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Tuition & Fees

Langara has some of the most reasonable tuition rates in British Columbia, and our programs offer meaningful value to students.

International Student Deposit

New international students who have been offered admission are required to submit a $6,000 CDN International Student Deposit. The deposit is applied towards tuition and fees and gives you access to register for courses.

When you register, the tuition fee for each course will be deducted from your student account. If there is a balance due, that must be paid before the fee payment deadline or you will be dropped from all your courses.

Note: If you register for courses after the fee payment deadline, you must pay any additional fees required. Check the Registration Guide for information to view and pay your fees.

The International Student Deposit can be paid by credit card or through an online wire transfer from your home country.

Refunds

The International Student Deposit includes a $1,500 CDN non-refundable and non-transferable fee.

If the Canadian government refuses your application for a study permit, you may request a refund. You must submit a written request to international@langara.ca, attaching a copy of the letter of refusal or an email issued by the Immigration section of a Canadian embassy or consulate office.

Refund requests must be received no later than seven days after the start of the semester.

Living Expenses

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Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia and the third-largest city in Canada. The population, over 2.3 million people in the metro Vancouver region, is ethnically, racially and religiously diverse. Vancouver’s proximity to the ocean and to the mountains attracts residents and visitors from around the world.

Langara has some of the most reasonable tuition fees in British Columbia. Most student fees include the U-Pass Compass Card for accessing public transit and a comprehensive health and dental plan at reduced rates. Fees do not include the cost of textbooks that may be required for the course.

Langara does not have on-campus residences. Students may choose to live in homestay, with friends or family already in Canada, or in an off-campus rental unit. Students who live off campus are generally renting an apartment, condo, basement suite, or room in a shared house. Shared accommodations (roommates) will usually have lower costs as expenses are shared. Shared rental accommodation prices range from $500 to over $1,000 per month.

Food, shopping, travel, and entertainment budgets will vary depending on preferences.

International students are expected to have proof of funds to cover expenses while studying in Canada. Students can’t rely on part-time employment to cover essential costs of living.

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Working in Canada

Working and volunteering are great ways to gain Canadian experience while studying at Langara. As an international student, there are some restrictions on where you can work, and how many hours you can work while you are studying in Canada. It is important that you understand all regulations to avoid any impact on your status in Canada. 

Working as a student

If you have a valid study permit and are in a full-time degree, diploma, or certificate program you may work off-campus starting the first day of the semester. Full-time studies is 9 or more credits per term. Students in LEAP are not eligible to work off-campus.

Eligible students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September to April) and full-time during scheduled breaks (summer, winter, and mid-term breaks). For most programs at Langara, the Summer Semester (May to August) is considered a scheduled break. Some exceptions apply, please check with an International Student Coordinator for clarification.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a scheduled break should not be more than four months consecutively in a calendar year, and eligible students must hold full-time enrollment before and after the scheduled break (i.e. in the previous Spring Semester and the following Fall Semester).

Reading week, between semester breaks, and the Summer Semester is considered scheduled breaks for immigration purposes. Some programs may have different specifications.

Social Insurance Number

You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs. You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for off-campus work:

  • May work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of IRPR.
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.

If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.

If your study permit has: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, printed on it and you have changed your program of study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.

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Financial Aid

Students should be prepared to meet most of their financial needs prior to arriving in Canada. Students who require financial support should arrange financial assistance through institutions in their home country before coming to Canada.

Scholarships and awards recognize students for their outstanding achievements. These awards are limited and are not sufficient to cover all costs of studying at Langara College.

Emergency funds are available for students who qualify, if you need access to these funds please contact your International Student Coordinator or Financial Aid.

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