The Best Global Universities rankings puts three Canadian universities – the University of Toronto (UofT), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and McGill University – among the top 100.
Another 15 Canadian universities made it into the top quarter of the 2,000 best universities ranked.
With a global score o 83.8, the University of Toronto was ranked 18th-best in the world and got high marks the number and quality of the papers it publishes and its global research reputation. The 77,468-student university was also noted in the rankings for the size of its international student population.
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“Thousands of foreign students from more than 160 countries and regions attend the University of Toronto,” noted the Best Global Universities report in U.S. News. “In a recent year, the top countries of origin for non-Canadian students were China, India and the U.S.”
Ranked 35th in the global universities report, UBC snagged a score of 77.5 and the number two spot among Canadian universities. The 58,590-student university in Vancouver was noted for its national TRIUMF subatomic physics laboratory, the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.
“First-year international students can opt to enroll in the Vantage One program at UBC’s Vantage College, which aims to help students improve their English, in part by stretching their first year of study from eight to 11 months,” noted the rankings report.
“Following completion, students transition into the second year of their UBC degree program.”
Coming in a close third, McGill University was given a global score of 74.6. The 32,309-student university in Montreal stood out from the crowd for its affiliation with several teaching hospitals.
“Its medical school is the oldest in Canada, notes the rankings report. “Research at the university takes place at more than 40 McGill research centers – such as the McGill Centre for Bioinformatics, the Centre on Population Dynamics and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy – and at other affiliated institutes and hospitals.
“The creation of the first artificial blood cell is among the research achievements associated with the university.”
15 Other Canadian Universities Ranked In The Top Quarter Of Universities Worldwide
Other Canadian universities that made it in the top 25 per cent of all universities globally include:
- University of Alberta
- McMaster University
- Université de Montréal
- University of Calgary
- University of Waterloo
- University of Ottawa
- University of Western Ontario
- Dalhousie University
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Victoria
- University of Manitoba
- Laval University
- York University
- Queens University
- University of Guelph
Most of the roughly 350,000 foreign nationals who come to study at Canadian universities must apply for study permits.
A study permit, once issued, allows a foreign national to study in Canada at an approved institute for the duration of the specified course or program.
There are exceptions. Foreign nationals do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada under the following conditions:
- the course or program of study is less than six months in duration;
- the student is a family member or staff of a foreign representative to Canada, or;
- the student is a member of a foreign armed force.
Canadian Study Permits Allow International Students To Work While On Campus
To be eligible to study in Canada students must:
- have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada;
- have proven they have enough money to pay for their tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation for themselves and any family members who come with them to Canada.
- be law-abiding citizens with no criminal record and not a risk to the security of Canada. They may have to provide a police certificate;
- be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary, and;
- satisfy an immigration officer they will leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay.
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also be required if the student is a citizen of a country from which such visas are required for entry into Canada. This is not required for citizens of visa-exempt countries.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows students to work while studying in Canada.
A student may be able to work in Canada during his or her studies under the following categories:
- On campus without a Work Permit;
- Off-campus with a Work Permit;
- In Co-op and Internship Programs, where work experience is part of the curriculum, with a Work Permit.
Spouses or common-law partners of foreign students are also eligible for work permits for the duration of the study permit.
Upon graduation, a foreign student may apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Under this program, the work permit may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years.