The Top 10 Universities in Canada for International Students

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The True North possesses some of the top universities in the world. If you’re a student coming from abroad, these schools offer amazing educational opportunities. You’ll have the chance to study at world-class research institutions and learn in either English or French. Not sure which one is right for you? The Times Higher Education has compiled a list of top Canadian institutions of higher learning.

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University of Toronto

The University of Toronto ranked 19th globally and the top university in Canada according to the Times Higher Education Magazine.

Arguably Toronto’s most famous institution of higher education, U of T earned its rank thanks to its strong research capabilities. It’s also very welcoming to international students - the university has people enrolled from 160 countries across the globe. Is U of T, the best university in Canada? Torontonians may be bias.

University of British Columbia 

UBC took the Times Higher Education’s second spot for top Canadian universities, ranking 34th globally.

One of British Columbia’s oldest educational institutions, UBC earned its ranking due to its reputation for research, distinguished alumni and modern facilities.

McGill University

Montreal’s McGill University ranked third in Canada, according to Times Higher Education. The magazine placed the university in the 38th spot globally. Rated by students as the best university in Montreal.

McGill is one of three universities in Quebec at which you can learn in English. Its wide variety of academic programs attract students from 150 countries. In fact, nearly a quarter of the student body is from overseas.

McMaster University

The fourth-ranked university on this list isn’t in a major city. Hamilton’s McMaster University came in 94th on the Times Higher Education list.

It’s a slightly smaller school than the top three universities. That being said, 15% of its student body comes from other countries, attracted by the research opportunities and high-quality study programs.

University of Montreal (Université de Montréal)

Want to study in French at one of the top 150 universities in the world? The University of Montreal is the place for you. One of the best French universities in Canada.

U de M ranked 113th globally on the Times Higher Education list. As with the other universities on this list, the university made the grade due to its achievements and commitment to cutting edge research.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta, with its main campus in the province’s capital, earned the 137th spot on the Times Higher Education list of the world’s top universities.

U of A’s variety of majors as well as the achievements of its alumni (who have founded over 70,000 organizations across the world) contributed to its ranking. Moreover, faculty members have received more 3M teaching awards than any other Canadian university.

University of Waterloo

Ontario’s University of Waterloo is ranked in the top 200 spots globally by the Times Higher Education magazine.

The University of Waterloo is known for its engineering and physical sciences program (which the Times Higher Education Magazine places in the top 75 programs globally). It’s also got one of the world’s largest academic co-op programs.

University of Calgary

In the fifty years of its existence, the University of Calgary has managed to rank in the top 250 universities in the world.

The University of Calgary is known for its engineering, commerce, and dance and kinesiology programs. Approximately 10% of the student body are international.

Dalhousie University

Known by its students as “Dal,” Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University ranks in the top 250 universities globally by the Times Higher Education magazine.

Dal has gained its reputation by offering high-quality academic programs coupled with cutting edge research facilities. Over 18,000 international students attend Dalhousie, so you’d be in good company.

Laval University (Université Laval)

Laval University is one of three Quebec institutions to make it into the top 10. Globally, the Times Higher Education magazine ranks it amongst the world’s top 250 universities.

Located in Quebec City, Laval University is one of the oldest Francophone institutions of higher learning in North America. As with the other universities on this list, cutting edge research contributes to Laval University’s well-deserved reputation in the international academic arena.

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