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Top universities in Canada

Explore some of the best universities in Canada, where you could study and discover more about the country as a student destination. You may just find your ideal university.

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Canada is home to some of the best universities in the world with a higher education sector that is very well regarded. Often cited as a great country to study in due to the quality of student life and graduate prospects, there are a number of top universities in Canada for international students to explore. With the country covering a large geographical area, it’s always a good idea to check out some of the best cities in Canada and the top universities in the various provinces. Here we take a look at a list of the top universities in Canada for you.

 

Top universities in Ontario

 

One of Canada’s most well-known cities, and capital city of the state of Ontario, is Toronto. Toronto is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the east of the country and is the country’s largest city. It’s often named as one of the best cities in Canada, with a multicultural population, many green spaces and a load of student friendly activities.  

 

Toronto is host to the top university in Canada, namely the University of Toronto.  The university was placed at number 25 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and sits at number 18 globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. With an almost 200-year history, the institution is known for its pioneering research and high standard of teaching.

 

Located in the port city of Hamilton, just outside of Toronto, is McMaster University. The institution makes the list of top universities in Canada, rated at number 69 globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 and sixth overall in Canada by the QS World University Rankings 2021. The institution is highly rated as a top university in Canada for engineering and business. If you find yourself studying in the city of Hamilton, you’ll be in a location that has the distinction of being known as the waterfall capital of the world with over 130 in the area.

 

While the aforementioned institutions occupy the top two positions in Ontario, some of the other best universities in Ontario include:

 

 

Top universities in Alberta

 

Located in the west of Canada, Alberta is renowned for hosting five of Canada’s 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the most picturesque national parks in the country. The capital city of Edmonton also enjoys the greatest number of sunny days in the year of any of Canada’s major cities. Edmonton also hosts one of the best universities in Canada, The University of Alberta. The institution was placed at number five in Canada by the QS World University Rankings 2021 and is in the top 200 universities worldwide as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. You’ll have more than 200 undergraduate programmes to choose from, spread over 18 faculties. Further, the university has been recognised for its innovative teaching and excellent student support.

 

If you’ve been looking to study in Canada and want to check out some of the other institutions in Alberta they inlcude:

 

 

You may also be interested in taking a look at what some of the more popular subjects for international students studying in Canada are and five fields you can study there.

 

Top universities in British Columbia

 

Another famous Canadian city, Vancouver, is home to one of top universities in Canada for international students. The University of British Columbia is a prestigious institution in the country, placed as the third best university in Canada by the QS World University Rankings 2021 and in the top 50 institutions on the globe by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.  The university has over a century’s worth of experience in higher education and is well-known for high-quality research and the significant number of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

 

Vancouver is rated by many as one of the most beautiful places to live in the world, with exceptional views and natural landscapes. Vancouver is also very multicultural and renowned for its friendly and accepting population. It has a number of claims to fame including being home to the world’s largest swimming pool and the city in which Greenpeace, the environmental group, was founded.

 

Take some time to explore the top five things to do in Canada and other highly rated universities in British Columbia:

 

 

Top universities in Quebec

 

The largest province in Canada, Quebec is home to two of the top ten universities in Canada. The first is McGill University, which is rated at number two in Canada and 31st in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2021. Another institution which makes the list of top ten universities in Canada is the Université de Montréal, which is a world top 200 university in the QS World University Rankings 2021. Both universities are also ranked in the top 100 worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Both institutions are located in the capital city of the state of Quebec, Montreal.

 

Montreal is a much visited city in Canada with a reputation for a vibrant cultural scene, many culinary options and spectacular architecture. Interestingly it is also the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris.  Montreal is also one of the destinations of choice for international students with a large student community from around the world, representing more than 160 countries.

 

Apart from the two institutions mentioned above there are other highly-rated universities where you can study in Quebec, including:

 

 

We have taken a look at some of top universities in Canada by state, but this by no means an exhaustive list. Canada has 13 states overall and you may wish to explore some of the other institutions in the country including:

 

 

Now that you have more of the information on some of the best universities in Canada, you’ll be in a much better position to do your research and start contacting prospective institutions. You may also want to  find out more about the higher education system in Canada and how to apply to study in the country. Don’t forget you can also search for your perfect course and university match using our course matcher.

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