Cost of Studying in Canada 2024

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14-03-2024

Cost of Studying in Canada 2024

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Students planning to study in Canada often seek accurate information on the Cost of Studying in Canada. Canada is one of the popular study abroad destinations for international students to pursue higher education.  Compared to other English-speaking countries (USA, UK & Australia), the cost of studying in Canada for Indian students is affordable and the tuition fee is less expensive. Furthermore, beautiful campuses, lively cities, and close campus communities help students in their overall development.

Some of the most prestigious universities in Canada are the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and the University of Winnipeg. If you want to study in Canada, the major factors that affect your overall study cost are Pre-arrival expenses, Academic costs (like tuition fees), Housing, Transportation, Basic utilities (food, internet, etc.), Health insurance, and Taxes. This blog covers all these factors and details about the cost of studying in Canada, including the breakdown of major expenses. 

Pre-arrival Expenses
Health Insurance CAD 300 (INR 17,000) to CAD 800 (INR 44,000) per year.
Study permit fees CAD 150 (INR 11,123)
Flight Expense INR 1,000,000- 2,000,000 per trip
University Application fee $125
Proficiency tests fee IELTS- ₹14,700.
GRE (general/subject)- ₹16,300/ ₹11,500
TOEFL iBT- ₹14,500
GMAT- ₹21,000
CAEL- ₹10,845
Purchase of GIC (one time) ₹6,00,000
Biometric fee ₹5000
Visa application fee ₹8,841

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Average cost of studying in Canada

Canadian universities tuition fees make up a sizable portion of total cost of studying in Canada. The tuition fees of universities in Canada is determined by the type of qualification and the institution an applicant selects. International students need between 7.63 lakhs to 20.55 lakhs to cover it. Thus, The average cost of studying in Canada in terms of tuition fees can go up to CAD 35,000 (INR 18,84,000) in some of the best colleges. Additionally, the monthly cost of living in Canada is estimated to be 66,785.17 INR, excluding tuition fees.

The table given below displays the Canadian Universities weighted average tuition fee in Canadian dollars for full time foreign students, by the field of study.

Canada 2022-23 International Tuition fees by Field of Study in Canadian dollars
Field of Study Undergraduate Graduate
Education $23,630 $21,111
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies $46,980 16,895
Humanities $34,186 $15,406
Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies $33,776 $17,127
Law $42,224 $19,442
Business, management and public administration $33,901 $27,875
Executive MBA Not Available $76,687
Regular MBA Not Available $41,767
Physical and life sciences and technologies $37,411 $17,138
Mathematics, computer and information sciences $39,000 $19,865
Engineering $39,562 $23,708
Architecture $55,875 $27,550
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation $32,462 $16,521
Dentistry $59,515 $27,712
Medicine $58,790 Not Available
Nursing $26,203 $18,425
Pharmacy $42,323 $15,317
Veterinary medicine $68,256 $9,726
Optometry Not Available $15,092
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness $26,837 $21,868
Personal, protective and transportation services $27,325 $11,765

Source: Statistics Canada

Let us discuss the factors that influence the overall cost of studying in Canada.

Tuition Fees in Canada (University Costs)

Program Name Average Fee (INR) Duration (years)
Undergraduate 6,46,000- 16,15,000 3-5 years
Post graduate 9,54,000 1-2 years
 MBA 8,80,400 - 29,35,000 1 year
PhD 5,23,300 - 11,21,400 3-6 years

Tuition fees for Canadian Universities vary depending on your choice of program and university. On an average in Canada, university tuition costs around $36,100 per year for international undergraduate students and $21,100 per year for international graduate students, according to Statistics Canada 2022.

Undergraduate Courses Study Cost

The average cost of studying bachelor’s in Canada for various disciplines can range from CAD 12,000 (INR 6,46,000) to CAD 30,000 (INR 16,15,00).

  • Compared to other undergraduate courses, Engineering and Medicine programs are a bit expensive with an average tuition cost CAD 22,000 (INR 11,69,000).
  • Humanities and Business management courses' study costs range from CAD 5,500 (INR 2,96,000) to CAD 6,500 (INR 3,50,000).
  • Bachelors in Computer science & IT: CAD 1535 - CAD 55,500 per year.
  • For Dentistry around CAD 21,717.
  • For Bachelors in Natural Sciences: CAD1,780- CAD 53,000 per year.

