How much does it cost to study in Canada?
Lesser known facts about Canadian education:
Canada invests 5.3 percent of its GDP on education. In its constitution, Canada has ensured in 1982 by making it a law that French and English education is made available in most parts of the world. From the three levels of education i.e. Primary (basic grade school level education), Secondary (higher grade school level education) and Tertiary (after completion of school-level education), Canada ranks first in having the most number of adults i.e. 56 percentage who have attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree.
What sets Canada apart from other countries that offer tertiary education?
Above mentioned statistics combined with the fact that tuition fees in Canada are lower compared to that of United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, makes Canada one of the most traveled place in the world for getting tertiary education amongst adults.
The Ministry of Education in Canada has, to ensure ease of comparing university by university, offers an online help that allows any international student to do the mathematics concerned to the cost of studying at various universities. Not only that, but international students are also given information about all the credentials that they need for completing their application in Canada.
Cost to study in Canada
Studying cost in Canada for an international student is divided into three different costs:
1) Student’s Visa and Application Cost.
2) Cost of Living in Canada.
3) Tuition fees in Canada.
Student’s Visa and Application Cost:
The permit to study in a Canadian university is not to be applied for your course is lesser or equivalent to six months. Only if your course is longer than six months, which they generally are, you need to apply for the study permit. In which case, the general study permit charges would apply to i.e. CAD150/ USD114. However, the study permit costs vary from university to university and course to course. Undergraduate study permit charges are lesser than postgraduate. Also, these fees can be waived if you are a student from a developing country, the origin of the student also matters while applying for a study permit.
Cost of Living in Canada:
Generally, universities in Canada offer on-campus residences for international as well as domestic students. For availing this service, a student must apply separately for on-campus housing, the cost of which varies across institutions and will depend on whether or not you want a private room or a meal plan.
Rent for a two-bed apartment in Canada averages $1,025 per month (this may vary from a city/neighborhood to the other). As a renter, one may also need to pay additional monthly costs for the utilities (electricity, home phone, Internet and cable television, as well as personal expenses and renters’ insurance) he/she uses.
Tuition fees in Canada:
The freedom to set their fees in Canada is with the universities. Due to this reason, there is no singularity in the tuition fees and it may all depend on the program you’re planning to study and whether you’ll be studying at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. According to the latest report from Statistics Canada, the average tuition fees for undergraduate in 2019/20 are CAD29714 i.e. USD22,500 per year and the average tuition fees for postgraduate, the average tuition fee ranges around CAD17,744 i.e. USD13,437, for international students.
Needless to say that, Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available for international students wishing to study in Canada, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These include specific scholarships for sporting and academic achievement, and subject-specific scholarships which makes it a lot easier for any/every international student