Studying Engineering at ÉTS: How Much Does It Cost?

The Government of Québec sets the tuition fees based upon your nationality and your place of residence.

The table below shows the approximate cost, in Canadian dollars, for studies extending over a period of twelve months (September to August) at ÉTS, representing a standard progression. The amounts shown include tuition and other related fees, but do not include day-to-day expenses such as school supplies. 

Please note that these amounts are approximations and may change without notice. 

(Update: February 21, 2019)

Cost of Studies

Preparatory year

  • Average # of credits completed per year: 32
  • Québec student: $3,227 
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $8,749 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec:  $8,749
  • Foreign student: --


Short Program

  • Average # of credits completed per year: 9
  • Québec student:  $1,263
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $2,816 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec: $2,816 $
  • Foreign student: N.A.


Certificate 

  • Average # of credits completed per year: 18
  • Québec student: $2,080 
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $5,186 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec:  $5,186 $
  • Foreign student: N. A. 


Bachelor's degrees

  • Average # of credits completed per year: 27
  • Québec student: $2,886 
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $7,545 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec: $7,545
  • Foreign student: ---

Short Program

  • Average # of credits completed per year:   9
  • Québec student: $1,263 
  • French or francophone Belgian student:  N. A. 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec: $2,655 
  • Foreign student: N.A. 


Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS)

  • Average # of credits completed per year:  27
  • Québec student: $2,936
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $2,936 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec : $7,594 
  • Foreign student:  $15,860 


Master's degree

  • Average # of credits completed per year: 27
  • Québec student: $2,936
  • French or francophone Belgian student:  $2,936 
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec: $7,594 
  • Foreign student: $15,860 

Doctoral program

  • Average # of credits completed per year : 27
  • Québec student: $2,936
  • French or francophone Belgian student: $2,936
  • Canadian student not resident in Québec: $7,594 
  • Foreign student: $14,310

*Foreign students studying in Canada can benefit from an exemption to the increased fees for the doctorate

Legal Status

  • A Canadian or First Nations citizen born in Québec
  • A Canadian or First Nations citizen born outside of Quebec and deemed “resident in Québec”
  • A Canadian or First Nations citizen born outside of Canada and deemed “resident in Québec”
  • A Permanent Resident of Canada deemed “resident in Québec”
  • A Canadian or First Nations citizen born in a province other than Québec
  • A Canadian citizen born outside Canada
  • A Permanent Resident of Canada deemed “non-resident in Québec”
  • A student from outside of Canada who must obtain a Study Permit and a Québec acceptance (CAQ) certificate

  • A foreign student holding a valid French passport or a foreign student holding a valid Kingdom of Belgium passport and identified as a Belgian francophone on the basis of a copy of his or her identity card


Details of the tuition fee calculations 

Tuition fees are calculated per session as a function of the number of credits for which the student is registered. One academic year at ÉTS includes three sessions.

To be considered as “full time”, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per session at the Bachelor level and 9 credits per session at the graduate levels (Master and PhD).

An invoice is sent to the student for each session. In other words, if you are enrolled in three sessions, you will receive an invoice at the beginning of each one.  

Postdoctoral fellows pay neither tuition fees nor other educational costs. 

Tuition fees are calculated per session as a function of the number of credits for which the student is registered. The cost of a credit amounts to $81.85 and one course carries 3 or 4 credits. 

Canadian and Permanent Resident students, non-resident in Québec and registered in an undergraduate or Master-level (cycle 1 or 2) program, must pay an additional amount of $172.54 per credit on top of the basic tuition fee of $81.85 per credit.  

Doctoral (cycle 3) students are exempt from this additional amount.

Foreign students must pay an additional per-credit amount on top of the basic tuition of $81.85 per credit. The amount varies depending on the sector of the course and the level (cycle) of studies:

  • Cycle 1, disciplines sector “A” (Pure and Applied Sciences): $568.97 per credit
  • Cycle 2: $478.67 per credit
  • Cycle 3: $421.27 per credit

Foreign students at the doctoral (cycle 3) level who do not benefit from a scholarship exemption on additional fees are exempt from this amount.

Notes: Certain French language and literature courses are not subject to the additional fees for students enrolled in a degree program.

All cycle 2 and 3 students who have completed their courses and all their research credits pay $79.28 per session until the end of their studies.

Other costs

Certain mandatory institutional fees, listed below, are charged in addition to tuition fees. These fees are payable for each session. 

General fees: 
  • $62.29 (non-refundable unless all courses are cancelled by ÉTS)
Student Association: 
  • $35
Student services:  
  • $38.52 + $1.13 per credit

Sports services:    

  • $26.07 for full- or part-time Bachelor’s students and full-time certificate, graduate and independent students
  • $13.02 for part-time certificate, graduate or independent students
  • No contribution for Bachelor’s students on an internship or off-campus
Technology fees:  
  • $7.07 per credit (except internships)
Copyright fees:   
  • $0.69 per credit

Other expenses

You must take into account various other expenses when planning your studies. Some expenses are mandatory, others are not. Here is an overview of expenses that you should plan for. 

School supplies  

  • $150 to $300 per session for manuals, course notes, etc.
  • Roughly $200 for a calculator (mandatory for Bachelor level students)

ASEQ group insurance*  

  • $119.75 in the fall session
  • $239.54 in the winter session (includes the summer session)

Contribution to the FDÉTS (ÉTS Development Fund)**    

  • $15 for full-time enrolment per session
  • $6 for part-time studies, per session

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Fund**    

  • $5 per session

Contribution to the student newspaper   

  •  $0.50 per session
Health insurance ***  
  • $936 per year (mandatory for foreign students)

Public transit (reduced rate for students)

  • $597 per year

On-campus residence accommodations

  • $5,268 to $13,356 per year
Off-campus housing (approximate monthly costs, including heating and Internet service):
 
  • $8,400 per year (including rent $600 and public utilities $100)

Food 

  • $4,800 per year

* ASEQ: This automatic optional contribution may be cancelled by the student. For more information including the deadlines for withdrawal, or to exercise your right of withdrawal, please visit the ASEQ website at www.aseq.ca or call 1-866-369-8792. The deadline for withdrawal is September 30 (January 31 for new students in the winter session only).

** If you wish to cancel your contribution to the ÉTS Development Fund, the AÉÉTS Sustainable Development Fund or the student newspaper, you must do so before September 25, 2018 using the MyÉTS section of the interactive portal.

*** Insurance fees: Québec law provides that foreign students must have accident, sickness and hospitalization insurance. This coverage is purchased through ÉTS and fees of $936 per academic year ($312 per session) are charged to the account of each student. Only persons holding a valid Québec health insurance card and Canadian grant recipients insured as required by the federal government, such as CIDA or Francophonie fellows, may be exempted from these insurance costs.