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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


22 Feb 2017 18.8K Book icon 3 mins Share

Cost of studying in Canada: Did you calculate?

For international students: We talk about how much you need to spend to study in Canada this year.

22 Feb 2017 18.8K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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the cost of studying in Canada

Yes, we do agree with you that Canada is one of the incredible places to study abroad in fall 2017.

Since you are so eager to study in Canada – I’m sure you must be working hard and doing your homework well to figure out the cost of studying at different universities in Canada.

The 9th best country to live in according to the UN HDI report, Canada's exciting immigration policies are encouraging enough for any international student to consider it as a preferable study destination. Take a look at the below list that explains the cost of studying both bachelors and masters programmes, along with the living and other basic expenses, at some of the top-notch universities in Canada.  

Tuition fees at universities in Canada, for international students

Bachelors courses (typically last for 3 to 4 years):

Engineering: nearly INR 7,00,843 at Cape Breton University, INR 14,89,414 at Western University (Ontario), and INR 15,12,700 at Carleton University.

Business and Management: nearly INR 7, 00, 843 at Cape Breton University.

Humanities: nearly INR 7,00,843 at Cape Breton University, INR 12,80,822–14,32,466 at Carleton University.

Computer Science and IT: nearly INR 13,53,347–15,12,679 at Carleton University and nearly INR 14,89,414 at Western University (Ontario).

Masters courses (typically last for 1 to 2 years):

Engineering: nearly INR 10,56,922–15,61,633 at Western University (Ontario) and nearly INR 13,05,156 at University of Windsor.

Business and Management: nearly INR 10,56,922–23,68,424 depending on each university at Western University (Ontario).

Humanities: nearly INR 10,56,922 at Western University (Ontario).

Computer Science: nearly INR 10,56,922–15,61,633 at Western University (Ontario).

Living cost in Canada, for international students 

Living cost will entirely depend on the way and where you choose to live in Canada. Food and other basic amenities could cost nearly CAD 600–800 – which will increase when you include the cost of accommodation. Accommodation will cost more or less CAD 6,000. 

When we talk about the cost of stay, it could vary depending on what type of housing you prefer – on-campus or homestay or a rented apartment. Homestays are typically affordable that range from CAD 600 to 800 per month.

You must also consider your outing and dining expenses at any restaurant in Canada – Don't you want to treat your appetite once in a while? The cost of dining out will be roughly CAD 10–30 per person, depending on an inexpensive or a mid-range resto.

1 CAD = INR 50.95. Please remember that living expenses will be high in cities like Vancouver and Montreal.

What else do you need to consider?

1. Besides the tuition costs, you need to see how much you will be spending prior to getting enrolled at a university in Canada, that is, the cost of application. The total cost of application fee, courier charges and the amount you pay for IELTS exam (or an equivalent English language test) will vary depending on which place you belong to.

2. The visa cost – A Canadian student visa will cost nearly CAD 150. You will be asked to produce proof of sufficient funds during your visa interview. You must have CAD 10,000 per year for your stay; the amount is subjected to vary based on where you live. And in order to prove this, you will have to produce several documents like bank statements, bank draft, poof of payment of tuition fees, a letter from any person or any institution who will be sponsoring a part of your education, etc. 

Check this fantastic website by the Government of Canada which gives a comprehensive list of prices for almost all your basic requirements while living in Canada.   

3. Costs that you must consider:      

  1. Electricity = nearly CAD 140
  2. Internet = CAD 60
  3. Movie = CAD 8–13
  4. International postage = CAD 2
  5. Local telephone call = CAD 0.25
  6. Groceries = CAD 150–250
  7. Books and supplies = CAD 1000 per year
  8. Transportation =   
  • One-way ticket (local transport) = CAD 4
  • Monthly pass = CAD 91
  • Taxi (normal tariff) = CAD 3.5

Last but not least: You need to get enough warm garments to maintain your sanity, for which you will have to pay a good sum of money!


1. Air ticket = approx. CAD 500–2000

2. Health/medical insurance = CAD 300–500 per person/year. Irrespective of wherever you go to study abroad, it is better to have health/medical insurance. In Canada, health insurance coverage for international students varies from province to province, for example, provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, etc. provide provincial health care plans for international students whereas students studying in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, etc. should arrange for their own private health insurance.  

3. Another cost that you would like to consider is to learn French (out of curiosity or if you feel it might benefit you), either after reaching Canada or prior to leaving your native place. Both English and French are official languages in Canada so it is not mandatory for you take the latter too seriously.

This information should suffice, to help you plan your budget to study in Canada. Want more info on the above topic? You can always speak to our study abroad experts. Every day several students call us with various questions on studying abroad. Why don't you make it this time?

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