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With nearly 500,000 international students, students choose to study in Canada for high-quality education at an affordable tuition fee and degrees that are globally recognised. With an excellent quality of life, abundant post-study work, and immigration opportunities, planning to study abroad in Canada is very popular among international students. The Canadian system of education takes pride in being a world leader in research while being accessible, with degree programmes that allow students to choose their classes based on their interests. Canada has around 100 universities, 5 of which have consistently been ranked in the top 100 universities in the world offering globally recognized degrees to students.

 

Education System in Canada

 

There are four stages in the Canadian education system. They are divided into -

 

  1. Preschool/ Early Childhood Education
  2. Primary/Elementary Education
  3. Secondary Education
  4. Post-Secondary/Tertiary Education (includes College and University programmes, and Vocational/Technical schooling)

 

Why Study in Canada

 

  • Academic Excellence

 The high quality of education is one of the most essential reasons that students choose to study in Canada. A degree from a Canadian university serves as a mark of trust and excellence for a student. 28 Canadian universities are ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2022 and 32 Canadian universities are ranked in the “THE World University Rankings 2022”.

 

  • Affordability 

When compared to universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, tuition prices to study in Canada are relatively low. And, in terms of return on investment (ROI), it is a very viable option for students. You can also apply for a variety of Canadian scholarships to help you save money on your education.

 

  • Cultural Diversity

In Canada, you'll find very warm and welcoming people from a variety of ethnic communities, each with their own culture and way of life. Like no other country, Canada's multicultural environment promotes kindness and peaceful living. In fact, there are many international students studying, working, and living in Canada.

 

  • Safe And Peaceful 

Canada has consistently been ranked as one of the world's safest countries. The Global Peace Index ranked Canada as the 6th most peaceful country in the world in 2022. Canadian and international students have the same rights when it comes to their safety in Canada.

 

  • Immigration Opportunities

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) in Canada allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to 3 years after graduation. The decision to study in Canada for international students also benefits them with professional work experience, and they can  apply for permanent residency in the future.

 

Top Universities And Global Ranking

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Toronto, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee

CAD 9,650

ranking
Country Rank

#494

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee from

CAD 9,650

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Country Rank

#14

Canada’s fourth-largest university, York University, sometimes referred to as YorkU or YU, is a public research university situated in Toronto, Canada. The university traces its roots back to 1959 when it was established as a non-denominational institution by the York University Act. Upon receiving royal assent in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the same year, the university went on to welcome its first class in the fall of 1960. It is one of the most popular universities in the country with impressive overall as well as subject-wise rankings throughout. 

 

The university is divided into eleven faculties and twenty-eight research centres providing programmes at the undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and professional levels across a wide variety of disciplines and areas of study.

 

  1. Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  2. Osgoode Hall Law School
  3. Faculty of Science
  4. Schulich School of Business
  5. Lassonde School of Engineering
  6. Glendon College
  7. Faculty of Education
  8. Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change
  9. Faculty of Health
  10. Faculty of Graduate Studies
  11. School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design

 

Some of the university’s renowned research centres include:

 

  • Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science
  • York Institute for Health Research
  • Centre for Public Policy and Law
  • Muscle Health Research Centre
  • Institute for Research on Learning Technologies and many more.

 

The university’s academic affiliations include Universities Canada (AUCC), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). Its sporting, recreational and other miscellaneous affiliations include U Sports, Ontario University Athletics, the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID), the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (FIELD), the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), Canadian University Press (CUP) and CBIE.


The university currently houses over 56,000 students enrolled in different programmes at varying levels. The university is fairly selective in terms of its admissions policy with the York University acceptance rate being at 27%. The university opens its doors to students from hundreds of countries all over the world with a diverse student population comprising students hailing from all backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities.

Vancouver, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,768

Tuition Fee

CAD 5,729

ranking
Country Rank

#46

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,768

Tuition Fee from

CAD 5,729

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#2

The University of British Columbia is a public research university situated in the province of British Columbia in Canada. British Columbia’s oldest university and ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, the university commonly referred to as UBC is also ranked among the top three universities in Canada. The university traces its roots back to 1908 with two campuses in the cities of Vancouver and Kelowna in British Columbia. The university prides itself on maintaining impeccable standards of teaching, learning and research at the institution. 

