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TOP-50 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in Canada to get high-quality higher education for international students

Education information

Canada is a very-well developed, progressive, modern country with a strong industry and beautiful nature, as well as high-quality educational system and comfortable living conditions. Canadian schools and colleges provide quality, practical-oriented education, appreciate personal and professional growth, are interested in valuable specialists. 

The foundation is the British educational system. Life in Canada is quiet and safe, living standards are very high - while the cost of education remains fairly affordable. Of the obvious advantages, one can also mention bilingual programs (English and French are recognized on the territory of the country), the highest quality education, internationally-listed diplomas, and the opportunity to work during studying. Moreover, after graduation, the student can earn the opportunity to stay in Canada and work on a permanent basis in the chosen field.

The authorities invest a huge amount of money in the educational system. It is one of the priority areas of national development. And this is very noticeable - first of all, in terms of the level of equipment of universities: practically everyone has modern, innovative, technically advanced equipment for research, laboratory and design work.

Foreign students often choose following areas to study in Canadian schools, colleges and universities:

  • Information Technology
  • Microelectronics
  • Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Business

Among the most prestigious and top-ranking universities are the institutions of Ontario and British Columbia. According to the statistics of the independent rating of the World University Rankings (2014-2015), among TOP-400 universities in the world there are 8 Canadian universities, 4 of them in the first 100:

  • University of Toronto = 20th place
  • University of British Columbia = 32nd place
  • McGill University = 39th place
  • McMaster University = 94th place.
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Educational system in Canada

The majority of higher educational institutions in Canada are state-owned, they are supervised by local authorities, together with thorough state control - it refers primarily to the quality of teaching, the qualifications of teachers and the content of the programs.

As for Master's programs in Canada, studying lasts for 4-5 years (one specialty). Due to active cooperation of universities and companies in various fields, students of the Postgraduate Programme can deepen their knowledge in the chosen direction, practice, get an internship, and get a new specialty.

Canada's immigration policy is very flexible (especially compared to the USA) - foreign students can stay after graduation for 1-3 years and work in their specialty, and after receiving permanent residence for professional migration. There are special career guidance centers and departments that help students find the desired job, do not get lost in the list of offers. All the diplomas received in Canada are recognized around the world and are international.

Students can start working during studying, and special permission is not required - the official limit is 20 hours per week (during the semester), and during the holidays you can work full time. Junior students usually turn to the service sector because of low requirements and a wide range of proposals - the salary varies within the range of 9-15 CAD $ per hour. And students from the institutions of the province of Manitoba have a chance to receive a tax deduction of 60% of the cost of studying!

Students can independently prepare their own study plan, vary intensity, saturation and focus, start theoretical or practical preparation. Here carefully monitor progress and virtually no re-registration - all this causes a natural selection of students: by the end of the second year, almost 50% of enrolled people are simply being screened out.

Usually the school year begins on the first Tuesday of September and lasts until May-June or throughout the summer. Studies can be conducted in English, French or both languages.

Requirements for admission to Canadian universities

Applicants of universities and colleges must have completed secondary education and confirm a sufficiently high level of a foreign language (usually English, more rarely French). Other requirements depend on the chosen educational institution.

The standard package of documents includes:

  • High school diploma (the higher the average score, the better, special attention is given to core subjects)
  • Certificate of a foreign language proficiency: English (TOEFL - from 86-88 scores iBT or IELTS from 6,5-7 points) or French (then DALF or internal test of the university)
  • Correctly filled application
  • A copy of the passport or ID card - at the time of enrollment, the student must be more than 18 years old. If the required age is not attained, admission is possible, but the services of a guardian agency will be required (the presence of a guardian is a legal requirement of the law).

In addition, it's recommended that foreign students should attend special preparatory courses - the most popular is Foundation Programme. This is a great way to improve your language skills, necessary academic subjects. Graduates of the Foundation Programme can count on a place in the most prestigious universities and colleges, and many institutions even count the successfully completed Foundation as the first year of the Bachelor's degree, they enlist the student for the second year. This is an excellent option for saving both time and money: preparatory courses are always significantly cheaper than studying at a university.

The submission of documents is worthwhile to attend in advance, 8-12 months before the expected start of classes, since applications are considered within 1-6 months.

Foreign students in individual cases can expect to receive scholarships:

  • Entrance scholarships for entrants with excellent grades who demonstrate a high level of knowledge
  • Sports scholarships (for participants of soccer and basketball teams successfully participating in competitions)
  • Payments for excellent academic performance (allow to cover 40-70% of expenses)
  • Grants for research activities.

Where to go to study in Canada?

Canadian institutions of higher education can be divided into two groups - universities and colleges.

