The Canadian universities have gained international prestige, which is annually acknowledged in the rankings of the best faculties at international level. This circumstance has had a significant impact on the number of foreign students that decide to study at any of the country’s universities.

Canadian universities are an important destination for international students, ranking fourth worldwide in absolute terms. In just over a decade there has been a substantial increase in the number of international students coming to Canada, with more than 572,000 counted as of December 31, 2018, compared to 150,000 in 2007.

With a number of international students growing by 25% annually, Canada has already exceeded its “International Education Strategy” launched under Stephen Harper’s government in 2011 to increase the number of international students to 450,000 by 2022. China and India They are by far the two most important source nations for Canadian international students, and Chinese students make up about a third of Canada’s international student population. A significant growth has been seen over the past years in terms of students from such Latin American countries as Venezuela, Mexico and Peru.

The 2020 QS World University Rankings, which assesses and ranks the best universities of the world, has included 26 Canadian centers, four of which hold positions in the Top 100. The first of these is the University of Toronto in 29th place, followed by McGill University in 35, the University of British Columbia in 51.

What should foreign students interested in studying in Canada know? A Canadian citizen, for example, pays an average of 6,571 Canadian dollars a year for a university degree and 6,907 a year for a graduate degree. According to Statistics Canada, the average application fees for international students in 2017/18 are 25,180 Canadian dollars a year.

In Ontario, the provincial government reports that the average fee for university application is 6,160 Canadian dollars a year, while Statistics Canada takes that figure up to 7,868 dollars a year. According to different rankings and assessments in terms of quality, means, infrastructures and relation to the labor market, these are the top ten universities of Canada.

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

The University of Toronto is described as the best one in Canada and it is ranked 29 at world level. Created back in 1827, the university houses nearly 88,700 students in its three campus, and it has been praised for its research and innovation programs, as well as those related to the discovery of insulin and stem cells.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY

Holding the 35nd position at world level in 2020, McGill University was founded in 1821 and teaches some 40,500 students, 25 percent of which come from abroad. It is based in Montreal and boasts about having the highest number of Rhodes Scholars (142) and Nobel Prize winners (12) among all Canadian universities.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The University of British Columbia, which always holds one of the first positions on national lists, has gone six steps down at world level over the past year, thus falling to the 51st. Despite this reality, it stands out as the third best-ranked university of Canada. Nestled in Vancouver and Kelowna at British Columbia, the university counts on nearly 62,900 students, including 14,434 foreign students from 162 countries.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

The University of Alberta was founded in 1908 and it is based in Edmonton. It occupies the 113 position at world level and has registered 37,830 students from 143 countries. Some studies show that it has a 12.3 billion Canadian dollars impact on the economy of Alberta.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

Occupying the 137th around the world, it is the French-speaking university with the highest ranking in Canada and one of the top 10 employers in Montreal. The University was established in 1878 and it is one of the most active Canadian educational institutions in terms of research, with revenues above 500 million dollars.

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY 

McMaster University was originally founded back in 1887 in Toronto, but it was later moved to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930. McMaster engulfs 70 research centers and institutes, and it has been praised for its medicine school.

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

Also based in Ontario, the University of Waterloo holds the 173 position and it is one of the youngest educational centers in Canada, since it opened its doors in 1957. It presently counts on 36,670 students, with 37 percent of graduates coming from abroad.

WESTERN UNIVERSITY

Ranked 211th at international level along with Belgium’s University of Antwerp, Western University is located in London, Ontario. Previously known as the University of Western Ontario, it was founded in 1878 and presently has some 28,800 students.

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

The University of Calgary occupies the 233th position. Founded in 1966, the University features five campus, one of them in Qatar, and it has been the birthplace of several outstanding inventions, including the neurochip.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

Queen’s University holds the 239th position in the world ranking and it is one of the oldest universities of Canada, founded in 1841, 26 years before the foundation of the country as such. Nowadays, Queen’s has around 22,461 students, 10 percent of which are people from other countries.