 

The education system at the university is divided into faculties and schools, some operating out of the university’s Vancouver campus and some from the university’s Okanagan (Kelowna) campus. UBC provides an array of courses in a wide variety of fields and disciplines at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Faculties at the Vancouver campus are listed as follows:

 

  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Sauder School of Business
  • Continuing Studies
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • College of Health Disciplines
  • College for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

 

Faculties and colleges at the university’s Okanagan campus are:

  • Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Okanagan School of Education
  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • College of Graduate Studies

The university’s academic affiliations include the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Association of South East Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. As sport is an immensely important part of a university’s extracurriculars, the University of British Columbia’s sporting affiliations includes the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), U Sports, and the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. 


UBC welcomes students from countries all across the world with its student population comprising over 70,000 students. It also houses over 15,000 administrative and academic staff at its campuses. The university does not have an extremely selective admissions policy with the University of British Columbia’s acceptance rate at 52.4%. The university also boasts an impressive list of alumni including Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, Olympians, American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows, Royal Society fellows, fellows of the Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Prime Ministers.

Windsor, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,353

Tuition Fee

CAD 5,123

ranking
Country Rank

#701 - 750

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,353

Tuition Fee from

CAD 5,123

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#26

Canada’s southernmost university, the University of Windsor (commonly known as U of W or UWindsor) is a public research university located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The university traces its roots back to 1857 when it operated as the Roman Catholic Assumption College till 1956 and was called the Assumption University of Windsor from 1956 to 1963. After being incorporated by the provincial government in 1962, the institution came to be regarded by the University of Windsor on the 1st of July 1963. The college has seen steady growth over the years where it has expanded to include and affiliated with many institutions. 

 

The university strives for excellence in teaching, learning and research in several disciplines. Its primary endeavours in research are channelled in the areas of automotive, social justice, environmental and international trade research. Other areas of research specialisation over recent years include natural science, entrepreneurship and health research. UWindsor is divided into nine faculties and schools that provide over 120 undergraduate programmes and over 55 postgraduate and doctoral programmes in a wide variety of specific areas of study. 

 

  • The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Faculty of Education
  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • Odette School of Business
  • The Faculty of Human Kinetics
  • The Faculty of Law
  • The Faculty of Science
  • The Faculty of Nursing

 

The university’s academic affiliations include the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the Canadian University Press (CUP), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Canterbury College, and Iona College. Its sporting affiliates include USports - CIS, and the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). 


The university has a diverse student pool with its doors welcoming students from over a hundred countries across the globe. It currently houses over 20,000 students across its undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and professional courses. The university has grown to become among the reputed universities in the country as well as in the world. In terms of admissions policy, the university is quite lenient with the University of Windsor acceptance rate being between 60% and 70% if a student meets all the primary entry requirements, they have a high chance of gaining admission to the university.

Toronto, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee

CAD 1,846

ranking
Country Rank

#26

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee from

CAD 1,846

ranking
Country Rank

#1

Situated in the heart of the bustling city of Toronto, the University of Toronto is a globally renowned public research university in Canada. Its history dates back 195 years when it was founded in 1827 by the royal charter as King’s College. It was the first higher education institution established in the Province of Upper Canada. The university was initially under the control of the Church of England, but in 1850 it came to be regarded by its present-day title as it became a secular institution. The university has come to be regarded as among the best in the world and number one in its home country in the field of education and research.  

 

The University of Toronto follows a collegiate system like the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford wherein each college has substantial autonomy in its financial and institutional affairs with great differences in their histories and characters. The institution comprises eleven colleges and sixteen faculties which govern these colleges offering over seven hundred programmes at the undergraduate level and two hundred programmes at the postgraduate level.  Its different faculties are listed below. 

 

  • Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscaping and Design
  • Faculty of Music
  • Faculty of Information
  • Temerty Faculty of Medicine
  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Faculty of Law
  • Rotman School of Management
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
  • Toronto School of Theology

 

The university’s academic affiliations include the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and the Universities Research Association (URA). Sporting affiliations of the university include USports, the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), and the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA). The research-centric university has made incredible contributions to the world of research in several fields. Its curricula in communication theory and literary criticism came to be known as the Toronto School. The university is the founding place of insulin and stem cell research and the first artificial cardiac pacemaker. It is also the place where the first successful nerve and lung transplant took place. These are just some of its groundbreaking contributions.