  • Colleges

In colleges foreign students can get a Bachelor's degree (undergraduate, 3-4 years) or a Master's degree (graduate, an additional 1 to 3 years). The focus is put on practical studying, internships are constantly held, which makes graduates a valuable workforce. According to statistics, graduates can find a good job after 6-7 months, without spending extra time for adaptation, getting practical experience and probation. If you are focused on the applied nature of the activity - choose colleges: there are always interesting programs of suitable direction and duration.

  • Universities

Bachelor, Master and PhD programs are offered at universities (PhD, an additional 4 years). These institutions are aimed at both practical and theoretical studying, for the most part they bring up specialists of academic profile who are also highly valued in the labor market. If you want to work in the scientific field, to be a researcher, teacher or consultant in the chosen industry, then you should choose this option.

Tuition fees for studying in TOP-50 schools, colleges and universities in Canada?

Higher education in Canada is much more affordable than in the USA, Europe and the UK. Higher education in Canada will take about 20000 CAD per academic year (which is 30-50% less than in America). But remember that manuals and books will need to be purchased separately (1200-1500 CAD $ per year), but you can visit free libraries, fitness rooms and computer classes for free.

Regarding the cost of living, everything depends on the chosen city and province. If in small cities it will be enough 1000-2000 CAD $ per month, then for Toronto this amount will double (2000-4000 CAD $). Places for living can be found in general student residences (on campus it will cost about 500-800 CAD $ per month), in host families (the most economical option), rent an apartment together with other students.

Top 35 universities and colleges of Canada

1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27    Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Higher education-statistics

Name Bachelor Degree
Deadline January-February-May
Duration 3-4 years
Expulsion statistics 26%
Language of tuition English, French
French proficiency DALF C1, TEF B2
English proficiency IELTS 6.5, TOEFL ibt 82
Job opportunity 80%
Percentage of students enrolled in the master's program 57%

Cost of living in Canada

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 294 376
Food 239 416
Transportation 54 144
Communications and utilities 81 89
Clothing 19 71
Sports and leisure 23 84
Total 711 1,179
Accommodation in Canada USD/Month.  
Shared room outside of centre 297  
Shared room in city centre 380  
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 539  
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 690  

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Top 50 universities in the USA

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5 University of Chicago
6 Princeton University
7 Cornell University
8 University of Pennsylvania
9 Yale University
10 Columbia University
11 Johns Hopkins University
12 Duke University
13 Northwestern University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 New York University
16 Carnegie Mellon University
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
18 Brown University
19 University of Washington
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
21 Rice University
22 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
23 Boston University
24 University of California, Davis
25 Washington University in St. Louis
26 Purdue University
27 University of Southern California
28 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
29 University of Maryland, College Park
30 University of Pittsburgh
31 Michigan State University
32 Emory University
33 University of Minnesota
34 University of Florida
35 University of Rochester
36 Case Western Reserve University
37 Texas A&M University
38 University of Virginia
39 Vanderbilt University
40 University of Colorado Boulder
41 Dartmouth College
42 University of Notre Dame
43 Arizona State University
44 University of California, Irvine
45 Georgetown University
46 Tufts University
47    University of Miami
48 North Carolina State University
49 University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Students Accommodation Options in Canada

Accomondation Meals Number of people per room Cost per week/min Cost per week/max
Homestay full Board or half Board 1-2 180 USD 345 USD
School residence full Board 1-2 270 USD 675 USD
Appartment without meals 1-3 450 USD 750 USD
Hotel with/out meals 1-2 45 USD/day 390 USD/day
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Question: 1. What is the difference in the education received at the Canadian University and in the Canadian College (we associate the concept of college, at best with a technical school, and even with a vocational school)? 2. The grandson graduated from the University (former MAI), has a bachelor's degree - what, preferably, should be his choice of further education - at a college or university? 3. After graduation, he receives a diploma. What is the difference between the diplomas of these universities? Or are they equivalent, and between them, with practical use in life, there is no difference?
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Hello Vladimir, Canada’s colleges and universities fall into the category of post-school education. Colleges offer both professional (graduate programs lasting 2-3 years) and higher education (some offer undergraduate programs lasting 4 years). After graduation from a college degree program, a student can start work or make a transfer to university for senior courses to complete it and get a completed higher education. Colleges provide more practical education, while universities offer academic studies with a scientific bias. If you complete a bachelor's degree at a Russian university, then in this case you can consider for yourself the master's programs at Canadian universities. You can also go to college for postgraduate programs, which provide an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the current specialty or change it, if necessary. These programs are chosen by those students who already have the first degree of higher education (bachelor's degree).
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