Located in the northern part of North American continent and connected to Pacific, Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of total area (9.98 million square kilometers). Approximately 37 million people live in Canada in 10 provinces and 3 territories.Canada is one of the top destinations for international students to study and immigrate. 18 Canadian universities are ranked in the top 500 universities in the world (Top QS World university rankings). As of 2016, there are 96 universities in Canada with an enrollment of about 1.8 million students.
Apart from the world class education, Canada offers affordability in education with tuition fee and living expenses that are less than other English-speaking countries; USA, England, Australia and New Zealand. Canadian universities have a broad range of degree programs available in terms of the level of education (certificate, diploma, undergraduate, post graduate diploma, masters and PhD) and field of discipline. The universities in Canada offers experiential learning – co-op programs, on job training, internships, online and blended learning. Regardless of ethnicity, international students feel at home in Canada due to multiculturalism and 2 official languages English and French. Several options for international students are available during studies (part time work, internships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships) and after studies (work placement, permanent residency, citizenship).
Canadian Universities with Affordable Tuition Fees
Canadian universities with the lowest amount of tuition fee for international students are mentioned below:
(1) Canadian Mennonite University
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is an independent Christian university established in 2000 that awards 3 to 4-year undergraduate courses as well as a few master’s degree programs. With a student enrollment of 800 and a teaching staff of 90, CMU is offering low cost studies in several undergraduate disciplines.
The programs offered at CMU include 3-year bachelor of art, 4-year bachelor of art, 4-year bachelor of business administration, 4-year bachelor of music, 4-year bachelor of music therapy, 4-year bachelor of science and 2-year master programs. CMU has a broad range of programs in humanities and social sciences, along with a few natural science programs as well. A total of 16 undergraduate degree programs and 4 master’s programs are available at CMU.
(2) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is a public sector Canadian university founded in 1925 and is the only university located in the Newfoundland and Labrador province. MUN has an enrollment of 18,000 students from over 100 countries with 2,700 international students. More than 100 programs (certificate, diploma, bachelor, master and PhD) are offered at Memorial University, delivered across 4 campuses and also via distance learning/online schemes.
The academic division at MUN include; Six faculties (a) Faculty of Education, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Engineering & Applied science, Faculty of Humanities & Social sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Six schools (b) School of Graduate studies, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Social work, School of Pharmacy, School of Human Kinetics & Recreation, (c) Marine Institute and (d) Centre for Innovation in teaching & learning.
750 scholarships are awarded annually at MUN and the university has a 16:1 students-faculty ratio with more than 1500 awarded graduate fellowships and 840 PhD students. Memorial University is ranked #701-750 in the world (Top QS university rankings).
(3) University of Prince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) founded in 1969 is a university located in Charlottetown. The university has a student body of about 4,000 and offers undergraduate degrees with some graduate and PhD degrees as well. UPEI offers 6 certificate programs, 69 undergraduate programs, 9 master’s programs, and 6 PhD programs.
Academically, the university is divided into – Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, Atlantic Veterinary College, School of Mathematical and Computational sciences.
(4) University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan (UoS), established in 1907 is a public sector Canadian university located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. UoS is ranked #439 by the QS Top University world rankings. The university has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students out of which 4,300 students are graduate students and 3,400 are international students. 36 certificate/diploma programs are offered at UoS along with 93 undergraduate programs, 76 master level programs and 51 doctoral programs.
UoS is divided into 13 colleges and 4 schools, namely; College of Agriculture and Bioresources, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Arts and Science, College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, College of Kinesiology, College of Library, College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, College of Law, Edwards School of Business, School of Environment and Sustainability, School of Rehabilitation Science, School of Public Health, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
(5) University of Regina
University of Regina (UoR), located in Regina, Saskatchewan is a public sector research university founded in 1911 as Regina College and in 1974 as University of Regina. With an enrollment of more than 15,500 students, the university has 120 undergraduate and 78 graduate degree programs. UoR has more than 30 certificate/diploma programs, 80 undergraduate level, 38 master level, and 19 PhD programs.
University of Regina is divided into; a) Faculty of Business administration, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social work, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Applied sciences, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate studies and Research, b) Center for Continuing Education, c) Graduate School of Public Policy, Paul J. Hill School of Business, Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business.
(6) University of Northern British Colombia
University of Northern British Colombia (UNBC), founded in 1990 is a public sector university is located in British Columbia. UNBC has a main campus located in Prince George and 4 regional campuses with 2 colleges – College of Science and Management, College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. UNBC offers 17 certificate/diploma programs, 48 bachelor, 21 master, and 3 PhD level programs.
(7) Brandon University
Brandon University (BU) is public university (located in Brandon, Manitoba) founded in 1889 as Brandon College and was awarded the status of a university in 1967. The university is divided into Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Health Studies and School of Music. Brandon university is host to 3,000 students and is predominantly an undergraduate degree awarding institute with a few graduate programs. BU has 2 certificate programs, along with 34 bachelor, 5 master’s programs.
(8) University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba (UoM) is a Canadian university located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was founded in 1877. The university has an enrollment of about 29,620 students (17.1% of international students from 123 countries) and a staff of 9,412 members. The University of Manitoba is ranked # 600 – 650 by QS Top university rankings of the world. UoM has 131 bachelor programs, 75 master programs and 48 PhD programs.
The university is academically divided into several faculties, schools and colleges, namely; Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Work, Desautels Faculty of Music, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Division of Extended Education, School of Art, School of Dental Hygiene, Asper School of Business.
(9) University of Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) founded in 1871 as Manitoba College was conferred the title of University of Winnipeg in 1967. UWinnipeg is located in Manitoba and has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. The university is divided into 6 faculties – Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science and Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health. UWinnipeg has 53 bachelor programs and 10 Master degree programs.
(10) University of Alberta
University of Alberta (UAlberta) a public sector Canadian research university located in Edmonton, Alberta was established in 1908. The university is ranked #113 by the Top QS world university rankings. University of Alberta has 191 undergraduate, 74 master and 60 PhD level programs.
UAlberta has 18 faculties, 2 schools and 2 colleges across 5 campuses – 1 in Camrose and 4 in Edmonton. With 388 undergraduate programs, 500 graduate programs UAlberta is host to more than 40,000 students from 156 nationalities. It is among the top 5 Canadian universities in terms of research and has an annual funding of $500 million. The faculties in colleges at the University of Alberta are mentioned below:
Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Extension, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Native Studies, School of Public Health, Alberta School of Business, St. Joseph’s College, St. Stephen’s College.
(11) University of New Brunswick
University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a Canadian public sector university located in New Brunswick region and was established as a university in 1785. UNB has an enrollment of more than 8,000 students at 2 campuses; Fredericton and Saint John. UNB has several faculties and departments including; Arts, Business, Computer science, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Law, Kinesiology, Leadership studies, Nursing and Science. UNB offers 83 bachelor programs, 27 Master level, and 18 PhD programs.
List of Canadian Universities including their Bachelor, Master and PhD tuition fee for Canadians/Permanent Residents and International students:
| 5500* |
| 8000* |
(*) represents fees for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents (per year)
(+) represents fees for International students (per year)
The above-mentioned tuition fee is in Canadian dollars (CAD$) and is calculated as an average (some programs/faculty might charge less/more than the mentioned figures).
Note – Some programs (including certificates, diplomas and course-based masters) have special fee or additional fee. Apart from tuition fee, other costs are also associated with programs, please consult the university website for more details.