What is the cost of studying abroad?

How much does it cost to study abroad?

Wondering how much money you need? We’ll help you budget it out!

You’ve decided to study abroad and explore the world, that’s great! Now let’s get you started with a list of estimates so you know where to spend your money. Our guide will help you plan your budget and manage your finances with ease, without having to worry at all. And yes, we’ve covered basic all expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage, communication and travel as well! 

1. Tuition fee is your primary expense

This is the most important and major chunk of your study abroad expenses and depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. Here’s a quick overview of the tuition fee for different programs in our top destinations.

DestinationUndergraduate Program (annually)Postgraduate master’s degree (annually)Doctoral degree (annually)
CanadaCAD 13,000 to CAD 20,000CAD 17,000 to CAD 25,000CAD 7,000 to CAD 15,000
New ZealandNZD 20,500 to NZD 25,000NZD 19,000 to NZD 29,000NZD 6,500 to NZD 9,000
AustraliaAUD 15,000 to AUD 33,000AUD 20,000 to AUD 42,000AUD 20,000 to AUD 42,000
UK£10,000 to £20,000£10,000 to £20,000£15,000 to £24,000
USUSD 20,000 to USD 40,000USD 20,000 to USD 45,000USD 28,000 to USD 55,000
Europe€9,850 to €25,500 €9,500 to €34,500 €9,500 to €34,500
Russia₽240,000 to ₽260,000₽260,000 to ₽280,000₽280,000 to ₽300,000
*Approximate cost of studying abroad.

You can always apply for various scholarships available for foreign students to bring down your educational expenses when studying abroad.

2. Where will you stay?

You can choose from on-campus residence facilities if your institution offers one, else off-campus accommodation options include sharing apartments with another student, mostly from same country. Remember, the rentals vary from region to region. Your OpToStudy advisor can help you explore various accommodation options available to you in your study destination.

3. Know your student visa cost

Every country has its own set of rules and costs when it comes to visa. Speak with your OpToStudy advisor to know the latest updates regarding the student visa procedure of your chosen study destination. 

Know more about student visa procedures in
Canada | New Zealand | Australia | UK | US | Europe | Russia 

4. Don’t ignore your living expenses

When you stay in a new country, you’ll have to adapt to its culture and ways of living, and this sometimes comes with a cost. Keep some money aside for your everyday expenses, grocery, communication (data and calling) expenses, stationery, utilities, social activities and emergencies. Do keep track of your expenditures to manage your budget well. 

For instance, a single international student’s annual budget is approximately indicated at $20,000 and $27,000 per year for Australia, CAD 15,000 for Canada and NZD 13,000 to 16,000 for New Zealand.

5. Health support is important

Make sure you have medical insurance before your program starts, it is mandatory for all students traveling abroad! For instance, the average cost for medical insurance in Canada ranges between CAD 300- CAD 800 a year (indicative). 

Just know that as an international student, you will have access to extensive health and support services in every destination. Your OpToStudy advisor will help you with the health insurance that is right for you. 

6. You’ll have to commute

Enquire if your institution provides with a shuttle service. If not, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport. Locally, you can make use of regional trains, buses, and subways, the schedule of which is available on the web or government listings. Getting monthly passes for commuting to your institution is an affordable option. 

7. When you earn, you pay taxes

International students studying abroad are allowed to work for a few hours every week (approx. 20 hrs) during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. Remember, when you earn, you’ll be liable to pay taxes as well. Do ensure if your visa conditions permit working, and check with your OpToStudy advisor about such opportunities. 

Do consider the exchange rate variations as they may also affect your budgeting. It is a wise idea to look for a part-time job or seek scholarships to lower the cost of studying abroad. 

Know more about the cost of studying in top study abroad destinations
Canada | New Zealand | Australia | UK | US | Europe | Russia