Best Universities in Canada for International Students

    Updated on: 29 May 2023

    Best universities in Canada 


    Canada has always been a popular destination for students seeking quality education, multiculturalism, a safe and welcoming environment, and career opportunities. According to the Canadian Council of Ministers, Canada has 223 public and private universities. Of all these Canadian universities, 30 are listed in the QS World University Rankings for 2023 and 31 are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023.

    In this blog, we will be exploring the best universities in Canada for international students, with insights into their rankings, popular programs, campuses, tuition fees, and more.

    Top 10 Universities in Canada

    Tabulated below are top-ranking universities in Canada, the rankings are determined by agencies based on factors like academic reputation, international student population, research, job opportunities, and more. While you explore these universities, interact and know more about them from experts, prospective students, and alums by being part of the GyanDhan discussion forum.

    University

    QS World Rank 2023 

    THE Rank 2023

    International Student Population

    McGill University

    31

    46

    48%

    University of Toronto

    35

    18

    38.79%

    University of British Columbia

    47

    40

    28.6%

    University of Alberta

    110

    118

    18.6%

    University of Montreal

    116

    111

    14.45%

    McMaster University

    152

    85

    17.20%

    University of Waterloo

    154

    201 - 250

    40%

    Western University

    172

    201 - 250

    14.04%

    University of Ottawa

    237

    137

    25%

    University of Calgary

    242

    201 - 250

    29.07%

     

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    Score requirements for best universities in Canada

    The score requirements for the best universities in Canada vary depending on the university and the program you are applying for. Generally, these universities have highly competitive admission processes and require high academic achievements and test scores. Here are some approximate score requirements for the top universities in Canada:

    University

    Average GMAT score

    Average GRE score

    Average IELTS score

    Average TOEFL score

    GPA

    McGill University

    675

    321

    6

    79

    3

    University of Toronto

    500

    300

    6

    93

    3

    University of British Columbia

    550

    310

    6

    100

    3

    University of Alberta

    613

    310

    6

    88

    3

    University of Montreal

    630

    308

    6.5

    104

    3.3

    McMaster University

    613

    304

    6

    88

    3.7

    University of Waterloo

    500

    300

    7

    90

    3

    Western University

    500

    300

    6

    86

    2

    University of Ottawa

    570

    310

    6

    86

    3.11

    University of Calgary

    500

    300

    6

    86

    3.3


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    Cost of studying master's at the best universities in Canada

    University Name

    Popular MS Courses

    Average Program Fees (per year)

    McGill University

    • MSc in Biotechnology
    • MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • MBA

    19,000 CAD - 32,000 CAD

    University of Toronto

    • MSc in Computer Science
    • MEng in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    • MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    6,210 CAD - 43,990 CAD

    University of British Columbia

    • Master’s in Data Science
    • MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • MEng in Leadership

    15,000 CAD - 30,000 CAD

    University of Alberta

    • MS in Computer Science
    • MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • MS in Statistical Machine Learning

    14,000 CAD - 30,000 CAD

    University of Montreal

    • MS in Computer Science
    • MS in Advanced Pharmacotherapy
    • MS in Finance

    30,000 CAD - 38,000 CAD

    McMaster University

    • MS in Computer Science
    • MSc in Biology
    • MD in Biomedical Engineering

    9,000 CAD - 25,000 CAD

    University of Waterloo

    • M.Math in Computer Science
    • M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    13,000 CAD - 21,000 CAD

    Western University

    • MSc in Computer Science
    • Master in Data Analytics
    • M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    22,000 CAD - 45,000 CAD

    University of Ottawa

    • MEng in Mechanical Engineering

    19,000 CAD - 22,000 CAD

    University of Calgary

    • MS in Data Science and Analytics
    • MS in Neuroscience

    13,500 CAD - 20,000 CAD

    Cost of studying bachelor’s at the best universities in Canada

    University Name

    Popular Bachelor’s Courses

    Average Program Fees (per year)

    McGill University

    • B.S Architecture
    • B.Sc Nursing
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    30,000 CAD - 56,000 CAD

    University of Toronto

    • B.Sc Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Human Resources

    41,540 CAD - 61,350 CAD

    University of British Columbia

    • Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering
    • Bachelor in Environmental Engineering
    • BComm in Business and Management

    45,000 CAD - 50,000 CAD

    University of Alberta

    • BSc in Applied Mathematics
    • B.Sc in Nursing
    • Bachelor of Science [B.S] Agricultural and Resource Economics

    22,300 CAD - 30,000 CAD

    University of Montreal

    • BBA
    • B.Eng in Software Engineering
    • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

    18,000 CAD - 20,000 CAD

    McMaster University

    • BA Economics
    • Bachelor of Applied Science Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery

    27,000 CAD - 33,700 CAD

    University of Waterloo

    • B.Sc in Computer Science
    • BA in Accounting and Financial Management
    • B.Math in Computational Mathematics

    40,000 CAD - 60,000 CAD

    Western University

    • BBA
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • BA in Psychology

    25,000 CAD - 30,000 CAD

    University of Ottawa

    • Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Accounting
    • BASc in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology)

    40,000 CAD - 50,000 CAD

    University of Calgary

    • BS in Biomechanics
    • BA in Economics
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts [B.F.A] Visual Studies

    18,000 CAD - 30,000 CAD


    Apart from the cost of attendance there are more post arrival cost that an international student needs to consider which is called cost of living. The cost of living may differ between the university and the province in which it is located. A general overview of the cost of living in Canada is shown below

    Expense

    Cost per month

    Accommodation 

    400 CAD - 800 CAD

    Travel 

    80 CAD - 110 CAD

    Food

    300 CAD - 400 CAD

    Entertainment

    150 CAD

    Health Insurance 

    74 CAD

    Utilities (Electricity, cooling, water, heating, garbage, internet)

    75 CAD - 215 CAD

     

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    Best universities in Canada in different cities

    5 cities in Canada make it to the QS best student cities 2023 list. These cities are known for their affordability and employer activities. Let us know some top universities for international students located in these cities:

    City

    QS Best City Rank

    Employer Activity Rank

    Affordability Rank

    Universities

    Montreal

    14

    46

    76

    • McGill University
    • University of Montreal
    • Concordia University

    Toronto

    15

    27

    109

    • University of Toronto
    • York University
    • Ryesrson University

    Vancouver

    20

    34

    107

    • University of British Columbia
    • Simon Fraser University

    Ottawa

    55

    103

    84

    • University of Ottawa
    • Carleton University

    Quebec

    106

    115

    70

    • Laval University
    • Université du Québec


    These were some of the best universities in Canada, but as mentioned earlier there are more than 200 universities in Canada. Choosing the right one at times needs expert guidance. Book a free 30-minute free consultation call with GyanDhan and get personalized tips to shortlist the right universities for you.

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    First published date: 24 Mar 2023


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Anjaney Chaturvedi
Anjaney has in-depth knowledge of abroad colleges, and universities. With a background in Mechanical Engineering, he has a unique understanding of STEM courses. His interest also lies in finance and education financing. Firmly believes in ‘Being as unique as your fingerprint’.

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