Top Universities in Canada
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One of the most popular destinations for students across the globe, Canada has established a name for itself as an international study hub.

The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. The country is known for its excellent quality of life - vibrant cities and a plethora of multi-cultural communities.

Among world rankings too, Canada enjoys a strong spot with 8 universities in the THE’s Top 200 World University rankings and 10 in the QS rankings, Canada is also accepted as a country whose focus is on high quality education and is research oriented.

Based on the rankings, we bring you a comprehensive list of the Top Universities in Canada, which includes the ranking of each university, courses offered, admission essentials and financial aid provided by each institute.


Below is the list of top universities in Canada

University of TorontoUniversity of Toronto:

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has been ranked as the best university in Canada by popular ranking platforms like Times Higher Education (THE) and QS. In fact, THE consistently ranks it as one of Canada’s top 100 employers while rating the university in par with ivy leagues like Harvard and Yale for having the top university library resources in North America.

The University of Toronto has more than 80000 students across its three campuses in Downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough. The university also has around 12000 international students from 150 countries across the globe. Among the international diaspora, Indian students form the second largest chunk in the university after students from China.

Toronto University offers more than 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programmes. In addition, the university offers over 50 professional graduate programs and 18 combined programs. U of T also offers 39 collaborative programs.

How to apply:

The application season for the University of Toronto, generally, starts in Fall and prospective students of the university can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

If you want to apply to other universities alongwith the University of Toronto, you can apply via the 105 Application.

However, if you only aim to study in the University of Toronto, you can apply via the University of Toronto International Application. Applications are usually available from the month of October and the deadline for submission is mid-January.

What makes you eligible?

Admission to the courses will depend on your university or higher secondary academic records. However, every programme requires across the campuses could have specific requirements from the students.

Students whose native language is not English will have to prove their English language proficiency by taking English language test. In this regard, students can provide score cards of TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL, among others.

Can I bear the cost?

Tuition fee for the courses go beyond CAD $5000. Hence, along with books , residence  and incidental charges, the fee could go upto $15000- $20000.

However, the university has many scholarship programmes like the University of Toronto Scholars which offers $5000 to undergraduate students for any programme. There are also in-course awards and grants for propective and current students.

For graduate programmes, there is the University of Toronto Fellowship program awarded annually. Departmental fundings are also available to graduate students.


University of British ColumbiaUniversity of British Columbia:

Consistently ranked among the top 5 universities in Canada, the University of British Columbia prides itself as being one of the best international universities in North America. Established in 1908, it is also one of the top 20 research centres of the world.

An interesting fact is that UBC is also the first Canadian university to achieve targets set by the Kyoto Protocol.

Operating from two main campuses in Vancouver and Okanagan Valley, the university houses nearly 60000 students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Not just that, the UBC also attracts nearly 10000 international students from 149 countries. 

How to apply?

Applications for UBC open in the first week of September every year and the application deadline is, generally, end January the next year.

UBC also gives you the option of choosing two courses in your application form. However, you will be considered for the second option only if you do not get selected for the first choice.

You can apply for the graduate courses online for both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

What makes you eligible?

For pursuing Undergraduate studies at UBC, you need to have a Higher Secondary School Certificate with minimum average percentage ranging around 74% to 76%.

For graduate studies, You need to have atleast a 4 year first class Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree

Also, it is mandatory for international students to provide proof of their English language proficiency through tests like TOEFL, IELTS, PTE etc.


Can I bear the cost?

The cost of studying for Canada can go upto CAD $40000 for International students, which includes tuition fees, living costs, books and student fees.

However, the university also offers some good scholarships to the students based on their academic merit as well as financial need.

UBC contributes CAD$10 million each year to awards and assistance for international students. In addition, several awards are also available after first year in the university.


Needs-based awards:

There are two needs-based awards:  the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the Donald Wehrung International Student Award. These awards are based on financial need, academic strength and demonstrated school and community involvement.

