Top 50 Canadian Universities and Fully-Funded Scholarships 2023-2024
With Canada’s high standard of education, studying in Canada is now the dream of many international students. As a result of good teaching and global research, Canadian universities have gained global recognition over time. Several of these institutions consistently rank among the top institutions in the world, and they continue to attract the best and brightest international students.

To prepare for studying in Canada, international students looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. should familiarize themselves with such schools popular among international students as first choices.

We have compiled a list of the top 50 universities and research institutions in Canada, along with their scholarship and funding programs.

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List of Top 50 Canadian Universities 2023-24

#1 University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada, is the location of this university.  Founded in 1827, it enrolls over 40,000 local and international students. It is a public research university and the first institution of higher learning in upper Canada. Websites: www.utoronto.ca

#2 University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a thriving metropolis where this institution is located. Over 30,000 students, both local and international, attend the university. With the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world, this university embraces innovation and transforms ideas into actions. UBC’s official website is www.ubc.ca

#3 McGill University

Over 25,000 students attend this institution founded in 1821. Located in the urban setting of Montreal, this university offers degrees and diplomas in several fields of study, with the highest average entering grade of any Canadian university. The majority of students attend the six largest faculties, namely arts, science, education, engineering, and management. Website: www.mcgill.ca

#4 University of Waterloo

In Waterloo, Ontario, there are currently 30,000 students attending the University of Waterloo. Canada’s post-war economy required engineers and technicians to be trained, so this university was established primarily to fill this need. Website: www.uwaterloo.ca

#5 Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, British Columbia is home to Simon Fraser university. With over 30,000 students, it is a large university. Among the top 100 world universities under 50 years, this university is consistently ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive university. SFU’s official website is www.sfu.ca

#6 University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, is home to the University of Alberta, also known as U of A or UAlberta. Admissions to this university are highly selective based on students’ academic records. Founded in 1908, the university is a major economic driver in Alberta, with an estimated annual economic impact of $12.3 billion.  Website: www.ualberta.ca

#7 York University

With over 40,000 students, York University is located in the urban setting of Toronto. In addition to academic and non-academic facilities, this university caters to both local and international students.

 York’s programs have gained international and local recognition. The York Film School is Canada’s oldest and best film school. Website: www.yorku.ca

#8 University of Calgary

It is a large university located in Calgary, with over 25,000 students, both local and international. The institution was founded in 1966 and generates $380.4 million in sponsored research revenue. Through its Geosciences department and Schulich School of Engineering, this institution maintains close ties with the petroleum and geoscience industry. The official website of the University of Calgary is www.ucalgary.ca

#9 McMaster University

Over 20,000 students attend this institution in Hamilton, Ontario. There are six academic faculties at this institution: the DE Groote school of business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. A member of U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.  Websites: www.mcmaster.ca

#10 University of Montreal

It is located in the metropolis of Montreal, and was founded in 1878. With more than 45,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the country. There are more than 650 undergraduate programs offered by this institution in Canada, including 71 doctoral programs. Website: www.umontreal.ca

#11 Western University

Located in the medium city of London, Ontario, the university is ranked 144 in the world. There are over 33,000 students at Western University, both local and international. It was founded in 1863 with four faculties: arts, divinity, law, and medicine. Website: www.uwo.ca

#12 University of Victoria

Located in Victoria, British Columbia, this institution was founded in 1963. With fewer than 30,000 students, it ranks 149 in the world. It offers Canada’s first and only indigenous law degree program as well as indigenous and environmental law research centers.  Website: www.uvic.ca

#13 Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario, is the home of Queen’s University. In 1841, this institution was founded, so its admission rate ranges between 40% and 50%. Over 20,000 students, both local and international, attend the university. Websites: www.queensu.ca

#14 University of Laval

The university was founded in 1852 and is ranked 192 in the world. Over 40,000 students attend the university, and its admission policy is based on entrance examinations and academic records. Quebec City, Quebec, is where it is located. Website: www.ulaval.ca

#15 Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto is the city where this university is located. Established in 1948, this institution has over 20,000 students, both local and international. Seven academic divisions/faculties serve this university, including the arts department, the community services department, the engineering department, the science department, the creative school, and the Lincoln Alexander School of Law and Ted Rogers School of Management. Website: www.torontomu.ca

#16 University of Guelph

The institution was founded in 1964, and it is located in Ontario. Over 25,000 students attend the school. Currently, this comprehensive public research university employs 830 full-time faculty members and offers 94 undergraduate degrees, 48 graduate degrees, and 6 associate degrees.  Website: www.uoguelph.ca

#17 Carleton University

Ottawa is the home of Carleton University. The university was founded in 1942 and has over 30,000 students enrolled. Admissions are strictly based on academic records and grades. This is a dynamic research and teaching institution with exciting programs and a strong community of staff, faculty, and students.  Websites: www.Carleton.ca

