Many people shy away from applying to universities in Canada, because they feel that the tuition fees is too high. Well, the truth is that a lot of Canadian universities are cheap; their tuition fees are very low compared to universities in places like USA, UK and Australia. I have written many articles on low tuition universities in Canada, so you can check the achieves section of this blog to access these articles and while here I will be ditching out List Of Cheapest Universities In Canada.
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.
Canada ranks high as one of the world’s leading destinations for international students, a home of international students from diversecultural background and experiences, it is known for cities with large ethnic mix and furthermore it’s a beauty place to study.
This popularity Canada enjoys is largely due to the fact that unlike other parts of the world, the cost of tuition and living in Canada is very affordable, though not cheap but affordable and with planning students can make preparations ahead for a life of studies in Canada.
Unlike Australia, United Kingdom and USA that are like counterparts, Canada ranks rank in providing affordable tuition and living expenses.
Canada offers the lowest tuition fees for foreign students unlike its counterparts.
Tuition rates at U.S public varsities for bachelor degree course for example are 30% higher than those in Canada, while fees of private universities are much higher
In today’s post I shall be providing an updated list of top 10 lowest tuition universities in Canada with their respective tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Before I do this, will like us to look at benefits of studying in Canada, cost of living, admission requirements, possibility of working and studying in Canada etc.
Why many student choose Canada?
You may be asking yourself this question. Why thousands of students worldwide prefer or choose to study in Canada. Find the reasons below:
The first reason is that many international students are attracted to the high rankings of colleges and universities in Canada. Universities like University of Toronto, McMaster University, and University of British Columbia rank almost the same with the Ivy Leagues and prestigious universities in the United Kingdom and other places. While the education system in Canada is fantastic, it’s still cheaper compared to those in other developed countries such as USA, United Kingdom and Australia.
The second reason why international students choose to study in Canada is the beautiful nature in Canada. Canada is known for its beauty and has fascinating animals and plants. Since places like Vancouver, Quebec, and Nova Scotia are popular tourist attractions, alot of international students wish to study in Canada to feed their eyes and view the beautiful and magnificent nature.
The third reason is that Canadian universities and colleges offer undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD programs with very low and affordable tuition fees. Apart from this, professional degrees such as MBA and Medical doctors can be obtained by paying low tuition fees. I need to state that these tuition figures change according to your program or course of study, so numbers are an average.
Cost of living in Canada for students
Cost of living can be defined as the amount an individual student needs to take care of his/her feeding, accommodation, transportation, buying of books, recreation etc in a period of time. This amount usually changes depending on the lifestyle an dispending habit of a students. In Canada, it is estimated that a student needs about $600 to $800 per month for his/her day to day living. Here’s the breakdown:
Accommodation (bedroom apartment) – $400 approximately per month.
Books and supplies – $1000 per year
Movies – $8.50 – $13
Average restaurant meal – $10 – $25 per person
Groceries – $150 – $200 per month
Most universities offer on-campus residences designated for international students, although
acceptance of study does not guaranty automatically you will get accommodation on campus. Students have to apply separately for on-campus housing.
The cost for on-campus housing varies across provinces and institutions and depends if students want a private apartment or shared apartment, meal course also must be taken into effect.
Students can choose to live in apartment’s off-campus. Rents vary ranging from $400 CDN to $1,500 CDN per month depending on apartment choice, city and neighborhood. Remember that utilities have to be put into consideration, utilities such as electricity, phone, internet, cable television, and insurance as well as personal expenses.
Most universities provide assistance in getting accommodation both on and off campus.
These services are provided through the housing office or student services.
Depending on proximity, many students walk or take bike to campus daily. Public transportation in form of buses, commuter trains, ferries are readily available for transport. On the average students can plan $100 Cdn monthly for transportation even though discounts are offered by many transport providers.
For students that intend to own a car and drive themselves to campus daily, it should be noted that provincial government are responsible for provision of drivers’ licenses so upon arrival students will have to contact ministry of transportation in theprovince of study to check if they are eligible and then apply.
All foreign students must have an health insurance in Canada. Medical insurance are available to all international students from province to province.
Provinces like Saskatchewan, Labrador, British Columbia, New foundland, Manitoba and Alberta provide medical cover for international students under their health care insurance plans but this depends on length of stay too.
Admission intake periods
Almost all programs in Canadian colleges and universities have 3 intake periods in a year. These three intakes are winter, spring and fall. You will need to contact the school and find out the available intake periods for your chosen program. You can do this by calling or sending a mail to the admissions department. Remember that you need to apply as early as possible, for instance, if your program intake period is by January (winter), ensure that you apply 6 to 8 months in advance so you will have enough time to process your visa.
Work while studying
International students are allowed to work while studying in Canada. You can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break). A work permit does not guarantee that you will find a job. It is your responsibility to look for work. Even if you work off campus, your studies must be the main reason you are in Canada.
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