Top Universities in Canada. All Global Rankings in 2020

Canada has a very well organised higher education system, with rigorous academic standards and modern teaching methods. It attracts thousands of international students every year, who enrol in Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD courses offered by over 90 academic institutions.

But which are the top Canadian universities in 2020? We’ve checked the latest global rankings and here are the results:

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1. Top universities in Canada – U.S. News Rankings 2020

Check out the full ranking on the official U.S. News website.

2. Top universities in Canada – THE Rankings 2020

  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University

View other top-ranked universities on TimesHigherEducation.com.

3. Top universities in Canada – QS Rankings 2021

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Alberta
  • McMaster University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Queen’s University at Kingston
  • University of Calgary

Learn more about the methodology behind this ranking on TopUniversities.com.

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Student reviews of top universities in Canada

Top 10 rankings are great, but you still need to make a choice between all these universities. And yes, I know it’s not easy. To make it less complicated, check out a few reviews of these universities left by former students. You’ll discover more about the on-campus life, professors, and what to expect once you get there.

Student reviews of universities on Studyportals' websites

University of Toronto

“The University of Toronto was formative to my academic and professional career. I was challenged to do my best and provided with tremendous resources, professors, and colleagues along the way. I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience.”

McGill University

“Overall, I am extremely happy with my experience studying at McGill. The university offers a very international environment, and students have the possibility of getting involved in a wide range of activities, inside or outside of their respective faculties.

The one thing that I loved the most is that students can take courses outside of their faculties: this allows to take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to problem-solving. It is also important to note that the Desautels Faculty of Management is one of few business schools around the world to offer a specialisation in sustainability.”

University of Calgary

“I loved my experience at the University of Calgary. The opportunities to learn second languages and study abroad are amazing. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in gaining global experience while earning a Canadian degree.”

You can also check out online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees offered by Canadian universities.

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