#18 Dalhousie University

The institution is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was founded in 1811 and is one of the most prestigious universities in Canada. Over 15,000 students enroll at this university, which is ranked 268 in the world. The university offers more than 4,000 courses and 180 degree programs in 12 faculties and is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive Canadian universities.  Official websites: www.dal.ca

#19 University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is the home of the University of Saskatchewan. The institution was founded in 1907 and has over 20,000 students, both domestic and international. The university is ranked 278 in the world. In addition to providing world leading research in areas of global importance, such as water and food security and infectious diseases, this university is one of Canada’s top research-intensive medical doctoral universities. Official website: www.usask.ca

#20 University of Ottawa 

Over 45,000 students attend the University of Ottawa Canada, a highly regarded institution. The university was founded in 1848 and is ranked 279 in the world, offering scholarships to both local and international students. Ottawa, Ontario, is the city where it is located. Website: www.ottawa.edu

#21  Concordia University

Located in Montreal, Quebec, this institution was founded in 1974. It has a selective admission policy based on students’ past academic records and grades. With more than 45,000 students enrolled, it provides scholarship opportunities to both international and local students. Concordia University’s official website is www.concordia.ca

#22 University of Manitoba

One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Canada, the University of Manitoba was founded in 1877. It has over 25,000 students enrolled and is ranked 314 in the world. Students from abroad are welcome to apply for enrollment and scholarship programs. Winnipeg is its location. Website: www.umanitoba.ca

#23 Universite du Quebec a Montréal

It is one of the ten public universities in Quebec. The university was founded in 1969, and it is located in Montréal, Quebec. It has over 40,000 students enrolled, both local and international, and is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education Canada. There are six faculties at this French-speaking institution: Arts, Education, Communication, Political Science, Law, Science, and Social Sciences. Website: www.uquam.ca

#24 Memorial University of Newfoundland

The university is located in the small city of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. With over 15,000 students enrolled, this institution is ranked 408 in the world. The department of advanced education, skills, and labor recognizes it. The university offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs, as well as online courses. Website: www.mun.ca

#25 University of Sherbrook

The university was founded in 1954 and has a branch campus in Longueil. Over 40,000 students attend the school, both local and international, and it is ranked 566 in the world. It is located in Sherbrook, Quebec and is affiliated with the Christian-Catholic faith.  Website: www.usherbrooke.ca

#26 University of New Brunswick

It is an award-winning, prestigious university in Canada. With over 10,000 students enrolled, it ranks 576 in the world ranking. Scholarships are available to international students from all over the world. The university has produced notable alumni such as Sir John Douglas Hazen, Frank McKenna, Biane Higgs, etc. Websites: www.unb.ca

#27 Brock University

Brock University is located in St Catherine, Ontario. There is a branch campus in Hamilton and the university is ranked 613 in the world. The school is officially recognized by the Canadian Ministry of Education and serves more than 10,000 students, both local and international. Only this university is located within a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The official website of Brock University is www.brocku.ca

#28 Wilfrid Laurier University

Ontario’s Waterloo University was founded in 1911.

 This university has a branch campus in Brantford that is recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities of Ontario. The school has over 10,000 students. WLU’s website is www.wlu.ca

#29 University of Windsor

The University of Windsor was founded in 1857 and is ranked 675 in the world. Located in Windsor, Ontario, this prestigious institution has over 18,000 students, both local and international. Scholarships and fellowships are available to both local and international students. Official website:  www.uwindsor.ca

#30 University of Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan, is home to this university. Founded in 1911, this prestigious university has over 13,000 students and is accredited and officially recognized by the ministry of education. Students are admitted based on their past admission records. Website: www.uregina.ca

#31 University of Lethbridge

Located in Lethbridge, Alberta, this university is ranked 790 in the world. Additionally, this prestigious university has branch campuses in Calgary and Edmonton. The university of advanced education of Alberta officially recognizes these programs. Over 8,000 students, both local and international, attend the university. Website: www.ulethbridge.ca

#32 British Columbia Institute of Technology

Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, the institute is ranked 826 in the world. With over 15,000 students, it offers courses and programs leading to recognized higher education degrees, such as bachelor’s degrees. Website: www.bcit.ca

#33 Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

The institute was founded in 1873. It is located in Montreal, Quebec, one of the oldest cities in Canada. The ministry of education has officially recognized this institute. Over 4,000 students attend this school. Website: www.polymtl.ca

#34 University of Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba, is home to the University of Winnipeg. This institution was founded in 1871 and has a medium enrollment of over 8,000 students. Students at this university can also take advantage of a number of academic and non-academic facilities. Website: www.uwinnipeg.ca