Merit-based awards:

Each year, meritorious international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC are offered entrance scholarships.


McGill UniversityMcGill University:

Established in 1821, the McGill is ranked among the 40 best universities in the world by both THE and QS and has been considered the top university in Canada for medical-doctoral universities by Maclean’s University Rankings for 9 consecutive years.

McGill has nearly 40000 students of which 20% are international students. The university has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 schools and around 300 programs of study.

Interestingly, McGill University has also played a key role in the creation of three major sports i.e., football, hockey and basketball.


How to apply?

Application form for McGill University is available online. Admissions to the university can be competitive and depends on the number of seats available.

For graduate programmes you need to additionally submit your Personal statement, writing sample/portfolio, Test scores of GRE or  GMAT, English proficiency exam scores (IELTS, TOEFL etc), Study permits (as and when the process is complete).

For Undergraduate programmes, you need to be a high school graduate and McGill University puts a lot of emphasis on a strong academic record. International students a have to present their High school leaving certificate and senior secondary scorecards.

The application deadline for McGill University is usually mid January. For graduate study the deadline depends on the programme you are applying for.


What makes you eligible?

Admission to undergraduate studies at McGill University is based on your grades from 10th and 12th standard. Make sure you have a minimum average of 60% all throughout high school.

For Graduate studies, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to the programme you are applying to. To be eligible for admission to McGill, you should have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies. Besides, you also have to prove your English language proficiency.

Can I bear the cost?

Fees for the undergraduate programmes at McGill University can be anywhere between $17,000 to $20,000 which includes from tuition charges to health insurance.

Fees for pursuing graduate studies at the university may vary depending on the programme you want to pursue. For Dental residents, the fee could be as high as $27000 while for graduate certificates it may be around $10,000.

There are, however, many scholarships and financial aids available at McGill University. International students can also apply for McGill’s Entrance Scholarship Program.


University of AlbertaUniversity of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research-oriented universities, the University of Alberta was established in 1908 and is home to around 40000 students from 150 countries worldwide. Alberta also has been home to 68 Rhodes scholars, the third most among universities in Canada.

The university has 200 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs across 18 departments.

How to apply?

You can apply for both undergraduate and graduate programmes online at the University of Alberta website. The undergraduate course at Alberta is usually four years long.

To apply you need to choose your programme and submit your application alongwith the required documents.

Most undergraduate programs accept applications until May 1 for September entry. For Graduate courses, you need to begin the process of admission as early as a year while the deadlines are set by the departments concerned.

What makes you eligible?

English proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEFL for non-native English speakers is a must for admission to the University of Alberta.

You should have passed out of 12th standard for undergraduate courses and have a Bachelors degree for Graduate courses. For graduate programmes, applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year Bachelors degree with a GPA of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B.


Can I bear the cost?

The cost of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in the University of Alberta can be anything between $30,000 to more than $40,000.

However, the university has many cost cutting mechanisms in the form of scholarships and fundings for international students. For instance, international students are eligible for the Maple leaf scholarships which pays $20,000 to international students.


University of MontrealUniversity of Montreal

Renowned as the second largest university in Canada, the University of Montreal ranks among the top 10 universities in Canada. It is ranked 113 by THE and 83 by the QS world universities ranking.

The university has over 60000 students of which around 7000 form the international chunk.

The University of Montreal has two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal alongwith 16 faculties, 80 departments and 465 research units. Although University of Montreal is a French-language university, many of the  research departments are open to bilingual education for students in graduate-level programs.


How to apply:

Aspirants can apply for the university online. The deadline for Fall is usually in February.

What makes me eligible?

For graduate programmes, students must have a bachelors degree with a minimum GPA. of 3.0 over 4.3 (or the equivalent). Aspirants whose native language is not French must take a compulsory test designed to assess their knowledge of French.

You will even have to present proof of your English language proficiency through IELTS or TOEFL etc.

For undergraduate program, you must have a secondary school diploma that leads to university studies.

Can I bear the cost?

