Tuition and Costs for International Students

Program Deposit

A mandatory, non-refundable deposit is required to secure a seat in the program at NIC. The deposit amount varies depending on the program and your study permit stream. The deposit is directly applied to the program fees upon the commencement of your studies.

Should you defer to another available intake, any fees paid will transfer to the new intake, however, deposit payment remains non-refundable if you do not supply proof of a visa refusal. See the Withdrawals & Refunds page for more information.

Program deposit for open-entry programs: $10,000

Program deposit for limited-entry programs: $15,000

Program deposit for all programs under Student Direct Stream (SDS): $15,000

Course registration deposit for subsequent terms: $500 per term

Payment Deadline

Please refer to your Letter of Invitation for your deposit payment deadline. Learn how to pay.

Estimated Program Cost

Below are the estimated academic program costs for most arts, sciences, business, tourism, university studies and DIGITAL Design + Development programs for the 2023-24 academic year. The below program cost includes tuition and mandatory fees. For details of our fees, please refer to International Tuition and Fee Bylaw for more information.

  • Academic course fees (3 credits): $1,586.46
  • Estimated course fees can be calculated by multiplying this course fee by the number of courses, such as:
    • 5 academic courses = $1,586.46 x 5 = $7,932.30
  • Some courses with less or more credits vary in course cost
  • The annual program fee can be found on the program website

Other Fees

Application fee (non-refundable)


International Student Service Fees


GuardMe charge (health coverage for the first 90 days after arrival)


Extended health and dental coverage (one year)


Lab fees

Variable depending on programs and courses

Textbook fees (one year)

$500-2,000 depending on programs and courses


  • All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Please refer to program pages for program-specific fees.

Estimated Living Cost

Below is an estimate that will help you budget your living costs while studying at NIC. Living costs can be higher or lower depending on your accommodation, lifestyle, transportation and dietary costs.

Monthly expenses

Living alone

Living with a roommate*

Rent and utilities









Local Transportation (four-month bus pass)






* Shelter (rent and utilities) may cost less if sharing a bedroom with a peer

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