Cheapest Universities in Canada for International Students in 2016

By | March 16, 2016


Planning to start university can often seem like a costly and daunting process, as there are tuition costs, books, accommodation and other living expenses to consider.

Therefore, finding the best deal in terms of the main tuition costs is very important to many students.

Fortunately, if you’re considering Canada as a place to study then you can find some of the cheapest annual fees available, whilst also enjoying some of the best quality education in the world.

In this article you can discover what’s possible, with a look at some of the best offers and cheapest universities in Canada.

As a starting point, let’s take a look at some national statistics and general figures. All figures given are based on the 2015-2016 academic year – please check the individual University websites for confirmation of current prices.

The good news is that many parts of Canada froze their tuition fees for 2015/2016, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, and most of the New Brunswick programs.

In other provinces there was a modest rise, from 1.9% in Manitoba up to 5.2% in Nova Scotia.

If you’re looking for the lowest average fees, then undergraduate courses in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec are where to look.

The more expensive places include Ontario, where undergraduates paid the highest average fees, and then Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.


Let’s look at some specific examples now of the cheapest universities to be found in Canada.


The Memorial University of Newfoundland in Newfoundland and Labrador ( has established itself as one of the cheapest universities for international students in Canada.

The University offers hundreds of high quality diverse programs, and also on campus jobs and scholarships for outstanding students.

Annual fees for undergraduate programs are $8,800, and for master programs: $13,705.

The percentage of international students is 11% of 18,913 total.


The University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island ( has international students from more than 50 countries currently completing their degrees.

This one also offers on campus jobs and scholarships.

Annual fees for undergraduate programs are $6,428, and for master Programs: $6,428.

There are 4555 students  in total here.


Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia ( is not only one of the cheapest universities in Canada, but it is also one of the largest in terms of numbers of international students.

Every year around 3400 international students from 120 countries get admitted here into 200 diverse fields. They are also offering scholarships.

Annual tuition fees for undergraduate programs are $7,495, and for master programs: $10,546.

There are 4,358 total students here.


Université Sainte-Anne in Pointe-de-l’Église, Nova Scotia ( is the primary choice of French speaking students.

It is smaller than many Canadian universities, but there are 400 international students from 15 countries at Université Sainte-Anne comprising almost 79% of their total student population.

The annual tuition fees for undergraduate programs are $8,820 and there are a total of 504 students here.


Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia ( offers hundreds of diverse research oriented programs and scholarships for international students.

Annual tuition fees for undergraduates are $6,380.00, and there are a total of 8,484 students here.


New Brunswick Community College in New Brunswick ( is certainly one of the most affordable of Canadian Universities.

Annual International tuition fees for undergraduate programs are $6,300 here.

There are 12000 undergraduate and 2000 post graduates students at New Brunswick


Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba ( is another good choice for international students.

There are 176 international students at Brandon University comprising almost 16.7% of the total student population at the university.

They offer hundreds of diverse programs and scholarships, along with good fees.

Annual fees for undergraduate programs are $6,471, and for master programs: $7,485.

There are 2670 undergraduate and 270 post graduates students here.


This concludes this particular list of some of the cheapest universities in Canada.

Hopefully this gives you a good starting point when searching for affordable universities in Canada.

You could certainly pay a lot more than these particular examples, but these ones are all good quality places with excellent levels of tuition – so why would you need to? Why not look into them in more detail and begin your Canadian adventure today?

One thought on “Cheapest Universities in Canada for International Students in 2016

  1. Aisabokhae

    I am a graduate of mathematics/ statistics, with a cgpa 2.66/5, I am seeking for admission in Canada for postgraduate diploma in education or mathematics,if it’s a college no problem but with a tuition fees below $3000 Canada dollar.

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