 

The university sees a massive influx of students from countries all over the world which owes to its diverse and vibrant student population.  Although regarded as a competitive choice of university to get into as compared to other Canadian universities, the University of Toronto's acceptance rate is at 43% sporting a fair admissions policy.

Montreal, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 25,944

Tuition Fee

CAD 10,284

ranking
Country Rank

#27

Cost Of Living

CAD 25,944

Tuition Fee from

CAD 10,284

ranking
Country Rank

#3

A public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, McGill University traces its roots back 201 years ago when it was founded by King George IV in 1821 by royal charter. Formerly known as McGill College and the University of McGill College, the university name was officially changed to its current name in 1885. The university is spread out over three campuses in Quebec with one in Ville-Marie, the second one in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the third campus in Gatineau. The university is ranked among the top-most universities in the country as well as around the globe. 

 

The university is divided into eleven faculties and thirteen schools under which it provides courses and programmes at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels in a whopping 300 fields of study. Management, Medicine, Arts, Education, Science and Engineering are regarded as the university’s largest faculties. All its faculties are listed below. 

 

  • The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Studies
  • The Faculty of Arts
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • The Faculty of Dentistry
  • The Faculty of Education
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Law
  • Desautels Faculty of Management
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • Schulich School of Music
  • The Faculty of Religious Studies
  • The Faculty of Science

 

McGill University’s academic affiliations include the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Association of Francophone Universities (AUF), the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), the Office of Interuniversity Cooperation (BCI), the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID), the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), the University of the Arctic, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), the Universities Research Association (URA) and U15. 


The university boasts an impressive alumni network flourishing in many fields. It even includes a number of Nobel Laureates, Rhodes Scholars, Prime Ministers of Canada, Academy Award winners, and Emmy and Grammy Award winners among others. The university has a diverse student population owing to the fact that more than 30% of its students hail from over 150 countries across the world. The university has a competitive admissions policy with the McGill University acceptance rate being 47%.

Available courses to study

Master's in Canada (also known as 'grad' programmes or 'grad school') are typically in the form of a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MSc). There are also specialised Master's degrees available, such as the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Engineering (MEng), and Master of Business Administration (MBA). The following are some of the most popular university courses in Canada pursued by international students.

Many of the universities in Canada provide students with some of the top diploma and certificate programmes in accounting. These courses are available for international and domestic students with outstanding job opportunities after graduation. Accounting is very one of the primary courses taught in Canada. Accounting courses are very famous among international students and are available at some of the top Canadian universities. Studying at these renowned universities can land you a job in the future at some of the best companies like Google, Deloitte, Apple and many more.

 

International students have always preferred Canada as a destination for higher education in business. Not only are Canadian business education courses in the top 100 list of business administration programmes, but they are also known for their strong high educational quality. Diverse educational methods and strategic teaching materials pertaining to current business trends add to the Canadian education system's high regard. As one of the world's most prosperous economies, Canada offers numerous business opportunities to international students.

 

Aside from being one of the top professions in Canada, computer science is also ranked as one of the top ten curriculums preferred by international students. In contrast to other courses, Master's degrees in computer science require international applicants to have outstanding grades and test scores. The Canadian government announced a variety of scholarships for international students in Canada, immigration benefits, and tuition fee reductions for students pursuing a Master's degree in computer science. With new business opportunities and job opportunities sprouting up all over the place, Canada is quickly becoming the most trustable destination for international students.

 

Engineers have long been an important part of the global economy. For international engineering students, Canadian universities offer a number of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines. Engineering is taught with hands-on practises by the best faculties in the world, who provide students with a high coaching standard. The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) ranks Canadian universities as the best in the world.

 

FAQs

Universities are given autonomy in academic matters such as curricula, methods, and teaching strategies. Universities have the authority to establish academic, admission, and graduation standards and policies, appoint faculty and carry out academic planning. Meanwhile, private universities are out-of-province institutions that are permitted to provide degrees after a rigorous quality evaluation process by the designated governmental authorities that give the green light to specific degrees.

 

Master's degrees typically last a full academic year, with an obligatory internship added on top of that. Depending on the curriculum design and the sensitivity of the programme, a Master's in Canada can sometimes last for two academic years.

 

PhD programmes are typically for a 2 to 3 years span. They are also separately funded and get you a job position through the university in the majority of cases.

 

The most common language requirement for Canadian universities is IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam scores. However, most universities accept a TOEFL or an IELTS test as proof of English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exams are available at testing centres all over the world.