Nuriye Sahin Canadian Immigration Consultant

With its high education standards and academic achievements of higher education institutions, Canada is one of the most preferred countries for international students. The question in the minds of young people who want to study in Canada is “Are colleges and universities free in Canada? If we must give a short answer to this question, the answer is “no”. But we need to give more information.

Universities in Canada are not Free. But…

One of the most misconceptions that those considering a university education in Canada is that universities in Canada are free. Universities in Canada are not free. However, this does not require you to delete Canada from your list.

University tuition fees in Canada are lower than some other developed countries. For example, while the average annual tuition fee for Canadians and Permanent Residents in 2022 is about $6,700 for undergraduate programs, this figure rises to $38,000 in the USA. Tuition fees for international students in Canada is around $20,000 while the tuition fees in the USA is around $80,000 to $90,000.

But this isn’t a “you get what you pay for” situation. Although tuition fees at Canadian universities are almost one-third of those of American universities, they can compete with American universities in academic achievement. 8 Canadian universities are in the top 200 in the QS University World Rankings.

It’s Cheaper to Live in Canada

Undoubtedly, you also need to know cost of living in Canada. Canada is one step ahead in this regard.

For that, let’s take a look at the Numbeo data. Let’s compare Toronto, one of the most important cities in Canada, with other cities in the world.

New York – Toronto: 35% more expensive to live in New York.

Los Angeles – Toronto: 6% more expensive to live in Los Angeles.

London – Toronto: Living in London is 8.5% more expensive.

Melbourne – Toronto: It is 1.65% more expensive to live in Melbourne.

But There Is a Way to Get a Free College Education

 Canada offers many scholarships for successful students. You may get a scholarship to cover most of your tuition fees if you are a very successful student.  International students’ departments of universities and colleges provide information with regards to available scholarship opportunities.

Yes, universities in Canada are not free. However, tuition fees are lower than many developed countries. The academic success of universities is at a level that can compete at the global level. With a degree from Canadian universities, it is much easier to find your dream job not only in Canada but anywhere in the world.

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