The province of Newfoundland and Labrador was known to international students as the cheapest place to study in Canada. The Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is a university located primarily in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The university had not risen its tuition fees since 1999. However, due to recent government cuts, The Memorial University of Newfoundland was forced to increase its tuition fees for new international students and non-N.L. Canadian students starting in 2018 while still continuing to maintain its tuition freeze for Newfoundland and Labrador students until fall 2021.1 The news has brought a lot of attention to the international students. The tuition fees for new international students will increase by $2,640. The tuitions fees will be $11,440 by September 2018.

New tuition fees for N.L. and all current Canadian students:
Undergraduate: $2,550
Master’s (Plan B): $1,896
PhD : $2,664

New tuition fees for New non-N.L. Canadian Sept. 2018:
Undergraduate: $3,315
Master’s (Plan B): $2,465
PhD : $3,463

New tuition fees for New international Sept. 2018:
Undergraduate: $11,440 (was $8,800)
Master’s (Plan B): $3,206 (was $2,466)
PhD : $4,497 (was $3,459)

source: Gazette.mun.ca.

Despite increases in tuition for international students, Memorial University of Newfoundland still has the most affordable tuition fees compared to other universities in Canada. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a high quality of life and low cost of living that may still attract the international students to study there. Although, the number of international students that are coming to the Memorial University of Newfoundland will likely to fall because of the increased tuition fees. Hassan Nejad, one of the MUN Graduate Students, commented, “International students choose St. John’s primarily because of this low tuition freeze,” he said. “If the tuition fees are going to be closer to other universities, international students may go to other cities. The reason for that is Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto have more diverse environments for international students — they consider the restaurants, the supermarkets, the communities of their countries. So although Memorial has attracted more international students and St. John’s has become more diverse than ever, right now in other cities people [still] might find more diverse environments” said Hassan Nejad.2

When it comes to the weather, Newfoundland and Labrador has quite unpredictable and somewhat harsh temperature in winters though some may find it quite pleasant in summers with a temperature average between 16°C - 25°C. This is also one of the contributing factors that influence the international students’ decision-making.

The Memorial University of Newfoundland has lost its uniqueness of being “the only university that has frozen its tuition fees since 1999” but now the university no longer carries the title. International students are also likely considering other options when it comes to finding a suitable place to study.

Tips for future students:
Newfoundland and Labrador is one beautiful places to visit. The province has many outstanding natural and cultural sites to offer. If you choose Newfoundland and Labrador as a place to study, make sure you consider all the possibilities and learn to adapt to the unexpected weather throughout the year. The most important is to make your new place feel like home.

Sources:

[1] Budget approved Update to the university community regarding the 2017-18 budget. (2017, May 11). Memorial University Gazette. Retrieved from https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/budget-approved-2/

[2] Brake, J (2015, May 13). MUN’s purpose, direction questioned as fee hikes loom The Independent.ca. Retrieved from http://theindependent.ca/2015/06/08/muns-purpose-direction-questioned-as-fee-hikes-loom/

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