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15 Most Expensive Universities in Canada (2022)

In this article, you will learn about the most expensive universities in Canada for residents and international students, and international students.

Ever wondered how much it costs to study at a reputable Canadian university? We ranked these institutions based on their tuition and fees.

Without further ado, let’s check them out.

Most expensive universities in Canada

The list below will reveal the 15 Most Expensive Universities in Canada, and their undergraduate and graduate program fees for both local and international students.

1. Mount Allison University

Mount alison university

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $9,440

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $19,040

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $5,010

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $5,010

Over the years, in fact, for almost 31 years back, Mount Allison has been recognized as the Top Primarily Undergraduate University. This recognition comes from MacLean and the Canadian University has gotten it 22 times. This record is unmatched by any other University in the country.

Mount Allison offers more than 50 academic programs for students to choose from and create their unique degrees. It is the most expensive University in Canada for Canadian Undergraduates.

2. Royal Roads University

Royal roads university

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $8,911 – $10,144

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $21,630

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $12,893 – $14,332

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $16,248 – $17,754

Established in 1995, Royal Roads University has remained among the top Universities in Canada. It is an accredited, publicly funded, and applied research University based in British Columbia province. It is the second most expensive University in Canada.

The Public University offers a variety of programs to students so they can have a larger scope to pick from. It is one of the few Canadian Universities with lesser tuition for foreign students wanting to study graduate programs.

3. University of King’s College

Ukings Canada

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) $8,445 – $9,017

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) $23,385 – $23,957

University of King’s College is located in the Nova Scotia Province and is among the most expensive universities in the province and the country.

The University offers a rich academic experience with its renowned Foundation Year Program (FYP), interdisciplinary Honors programs, the school of Journalism, or Multiple degree options in Arts & Humanities, Science, and Music. The Music program is offered jointly with Dalhousie University.

4. Acadia University

Acadia University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $8,194 – $9,477

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) $18,794 – $18,974

Graduate (Canadian Students) –  $8,139 – $9,422

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $19,158

Acadia University belongs to the Nova Scotia Province of Canada. It was founded in 1838 making it one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts universities in Canada. Acadia University campus is just an hour’s drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and its international airport.

The University has so many affiliates. For example, Acadia is an integral part of her quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. The amount paid by Foreign students for both Undergraduate and Graduate Courses is approximately 20,000 CAD. It is the fourth most expensive University in Canada.

5. St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) $8,087 – $9,370

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) $18,740

Graduate (Canadian Students) $5,240 – $6,010

Graduate (Foreign Students) $12,020

Receiving the 2022 MacLean recognition for the Top Primarily Undergraduate University, St. Francis Xavier University is the fifth most expensive University in Canada. It is popular for the quality of its teaching, small class sizes, an intimate and collaborative learning environment, and research opportunities for undergraduates.

It was founded in the mid-80s making it one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities. St. Francis Xavier has consistently ranked the best undergraduate university in Canada. It is located in the Nova Scotia Province.

6. NSCAD University

NSCAD University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,747 – $9,030

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $20,230

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $7,807 – $9,090

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $20,420

Based in the Nova Scotia Province, it is sometimes called the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as that is what its acronym stands for. NSCAD is a post-secondary art school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was founded in 1887 before it later became the first Art school to grant degrees to students in Canada.

The degrees offered by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design include bachelor’s degrees in Fine Art (BFA), Design (BDes), and Art History (BA). NSCAD also offers Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design degrees at the graduate level. It is the sixth most expensive university in Canada.

7. Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,246 – $8,529

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $17,058

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $9,391 – $10,674

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $19,203

Ranked 19th on the MacLean Primarily Undergraduate institution for 2022, Cape Breton University remains a go-to for many freshmen. It is located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a public, co-ed, primarily undergraduate university, and the only postsecondary degree-granting institution within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and on Cape Breton Island.

It is the seventh most expensive university in Canada with an average tuition of $17,000 for Undergraduate foreign students. Foreign Students offering graduate programs get to pay higher tuition.

8. St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,190 – $7,656

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $17,208

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $5,700 – $9,500

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $11,685 – $19,475

St. Thomas University, which is sometimes called St. Thomas or STU, is of Catholic origin, and an English-language liberal arts university located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. It is also a primarily undergraduate university offering bachelor’s degrees in various programs including arts(humanities and social sciences), education, and social work.

