Canadian Course Fees

Canadian University Course Fees and Costs

How much does it cost to live and study in Canada?

Compared to fellow popular international study destinations such as the UK, USA and Australia, tuition fees and living costs in Canada are much lower.

Studying overseas can be expensive, but by budgeting correctly and ensuring you are aware of all your incomings and outgoings, you can live a comfortable life whilst studying in Canada.

Learn more below about the different financial factors which need to be considered when studying and living in Canada.

Student Expenses in Canada

International student tuition fees in Canada

Fees for international students vary depending on the university and type of course. The average fees for undergraduate overseas students in Canada tend to be between CAD 20,000 and 30,000 per year, but this can be significantly more for students studying programmes such as medicine or dentistry. For postgraduate overseas students, the average tuition fee is CAD 17,744.

A broad average of Canada tuition fees from the 2019-20 academic year can be found below.

Course Type Undergraduate Graduate
Education CAD 20,800 CAD 15,700
Humanities CAD 28,600 CAD 13,600
Social Sciences CAD 27,600 CAD 15,000
Law Studies  CAD 33,100 CAD 7,200
Business Management CAD 26,600 CAD 24,600
Regular MBA - CAD 38,900
Engineering CAD 33,700 CAD 19,300
Architecture CAD 26,400 CAD 23,900
Dentistry CAD 56,600 CAD 22,400
Medicine CAD 32,400 -
Nursing CAD 21,900 CAD 16,100
Pharmacy CAD 40,900 CAD 12,800
Veterinary medicine CAD 63,300 CAD 10,000

Cost of living

The average cost of living in Canada will be significantly higher when located in metropolitan cities such as Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal. Generally, students will need to budget a further CAD 10,0000 - 11,000 annually to cover living expenses such as books, stationery, food, bills, travel and social costs.


Most Canadian universities and colleges have on-campus accommodation, but space is limited so be sure to apply early. If you live in on-campus accommodation, you can expect to pay CAD 8,000-10,000 per year. If you live off-campus in private accommodation, rent can be higher.

Study permit

International students will require a student visa, which is known as a Study Permit in Canada to study at a Canadian university or Designated Learning Institution. The cost of this permit is approximately CAD 150.

Financial Support to Study in Canada

If you have any questions about the above and how to fund your studies in Canada, arrange a free consultation with SI-Canada today. Don't forget our scholarship search can also help you find funding to support your stay here.

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