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Tuition fees in Canada

What is the cost of studying in Canada? Read our full guide to tuition fees in Canada for international students...

Tuition fees in Canada

While Canada boasts one of the strongest education systems in the world, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost of studying in Canada for international students is quite low compared to their North American cousins. In fact, in some cases you may find yourself paying half of what you would were you to study elsewhere such as the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.


Tuition fees across universities

The cost of studying in Canada (i.e. how much you’ll pay in tuition fees) will depend on the Canadian province you are studying in, as well as study level and prestige of the university.



Here is a rough breakdown of the average annual tuition fees for international students across the various provinces for both undergraduate and graduate programmes (in Canadian dollars).


The fees above are just a guide; the best way to find out the latest fees is to search for the course. You can also find the start date, course duration and application deadline, see below example. Our data base is updated from the university websites so it save you sometime to do reserach and you can compare similar courses you are interested in.


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Canada tuition fee guide

Additional fees you may pay

You may also be charged something called ‘Student Activity’ fees, in addition to normal tuition fees. These go towards funding student activities on campus such as campus newspapers, radio stations, clubs & societies etc. While technically free to students to participate in, this is how they are funded (i.e. through students).


Paying tuition fees

Usually students are required to pay tuition fees per semester to spread out how much they pay in one go which might leave you a bit empty-pocketed if you were to pay a full year’s fees upfront. Students can pay these online using a credit or debit card. However, when applying to an institution or for your Canadian visa, you will be required to demonstrate you have access to the necessary funds through various documents.



Read more:

'Student living costs in Canada'

'Three scholarships to start you off in Canada'