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Best universities in Canada 2022

Find the best universities in Canada using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data 2022

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Top 7 universities in Canada 2022

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World University Rank 2022 Canada Rank 2022 University Province City
=18 1 University of Toronto Ontario Toronto
37 2 University of British Columbia British Columbia Vancouver
44 3 McGill University Quebec Montreal
=80 4 McMaster University Ontario Hamilton
=88 5 University of Montreal Quebec Montreal
125 6 University of Alberta Alberta Edmonton
=162 7 University of Ottawa Ontario Ottawa

Canada is home to some of the world’s top universities. In fact, 32 Canadian institutions are counted among the best in the world, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022.

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With seven universities in the top 200, Canada offers plenty of opportunities for a world-class education for international students.

Compared with the US, Canada can also provide cheaper tuition fees, simpler application processes and more opportunities for permanent residency after graduation.

Canada’s top two institutions – the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia – score particularly highly for research impact, which means that these schools produce high-quality academic work that is well respected.

Many of Canada’s universities are renowned for promoting a global outlook by recruiting international students and staff and encouraging international collaborations so there will be a large community of international staff and students at any university in Canada.

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5. University of Montreal

- The University of Montreal’s main teaching language is in French.
- A quarter of all students at the university are international.

The University of Montreal is the second largest university in the country in terms of student numbers, with more than 36,000 students enrolled.

The university has a students’ union which represents undergraduate and postgraduate students and it has three affiliated fraternities and sororities.

The university offers full-time housing for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

University sport is popular – the teams are known as the Carabins and compete in badminton, Canadian football and hockey, among other sports.

The university counts former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and 10 premiers of Quebec among its alumni.

4. McMaster University

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario. 
- Students and faculty come from more than 90 countries. 

The university is named after William McMaster, a prominent Canadian senator and banker who donated C$900,000 to found the institution.

McMaster’s medical school is world-renowned and there are also faculties of engineering, business, humanities, social sciences and science. The university places a strong emphasis on research working to target some of the most urgent needs in society, particularly in the field of health sciences.

The university holds some 70 international exchange agreements with institutions around the world. 

The university ranks in the top 50 of the THE Ranking of the most international universities in the world.

3. McGill University

- Students at McGill University come from more than 150 countries. 
- The university was founded in 1821

The main campus is at the base of Mount Royal in downtown Montreal. First-year students have the option to live on the park-like campus.

In 1829, McGill University founded the nation’s first faculty of medicine, and to this day the university scores particularly highly in world rankings for clinical subjects.

The university offers more than 300 degree subjects to more than 31,000 students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

There are a range of services for students including the Career Planning Service, the Office for Students with Disabilities and the Academic Advising service.

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and the actor William Shatner are graduates of McGill. The university also educates more Rhodes scholars than any other Canadian institution.

2. University of British Columbia

- Some 33 per cent of students are international at the University of British Columbia.
-Eight Nobel prizewinners are associated with the university, as are 71 Rhodes scholars and 65 Olympic medallists.

There are two campuses at the University of British Columbia: one in Vancouver and one in Okanagan.

The university is organised into 12 faculties on the Vancouver campus and a further seven on the Okanagan campus. The university offers a special joint undergraduate programme with Sciences Po in Paris.

Faculties at the university include applied science, education, music, nursing, the arts, law and medicine among others.

The university offers a number of scholarships for international students, including the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award for candidates from war-torn countries.

Three Canadian prime ministers have been educated at UBC, including current prime minister Justin Trudeau, who graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree.

1. University of Toronto

- The University of Toronto is the only Canadian university to feature in the top 20 of the World University Rankings 2022.
- Notable alumni include five Canadian prime ministers and the writers Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. In total, 10 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university.

The University of Toronto is structured as a collegiate system, much like prestigious universities in the UK such as the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The seven colleges all have distinct histories and traditions.

Some 25 per cent of students at the university are international.

More than 700 undergraduate degrees and 200 postgraduate degrees are on offer and the university is one of the best in the world for medicine.

There are more than 1,000 different student associations and clubs available for students to join across the university’s three campuses.

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Best universities in Canada 2022

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World University Rank 2022 Canada Rank 2022 University Province City
=18 1 University of Toronto Ontario Toronto
37 2 University of British Columbia British Columbia Vancouver
44 3 McGill University Quebec Montreal
=80 4 McMaster University Ontario Hamilton
=88 5 University of Montreal Quebec Montreal
125 6 University of Alberta Alberta Edmonton
=162 7 University of Ottawa Ontario Ottawa
201–250 =8 University of Calgary Alberta Calgary
201–250 =8 Simon Fraser University British Columbia Burnaby
201–250 =8 University of Waterloo Ontario Waterloo
201–250 =8 Western University Ontario London
251–300 =12 Dalhousie University Nova Scotia Halifax
251–300 =12 Université Laval Quebec Quebec City
251–300 =12 Queen’s University Ontario Kingston
301–350 =15 University of Manitoba Manitoba Winnipeg
301–350 =15 University of Victoria British Columbia Victoria
401–500 17 York University Ontario Toronto
501–600 =18 University of Guelph Ontario Guelph
501–600 =18 University of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Saskatoon
601–800 =20 Carleton University Ontario Ottawa
601–800 =20 Concordia University Quebec Montreal
601–800 =20 Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador St John's
601–800 =20 University of New Brunswick UNB New Brunswick Fredricton
601–800 =20 Ontario Tech University Ontario Oshawa
601–800 =20 Université du Québec Quebec Quebec City
601–800 =20 University of Regina Saskatchewan Regina
601–800 =20 University of Windsor Ontario Windsor
801–1000 =28 Lakehead University Ontario Thunder Bay and Orillia
801–1000 =28 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) British Columbia Prince George
801–1000 =28 Ryerson University Ontario Toronto
801–1000 =28 St Francis Xavier University Nova Scotia Antigonish
1201+ 32 University of Lethbridge Alberta  Lethbridge
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