$550-C$800

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships in Canada are limited in nature and only cover a certain cost of the course. If you have attained exceptional academic results, your chances of attaining scholarships at universities and colleges in Canada increase. The amount you will attain varies from institutions, that will cover a certain section of your education and living expenses. Applications are usually made directly to the institution. However, Community and Career Colleges along with school boards and private schools don’t usually offer scholarships.


To be able to study in Canada, you need to have a valid study permit. To attain the same you need to make an application and incur a stipulated fee. An indicative value of what you may be expected to pay is C$150. While making the application, you are required to depict payment of fees along with stipulated cost of living at indicatively C$ 10,000.

Health Insurance

As an international student, you must have health insurance. The medical coverage that will be available to you is variable according to the province under consideration. In certain provinces international students are covered under medical insurance, however in some they are not. In such a case you will have to arrange for the same.


As an international student, you will be using public transport on a large basis. Facilities such as those of buses, bikes and metro will be utilized. Furthermore, you will also incur immense walking. Certain cities have trains and ferries, for which you can make monthly passes, these indicatively cost between C$80-C$110. Apart from these, certain modes of transportation offer discounts for students like you.


As an Indian student studying in universities and colleges in Canada if you are permitted to under part time work you can do so. However, upon doing so your income earned will be taxed. Having the Social Insurance Number plays a hand in the same.

Work Opportunities

International students are permitted to work for 20 hours per week, off-campus during the course and 40 hours per week during vacations. You can expect to approximately earn C$11-C$14 per hour. Universities and colleges in Canada also offer Co-Operative Work programs, which enables you to gain first hand experience while studying. These programs last between 12-17 weeks. Working through these full-time off campus programs, you can approximately earn between C$700-C$900 per month. The above given cost framework, will enable you to gain a better perspective to study in Canada.

Colleges in Canada

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Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding the best suited program for you.

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