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Tuition Fee, Expenses & Cost of Education

This section gives a brief idea of the expenses for studying abroad. This includes tuition costs and living expenses. Living expenses may vary greatly depending on the individual. This information is just a rough sketch obtained from talking to various students who are studying abroad currently.

U.S.A.
U.K.
Canada
Australia
New Zealand



Tuition Fees

US Universities fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and private (independent) institutions. International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are based on nonresident costs, which are still usually less expensive than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its quality. A brief idea can be had from the following table:

University Type Tuition Fees
(annual in U.S. Dollars)
Private Institutions (High Cost) $ 19,000
Private Institutions (Low Cost) $ 12,000
State Institutions (High Cost) $ 13,000
State Institutions (Low Cost) $ 6,000

The tuition fee is different for different universities and varies widely with courses. It can vary from as low as $ 5000 a year for state universities to as much as $ 30000 per annum for some private universities. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Living Expenses

The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as:

Rent $ 400 per month
(you can live alone with that amount in a place like Auburn or share an apartment with 6 people in NY)
Groceries $ 100 per month
Utilities $ 100 per month
Phone $ 100 per month
Sundry $ 200 per month

So, about $1000 per month is a good estimation.  Most people can survive with $700-$1000 a month. The key here is to share apartments/houses so that you save on the utilities, fixed charge portion of phone and to some extent on groceries.


Undergraduate

Courses Average Total Tuition Fees per academic year Average Living Costs per academic year (9 months) Average Total Costs per year
Science   8,130   6,600   14,730
Medicine   15,660 6,600   22,660
Others   6,210   6,600   12,810

Postgraduate

Courses Average Total Tuition Fees per academic year Average Living Costs per academic year (9 months) Average Total Costs per year
Science   8,200   6,600   14,800
Medicine   15,450   6,600   22,050
Others   6,303   6,600   12,903

Further Education

Average Total Tuition Fees per academic year Average Living Costs per academic year (9 months) Average Total Costs per year
  3,432   6,600   10,032

For all the cost data above,

  • Fees given are averages
  • All costs are given in Pound Sterling
  • Living costs include accommodation, Energy bills, food etc.
  • Costs are according to 1999 session

International Students, 1998-1999 Tuition Fees, General Arts and Science programs (In Canadian Dollars)

Province Undergraduate Graduate
Newfoundland $6,660 $1,896 - $3,549
Prince Edward Island $5,031 - $6,731 $3,878 - $5,578
Nova Scotia $5,456 - $9,180 $3,160 - $10,270
New Brunswick $4,580 - $8,080 $4,920 - $5,630
Quebec $8,265 - $9,180 $7,450 - $15,000
Ontario $6,500 - $12,202 $7,450 - $15,000
Manitoba $4,696 - $5,017 $4,212 - $6,890
Saskatchewan $5,625 - $8,127 $2,813 - $5,625
Alberta $4,845 - $6,880 $4,684 - $15,000
British Columbia $3,784 - $13,830 $2,100 - $17,000

*Source: The Directory of Canadian Universities - 1999, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Living Expenses

Accommodation

Average cost of accommodation in Canada is about CDN $ 400- 800 per month.

Type Expenses
(annual in U.S. Dollars)
School-Provided Homestays $ 400 - $800 per month
School-Provided Residence/Dormitory $3000 - $7500 per year
Off Campus Housing $250 - $ 750 per month

 


Undergraduate degrees           

Courses

Median Total Tuition Fees for entire course

Total Living Costs for entire course
(3 years)

Average Total Costs per course

Science

27,054

31,574

58,628

Business

19,325

31,574

50,899

Arts

19,325

31,574

50,899

Masters degrees            

Courses

Median Annual Tuition Fees

Annual Living Costs

Average Annual Total Costs

Science

9,115

10,525

19,640

Business

7,440

10,525

17,965

Arts

7,086

10,525

17,611

PhD

Courses

Median Total Tuition Fees for entire course

Total Living Costs for entire course
(3 years)

Average Total Costs per course

Science

28,988

31,574

60,562

Business

24,156

31,574

55,730

Arts

23,190

31,574

54,764

MBA

Length of MBA program varies considerably between institutions, depending on the mode of study, but ranges from approximately nine to 15 months full time. The fees in the table below are shown as the cost of the full MBA program rather than an annual fee.         

Median Total Package Tuition Fees

Average Annual Living Costs

Average Total Costs
(taking duration as 1 year)

14,945

10,525

25,470


For all the cost data above
,

  • Fees given are averages
  • All costs are given in U.S. Dollars
  • Living costs include accommodation, Energy bills, food etc.
  • Costs are according to 1999 session

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees is different for different universities and varies with courses. We have listed a few courses with the approximate range of annual tuition fees. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Undergraduate Courses

1. Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences NZ $ 10,000 - $ 12,000  per year  
2. Commerce / Administration / Management NZ $ 10,000 - $ 12,500  per year
3. Computing & Mathematical Sciences   NZ $ 13,000 - $ 15,000 per year
4. Engineering NZ $ 16,000 - $ 17,500  per year
5. Science / Science Technology NZ $ 14,000 - $ 16,000 per year
6. Technology NZ $ 14,000 - $ 18,000  per year

Postgraduate Courses

1. Arts / Humanities / Social Sciences NZ $ 14,000 - $ 16,000  per year  
2. Master of Business Administration NZ $ 18,000 - $ 24,000  per year
3. Engineering NZ $ 18,000 - $ 24,500  per year

Living Expenses

The approximate annual living expenses are about NZ $ 7,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea.

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