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Quiz: Are these tuition fees real or fake?

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Higher education should be affordable to all, but there are certain courses or institutions that charge tuition fees that are out of reach for the average student.

But how much is too much? Is it after the net price after all financial aid and scholarships have been deducted? When it’s located in an expensive city like London or New York? Or is it due to the number of years the entire study will take, such as medicine?

Many factors influence the final tuition amount charged by each university. Do you think you can match the course, study level and university to the right tuition amount?

Note: The figures stated refer to the total cost for the entire programme.

CA$120,680 (US$92,959) - MBA at Rotman School, University of Toronto

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It's REAL. An MBA in Canada is often touted as a cheaper alternative to US business schools but studying at a top school like Rotman may end up being costlier.

US$49,000 - MBA at HEC Montréal

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It's REAL. Most top 10 MBA programmes in Canada cost around US70,000. HEC Montréal is the exception, not the norm.

Around AU$‭336,572 (US$234,629) - MChD (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery) programme at the Australian National University (ANU)

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It's REAL. Medical programmes typically cost significantly more than other courses. Tuition fees for Australian PhD programmes start from AU$41,280(~US$29,650) per annum.

AU$70,200 (US$48,939) - Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Australian Catholic University

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It's REAL. The Australian Catholic University has some of the most affordable arts programmes in the country.

US$57,642 per year - Undergraduate study at the University of Chicago

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It's REAL. The University of Chicago is reportedly the first university in the US to charge that much for tuition.

S$170,180 (US$126,179) - Master in International Affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

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It's FAKE. Although Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, the tuition for this postgraduate programme is only S$70,180 (US$52,034).

£34,500 (US$45,302) - Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (three-year) at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

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It's REAL. The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David offers the lowest tuition fees for international students in the country.

£36,000 (US$47,272) - Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at Plymouth Marjon University

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It's REAL. Plymouth Marjon University is a small UK university that offers some of the lowest tuition fees for international students.

£16,000 (US$21,016) - Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Buckingham New University

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It's REAL. Bucks New Uni is among the cheapest UK universities for international students and is located close to London too.

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