Master's Degree in Canada Types

Apart from Bachelor studies, Post graduate (Master’s) programs with popular disciplines are also in demand in Canada. Many students opt for various postgraduate or Master’s programs like

Post Graduate Courses Study Cost

Among the best courses in Canada, choosing the most suitable one will elevate your career path. The Canada university fees is generally lower at postgraduate level and vary based your choice of program

  • For Master’s in MBBS, for international students the average tuition fee will be CAD 18,000 (INR 9,54,000) per year.
  • MBA programs are usually very expensive averaging tuition around CAD 28,000 (INR 14,75,000) for regular MBA and CAD 57,000 (INR 30,31,000) for Executive MBA.
  • Masters in computer science & IT: CAD 2,150-CAD 52,500 per year.
  • To enrol for Masters in Social Science the average tuition fee is around $2,150-$37,000 per year.

Universities in Canada & College Application Fees

Though Canada provides affordable education, international students need to pay an application fee ranging from CAD 50 to CAD 250 imposed by most institutes. Application fee varies depending on the university and country of origin. For example, the University of Calgary charges CAD 145 for international students and CAD 125 for undergraduate Canadian students. Nevertheless, only 5% of the Canadian universities waive application fee requirements for students. 

Here are some of the best Canadian universities with average tuition fees

  • University of Toronto- 22.24 lakhs
  • University of Ottawa- 15.09 lakhs
  • McGill University- 10.62 lakhs
  • McMaster University- 10.03 lakhs
  • University of British Columbia- 5.04 lakhs

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Province-Wise Tuition Fees for International Students 

Students can make a wise choice about which university to select based on their budget and approximate average tuition fee for an undergraduate and postgraduate program:

Province International Undergraduate (CAD) International Graduate (CAD)
Ontario, ON 42,185 26,236
Alberta, AB 28,014 15,167
British Columbia, BC 30,903 20,295
Quebec, QC 27,406 18,577
Nova Scotia, NS 20,397 23,048
New Brunswick, NB 16,458 13,123

Other Essential Expenses to study in Canada

Besides tuition fees, there are Housing, flight costs, transportation and health insurance that also create an impact on the cost of studying in Canada. Table given below displays a breakdown of essential expenses when calculating the cost of living in Canada sourced from Numbeo, along with study cost details.

Expense Factors Estimated Cost
Accommodation CAD 5000 (INR 2,67,000)- CAD 10,000(INR 5,39,000) per annum
Food CAD 300- CAD 400 monthly (INR 17000- INR 44000)
Travel Costs in Canada CAD 80 – CAD 110 (INR 4,300-INR 6,000) per month
Entertainment CAD 750 (INR 43,770) monthly
Work permit fees CAD 155 (INR 11,943)
On Campus Parking $644.35 and more
Books and School supplies $1000- $2000

Flight Costs from India to Canada

Flights en route from India to Canada are Air India, Indigo, Vistara, Go Air and Spicejet. Direct flights cost ranges between INR 1,000,000 and INR 2,000,000, varying with the season. Rates might be high between August and September.

Accomodation Cost

Accommodation expenses play an important role in the overall cost of living in Canada. While many universities offer on-campus residences, you can prefer off-campus living as well. The cost may range around CAD 5000 (INR 2,67,000) to CAD 10,000(INR 5,39,000) per annum, depending on the room type and apartments. In places like Toronto, Montreal accommodation costs might rise compared to other cities.

For the students living on Campus, they can opt for options available like dormitories and townhouses. For off campus, options are like shared apartments, condominiums, single apartments, home stays or living with host families. As a renter, you need to pay additional monthly costs for utilities (electricity, internet, home phone, cable television) and renter’s insurance.

Transportation

Your mode of transportation depends on the place of stay, how far it is from college etc. You can walk or bike to campus if you stay nearby. Students residing in larger cities choose public transportation: buses, subways, commuter trains, or ferries. One-way public transit fares are costly and monthly passes' average cost may range from CAD 80 (INR 4,300) to CAD 110 (INR 6000) per month. Transit providers offer student discounts as well.

Health Insurance

Students are required to have health insurance coverage that’s available from province to province before starting their program. The cost varies depending on the type of policy chosen and it ranges from CAD 300 (INR 17,000) to CAD 800 (INR 44,000) per year. For detailed information about health (medical) coverage, you can visit university websites and websites of provincial ministries of health.

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Taxes in Canada

International students studying in Canada are required to file Canadian income tax returns based on their residence status. Though they are not earning citizenship in the country, the benefits they receive after filing taxes are like GST credits, claiming a refund, or child tax benefit. Income tax report has to be filed by the students receiving income through teaching, employment in Canada or investment, research assistantships and also receiving income from outside sources of Canada.

