Canada ranks high as one of the world’s leading destinations for international students, a home of international students from diversecultural background and experiences, it is known for cities with large ethnic mix and furthermore it’s a beauty place to study.
This popularity Canada enjoys is largely due to the fact that unlike other parts of the world, the cost of tuition and living in Canada is very affordable, though not cheap but affordable and with planning students can make preparations ahead for a life of studies in Canada.
Unlike Australia, United Kingdom and USA that are like counterparts, Canada ranks rank in providing affordable tuition and living expenses.
Canada offers the lowest tuition fees for foreign students unlike itscounterparts.
Tuition rates at U.S public varsities for bachelor degree course for example are 30% higher than those in Canada, while fees of private universities are much higher.
Tuition Fees in Canada
Universities and colleges in Canada set their own tuition rates and these vary depending on area of concentration and degree to be obtained.Tuition fees for international students across different provinces and programs are provided below.
The table below shows the average tuition fees for full time international students by area of concentration.You can use the table below as an estimate to know the cost of studies in Canada but remember costs associated with tuition goes beyond just tuition fees, budget has to be provided for health care, books, personal living expenses and housing.2014 – 2015 University Tuition Fees For International Students
COST OF STUDYING IN CANADA – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Compared to many countries, the cost of studying in Canada is very affordable. As a guide, you will likely need between $15,000 Cdn and $30,000 Cdn annually to cover tuition and living expenses. However, this cost range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled, your location, and living choices.
Tuition fees for international students vary across provinces and programs.The table below shows the weighted average tuition fees for full-time foreign students, by field of study.Remember, however, that the costs associated with attending university go beyond tuition fees. You must also budget for items such as books, personal living expenses, and housing.
2014–2015 university tuition fees for full-time foreign students (in Canadian dollars)
Field of study GRADUATE UNDERGRADUATE
Education $14,800 $12,800
Visual and performing arts $17,600 $12,200
Humanities $18,400 $12,720
Social sciences $18,100 $12,490
Legal Studies $23,580 $15,100
Business management $19,700 $18,205
Executive MBA Not applicable $45,000
Regular MBA Not applicable $32,500
Physical sciences $20,100 $12,720
Mathematics& computing $20,750 $12,200
Engineering $21,900 $14,500
Architecture $18,850 $15,990
Agriculture and conservation $17,650 $11,720
Dentistry $47,800 Not available
Medicine $29,250 Not available
Nursing $16,550 $11,620
Pharmacy $30,570 $12,350
Veterinary medicine $51,620 $8,450
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness $17,850 $16,500
( Weighted average tuition fees)
Most universities offer on-campus residences designated for international students, although acceptance of study does not guaranty automatically you will get accommodation on campus. Students have to apply separately for on-campus housing.The cost for on-campus housing varies across provinces and institutions and depends if students want a private apartment or shared apartment, meal course also must be taken into effect. Students can choose to live in apartment’s off-campus. Rents vary ranging from $400 CDN to $1,500 CDN per month depending on apartment choice, city and neighborhood. Remember that utilities have to be put into consideration, utilities such as electricity, phone, internet, cable television, and insurance as well as personal expenses. Most universities provide assistance in getting accommodation both on and off campus.
These services are provided through the housing office or student services.
Depending on proximity, many students walk or take bike to campus daily. Public transportation in form of buses, commuter trains, ferries are readily available for transport. On the average students can plan $100 Cdn monthly for transportation even though discounts are offered by many transport providers. For students that intend to own a car and drive themselves to campus daily, it should be noted that provincial government are responsible for provision of drivers’ licenses so upon arrival students will have to contact ministry of transportation in theprovince of study to check if they are eligible and then apply.
All foreign students must have an health insurance in Canada. Medical insurance are available to all international students from province to province. Provinces like Saskatchewan, Labrador, British Columbia, New foundland, Manitoba and Alberta provide medical cover for international students under their health care insurance plans but this depends on length of stay too.
Other provinces like New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island must arrange for private health insurance.To know more about details on health insurance universities websites provide extensive information to guide students through for applications. Note most universities provide opportunities for international students to work while on campus as well.
All universities provide information about how to get a job on-campus, but note opportunities are few and applications have to be submitted and considered.