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A multicultural bouquet of a crowd, top-ranking universities, a wide variety of courses, and most importantly, less anxious parents! You really can’t go wrong with Canada. In this blog, we are going to outline all the expenses you need to budget for studying undergrad in Canada, starting from out-of-state tuition to a loaf of bread (which costs CA$2.86, by the way). Here we go!


  1. Tuition Fees for International Students
  2. Undergraduate Tuition Fees in Canada
  3. Cost of Living in Canada for Indian Students
  4. Other Expenses to Study in Canada

Tuition Fees for Undergrad in Canada

Universally, tuition fee is the most significant expense, especially for international students. Tuition fees in Canada depends on several factors, from the choice of your program to your degree level. The average tuition fee for an undergraduate degree program in Canada for international students is CA$ 33,623, which is close to INR 20.3 lakhs.

Also, the tuition fee for a program differs from university to university. So, in the next section, we will discuss the average tuition fees for popular undergrad programs in Canada.

Undergraduate Tuition fees in Canada

Given below is the overview of the cost of studying in Canada for Indian students in terms of average tuition for major undergraduate courses:

Courses Weighted Average Tuition (for International Students)
Medicine CA$ 32,450
Arts and Humanities CA$9,134 – CA$ 60,150
Engineering CA$ $33,703
Law and legal studies CA$ $33,192
Mathematics, Computer, and Information Sciences CA$ 33,012
Business and Management CA$26,680
Social and Behavioural Sciences CA$27,647
Architecture CA$ 26,457
Dentistry CA$ 56,621
Nursing CA$ 21,922
Pharmacy CA$ 40,960
Veterinary Medicine CA$ 63,323
Agriculture, Natural Resources, and conservation CA$ 26,208

Source: Statistics Canada


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Cost of Living in Canada for Indian Students

The next significant expense for students when studying abroad is – the cost of living. What exactly is the cost of living in Canada for Indian students? We hate to sound like a wet blanket, but the cost of living in Canada is also very subjective since it includes variables like the city you will live in, whether you are going for private accommodation or university dorms, your meal plans, mode of transportation, lifestyle, and spending habits etcetera. To give you an idea of what the expenses are, we have listed three types of student accommodation in Canada and their prices here:

Types of Student Accommodation

Homestay CA$ 4,800 – 9,600 p.a.
On-Campus accommodation CA$ 3,000 -7,500 per year
Private/ Shared accommodation CA$ 8,400 per year

Source: QS Top Universities

Other Living Expenses

With accommodation sorted, let us look at other expenses that count towards the total cost of living in Canada for Indian Students. Living cost depends on a variety of factors. For example, in this section, we will hash out the monthly living expenses of an average University of Toronto student.

Cost of Living in Canada for Indian Students

Living Expenses Amount in CAD
Housing $1,000 – $2,700/month
Electricity $50/month
Internet $50 – $100/month
Phone bill $40 – $100/month
Tenant’s insurance $15 – $30/month
Food & grocery $40 – $100/week
Clothes & shoes $25/month
Health insurance $600 – $800 per year
Transportation $0 – $128.15/month
Books & supplies $500/semester
Emergency funds $500

Source: University of Toronto website

Scholarship Options in Canada for Indian Students

Well, it’s not a secret that Canada is a little on the expensive side, but we’d like to end this blog on a happy note. So let’s talk about ways to fix that, and one of the most popular ways is through scholarships.

When looking for scholarships, your first natural stop should be the official website of your chosen university itself. Next, list external scholarships you can get your hands on, including or Given below is a list of some of the top Canadian Scholarships that Indian students can apply to:

Scholarship Type of Funding Open for Indian Nationals Programs
Education Future International Scholarship 2022 Partial Funding Bachelors and Masters
University Of Westminster Undergraduate Distant Horizons Awards In the UK Partial Funding Bachelors
ASM Materials Education Foundation – Undergraduate Scholarships, 2022 Partial Funding Bachelors
Scotiabank International Partner Entrance Scholarships Partial Funding Bachelors, Diploma, Training & Short courses
Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program 2022 Full Funding Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., Post Doc


Here is a happy thought: These scholarships can help you cover your tuition fee. And, once your tuition is covered, you can simply take up a part-time job at your university to manage your living expenses.

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