Education costs for foreign students
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Education costs for foreign students

Education costs include tuition fees applicable to foreign students, as well as other related educational fees.

Tuition fes

Tuition fees for foreign students are the same at all public institutions at the same educational level, although they may vary depending on the field of study. Tuition fees are set by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur and are subject to an annual adjustment.

Québec students who study full-time at a public institution are not required to pay tuition fees, except at the university level.

Note: Fees are given in Canadian dollars.

Preschool, primary and secondary school fees in 2018-2019*
Per year
Kindergarten (4-year-olds)
Preschool and primary school
General secondary and general adult education
Disabled Students
Vocational secondary
depending on the program

* Fees required by institutions serving disabled students are higher.


CEGEP (college) tuition in 2018-2019
Field of study
Per year
(two full-time sessions)
Pre-university program
Community or human affairs technologies
Business administration
Physical technologies
Arts and Literature
Biological technologies


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At the university level, tuition fees for foreign students consist of those required of Québec students plus a lump sum. Under certain conditions, some students may be exempted from the lump sum.

2018-2019 university tuition fees1
Academic cycles and fields of study
Annual tuition fees
(30 units or credits)
Prescribed fees and lump sums applicable to foreign students
Undergraduate degree: human and social sciences, geography, education, physical education, the arts and humanities  
Undergraduate degree: other fields  
Master’s degree  


1This information is for guidance only. In addition to the lump sums determined by the government, universities can require foreign students subject to these sums to also pay an amount equivalent to a maximum of 10% of the lump sum to finance costs related to promotion, recruitment and guidance of these students.

2 Since 2008, undergraduate programs in administration, law, pure sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science have been deregulated. Consequently, the tuition fees demanded for these programs may vary considerably from one educational institution to the next. To ascertain such tuition fees, please contact directly the university of your choice.

Other related educational costs

Other related educational costs vary according to the institution and may include admission and registration fees, the cost of course materials, student association dues, etc.

At the university level, health and hospital insurance is mandatory for all students. The cost of this insurance is added to the other fees, unless you are covered by a social security reciprocity agreement. If so, you will be covered by the Québec health and hospital insurance plan, and you will not have to pay a premium. You may, however, take out additional insurance covering eye and dental care.

If your educational institution does not provide health and hospital insurance, you need to take out private insurance or prove that you have valid health and hospital insurance.



Living expenses

Tuition fees and other related educational costs do not include living expenses, which are estimated at approximately C$11,825 a year for a single person aged 18 or older.



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