#35 Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi

Quebec’s tenth public university. In the world ranking, this institute is ranked 1005 and in the country ranking, it is ranked 35. Chicoutimi, Quebec, is home to this French-speaking university founded in 1969. 6,000 students, both local and international, attend the university. Websites: www.uqac.ca

#36 HEC Montreal

In the metropolis of Montreal, Quebec, this institution is a non-profit public higher education institution. Since its founding in 1907, this institution has enrolled over 10,000 students, both local and international. A university business school with a reputation for training leaders in teaching and research. Website: www.hec.ca

#37 University of Quebec

Founded in 1968, the University of Quebec is a system of ten publicly funded universities in Quebec, Canada. Quebec is the city where it is located. It is accredited and recognized by the ministry of education and has a large enrollment of over 40,000 students. In the world ranking, it is ranked 1082, while in the country ranking, it is ranked 37. Website: www.uquebec.ca

#38 Trent University

Trent University is located in Peterborough, Ontario. With over 7,000 students, this university was founded in 1963. Students are admitted based on their past academic records and grades. Trent University is currently ranked 1141 in the world and 38 in the country. Website: www.trentu.ca

#39 Acadia University

In the world ranking, Acadia University is ranked 1163, and in the country ranking, it is ranked 39. Established in 1838, Wolf Ville College has fewer than 5,000 students, both local and international, and is located in Wolf Ville, Nova Scotia. Website: www.acadiau.ca

#40 Lakehead University

Lakehead University is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This university was founded in 1965 and is ranked 1223 in the world and 40 in the country. In this institution, over 7,000 students are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in various fields. Websites: www.lakeheadu.ca

#41 Ecole de Technologie Superieure

Founded in 1974, this institution is located in Montréal, Quebec. In the world ranking, it ranked 1266, and in the country ranking, it ranked 41. It has over 10,000 students, both local and international, pursuing pre-bachelor degrees, such as diplomas, associates, etc. Official website:  www.etsmtl.ca

#42 Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo, British Columbia, is home to Vancouver Island University. The university was founded in 1969 and has campuses in Duncan, Parkville, and Powerllriver.

 In the world ranking, it is ranked 1296, and in the country ranking, it is ranked 42. The university has over 15,000 students pursuing different pre-bachelor degrees. Website: www.viu.ca

#43 Ontario Tech University

The university was founded in 2002. The university is ranked 1297 in the world and 43 in the country. The facility is located in the city of Oshawa, Ontario. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in this institution, which offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Website: www.ontariotechu.ca

#44 University of Northern British Columbia

Founded in 1990, this institution is ranked 1333 in the world and 44 in the country. Prince George, British Columbia, is the location of this university. It has over 3,000 students enrolled and a selective admissions process.  Website: www.unbc.ca

#45 Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Founded in 1981, this university is located in Surrey, British Columbia.  There are over 20,000 students enrolled at the university.  Currently, it is ranked 1438 in the world and 45 in the country. This institution offers undergraduates and vocational education, including Bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, apprenticeships, and citations. KPU’s official website is www.kpu.ca

#46 University of Prince Edward

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is home to this university. The department of workforce and advanced learning of Prince Edward Island recognizes it. The institution is ranked 1458 in the world and 46 in the country.

  There are more than 4,000 students enrolled, pursuing pre-bachelor degrees such as diplomas and associate degrees. Website: www.upei.ca

#47 Thompson Rivers University

In 1970, Thompson Rivers University was founded in Kamloops, British Columbia. The ministry of advanced education, skills, and training of British Columbia recognizes it. According to the world ranking, it is ranked 1470, and in the country ranking, it is ranked 47. Website: www.tru.ca

#48 Saint Mary’s University

The university is considered to be the second oldest in Canada. The institution was founded in 1802 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s department of labor and advanced education recognizes it. The school ranks 1613 in the world and 48 in the country and has over 7,000 students pursuing pre-bachelor degrees such as diplomas and associate’s degrees. Websites: www.smu.ca

#49 OCAD University

The OCAD university was founded in 1876 in Toronto, Ontario. In the country ranking, this university ranks 49, and in the world ranking, it ranks 1633. The Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities of Ontario recognizes this university with over 4,000 students enrolled.  Website: www.ocadu.ca

#50 Laurentian University

Sudbury, Ontario, is the location of this university. In the country ranking, it ranked 50 and in the world ranking, it ranked 1651. Ontario’s ministry of training colleges and universities recognizes this university. Over 9,000 students are enrolled, pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Website: www.laurentian.ca

The 50 universities listed above are undoubtedly among the best and most popular among international students. Local and international students are welcome to pursue higher degree studies there, and scholarships of varying amounts and degrees are awarded.

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