Choose to study in Canada and you will have the opportunity to experience completely different cultural and natural experiences – from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Quebec, friendly friendly, tolerant and multicultural.
Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its natural beauty – few countries in the world can boast of anything close to its richness of forests, lakes and mountains – and multiethnic diversity. The country has official bilingual status, English and French are used simultaneously in government and official documents.
It is also known for its small population (despite the fact that it is the second largest country in the world, its population is less than just in one US state of California) and in the harsh winter. In some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half a year, but you can hardly find any Canadian universities in these regions!
Click on the tabs below to learn more about the best universities in Canada, popular student cities, as well as practical information on applications, fees and visas.
The best universities in Canada
Canada has a well-established position among the main study destinations in the world. The most popular Canadian provinces for international students are Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, which are home to many of the best universities in Canada.
For those looking to study at an elite university in one of the most developed nations in the world, applying to study in Canada can be an attractive option. A total of 26 universities in Canada are listed in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, of which three are among the 50 best in the world, and 11 more are the 300 best in the world, a feat that only compares with other nations.
The two highest Canadian entrances are the University of Toronto (28) and McGill University (33), located in Toronto and Montreal respectively (the two largest cities in Canada). The University of Alberta, the University of McMaster, the University of Montreal, the University of Waterloo and the University of Western are also ranked in the global top 220.
Higher education in Canada
A bachelor’s degree in Canada can take from three to four years, depending on the university. Postgraduate degrees last from one to three years, depending on the type of degree. Different types of higher education providers in Canada include: universities (which conduct research and provide bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees), community colleges and technical, applied art schools or schools of applied sciences (which provide certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degrees and bachelor’s degrees) .
Since universities in Canada are governed by provincial governments, you will find that there are small differences in education. Quebec, in particular, differs markedly from the rest of Canada, with a different semester and length of study. For example, students finish high school a year earlier and must complete a compulsory pre-university course at a general and vocational college (CEGEP), which virtually excludes the first year of university study. Check with your chosen institutions for specific details.
Studying of the master or PhD? To learn about graduate education in Canada, get the free online version of the QS Top Grad School Guide.