HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY IN CANADA?
Canada is an amazing place for international students, with more than 300,000 international students studying in Canada last year. Not only are Canadian colleges and universities among the best in the world for their quality of education, but studying in Canada opens the door to many permanent immigration options.
STUDY PERMIT COSTS
There are a few layers of cost when applying for a study permit.
First, in order to apply for a study permit, you must have a letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution. In order to obtain this letter, you will have to apply to the school, which usually involves an application fee. Application fees for Canadian colleges and universities may range from as low as $50 CAD to several hundred CAD for a more prestigious school or program.
Second, you must pay the immigration processing fees. All study permit applicants must pay an application fee of $150 CAD. As well, depending on your country of citizenship, you may have to submit biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) which incurs a fee of $85 CAD.
Finally, bear in mind there may be other costs for obtaining documents required for the study permit application. For example, all documents must be in either English or French, so if your documents are in a different language, you must pay to obtain certified translations.
TUITION & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES
Tuition for international students varies depending on the program of study and the school. For example, if you want to come to Canada for a degree in medicine, dentistry, or law, you’ll likely pay higher tuition rates than someone studying engineering or nursing. The same logic applies if you want to attend one of Canada’s more prestigious universities, you’ll likely pay higher tuition at the University of Toronto, than at a community college in New Brunswick.
In general, tuition rates for international students range from $15,000 CAD to $30,000 CAD per year. Though there are some study programs with lower tuition fees than this. For more detail on this, you can consult the Universities Canada webpage, where they’ve compiled a list of the average tuition rates per university.
Finally, there is some financial aid available to international students, but it is highly competitive. Please note that there is more financial aid available to international students at the graduate level, completing masters or doctoral degrees.
Also, don’t forget that there are other expenses you should expect related to your studies. You’ll have to purchase books for class, maybe a laptop, and even supplies for science labs. As well, all international students are required to purchase health insurance while studying in Canada, which is usually included in the fees charged by their school of study.
COST OF LIVING IN CANADA
When you’re deciding where to study in Canada, you’ll want to consider that the cost of living varies greatly between different provinces and cities of Canada. For example, Toronto and Vancouver have relatively high costs of living, including more expensive housing and more costly public transit. Meanwhile, smaller cities and towns tend to cost less than these major metropolitan areas.
Keep in mind that international students in Canada are eligible to work part-time during their studies, and full-time during regular breaks. Working while you study is a great way to offset some of the costs of being an international student!