Here we take a look at how the different costs associated with studying an LLM in Canada – all of the prices are in Canadian Dollars.
Just like many countries, Canadian law schools offer substantial discounts to domestic students, but tuition fees in Canada can vary significantly between institutions. The LLM course at the prestigious University of Toronto costs $38,712 for international students and $11,350 for domestic students. Alternatively, the University of British Columbia, which is very well respected, charges tuition fees of $9,503 for international students and offers the discounted rate of $5,796 to domestic students. Many international students qualify as domestic students and you should check with your institution if you are already resident in Canada or have parents or relatives who are.
Other Course Costs
Most Canadian universities and law schools charge an additional student fee which is a flat rate for both domestic and international students of between $500 and $1,000 per academic year. This fee is not always included in the published tuition fee, but it should be clearly stated in the course or university literature. There are also considerations like text books, which can be expensive and you should budget around $300 for them. Many law schools also charge an application fee of between a $100 and $200 per application, but this does vary between provinces.
Rental accommodation varies massively and students in the big cities like Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver who are renting privately should expect to spend up to $900 per month, which is comparable to other international cities. Most universities in Canada offer a Graduate House, just like Dalhousie University, which is a student accommodation block devoted to postgraduate students. At Dalhousie University the Grad House costs $7,905 for a full academic year. Many students live at home while studying, so for international students, you might find that although you are living with students from around the world and from other parts of Canada, you are not living with any locals.
Commuting around Canadian cities is similar to most large cities with comprehensive local transportation. It depends on how far you are commuting or if you are driving so you'll want to find out about parking charges on campus too. You should budget for around $100 to $200 a month on commuting. Travelling across Canada is usually done by plane, because of the large distances involved, however, you will meet people driving for days at a time to get home. All of the large cities are well served by international flights, with most destinations around the world flying to Toronto airport. Flights from most European destinations usually cost between $500 and $1,000 for a return flight.
It depends on what type of accommodation you choose and what type of lifestyle you have, but if you are in self-catering accommodation and are an international student you might be surprised at the high cost of food in some parts of Canada. It depends on how and what you cook, but expect to spend between $50 and $100 per week on food. Again it all depends on your way of life, but it's important to spend time away from your LLM studies to relax, so you should budget to spend a little each month on socialising.
The healthcare system in Canada is different from both its American and European counterparts. For domestic students they will be eligible for a provincial healthcare card and most international students will usually be eligible for this as well. However, this does not cover all your healthcare needs, such as dental care, and all international students must have separate insurance, which can cost from $50 per month.