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 affordable; 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.
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.
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 the cost of living, admission requirements, possibility of working and studying in Canada
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
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.
To gain entry for studies, a visa is mandatory. The documents required to obtain a Visa are as follows:
- You must be given an acceptance letter from a recognized institution
- Next stop is to get a Canadian student visa application package their online using CIC website or walk into a local visa office or consulate in your country. In other to get the visa application package, questions will be asked to determine if you are eligible for a student Visa.
- If found to be eligible, you will be sent a personal check list code with a page containing a code needed for submitting your application online which is only valid for 60 days. The printed out page also contain tuition fee amounts, a guide to applications, a list of documents to submit along with your application.
- Create a MyCIC account by providing your checklist code, where you will be given your personal document checklist which allows you upload all your documents to CIC.
- After uploading the necessary document and paid your fees, submit your completed application to CIC
- Some students from certain countries require biometric caption.
- Applying for student visa would need a proof of funds to sustain yourself during your study.
Now lets look at a list of top 10 lowest tuition universities in Canada with tuition fees ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 per year.
List Of Low Tuition Universities in Canada
|University||Average Undergraduate Tuition/year||Average Postgraduate Tuition/year|
|Canadian Mennonite University||$9,600||$5, 600|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland||$11, 500||$5,000|
|Simon Fraser University||$11, 500||$2, 500|
|University of Saskatchewan||$19,000||$7, 500|
|University of Prince Edward Island||$12,000||$8,000|
|University of New Brunswick||$14,000||$10,000|
|University of Winnipeg||$13,000||$12,000|
|Mount Royal University||$15,000|
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