Tuition fees in Canadian universities and study costs

According to the Times Higher Education, Canada has several universities that rank among the best academic institutions in the world. If you are one of the hopefuls who want to study in Canada, this guide can help you determine how much tuition you need to pay to get a degree from one of the prestigious universities.

How much does it cost to study in Canada?

The good thing about Canada is that the rates are relatively lower than its counterparts in the US, UK and Australia. Students in Canada are likely to need between CAD 20,000 and CAD 30,000 annually to cover tuition. However, this range is only an average and varies depending on the institution and program you are enrolled in.

Each university sets its own rates based on merit, which program you study in, and whether you are a local or international student. According to Statistics Canada, the average fee for international students is CAD 29,714 for undergraduate studies and CAD 17,744 for graduate studies.

Tuition fees by geography

Tuition also fluctuates radically depending on which Canadian state you study in. For example, Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest costs for undergraduate and graduate students, CAD 12,042 and CAD 4,081 respectively.

Meanwhile, Ontario has the highest median compensation with average fees of CAD 38,276 and CAD 23,770 respectively.

Tuition fees per field of study for international students

Moreover, the tuition also changes depending on the discipline the student is rolled into. Here is a short list of the cost of tuition fees for different disciplines if you are an international student:

SubjectCost of Studying in CAD
Business Administration, Management and Public Administration28,680

Talk to your IDP advisor for the latest information on study costs for your preferred subject.

What are the Tuition Fees at Top Canadian Universities?

Here is a list of annual tuition fees for international students at 3 of the top Canadian universities. These costs are indicative only and you should contact your IDP advisor to find out all about the latest updates on the costs of studying at Canadian universities.

UniversityTuition fees for international BS studentsTuition fees for international MS/MBA students
McGill UniversityCAD 19,600 to CAD 48,100Around CAD 10,000; For MBA: CAD 32,000 to 47,000
University of TorontoCAD 44,000 to 54,000; 50,000 (top year)CAD 27,000 to 53,000
University of British ColumbiaCAD 41,000CAD 72,000 for a 15-month MBA

Feel free to contact IDP expert education advisors who will assist you for free if you want to know more about tuition fees, visas and scholarships in Canada. They also help you find the best program and secure your place at your dream university.