When we talk about popular destinations to study abroad, Canada is surely one of the prestigious choices to make as it stands with some of the best universities where academics are highly reputed. But before going there, let’s just know more about Canada.
Canada is the second-largest country by landmass with a total population of 37 million.
The main cities of Canada include Toronto, British Columbia, Vancouver, Montreal, and the national capital city Ottawa. The main motto of Canada says “From sea to sea”, which is quite appropriate as it has the largest number of lakes in the world with a total count of 563 lakes. The native language of Canada is French and English.
Canada is the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism, embracing diversity and pluralism, welcoming 250 ethnic origins mainly from Asia, Africa, and Europe. So, you won’t face any cultural shock as the country is known for its friendly, peacekeeping, and secure to live in. Canada is widely known for its hockey, maple syrup, rich natural resources, and brutally cold winters.
Till now you may have got the visual of Canada by these characteristics, now let’s just talk about the Top 6 renowned and reputed universities of Canada. These universities are ranked by the newly-released QS World University Rankings 2020 which includes 26 top Canadian universities judges on a methodology that assesses each university on its academic and employer reputations, research impact, and more.
1. University of Toronto
Here, comes the first place the University of Toronto has developed into the best institution for teaching since the ages. It represents a historic building of over 100 years’ old discovery and knowledge creation. The University of Toronto is known as the public research university in Toronto, Ontario, and Canada, world-wide best for medicine and research-driven to invent and innovate.
The university is surrounded by the most beautiful dynamic architecture and greenery space which gives a great environment for learning and exploring. It has three campuses: Downtown Toronto (St. George), Mississauga (in the West), and Scarborough (in the East) and all come as a global leader in research work by best teaching faculties.
The university attracts students from 159 other countries and gives more than 700 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate programs and degrees to its international and local students. Toronto library system is the third-largest in North America which has more than 19.5 million physical holdings and more than 6.2 million electronic holdings.
For international students in graduation degrees, price ranges between INR 5 Lakhs to INR 25 Lakhs, a bit higher but worth, again depending on the program chosen. The alumni of the university had five Canadian prime ministers and the writers Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. In total, 10 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university making the university popular and knowledgeable.
2. McGill University
McGill University is the public research university, named after James McGill because of his contributions done to the development of the universities. The university provides you with 300 undergraduate programs that cost up to INR 16 Lakhs to an international student.
It is Canada’s most diverse institution welcoming students from 150 different countries.
Buildings of the university were constructed using local grey limestone, giving the campus a striking aesthetic. The university has three campuses- the main campus is situated in Downtown Montreal, Macdonald campus and in 2019 the university has announced the construction of its new campus for its faculty of medicine named Outaouais campus.There are nearly 1,600 tenured or tenure-track professors teaching at the university.
The study subjects offered at the university include biomedical engineering, business analytics, chemistry, chemical engineering, architecture, and anthropology. It is to be noted that the students at the university are provided with the required knowledge in their respective areas of study.
Also, the university makes sure that students are guided under experienced faculty members.The university has given the world great alumni- Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and the actor William Shatner are graduates of McGill.
3. University of British Columbia
The University of Columbia is the public university with its campuses situated in Vancouver and in Kelowna, is considered as the oldest universities in Canada. The main campus is in Vancouver surrounded by the beautiful view of the beaches and North-Shore mountains. There are a number of botanical and memorial gardens on campus as well as a renowned performing arts center.
The university is famous for its electronic and electrical engineering courses. The world’s largest cyclotron – a type of particle accelerator – is housed at this university, in TRIUMF, the country’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
The university is organized into 20 schools, including undergraduate schools such as Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies and graduate schools such as Columbia Law School, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia Land Columbia Business School.
The university gives many scholarships to its international students and given a chance of learning under professional experts that provide basic knowledge and learning to the students. For international students, the degree costs around INR 21Lakhs, again it depends on the types of programs.
Also, the three alumni from these universities were once the Prime Minister of the country.
4. University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is an open research university that continues to become the fourth most popular university in Canada. It was developed with a major focus on applied research and extension work. The university initially started with a limited amount of degrees but afterward, Timms Centre for Arts was built with the help of a huge donation made by Albert Timm.
The University of Alberta comprises of five campuses- North Campus, the main campus with 150 buildings, South Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, Augustana Campus, and Enterprise Square. All these campuses provide one with the technological environment and amenities.
The university offers 200+ undergraduate programs and 500+ graduate programs across 18 Faculties which costs around INR 11 Lakhs for undergraduate programs for an international student.
Students learn from industry experts and faculty members from other universities, as well as gain practical knowledge about their field of interest. The aim of specialized courses is to provide students with expert guidance, increase their skills and knowledge.
When it comes to notable alumni, the University of Alberta has a long list that includes Prime minister and Chief Justice of Canada.
5. Université de Montréal
The only francophone university comes in the top five; the University of Montreal is the second-largest university in the country in terms of student numbers, with more than 37,000 students enrolled where a quarter is an international student. The University of Montreal’s main campus is at Mount Royal with 40 buildings.
The 13 faculties and schools at the university cover all fields of knowledge, from music to natural science, law, humanities, and health. It maintains 27 healthcare institutions and 2 associated schools namely the School of Business and School of Engineering. It allows students to choose from 600 graduate and undergraduate programs with the total fees of INR 8 Lakhs per year.
The university has educated a huge number of students till now who now successfully living in Canada and around the world. Its alumni include pass outs who are serving as government officials, academic researchers, and business tycoons.
6. McMaster University
McMaster University is situated in Hamilton, Ontario with the main campus situated Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens. It is a research-oriented, medical-doctoral university that initiated the problem-based approach to learning which later came to be known as “The McMaster model”. The university is named after William McMaster, a banker who donated INR 5 crore for the development of the university.
The university comprises four campuses- Downtown Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Burlington. McMaster University offers Arts & Science Programs and six departments of faculties of Health Sciences, Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Engineering and the School of Business. The tuition fee of international students ranges to INR 12 Lakhs.
The university has awarded as the most research-intensive center by Research Info source in 2019. The university has given various cabinet ministers, scientists, Hollywood actors; Nobel Laureates alumni from 162 countries excluding Canada.
The other 20 Universities of Canada are –
7. University of water Loo;
8. Western University;
9. University of Calgary;
10. Queen’s University;
11. Dalhousie University;
12. University of Ottawa;
13. Simon Fraser University;
14. The University of Victoria;
15. Laval University;
16. University of Saskatchewan;
17. Concordia University;
18. York University;
19. University of Québec;
20. University of Guelph;
21. University of Manitoba;
22. Carleton University;
23. The University of Sherbrooke;
24. University of Windsor Memorial;
25. University of Newfoundland;
26. Ryerson University