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This page gives international students a tool to find universities in Canada, including Canada Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs). 

Only foreign students accepted into a Canadian DLI may apply for a Canadian Student Visa.

The last section provides a global ranking of top 26 universities in Canada as of 2021.


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Below is an online database of Canadian university study programs. It helps you determine where to study in Canada. It also helps you to find the programs that most interest you.

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Top Universities in Canada 2021

There are 26 Canadian universities in the QS World University Rankings® 2021. QS ranks each based on six indicators. For example, employer and academic reputations and citations per faculty member, a measure of research impact.

10. Queen’s University

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Queen’s University, based in Kingston, Ontario, ranks in the top 10 universities in Canada. Although it dropped slightly globally to 246th place this year.

Queen’s University is certainly one of the oldest Canadian universities. Its founding in 1841 even predated the founding of Canada itself (by 26 years).

9. University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary ranks 246th in the world in 2021. It is made up of five campuses, and also has a branch campus in Doha, Qatar.

The Qatar branch of the University was opened in 2007 and focuses on nursing education.

8. Western University



Western University is located in London, Ontario Canada. It ranks 203rd in the world in 2021. Its international faculty membership also ranks 62nd in the world.

7. University of Waterloo

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The University of Waterloo ranks 166th in the world in 2021. It also occupies a spot in the top 100 globally for the citations per faculty member indicator.

The University of Waterloo was established in 1956. This makes it one of the younger top Canadian universities.

6. Université de Montréal

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The Université de Montréal ranks 118 globally in 2021. It is also is among the top 10 universities in Canada. Moreover, it is the top-ranked Francophone institution in the country.

The Université de Montréal, established in 1878.

5. McMaster University

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The McMaster University ranks 144th in the world in 2021. The McMaster University is based in Hamilton, Ontario. It is particularly well-regarded for its medical school.

4. University of Alberta

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The University of Alberta is ranked 119th in the world in 2021 although it is mainly based in Edmonton.

The University of Alberta is a huge economic driver for the province of Alberta. Consequently, it contributes five percent of Alberta’s annual gross domestic product (GDP).

3. University of British Columbia

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The University of British Columbia ranks within the global top 50 at 45th. Also impressively, the university has graduated eight Nobel Prize winners and 71 Rhodes scholars.

The University of British Columbia is located in Vancouver and Kelowna in British Columbia (the country’s westernmost province).

2. McGill University

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Canada’s McGill University ranks 31st in the world in 2021. McGill University also has the best score for its percentage of international students out of the top Canada 10.

Impressively, its international students population comes from some 150 countries.

1. University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto consistently holds on its first-place among the top universities in Canada. It has also climbed to rank 25th in the world this year.

The University of Toronto gets its best score for its academic reputation (18th in the world). It is also in the top 50 globally for its reputation among graduate employers.

The other 16 top universities in Canada are:

  1. Simon Fraser University – ranked joint 264th in the world
  2. Dalhousie University – ranked joint 279th
  3. University of Ottawa – ranked joint 289th
  4. University of Victoria – ranked joint 359th
  5. Laval University – ranked joint 402nd
  6. University of Saskatchewan – ranked joint 461st
  7. Concordia University – ranked joint 464th
  8. York University – ranked joint 481st
  9. Université du Québec – ranked 541-550
  10. University of Guelph – ranked 581-590
  11. University of Manitoba – ranked 601-650
  12. Carleton University – ranked 651-700
  13. Memorial University of Newfoundland – ranked 651-700
  14.  Université de Sherbrooke – ranked 651-700
  15. University of Windsor – ranked 651-700
  16. Ryerson University – ranked 801-1000

Find out more about studying in Canada with this complete guide, including advice on applications, visas, fees and more.

For information about ranking categories, and answers to other frequently asked questions, click here.

See how Canadian universities compare in the full ranking.

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