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Advantages of Study in Canada-Why and How much?

International students are increasingly choosing Canada as the destination for their studies. Since 2010, the international student population in Canada has grown by 119%. In 2019, Canadian universities will accept the highest number of international students in Canadian history. 

If you have been thinking about studying abroad, cost is probably an important factor in your decision. In this article we’ll cover average costs for undergraduate university experience in Canada, including tuition fees, housing, food, and transportation costs.

Why Choose Canada?

In recent years, Canada has become a top destination for international students wishing to study in English and French. While many students used to prefer the United States, many are now choosing to look northward, as US tuition fees skyrocket and US immigration policies become more restrictive

Cost of Canadian Tuition

Average tuition for Canadian universities remains relatively affordable in comparison to the United States. In the 2018/2019 school year, the average annual tuition for an undergraduate international student in Canada is $27,159 CAD, compared to $45,950 USD for the same year spent at an American university. As well, all students holding a temporary study permit are allowed to work during their studies. International students can work up to 20 hours per week during study periods and 40 hours during holiday periods.

Canada also makes it easy for international students to become permanent residents if they want to remain in the country. The Post-Graduate Work Permit allows international students to stay in Canada and work for up to three years after graduating. After gaining one year of work experience in Canada, many international graduates become eligible to apply for permanent resident status through the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry.

Cost of Canadian Student Housing

There are many options for living as a student in Canada. From living in university residence, to apartment rental, students can pick the living style that suits them best. Typically, large cities, like Toronto and Vancouver, have higher housing costs than smaller cities and towns.

The University of Toronto, which serves nearly 20,000 international students, estimates the monthly cost of housing for a student to sit somewhere between $1,080 to $2,982 CAD in downtown Toronto.

In Montreal, the cost of living is low compared to other major North American cities. The University of Montreal estimates a monthly student housing cost of $550 CAD. The city of Montreal remains a very popular study destination for international students, and recently ranked fifth in the world for best study destination.

In Saint John’s, Newfoundland, one of Canada’s smallest cities, the cost of living is 10-30% lower than other Canadian cities. The average monthly cost of a two-bedroom rental is just $710 CDN, or $350 per room.

Food and Transportation costs

Similar to housing, cost of food and transportation varies between provinces. Let’s stick with the three examples from above to explore the price of amenities in cities in Canada.

All prices in Canadian dollars

Local transportation: $122.45 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $17.00
Suggested monthly grocery budget: $200.00 to $400.00

Local transportation: $80 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $16.00
Suggested monthly grocery budget: $350.00

Saint John’s:
Local transportation: $78.00 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $18.00 
Suggested monthly grocery budget:$240.00

Health Insurance

All international students in Canada must have healthcare coverage. Certain provinces automatically give international students access to Canada’s public healthcare system, but others do not. Students in provinces that do not offer health coverage to international students must purchase private health insurance. Schools in these provinces generally offer health insurance plans for international students which may be added to your tuition and student fees.

If studying in Canada has caught your interest, now may be the best time to apply. 

***Source: Internet research

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