Study in Canada

Canada is very popular destination for students looking to gain a degree overseas, thanks to its many respected universities and its reputation as a safe and welcoming country. With consistently high levels of education spending, it boasts almost uniformly high standards of higher education, with several institutions regularly featuring among the top 100 globally.

These include the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montréal, the University of British Colombia, and the University of Alberta.

With tuition fees lower than many Anglophone countries, and health insurance cheaper than across the border in the US, it is no wonder that an increasing number of English-speaking students are starting to consider courses there.

A bilingual nation, where more than three-quarters of Quebec’s population are native Francophones, Canada has a proud history of immigration and has long encouraged diversity and multiculturalism.

With a high standard of living, low crime levels, clean cities and vast expanses of natural beauty, lakes, mountains, coastal areas and national parks, Canada is an extremely desirable place to live. Its most popular sports are ice hockey, basketball, golf, lacrosse and baseball, although football, rugby and cricket are growing.

Aside from its famed maple syrup, food specialities include fresh seafood, game and poutine (French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds), which, like many French-influenced dishes, originates in Quebec.

Famous Canadians include Jim Carrey, Neil Young, Celine Dion and Margaret Attwood.

If you want to study in Canada, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Canada has 26 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Canada is University of Toronto, which is ranked at number 22.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Canada is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Canada below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Canada’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Canada is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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

Browse the top-ranked universities in Canada

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Top universities in Canada

Statistics about Canada

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 12.19%
  • Of which, on higher education 35.6%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education Data not available
  • Population 35,851,774
  • Unemployment 6.9%
  • Annual GDP 1.08%
Data source: The World Bank