12 Low Tuition Universities in Canada and How to Apply

12 Low tuition Universities in Canada and how to apply

After graduating from high school, students are required to choose a university or college to attend. On the other hand, international students who intend to study in universities or colleges outside their home country are to decide which country to live in.

However, most international students choose to live and study in Canada as opposed to the UK, USA and Australia -with great universities. Reasons for choosing to live and study in Canada vary. Before I go further talking about low tuition universities in Canada, I want us to look at some reasons why international students choose to study in Canada.

First, of great significance is the fact that Canada is recognized internationally for its world-class education as well as the high ranking of its universities worldwide. Often times, these Canadian universities offer scholarships to international students, hence, students are attracted.

Second, Canadian universities offer reputable degree programs – Undergraduate, Masters and PhD – whose certificates are recognized worldwide. Also, Canadian universities offer low tuition fees for domestic and international students unlike universities in the UK, USA and Australia whose tuition fees are high. 

Third, all over the world, Canada is known for its natural beauty with 90% of its land mass uninhabited. The lakes, falls, beaches, islands and natural parks – which make up this beauty – serve as places of tourist attraction.

In this article, I have listed universities with low tuition fees for domestic and international students and how you can apply for them.

1. University of Alberta

The university of Alberta is an internationally recognized teaching and research institution located in Edmonton. With over 200+ and 500+ undergraduate and graduate reputable programs respectively, the university has accomplished great strides across humanities, sciences, business, engineering, creative arts and health sciences. Also, the university of Alberta boasts of a student strength of over 40,000 with students from 156 countries across the world. According to world university rankings, the university of Alberta is ranked amongst the top research universities in the world – fourth in Canada and eighty first in the world.

Canada citizens: $5,321

International students: $21,668

2. University of Northern British Columbia

Established in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is amongst the small universities in Canada. Note worthy is the fact that UNBC was ranked by Macleans magazine as the number one university of its size in Canada in 2015 and 2016, and for over twelve years, has been ranked in the top three in this category. UNBC offers academic, online and continuing studies courses, and provides a friendly and inclusive learning environment. International students account for 11% of the student population. 

Canada citizens: $5,318

International students: $18,612

3. McMaster University

According to Times Higher Education world university rankings, McMaster university is ranked among top 75 universities in the world. Founded in 1887 in Toronto, the university is recognized internationally for its outstanding academic resources and achievements. McMaster university is a research intensive university which offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as part time studies and continuing education. International students from 120 countries across the globe account for 13.3% of the student population.

Canada citizens: $5,000 

International students: $25,000

4. University of Ottawa

According to survey conducted in 2020 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the university of Ottawa was ranked 141st in the world. It is a bilingual – English and French – university which offers Bachelor, Doctorate, Major, Minor, Masters, Online and Graduate diploma programs. Most interestingly, the university of Ottawa offers almost $60 million per year – in student scholarships and bursaries – to international and domestic students. Also, the university offers over 450 reputable programs.

Canada citizens: $6,765

International students: $31,444

5. Dalhousie University

Founded in 1818, the Dalhousie university is ranked among the oldest universities in Canada. It is a research intensive institution with over 19,000 students from all over the world. International students are welcome to study as the university provides a diverse and inclusive community of students. Dalhousie university offers 40 Bachelor degrees with over 90 Masters and Doctoral degree programs respectively. Also, it offers professional and continuing education programs to improve your expertise.

Canada citizens: $10,010

International students: $20,300

6. The University of Saskatchewan 

This university is ranked among the top research intensive  universities in Canada and is committed to finding creative solution to global challenges. For international students who wish to study on scholarship, it is important to know that the university also offers scholarships, bursaries and awards based on past academic records. Also, it offers over 80 full degree -Bachelor, Certificate, Doctorate, Masters – programs in 130 fields of study.

Canada citizens: $8,700

International students: $23,000

7. Memorial University of Newfoundland

This university offers over 100 degree programs as well as 450+ online courses. These online courses are available for students who do not wish to be locked in a formal course of study. For students who are interested in research work, Memorial has over 30 research centres and 40% of its research are related to the ocean. Scholarships and bursaries are also provided for domestic and international students based on merit or past academic achievements.

Canada citizens: $5,000

International students: $10,000

8. University of Manitoba

This is the first and only research intensive university in western Canada. It is ranked among the top research institutions in Canada with over 29,000 students. It offers Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral degrees as well as scholarships, awards and bursaries to both international and domestic students based on academic excellence.

Canada citizens: $10,500

International students: $22,000

9. University of Winnipeg

This is a research university which offers opportunities to undergraduate students who intend to carry out a research individually or in collaboration with a faculty. Uwinnipeg has a diverse and inclusive community of students. Also, it offers Undergraduate and Masters degrees, Joint Masters Programs as well as Joint and applied programs. On a yearly basis, over $4.5 million is provided in scholarships and bursaries to assist students.

Canada citizens: $3,675

International students: $13,695

10. Université de Saint-Boniface

A small coeducational university ranked among the top 90 universities in Canada and 3868 worldwide. It offers university, technical and professional programs including continuing education courses. The university is open to receive application for admission from international students.

Canada citizens: $3,563

International students: $7,482

11. University of New Brunswick

With over 20 leading research institutes and 65 major laboratories, the University of New Brunswick is a public research university with over 10,000 students from more than 100 countries. It offers more than 75 Undergraduate and Graduate programs to choose from. For students in need of financial assistance, the university provides $5 million each year in scholarship and bursary.

Canada citizens: $11,000

International students: $21,000

12. Brandon University

As at 2015, Brandon university was ranked 16th by Macleans rankings for undergraduate universities in Canada. It offers Degree programs, Graduate studies, Certificate programs as well as pre-professional programs. Scholarship opportunity is also available to entry students which also includes international students.

Canada citizens: $3,602

International students: $7,203

Now that you have seen the top 12 cheapest universities in Canada, the next step is to make a choice and start processing your application. 

First of all, You will have to ensure that you meet all requirements;

  • An up-to-date passport
  • An English and/or French language proficiency qualification
  • Proof of how you will be funding your studies

Second, Find a course and select a university. You will choose and apply for a specific major when applying for any university in Canada

Third, you will need to take English/French exam of which IELTS is likely to be your best option since all universities and colleges in Canada accept it. 

However, as an international student you will need to apply for a study permit which will serve as the visa. This application can be done on the Government of Canada website or at the Canadian Embassy in your home country. A study permit allows you to stay for the duration of your course with an extra 90 days within which you will need to leave the country or apply to extend your stay.

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