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Top Ten Universities to Study in Canada

Canada is fast emerging as a popular study abroad destination among Indian students. Let us look at the 10 best ranked Canadian universities.

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Be it an undergraduate degree, an accredited masters programme or a doctoral research programme, there are a number of opportunities available in various universities across Canada.

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Traditionally the USA, the UK and Australia have been preferred study abroad destinations for students. The last decade saw the rise of Singapore as an Asian economic giant, which offered world-class education. The last two to three years have seen the gradual rise of Canada as a popular country for students looking to study abroad. Canada offers a world-class education system and a high standard of living. Canada welcomes people from around the world and has a powerful expatriate Asian community. This article will give you a detailed insight into the Canadian University System and list the ‘Top Ten Canadian Universities’ with their brief descriptions.

University System:

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories. The Canadian constitution decentralises the educational system, allowing each province and territory a fair degree of freedom in operating its higher educational institutions. Where required the Federal Ministry of Education will look into the training requirements and services offered by these institutions. It also looks into funding opportunities for indigenous people to complete their higher education.

Canada’s Finest Universities:

The Top Ten Universities in Canada as per the U.S. News & World Report are listed below:

  1. University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
  2. University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  3. McGill University
    Montréal, Québec
  4. University of Montreal
    Montréal, Québec
  5. University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta
  6. McMaster University
    Hamilton, Ontario
  7. University of Ottawa
    Ottawa, Ontario
  8. University of Calgary
    Calgary, Alberta
  9. University of Western Ontario
    London, Ontario
  10. Laval University
    Québec City, Québec

University of Toronto:

The University of Toronto was established in 1827 and is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the North-American continent. The University of Toronto has three campuses: Downtown Toronto (St. George), Mississauga (in the West) and Scarborough (in the East). The University of Toronto offers over 700 undergraduate programmes and 222 masters and doctoral programmes in Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Commerce & Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Music and Architecture. The University has over 800 student clubs and welcomes students from over 160 countries around the world. In the Times Higher Education 2014 World University Rankings, the University of Toronto was ranked at number 20.

University of British Columbia:

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching. UBC is consistently ranked among the world's top 40 universities. For over a century, UBC has been offering excellent degree programmes to students from around the world. UBC has two major campuses, one in Vancouver and the other in Okanagan. Currently, UBC hosts students from over 140 countries. UBC has 11 faculties, 10 schools and one college, which offer a variety of accredited programmes across subject categories ranging from Arts and Design to Business, Engineering and Forestry. UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

McGill University:

McGill University is often called as ‘Canada’s most international university’. McGill University is located in the vibrant prominently French-speaking city of Montreal in the province of Quebec. The 11 faculties and 11 professional schools offer more than 300 programmes to nearly 39,500 graduate, undergraduate and continuing studies students. McGill ranks 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities (Maclean’s) and 21st in the world as per the QS World University Rankings. In a 2013 survey, employers ranked McGill's degrees as the 37th most-prestigious in the world. Across borders and disciplines, McGill’s 250,000+ living alumni are using their education and experiences to make a difference in the world.

University of Montreal:

Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal, with its two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal, is now the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. Situated on the northern slope of Mount Royal, the Université de Montréal boasts an exceptional natural setting, combining green space and modern architecture. UdEM as it is popularly known as is made up of 16 faculties and 80 departments and schools. UdeM is the only Quebec University that teaches the full range of disciplines in Health Sciences, boasts the province's only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and houses one of Canada's largest Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The University earmarks more than $500 million for basic and applied research each year, making it one of Canada's most active universities.

University of Alberta:

The University of Alberta is consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. Offering over 250 undergraduate programmes, 170 graduate programmes and hosting over 450 active student groups and clubs, U of A offers a vibrant learning environment. The University has four campuses, an enterprise square and houses staff in the Calgary Centre. Campus Saint-Jean is a French-language campus degree offering programmes in arts, commerce, education, engineering (first year), science, nursing, and conservation and environmental sciences, as well as masters programmes in education and arts.

McMaster University:

McMaster University was established in 1887 in Toronto. In 1930, the University was relocated from Toronto to Hamilton. In 2012, the University celebrated 125 years of service to the student community. McMaster University holds the distinction of being the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The University has regional campuses in Burlington, Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton. The McMaster Model, a problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide. The University welcomes international students from over 92 countries.

University of Ottawa:

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, uOttawa offers over 450 top quality programmes through 10 faculties. Currently there are over 40,000 students and 5,000 employees on campus and over 180,000 alumni round the world. uOttawa has the largest law school in Canada and is a major economic force in the region.

University of Calgary:

The University of Calgary was established in 1966. It is Canada’s leading next-generation university all set to become one of the top five research universities by 2016. The University serves over 31,000 students offering more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programmes through its 14 faculties. It is also a leader in sustainability with its set of values embraced by the campus through teaching, leadership and campus operations. There are over 85 research centers and institutions. 

University of Western Ontario:

Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881 with four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. In 1916, the current campus was purchased from the Kingsmill family, and in 1923 the university was renamed The University of Western Ontario. The University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes through its 13 faculties and is also a major center of academic research in medicine and technology.

Laval University:

Laval University or Université Laval as it is known in French is the oldest university in North America to offer courses in French. The origins of Laval go back to the Séminaire de Québec founded in 1663. Based out of Quebec City, Laval has 17 faculties offering over 400 programmes in subjects as diverse as Forestry, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Law and Engineering. The University has a world-class sports complex that offers a range of athletics and sports training facilities. The University welcomes nearly 3,000 international students every year to its campus.

We hope that you found the list of top Canadian universities and their brief descriptions useful. The close proximity to the USA, high standards of living and the option to study either in French or English, make studying in Canada an attractive option. Canada offers students the chance to complete their studies, find employment, seek a work permit and then proceed to work and settle in Canada. Be it an undergraduate degree, an accredited masters programme or a doctoral research programme, there are a number of opportunities available in various universities across Canada. You can browse through the list of Canadian universities and courses and contact our study abroad counselors to find a degree and institution that matches your requirements!

Important News:

Universities in Nova Scotia offering‘study and stay programmes’ specifically for Indian students. The programme was promoted in Pune, India, by the International Student Recruitment Officer, Michael Hennigar who said that students will receive customised support throughout their studies and will receive help to establish their careers too in Nova Scotia. 

Students who are willing to pursue university, college or postgraduate levels are welcome to apply to this venture.  

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