When it comes to choosing a study abroad destination, you will want to pick a country that offers a blend of quality education, excellent standard of living, exposure to new cultures, easy visa process, and good job prospects if you want to settle overseas eventually. Canada excels on all fronts, making it a dream destination for international students.

The best thing about the country is that you can access quality education without spending a fortune because there are many affordable universities to pursue a range of programmes. We have prepared a comprehensive list based on the quality of education and the cost of tuition fees rather than picking just the cheapest. Here are the ones you can explore.


Location– Charlottetown, PEI

The number one research university and the only one in PEI, the University of Prince Edward Island, is a public arts and science university. It was set up in 1969 and has emerged as one of the top study=abroad destinations due to its affordability. International and domestic students can access scholarships here to cut down the tuition costs. Faculties include arts, business, nursing, science, education, veterinary medicine, and sustainable design engineering. It also has a school for mathematical and computational sciences.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 6,822 CAD 


Location– Prince George, British Columbia

A relatively smaller institution, the University of British Columbia is famous for the research-intensive courses it offers. Apart from the main campus, UNBC has regional campuses in Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Terrace, and Fort St. John in northern British Columbia. It is referred to as Canada’s Green University for its research, teaching, energy initiative, and sustainability.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 8160 CAD


Location– St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

MUN is the sole university in Newfoundland and Labrador, though it has campuses in some other parts of Canada. Established in 1925, this public university is renowned for research, teaching, and training. You can pursue a range of programmes at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels and get certificates, diplomas, and online degrees here. The university offers courses in Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Medicine, Education, Nursing, and Science.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 11,460 CAD per year


Location– Burnaby, British Columbia

A public research university that dates back to 1965, Simon Fraser University is among the cheapest options for international students. The main campus is in Burnaby, while the other two are located in Vancouver and Surrey. It is the only research university in the country with US accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. There are eight faculties here, including Applied Science, Arts and Social Sciences, Communication, Art and Technology, Business, Science, Education, Environment, and Health Sciences.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 12,125 CAD per year


Location– Regina, Saskatchewan

Set up in 1911 as a private high school, the University of Regina has emerged as a popular name in the field of experiential learning. While it is one of the most affordable in the country, the university also gets extra points for internships, practicums, and professional placements along with cooperative placements with a low tuition fee. Popular programmes include Agriculture and Bioresources, Law, Medicine, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 13,034 CAD


Location– Winnipeg, Manitoba

A public research university, the University of Manitoba ranks among the top 25 Universities in Canada. Even as it is among the best, it offers quality education within a budget. Dating back to 1877, it is the oldest university in Western Canada and is well known for its research-intensive programmes. It brings more than 100 degrees, certificates, and diplomas- with over 60 at the undergraduate level in disciplines such as law, medicine, and engineering.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 14,700 CAD 


Location– Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

One of the oldest and most distinguished universities in Canada, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) dates back to 1907. Its noted alumni include one Prime Minister of Canada, two Nobel Prize winners, nine provincial premiers, and five Olympic gold medallists, and three Supreme Court Justices. It offers a wide variety of programmes in Agriculture and Bioresources, Biotechnology, Arts and Science, Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nutrition,  Veterinary Medicine, and Law.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 17,504 CAD per year


Location– Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dalhousie University is a public research university that ranks on 279th position in the QS World University Rankings because of its world-class teaching and infrastructure. Set up in 1818, Dalhousie brings over 180 degree programmes and 4,000 courses in twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties, making it an amazing pick due to the sheer variety in academics.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 18,187.9 CAD


Location– Edmonton, Alberta

Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is one of the oldest in Canada. It is also among the top 5 universities in the country. The university is acclaimed for its top Faculty in Arts and Humanities, and ranks as a leader for English Language and Literature. You can also pursue courses in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Business, Education, Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing, Rehab Medicine, Science, and Public Health at the university.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 20,395.2 CAD 


Location– Ottawa, Ontario

One of the leading yet low-cost universities that international students can explore in Canada is the Carleton University. Founded in 1942 as Carleton College, the university runs several specialized institutions in the fields of Public Affairs, Journalism, Business, and Public Policy and Administration. It is acclaimed for programmes in Social sciences, Computer sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, And Statistics.

International Tuition Fee (UG) – 25,379.5 CAD

Now that you have this list, it will be easy to explore the most affordable Canadian universities across the country.

Happy Searching!

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