Top 10 Universities in Canada for International Students

McGill University

McGill University is located in downtown Montreal, Quebec. It has an enrollment of 35,300 students. The university boasts the most Rhodes Scholars of any Canadian university. There are well over 300 academic programs and sponsors 48 varsity sports teams for men and women.

University of Toronto

University of Toronto enrolls over 55,000 undergraduate students and is the largest university in Canada. More than 600 undergraduate programs of study are available. The University of Toronto library has more than 18 million holdings and is one of the top five research libraries in North America.

University of British Columbia

This University was set up in 1908, and enrolls 50,000 students on two campuses. The main campus is just thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver. It has been been ranked among the top 40 research intensive universities in the world by several international organizations.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, enrolls approximately 37,000 students. The university’s school of public health was Canada’s first dedicated academic program to focus on public health, safety, wellness and the prevention of disease.

Université de Montréal

Universite de Montreal is the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada with an enrollment of more than 55,000 students. The university library contains 450 computer stations and more than 2.5 million books.

University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a comprehensive university located in Canada’s “technology triangle.” University of Waterloo enrolls more than 30,000 students. The university was the first in the world to create a department of kinesiology. As of 2009, the university boasted 145,000 alumni in 147 different countries.

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Queens University

Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, was established in 1841, 26 years prior to the Canadian confederation. The university enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students and was ranked fourth top Canadian research university in 2008 by Research Infosource.

McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, enrolls more than 20,000 full-time undergraduate students. The university is the top research university in Canada with sponsored research income totaling $345 million in 2006. Nearly 97 percent of the university faculty has a PhD.

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary has well over 100 academic offerings and contains more than 30 research institutes and centers on the campus. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students are enrolled at the university. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a graduate of University of Calgary.

University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, was founded in 1878 and is one of Canada’s oldest universities. The university enrolls roughly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students and employs 3,500 full-time faculty and staff.

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