For the purpose of tuition charges, the classification between domestic and international students is based on citizenship/permanent residency.
- Domestic: Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as well as refugees and diplomats)
- International: all applicants without Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada (landed immigrants), including US citizens, are international students.
If you hold multiple citizenship and one of these is Canadian, you are a domestic student.
Full-time vs. Part-time
All doctoral students are assessed full-time tuition fees. Master’s students are assessed full-time tuition fees, unless studying part-time. Part-time study is only available in some Master’s degree program, and must be applied for prior to the beginning of first term by submitting the Application for Part-time Tuition. See the Academic Calendar for part-time tuition details.
- are not eligible to receive interest-free status government loans, University fellowships or scholarships;
- are not eligible for teaching assistantships, research assistantships, student housing, or assigned desk space at the University; and
- must meet the five-year maximum time allowed for master's programs.
Students who pay part-time tuition fees are not permitted to revert back to full-time after the initial payment of the tuition fees in the first term of the program.
BC residents who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 65 years or over during the session in which they are registered are not assessed application, tuition, or student fees. The Distance Education administrative fee and some special fees may be assessed.