Best Universities in Canada

*Note: linked universities are only those that are in Findcourse database

Best Universities in Canada for International Students

Students from around the world flock to Canada to take advantage of the top-notch programs available at a typically lower cost than other top destinations for international study. As an international student, choosing the right school in Canada can be tricky – almost 100 universities providing a wealth of opportunities leave many prospective students swimming in options with little ability to narrow them down.

So, to help you out, we’ve compiled top university rankings in Canada for international students based on a variety of attributes:

Top 10 Canadian Universities by Academic Ranking

Of course, students are looking to travel to a new destination to study among the best and brightest. These universities attract just that: students who have dedicated themselves to their studies and who are committed to becoming the best they can be at the best universities Canada has to offer.

  1. McGill University (#30 in world rankings)
  2. University of Toronto (#32)
  3. University of British Columbia (#45)
  4. University of Alberta (#94)
  5. Université de Montréal (#126)
  6. McMaster University (#149)
  7. University of Waterloo (#152)
  8. University of Calgary (#196)
  9. Western University (#198)
  10. Queen’s University (#223)

Most International Canadian Universities

It is often important for international students to feel that they are part of an international community on campus, which is why there has been an uptick of interest in universities focusing on international needs and opportunities. These universities have been ranked as the top universities in terms of international student representation.

  1. University of British Columbia
  2. Simon Fraser University
  3. McGill University
  4. University of Montreal
  5. University of Alberta
  6. Dalhousie University
  7. Concordia University
  8. University of Toronto
  9. University of Waterloo
  10. McMaster University

Most Affordable Canadian Universities

Sometimes scholarships and financial aid aren’t an option for international students. You can learn more about many of the below universities in our more in-depth article, “The Most Affordable Universities in Canada” [like to article]. For a quick run-through, here is a list of the top 10 most affordable universities in Canada.

  1. Saint Paul University (average undergraduate tuition fee of 5,500 CAD)
  2. Athabasca University (9,500 CAD)
  3. Mount Royal University (11,500 CAD)
  4. University of Manitoba (13,000 CAD)
  5. University of Saskatchewan (13,000 CAD)
  6. University of Winnipeg (13,500 CAD)
  7. McMaster University (15,000 CAD)
  8. University of Victoria (15,000 CAD)
  9. University of Ottawa (15,000 CAD)
  10. Dalhousie University (15,000 CAD)