International students pay tuition basic and additional duties. Although the cost of tuition fee is not much, it is other expenses which get high.  


McMaster UniversityMcMaster University:

Ranked among the world’s top 100 universities by THE and 113 by QS, McMaster University is one of the best universities to study in Canada. Established in 1887, the university was ranked  6th in the country in research intensity by Research Infosource and the only North American host site of a United Nations University in Canada.

The total student population at McMaster University is around 30000 coming from across 88 countries worldwide. Not just that, McMaster also has an international academic faculty coming from 65 countries.

On a broad level, McMaster University has 6 faculties which are the DeGroote School of Business and the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences.

How to apply?

The application deadline for prospective international students of McMaster University is usually in April every year. Applications are available online and students are taken through a virtual tour of the faculties and programmes before they can decide which course to apply for.

International applicants of the university have to submit via the 105f form.

What makes you eligible?

You need to present an English proficiency test scorecard in order to attend McMaster University. If you are taking IELTS, make sure your score is at least 6.5 Overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components. In TOEFL, a score of 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components will make you eligible.

Besides, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree to enroll in a Graduate course and senior secondary certificate to enroll for undergraduate programmes.

Can I bear the cost?

The tuition fee for international students can vary anywhere between $16,000 to $20,000. To aid the student in the financial front, McMaster has many scholarship programmes like the entrance scholarships, school of graduate awards, awards for graduating students etc.


University of WaterlooUniversity of Waterloo:

Ranked as one of the best universities of Canada, the University of Waterloo was established in 1957 and has made a name for itself as one of Canada’s most innovative university.

Waterloo is renowned for having the largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world.

The university has four campuses Waterloo, Kitchener Health Sciences Campus, Cambridge School of Architecture and Stratford and a 1000 acres campus.

The student strength in Waterloo is around 35000 of which 34 per cent of graduate students, 12 per cent undergraduates are international students.

The university has 6 faculties comprising arts, applied sciences, engineering, environment and math and sciences.

How to apply?

You can apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) to pursue a full time course at the University of Waterloo. You can download the 105f form to apply. The university has three terms i.e fall, winter and spring. The application deadline is usually March for Fall and spring while it is October for winter admissions.


What makes you eligible?

For undergraduate programs, the eligibility differs from programme to programme. However, below are some of the eligibility requirements:

  1. Minimum of 80% -85% in your senior secondary
  2. English language proficiency scorecard (IELTS, TOEFL etc). Minimum of 7.0 on IELTS or 90 in TOEFL.
  3. You need to have a first or second division in all your public exams prior to admission to be eligible.

For graduate programmes, you need a 75% overall percentage in the last two years, in a four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Can I bear the cost?

The cost of education at the University of waterloo can be around $8000 annually, which excludes cost of living.

However, Waterloo has many funding opportunities available for Undergraduate and graduate students. You have the VCGS scholarships, Ontario Graduate scholarships, Trudeau Foundation Scholarships, among others.


University of VictoriaUniversity of Victoria

Ranked among the top universities in Canada, the University of Victoria is one of the best research institutes in Canada. THE ranks it among the top universities under 50 in the world and it also enjoys a consistent spot in the world’s top 200 by both THE and QS.

Presently, there are around 20000 students enrolled in the university in its 10 faculties two divisions.

How to apply?

You can apply to the University of Victoria directly through an online application form. The application deadline depends on the time you are applying. Admissions for September entry open in April and end in May, for January entry applications open in October and end in November  while for May or July entry the application process start in January and end in February.

What makes me eligible?

International students have to present their senior secondary records to be eligible for admission besides fulfilling the English language proficiency requirement. Applicants with score of atleast 90 in TOEFL and 6.5 in IELTS are eligible.

For graduate studies, you should have a Bachelor’s degree certificate in a related subject with a GPA of atleast 5.0 in the work of the last two years.

Can I bear the cost?

