Many of you are thinking about studying in Canada. But before you start, you need to take stock of the necessary budget (schooling, visas, insurance, housing, leisure, etc.). Be aware that help is there to ease the bill. Follow the leader.
Canada welcomes more than 20,000 French students*🇧🇷 But to study there, you will have to plan and anticipate certain expenses🇧🇷 Depending on the province of study or your status, these fees may change. We take stock.
Provide application fees and study permit
The first step is to submit an application for admission to the institution you wish to join. To do this, file processing fees of approximately 150 Canadian dollars (CAD), or just over 110 euros you will be prompted. If you are doing a university exchange, the terms and conditions may be different. Check with your university or school’s international relations office.
If your academic stay in Canada is longer than six months, you will need a study permit. “It is a procedure that is carried out online and whose administrative costs are 150 CAD dollars (110 euros), says Jacques-Henri Gagnon, delegate for university and scientific affairs at the Canadian embassy in France. Québec, you will need a certificate of acceptance, about 120 CAD dollars (about 88 euros)”🇧🇷
Tuition fees, a cost for international students in Canada
In addition, studying in Canada can have a more or less significant cost depending on whether you are on an exchange program or not. In English-speaking provinces, unless you are on an exchange program, you will have to pay between 6,000 and 18,000 euros per year of study🇧🇷 Highly variable rates and sometimes subject to agreements with regions.
“Thus, following an agreement between Quebec and France, French undergraduate students pay the same tuition fees than non-Quebec Canadian students, i.e. around 6,000 euros per year. For training at CEGEPs (General and Vocational Colleges), the costs are very low: between 200 and 300 euros per year”, says Jacques-Henri Gagnon.
Include health insurance in your budget
You will also need to budget for your health insurance. In fact, it is the Canadian provinces and territories that are responsible for health care, including that of international students. “Some provinces, like Quebec, have agreements with French social security, which allow have the same medical coverage as a resident of that province“, informs Jacques-Henri Gagnon.
Cost of living varies from province to province
The cost of living also varies fromfrom one province to another and is more important in big cities than in medium-sized cities. “If the overall cost of living remains slightly lower than the French average, inflation does not spare Canada and, in recent months, the euro has lost significantly against the Canadian dollar”, points out Jacques-Henry Gagnon.
On average, count about $5,000 to $8,000 CAD – i.e. between €3,700 and €5,900 – per year for accommodation costs🇧🇷 “Our advice to students to cut the bill when creating a network is to rent a room in a university hall of residence for the first year and then try shared accommodation,” recommends Jacques-Henri Gagnon.
Also count a range of $3,000 CAD (2,200 euros) for food expenses500 to 1,500 CAD dollars (369 to 1,100 euros) for public transport and 3,500 CAD dollars (2,600 euros) approximately for your leisure activities.
Help ease the budget
In terms of help, many Canadian institutions offer scholarships for international students. Some are specifically reserved for French or Francophone students. In France, departmental, regional and national mobility aid grants are also available. Find out with the actors involved. See also the Canadian Embassy’s directory of international scholarships.
As of November 15, 2022, study permit holders can work an unlimited number of hours per week (at least until the end of 2023) during the school year and holidays. What to soak in poutine!
*According to IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) data