Having a student size of approximately 1,900, STU ensures its average class size is 30, and no class larger than 60 students. The university offers several unique programs including recognized majors in Criminology, Journalism, Human Rights, Communications, and Public Policy. It is also among the most expensive universities in Canada.

9. University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,170 – $7,488

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $17,216 – $17,534

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $7,326

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $13,116

The University of New Brunswick is also a public University in the New Brunswick province. It is the oldest English-Language University in Canada, and among the oldest public universities in North America. It has two campuses; one of which is in Fredericton and the other in Saint John. Both campuses are located in the province.

You can study a variety of programs at the University of New Brunswick. It offers both Undergraduate and Graduate programs. It is the ninth most expensive university in Canada.

10. Mount Saint Vincent University

Mount Saint Vincent University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,132 – $8,415

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $16,830 – $16,830

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $5,556 – $6,326

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $11,375 – $11,375

Often referred to as the Mount, Mount Saint University is a public, primarily undergraduate, University which is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established in 1873 and is one of the oldest universities in the country.

Mount Saint offers various undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, Education, and Professional studies. The University also offered graduate programs in degrees including; Applied Human Nutrition, School Psychology, Child and Youth Study, Education, Family Studies and Gerontology, Public Relations, and Women’s Studies.

Mount offers a doctorate program, a Ph.D. in Educational Studies, through a joint initiative with St. Francis Xavier University and Acadia University. The Mount offers more than 190 courses, over 10 full undergraduate degree programs, and four graduate degree programs online.

11. Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,097 – $8,380

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $18,830

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $4,264 – $7,564

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $12,284 – $16,751

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint Mary’s University is a public university, which was formerly Catholic. The college is popular for offering nationally-leading programs in business, chemistry, and also Canadian women’s basketball programs.

The annual Maclean’s rankings evaluate universities on 13 performance measures. Maclean’s evaluates universities in three categories, with Saint Mary’s being ranked amongst other universities the publication categorized as “primarily undergraduate” institutions.

In Maclean’s 2022 rankings, Saint Mary’s was ranked fourth amongst 19 “primarily undergraduate” universities in Canada. It is the 11th most expensive University in Canada, with minimum tuition of $7,097.

12. Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $7,063 – $8,346

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $18,738 – $23,286

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $7,552 – $8,835

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $19,227 – $23,775

Dalhousie University is a public research university located in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has three campuses with each at Halifax, Bible Hill, and Saint John, New Brunswick. It is commonly known as Dal and it’s the 12th most expensive university in Canada.

Dalhousie University is offering more than 4000 courses, and 180 degree programs in 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties. The university is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

13. University of Regina

University of Regina

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $6,983 – $7,403

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $20,948 – $22,208

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $4,564 – $4,564

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $8,282 – $8,282

The University of Regina is also a public research university located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was founded in 1911 as a private denominational high school of the Methodist Church of Canada. This means it has a Methodist origin. Later on, in 1925, it was disaffiliated from the Church and joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1934.

The University of Regina is among the public institutions with a high rate of enrollment, having over 15,000 full-time and part-time students. It has a reputation for having a focus on experiential learning, and offering internships, professional placements, etc.

14. University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $6,100 – $11,420

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $39,560 – $60,150

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $6,210 – $10,350

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $6,210 – $42,710

Located in Ontario, the University of Toronto is a public University known to be among the best in the country. It is the 14th most expensive university in Canada on our list, but it is the most expensive Canadian University when it comes to Undergraduate programs for foreign students.

The University of Toronto offers over 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs. In all major rankings, the university consistently ranks in the top ten public universities in the world and as the top university in the country.

15. The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia

Undergraduate (Canadian Students) – $5,617 – $7,475

Undergraduate (Foreign Students) – $34,276 – $41,156

Graduate (Canadian Students) – $5,198 – $5,198

Graduate (Foreign Students) – $9,131 – $9,131

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university with campuses near Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. It was established in 1908, making it British Columbia’s oldest university.

The university ranks among the top three universities in Canada. With an annual research budget of $759 million, the University funds over 8,000 projects yearly.

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