The fee for international students is around $16000 for international students. Although there are many ways to aid your education like scholarships and grants. United World College Scholarships, Council of International Schools Scholarships, Aga Khan Academy Scholarship are examples of some scholarships.


University of OttawaUniversity of Ottawa

Established in 1848, the University of Ottawa is the largest French-English bilingual university in the world. The university is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world both by THE and QS.

The university has around 43000 students from all over the world enrolled into 11 faculties comprising of Faculty of Arts, Common Law, Civil Law, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences and the Telfer School of Management.

How to apply:

Applications are accepted through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website using the OUAC 105F form. Most programmes at the University of Ottawa have application deadlines in April.

What makes me eligible?

For graduate studies, you can have either-

  1. Bachelor (minimum 3 years) and Master; or
  2. Bachelor (minimum 4 years); or
  3. Postgraduate Diploma

Besides, you also need to have atleast 50% to 60% in your Bachelor’s .

For Undergraduate courses, it depends on the department you are applying to.

English language is a must for both graduate and undergraduate courses. In TOEFL, your total score should be 86 while in IELTS it should be atleast 6.5.


Can I bear the cost?

Tuition fee for the Undergraduate and graduate courses is around $3000 to $8000.  But, this is excluding other charges, including incidental fees. The university has many admission as well as in course scholarships that students can avail.


University of CalgaryUniversity of Calgary

Founded in 1966, the University of Calgary is one of Canada’s leading universities for research and studies. The university has around 31000 students, 448 postdoctural fellows and around 1 lakh alumni across 152 countries. Interestingly, over 1500 international students from more than 100 countries around the world are registered at the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The University of Calgary offers over 200 programmes and has 85 research centres.

How to apply?

You have to open a University of Calgary account in order to apply for its various programmes under both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications for admission to fall semester usually begin in October and the deadline is March.

What makes me eligible?

You need to have a senior secondary certificate for undergraduate courses and a Bachelors degree certificate for graduate studies to be able to apply for the University of Calgary.

Besides, you are also required to show your English language proficiency scorecards to be eligible for admission.

Can I bear the cost?

The cost of studying at the University of Calgary can be anywhere between $20000 to $25000.

This covers tuition fees and all other charges including health plans etc. The university provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships to aid students in covering the cost of education.

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Suryashis Chakraborty 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Arsheen,

After acquiring the much coveted MBBS degree from India, an Indian doctor may wish to try his / her luck up abroad in Canada and try to become a doctor, only after the fulfillment of certain official formalities:

  • The basic requirement for an  Indian doctor in Canada  is to get a valid medical license for the province, where one wishes to practice. One has to pass the certification exams in the concerned province through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • This licensing procedure requires a foreign doctor to go through a series of examinations and get certified based on eligibility, program selection, qualifying the exam followed by final certification
  • The doctors have to also undergo language proficiency tests, credentialing, postgraduate training and assessment, return-of-service agreements, etc.

Indian doctors can discuss and explore the field of Medical Science in Canada through the study groups for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), provided by some immigrant-friendly organizations.

The governing body of the medical practices in the concerned Province of Canada can give guidance regarding the formalities and fees required for licensing.

Acquiring a medical license in Canada is a tedious and complicated  process and may take up to 5-6 years. An Indian doctor is advised to be well prepared and equipped with financial backup and tenacity in order to have a shot at becoming a doctor in Canada.

Provinces like Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward are some good provinces to work as a doctor in Canada.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



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Afrin Hossain 21st Feb, 2020


So , here is the list of courses which you can Study in Canada for Good job :

  • MBA.
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  • Business & Finance.
  • Core Engineering & Engineering Management.
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prerna vats 19th Feb, 2020

Hello dear student !

Msc. Forensic psychology is a good course and in Canada there are many good universities which offers this course and the campus as well as the faculty is quite good. The top 5 universities in Canada which offers the same are listed below :

1. City university of New york

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3. University of Denver

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Hello nidhi

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There are some degrees having great salary after graduation.

Medical Degree

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