Home to some of the world’s best universities, 30 Canadian universities belong to the 2021 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education—eight of which are in the top 200.

Canada has the capacity to produce world-renowned institutions. Similar to the US, there can also be cheaper study options in Canada, with a much simpler admissions process and increased opportunities for permanent residency.

The country’s top two education providers, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia have high scores on research impact, manifesting its excellence in academic work and research. Canadian universities are known as they promote a global outlook towards recruiting international students.

As a matter of fact, more than 90% of the students questioned by the Canadian Bureau for International Education in an International Student Survey were satisfied/very satisfied with what Canada teaches them. A high 95% of them said that they would recommend Canada as a study destination.

If you plan to pursue your education in Canada, here are some of the top schools in the country:

1. University of Toronto

Similar to prestigious universities in the UK as it was structured as a collegiate system controlled by the Church of England way back when it was founded in the colony of “Upper Canada.” Its seven colleges have diverse histories and traditions.

The University of Toronto has already achieved a lot, from being Canada’s first forest science faculty, first academic publishing house, to being the first university in Canada to reach more than CAD $1 billion in endowment.

There are more than 700 undergraduate degrees and 200 postgraduate degrees in the university. The institution is considered one of the world’s best in the field of medicine.

2. University of British Columbia

British Columbia’s oldest university is known as one of the most competitive in Canada. Its two campuses are located in Vancouver and Kelowna. 

The university has special joint undergraduate programs with Sciences Po in Paris, and plenty of scholarships like the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award for students from war-torn countries.

3. McGill University

Founded in 1821, McGill University is located at the base of Mount Royal, Montreal. The University established Canada’s first faculty of medicine back in 1829.

McGill is the only university that represented Canada in the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum.

With more than 300 degree subjects and 31,000 students from 150 countries, the University boasts as one of the country’s most internationally diverse education providers.

4. McMaster University

This institution is located in Hamilton, Ontario, and is named after prominent Canadian Senator William McMaster.

McMaster is known for having a world-class medical school, but faculties in business, engineering, humanities, science, and social sciences are also being offered.

It focuses on research that will target society’s most urgent needs, especially in health sciences.

5. University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is the only French-speaking institution in THE top five. It is the second-largest when it comes to the student population with more than 36,000 students, a quarter of which are international students.

Graduates of this university are key players in scientific research, making breakthroughs in nuclear power, quantum cryptography, and visual perception.

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