Affordable and cheap universities in Canada

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 13:02 IST

In recent years, Canada has become the most popular study abroad destination for international students who are looking for quality education. With quality lifestyle, top universities in the world, and world-class cities, Canada has earned a reputation as one of the best higher education destinations globally. It is also a perfect destination for those looking to pursue higher education and gain skills but at the same time did not want to spend too much. Previously we have discussed the most affordable MBA colleges in Canada, in this article, we will discuss the affordable universities in Canada.

List of cheap fees universities in Canada for undergraduate courses

Consistently, the QS Top Universities and Times Higher Education (THE) have ranked more than 30 Canadian universities amongst the best academic institutions worldwide. Those who are thinking of going to Canada must also check the cost of living in Canada for international students and learn about the living expenses while staying there.

  • University of Guelph
  • Université de Saint-Boniface
  • Canadian Mennonite University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Brandon University

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is popular for offering courses in diverse areas from environmental studies to veterinary medicine.


Tuition fee

Bachelor of Applied Science


Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Engineering


Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences


Université de Saint-Boniface

Université de Saint-Boniface is a French-language public institution affiliated with the University of Manitoba.


Tuition fee







Business Administration


Canadian Mennonite University

Canadian Mennonite University is private university offering courses in sciences, business, arts, and music.


Tuition fee

Bachelor’s courses

CAD 11,904

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of the best public universities and ranked at the top in Canada for international graduate student services.


Tuition fee

Graduate Diploma


Brandon University

Brandon offers a number of programs that qualify students to get entry to a professional program.

Fall 2020


Winter 2021


Spring 2021


Fall 2021


Winter 2022


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List of cheapest fees universities in Canada for postgraduate courses

Majority of the international students looking to pursue MS abroad look for affordable universities in Canada to carry on with their higher studies. Here’s a list of cheap universities offering postgraduate courses in Canada for international students.

University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia has been ranked at the top 3 best small universities in Canada continuously for ten years by Canada's Maclean magazine.


Tuition fee

General programs in arts and humanities


Source: Statistics Canada

Memorial University of Newfoundland

MUN, is a public university that operates from few satellite campuses. It offers various certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programmes. Also, it offers online courses and degrees as well.


Tuition fee

Master's programs (2 years)


Master's programs (1 year)


Master of Science in Medicine

(Applied  Health Services Research)


Doctoral programs


Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a public research university that has been ranked amongst the top educational institutions in Canada offering quality education at affordable fee.


Tuition fee

Graduate courses*

$10,369 / term

*Estimated costs

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a public research university that is home to more than 33,000 students.


Tuition fee

Graduate program (thesis-based program)


University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is the first choice for international students to pursue higher education looing to gain skills at an affordable educational institution in Canada. 


Tuition fee

Master of Science - Finance

CAD 3,950.00

Master of Science - Marketing

CAD 3,950.00

Master of Public Health (thesis-based)

CAD 2,054.00

Master of Arts in Economics Co-op

CAD 790.00

Master's and Ph.D. - Environment and Sustainability

CAD 2,580.14

Apart from the above-mentioned list, there are other cheap universities in Canada for international students.

Can I study for free in Canada?

Students often have this query on their minds while looking to pursue higher education abroad. However, there is no university in Canada that does not charge a tuition fee, or there is not a single tuition-free university in Canada. So, students cannot study for free in Canada, however, if they can manage to get a fully-funded scholarship, in that case, they can pursue their higher education without paying the tuition fee.

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

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a month ago

I have completed bcom in 2015 and then pgdbm in 2016 and mba in 2017 all are distance mode and have 6 years work experience. My age is 27 yrs. Can you suggest me names of university or college in Canada who accept distance education and suggest me suitable courses

Reply to Manisha


Aprant Agarwal

3 weeks ago

Hello Manisha. For university and courses shortlisting you can contact our experts here:

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