Want To Study In Canada? These Are 10 Of The Best Schools


Canada is ranked seventh (7th) among the leading study destinations in the world according to the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Project atlas. In 2014, there were 427,000 international students enrolled in all levels of education in Canada, this is a 10% increase in international students’ population from 2013 according the Canadian Bureau for International Education and Citizenship and Immigration Canada combined (ICEF Monitor).  79.8% of these international students enrolled in post secondary, 15.2% in secondary schools with the remainder in language programs or otherwise. 2.3% of these international students are Nigerians which occupies the 8th position for places of origin for international students mobility to Canada with 8620 students as at 2014 reported the CBIE’s “A World Of Learning 2015”, this is a 25% increase from 2013.

A 2013 CBIE’s international student survey said that 90% of these students were satisfied with their studies in Canada while 95% will recommend Canada as a study destination. However, internationalization of the Canadian education system benefits the country in socio-cultural diversity, international knowledge generation, job creation, GDP growth, tourism growth and an international faculty generation for its universities.

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International students also stated their reasons for studying in Canada being cheaper tuition fees from other destinations, multiple study options, simpler application process, opportunities for permanent residency, study and work opportunities for students, high quality of academic and research education, safety and tolerance of the country’s citizens. The major fields of study for these students are engineering, business, social science, natural science, computer/information technology, health science, arts and designs, etc.

I recently researched ten of the best schools to study in Canada, these schools have been picked according to world rankings, international students’ enrollment, academic and research prowess. Here are 10 universities to consider if you intend to study in Canada.

University of Toronto, Ontario

This is a public research university situated on the surrounding grounds of Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario. It operates a collegiate university which comprises of twelve colleges, which differ in features, history, autonomy on financial and institutional affairs. The Toronto School holds a strong standing in literary criticism and communication theory, computer science, research into stem cell treatment, medicine, arts, humanities science and technology. It has two satellite campuses located in Scarborough and Mississauga.

University of British Colombia, British Colombia

This commonly referred to as UBC; it is a public research university with campuses and facilities in British Columbia, Canada. It is the oldest university in British Colombia occupying 6.11km2 with over 60,000 students at its campuses in Vancouver and Okanagan Valley in Kelowna. It has about 12 faculties with the most student enrollments in five larger faculties ranging from Arts, Science, Medicine, and Applied Science to the Sauder School of Business.

Faculty, alumni, and researchers have received several awards ranging from Nobel Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships, Olympic medals, memberships in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, fellowships to the Royal Society of Canada and Canadian prime ministers.

McGill University, Québec

This is an English-language public research university situated in Montreal, Canada; it bears the name of James McGill, a Montreal merchant from Scotland. It is the only Canadian university member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), the other members are made up of 26 of the world’s top universities. It is also a member of the Association of American Universities. The academic units are organized into 11 main Faculties and Schools, with its main campus located at Mount Royal in Downtown Montreal and the second campus located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. The university offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields of study, with the highest average admission grade of any Canadian university.

McMaster University, Ontario

This public research university is located in Hamilton, Ontario. It ranks 4th amongst Canadian universities and 94th in the world according to the 2015/16 Times Higher Education World University Ranking. It is also a member of the U15 group of research-intensive universities in Canada; this institution operates a six academic faculty system namely the School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, and Science. The schools’ main campus is located on 121 hectares of land near the neighborhood of Ainslie Wood, Westdale, and adjacent to Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens. The university is co-educational, and has over 29,000 undergraduates and post-graduate students, with its faculty ranging from over 140 countries around the world.

University of Manitoba, Manitoba

The University of Manitoba located in Winnipeg, has strong standing in medicine with its major health sciences units Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Medical Rehabilitation, and the School of Dental Hygiene located on the Bannatyne Campus. It also has an agricultural research station, teaching and other research buildings

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University of Alberta, Edmonton

This a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta comprising of 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks on the south rim of the North Saskatchewan River valley with four campuses in Edmonton, Camrose, and a staff centre in Calgary. It is ranked as one of the top five universities in Canada and one of the top 100 universities worldwide. It boasts of 39, 000 students from Canada and 150 other countries participate in 400 programs in 18 faculties.

Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

This public research university is located in Nova Scotia; it offers more than 4,000 courses and 180 degree programs in twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties. The institution has several campuses in Halifax, Bible Hill, and New Brunswick and operates the largest library in Atlantic Canada, which holds the largest collection of agricultural resource material in the region.

Queen’s University Ontario

This is located in Kingston, Ontario with more than 1,400 hectares of land throughout Ontario. It is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools with more than 23,000 students, and with over 131,000 living alumni worldwide.

University of Ottawa, Ontario

This is a bilingual public research university in Ottawa, Ontario. The university is administrated into ten faculties with enrollments of over 41,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students. The university has more than 185,000 alumni.

University of Calgary, Alberta

This public research university is located in Calgary, Alberta. It is a member of the U15, and also one of Canada’s top research universities and has sponsored research revenue of $352 million with a number of important inventions, such as the Neurochip. It consists of 14 faculties and over 85 research institutes/centres, with the country’s highest concentration of engineers and geoscientists; it maintains ties to the petroleum and geosciences industry through its Department of Geosciences, School of Engineering and also environmental research through the Faculty of Environmental Design, the School of Public Policy and the Faculty of Law.

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