The number of prospective international students considering tertiary institutions in Canada continues to increase. Canadian universities saw an estimated 13% surge in international student enrollment in 2019, with the largest number of international students coming from India, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Here are the 10 Best Global Universities in Canada with Top Rankings based on performance and reputation of academic research.
1. Western University
Western University was founded in 1878 and enrolls about 40,000 students. More than 5,800 are international students from 128 countries. The university boasts one of the highest first-to-second-year retention rates in Canada and a 95.2% employment rate after graduation, according to the school’s website.
2. University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo was founded in 1957 and says on its website that it has the largest postsecondary co-op program of its kind in the world. The program allows students to get paid at least minimum wage for work experience as part of their studies in a variety of subjects.
3. University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa claims to be the largest bilingual university in the world, offering studies in both English and French. Two years after graduation, about 94% of undergraduates were employed, according to 2015-2016 data on the university’s website.
4. University of Calgary
The University of Calgary was founded in 1966 and has five campuses – four in metro Calgary, Alberta, and one in Doha, Qatar. The university’s main campus spans more than 490 acres, making it larger than Calgary’s entire downtown area, according to the university’s website.
5. University of Montreal
The University of Montreal was founded in 1878, and the primary language of instruction is French. The university enrolls about 10,000 international students, according to its website. The university has eight campuses, in locations like Lanaudiere, Laval, Saint-Hyacinthe and the decentralized campus in the Mauricie region for medical training.
6. University of Alberta
In 2018-2019, the University of Alberta enrolled more than 40,000 students, according to the university’s website. With students hailing from 156 countries, more than 28,700 enrolled students were full-time undergraduates. According to the school, it has graduated 75 Rhodes scholars and boasts more than 200 undergraduate programs and more than 500 graduate programs.
7. McMaster University
McMaster University was founded in 1887 in Toronto, but the university was relocated to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930. With a total student population of 33,147, the percent of international students is on the rise: 13.3% of all students were international students in fall 2018, according to the university’s website, up 2% over the previous year. International students represented 120 countries and comprised more than 27% of the graduate student body in fall 2018.
8. McGill University
McGill University was founded in 1821, making it Montreal’s oldest university, according to the school’s website. Three in 10 students in 2019-2020 were international, coming from more than 150 countries and making McGill Canada’s most international research university, per the school’s website. One notable alum, James Naismith, graduated in 1887 and invented basketball.
9. University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia has two main campuses, the larger of which is in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to the school’s website, the university is associated with eight Nobel Prize winners across the fields of chemistry, economic sciences, physics, and physiology or medicine.
10. University of Toronto
The University of Toronto, founded in 1827, offers more than 700 undergraduate programs and more than 300 graduate programs, as stated on its website. The university is home to one of the biggest library systems in North America, according to its website, with more than 19.5 million physical holdings across its 44 libraries.