Canada Student Visa and Application Fees

Students applying for Canadian universities will need a Canadian Study Permit, which functions as a student visa for the duration of their stay. If the course or program lasts for 6 months or less, a Canadian study permit is not required. However, if they extend their stay, they must apply for a study permit. The cost of a Canadian study permit is CAD 150 (INR 8,542), and the application fee may vary depending on the university and the student's nationality.

For a student visa, international students should submit proof of funds, along with an admission letter and other documents. The minimum bank balance required to apply for a Canadian student visa is INR 6,00,000 or more for one year. Check out here to know more about Canadian student visa requirements.

Cost of Living in Canada: City-Wise

Your living costs vary based on the place of stay and spending habits, living in larger cities is usually more expensive. While Canadian student visa requirements specify a minimum of CAD 10,000 (INR 60,863) on top of your tuition fees, it is better to budget a higher amount than this to cover your living expenses. Below table displays the city-wise average cost of living in Canada for international students.

City Name Average Cost of living (Yearly)
Toronto CAD 37,000 (INR 22,18,460)
Vancouver CAD 38,484 (INR 23,08,210)
Calgary CAD 26,904 (INR 16,13,8650
Montreal CAD 25,000 (INR 14,99,845)
Ottawa CAD 20,000 (INR 11,99,301)

Scholarships for International Students in Canada 2024

Financial aids like scholarships, grants and bursaries are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for international students to study in Canada. Many universities also offer their own scholarships, including sporting, academic achievements, and subject-specific grants. Students must check eligibility criteria for each and plan accordingly. 

Here are the list of scholarships in Canada :

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships
  • President’s Scholarship for World leaders
  • Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program
  • International Leader of Tomorrow award
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)
  • Assist-on Scholarship
  • Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

Check here to know more scholarships for Indian students to study in Canada. You can also find information about financial assistance on the Canadian Information centre for International credentials website.

Part-time Jobs in Canada for Students

There are various Popular Part-time Jobs in Canada for International students. While studying students can apply for any part-time jobs available to manage their living costs and ease financial stress. Students can work on/off-campus up to 20 hours/week during university semesters and also full-time during their summer or winter holidays without the need of a work permit. To qualify for work, students should

  • Have a valid study/work permit
  • Be a full time student at Canadian university
  • Also be studying in any professional or vocational or academic courses with duration 6 months or more and at the end provides a degree or diploma/certificate.

Additionally, to work in Canada or to obtain benefits and services from government programs, a Social Insurance Number (SIN) might be required.

Winding up

Analysing the cost of studying in Canada will help you focus on major expenditures and areas that have significant impact on your budget.  However, to estimate overall expenses for studying, try using the education and living cost calculator available at educanada.ca. For more information, check out the frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked Questions

1. What is the total cost of studying in Canada?

The average cost of studying in Canada can reach CAD 35,000 (INR 18,84,000) in terms of tuition fees. The tuition fee starts at $36,100 per year for international undergraduate students and $21,100 per year for international graduate students. Overall, International students require between 7.63 lakhs to 20.55 lakhs to cover it.

2. What are the factors that affect the Canada Study Budget?

Major areas of expenditure that have impact on Canada study cost

  • Pre arrival Expense
  • Tuition fee
  • Travel Expense
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Internet

3. Is Canada expensive to study for Indian Students?

The primary factor is tuition fee. Study cost depends on the type of qualification and selected institution. You need approximately between CAD 7,000 to CAD 35,000 a year. The approximate cost of study in Canada for Indian students would range INR 3,50,000 to 19,00,000 a year. This amount varies depending on the type of course you choose.

4. How much does it cost to study in Canada per year? 

University Costs:
Tuition fees for universities differ depending on the program and school you choose. In Canada, on average, university tuition costs around: $36,100 per year for international undergraduate students (Statistics Canada, 2022) and $21,100 per year for international graduate students (Statistics Canada,2022).

5. How much money is required to study in Canada?

The university tuition fees in Canada are determined by the type of qualification and institution an applicant chooses. International students need between 7.63 lakhs to 20.55 lakhs per year to cover it. As a result, the average cost of studying in Canada’s best colleges can reach up to 18,84,000 INR.  

6. How much does it cost to study Masters in Canada?

The average cost of studying MS in Canada is INR 16.43 lakh per year. The average living cost is INR 5.46 lakh annually. A Master’s degree in Canada can be 1-2 years and might include research other than coursework.

7. Is Canada cheap to study in?

Cost of studying in Canada is less expensive than in the USA, Australia and the UK. The tuition fee ranges from CAD 12000 to CAD 30,000 per annum. However, the actual cost of living in Canada depend on the tuition fees, accommodation, lifestyle and other miscellaneous expenses.

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