“10. University of Victoria

The University of Victoria, located on Canada’s western coast, touts on its website a history of civic engagement and emphasizes its sustainability efforts, an indigenous focus and inclusion of international perspectives. The university was founded in 1963 and enrolls about 21,800 students.

9. University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo was founded in 1957 and says on its website that it has North America’s largest postsecondary co-op program. The program allows students to get paid at least minimum wage for work experience as part of their studies in a variety of subjects.

8. University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa claims to be the largest bilingual university in the world, offering studies in both English and French. Two years after graduation, about 94% of undergraduates are employed, according to 2015-2016 data on the university’s website.

7. University of Calgary

The University of Calgary was founded in 1966 and has five campuses – four in metro Calgary, Alberta, and one in Doha, Qatar. The university’s main campus spans more than 490 acres, making it larger than Calgary’s entire downtown area, according to the university’s website.


5 (tie). University of Alberta

In 2018-2019, the University of Alberta enrolled more than 40,000 students, according to the university’s website. With students hailing from 156 countries, more than 28,700 enrolled students were full-time undergraduates. According to the school, it has graduated 75 Rhodes scholars and boasts more than 200 undergraduate programs and more than 500 graduate programs.


5 (tie). University of Montreal

The University of Montreal was founded in 1878 and the primary language of instruction is French. The university enrolls about 10,000 international students, according to its website. The university has eight campuses, in locations like Lanaudiere, Laval, Saint-Hyacinthe and the decentralized campus in the Maurice region.

4. McMaster University

McMaster University was founded in 1887 in Toronto, but the university was relocated to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930. Full-time faculty members at the university hail from 55 countries other than Canada, according to the institution’s website. International students represented 113 countries and comprised more than 24% of the graduate student body in fall 2017.

3. McGill University

McGill University was founded in 1821, making it Montreal’s oldest university, according to the school’s website. Three in 10 students are international, coming from more than 150 countries and making McGill Canada’s most international university, according to the school’s website. One notable alum, James Naismith, graduated in 1888 and invented basketball.

2. University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia has two main campuses, the larger of which is in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to the school’s website, the university is associated with eight Nobel Prize winners across the fields of chemistry, economic sciences, physics, and physiology or medicine.

1. University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, founded in 1827, offers more than 700 undergraduate programs and more than 200 graduate programs, as stated on its website. The university is home to one of the biggest library systems in North America, according to its website, with more than 19.4 million physical holdings across its 44 libraries.”


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