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Cost of Pharmacy Studies in Canada

SKShishant KumarJul 4, 2022

Cost of Pharmacy Studies in Canada for International Students: Pre-Arrival Cost, Tuition Fees, and Cost of Living

Canada is well known for offering numerous scholarships to international students. However, for medical-related programs like pharmacy, the overall cost still can be overwhelming. If planned, students can complete their pharmacy studies with minimal student debt. This is an international student guide to manage the cost of pharmacy studies in Canada.

Overview of Cost of Pharmacy studies in Canada 

Student visa 115 USD*
PCAT exam fees 210 USD*
CASPer exam fees 12 USD*
English proficiency test fees TOEFL (180 to 325 USD*), IELTS (245 to 255 USD*)
Application fees 54 to 104 USD* 
Pharm D tuition fees  11,603 to 22,320 USD*/year
Master’s specialization tuition fees  7,249 to 19,960 USD*/year
Cost of living  20,264 to 29,876 USD*/year

Pre-arrival cost

When thinking of the pre-arrival cost, students generally consider fight tickets and visas. But for pharmacy education, other costs are involved, such as PCAT and CASPer exam fees. Plus, the application fees, English proficiency test fees, etc. also add up. Let us discuss these pre-arrival costs one by one for pharmacy courses in Canada. 

Student visa: Students should apply for a student visa as soon as they receive their acceptance letter from the pharmacy school. To be able to get a student permit, the candidate has to show proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, cost of living, and return tickets. The processing fee for the visa is 115 USD*. 

Flight ticket: The cost of a flight ticket depends on the country from which the student is traveling. For instance, if a student is traveling from India, then a one-way flight ticket from Delhi, India to Toronto, Canada starts at around 885 USD*.  

PCAT exam: The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a standardized test for admission to pharmacy schools in Canada. The registration fee for PCAT is 210 USD*.

CASPer exam: CASPer is a psychological test that students who wish to study pharmacy courses in Canada are required to take. It costs around 12 USD*.

English proficiency test: All Canadian pharmacy schools require overseas students to pass English proficiency tests. The two most common tests are TOEFL and IELTS. Depending on the country where the student is taking the test, the fees for TOEFL and IELTS range from 180 to 325 USD* and 245 to 255 USD*.

Application fees: There is no standardized application service to apply to pharmacy schools in Canada. Students can apply via the university website by filling out an online application form followed by paying the application fee. The fees can range from 54 to 104 USD* (non-refundable). Students can also avail themselves of Gyanberry services to apply to pharmacy schools in Canada. We also offer visa support services to over 20 countries worldwide. 

Tuition fees for Pharmacy courses in Canada

Canadian pharmacy education starts with Pharm D courses which usually are 4-year long. These courses are accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). The tuition fees for Pharm D in Canada vary from university, but it usually starts at 11,603 USD*/year and goes high as 22,320 USD*/year. Here is a list of all the top pharmacy universities in Canada (recognized by CCAPP). The table mentions the annual tuition fees for Pharm D as well as master’s specializations in dentistry. 

University Name Pharm D Tuition Fees (USD*/year) Master’s Specialization Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
University of Alberta 11,603 8,700
University of British Columbia 18,413 9,313
Dalhousie University  22,320 13,008
Université Laval  22,304 12,554
University of Manitoba  15,655 12,646
Memorial University of Newfoundland 13,000 9,666
Université de Montréal 13,956 NA
University of Saskatchewan  17,687 7,249
University of Toronto  18,060 19,960
University of Waterloo 17,759 10,962

Cost of living

Canada has a high standard of living, hence the living cost can make up a significant part of a student’s budget. Canadian universities do offer scholarships to overseas students to study in Canada. Yet these can only cover a part of tuition fees or living costs. Students should try their best to budget living expenses if they do not qualify for scholarships.  

Ideally, they should choose campus accommodation offered by the university. University housing is cheaper (800 USD*/month) as it includes the cost of utilities. Plus, students can avoid extra transportation costs while on campus. If not possible, students can go for rental apartments. A single-bedroom apartment costs on average costs 1,103 USD*/month. 

Expenses Cost in USD*/year
Accommodation 9,600 to 13,236
Food 3,500 to 6,000
Student health insurance plan 500 to 900 
Transportation 924 to 1,000
Books 1,000 to 2,000
Phone and internet  900
Utilities (electricity, water, heating, and gas) 840
Personal expenses 3,000 to 5,000

The cafeteria meal plans are cheaper than eating outside. If a student wishes to cook means from scratch, then they can save up some more money. Food can cost anywhere from 300 to 500 USD*/month. Health insurance, including dental care plans, can cost 500 to 900 USD*/year. Students who live outside campus usually need a mode of transportation to travel back and forth from school. They should choose public transportation like the bus, which can cost 77 to 83 USD*/month. 

Students should budget 1000 to 2000 USD*/year for books, 900 USD*/year for phones and internet, and 840 USD*/year for utilities. Lastly, for clothing, shoes, and surprise expenses, students should keep at least 3,000 to 5,000 USD*/year. 

*Note: All prices mentioned in the USD are for reference only. Exchange rates may vary from time to time and from country to country.

Frequently Asked Questions

The processing fee for a Canadian student visa is 115 USD*

For students studying in pharmacy schools, the average cost of living in Canada can range from 20,264 to 29,876 USD*/year.

The registration fee for the PCAT exam is 210 USD*

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