Endowed with breathtaking natural beauty, Canada has to its credit rich forests, crystal clear lakes, breathtaking mountains along with multicultural diversity. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used alongside in government and official documents. It is also known for its sparse population and chilling winters. 26 universities in Canada have been listed in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16.
Undergraduate degrees in Canada can take either three or four years to complete, depending on the university. Postgraduate degrees last between one and three years to complete, depending on the type of degree. The state governments manage universities in Canada, due to which there are slight differences in how education is carried out. A compulsory pre-university ‘General and Vocational College’ (CEGEP) course is for students who finish school early.
MontrealMontréal is the second-largest city in Canada in the French-speaking province of Quebec. Though universities operate in English, knowledge of French is an invaluable asset. Montréal is also starred as one of the world’s top cities for students, in the QS Best Student Cities index. Montréal has the European class and American glamour, which lends it an unmatched spark. The annual “Just for Laughs comedy festival”, the world’s largest of its kind is a must watch affair.
Top universities are:
• Montreal University
• McGill University
• Université de Montreal
• Concordia University
TorontoThe provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada, Toronto has majority of populace hailing from outside of the city. Given such credentials, the diversity is amply reflected in the city’s ethnic wealth and cuisine. Toronto is Canada’s leading financial center as it has headquarters of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the country’s five largest banks. Some of the world famous museums and galleries are: Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum of ceramic art, Gallery of Inuit Art or the Bata Shoe Museum. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most celebrated event.
Top most universities:
• University of Toronto
• Harvard University- ranked second in the world in the 2015/16 ranking
• York University
• Tufts University
• Ryerson University
• Royal Conservatory of Music.
VancouverVancouver is a coastal city that boosts outdoor sports activities. Canada’s third-largest metropolis, Vancouver is consistently listed as one of the world’s most livable cities. The Vancouver International Film Festival along with the theatre companies add an aura to the lively city.
• University of British Columbia • Simon Fraser University
• University of Victoria
Quebec CityFounded in the early 17th century, Quebec is the capital of the province with which it shares its name, and of Canada as a whole. Major parts of the city are UNESCO World Heritage Site. Teaching at universities in Quebec City is primarily in French. The city is especially known for its colorful Winter Carnival along with live music concerts.
• Laval University
• University du Quebec
Los AngelesLos Angeles has pulsating art and culture based activities. Mass media communication via music, television, and above of all thriving film industry makes it immensely popular. Top university:
• University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
• Ursuline Convent of Quebec City- oldest educational institution for women in North America
EdmontonEdmonton is known for its continuous medley of vivid festivals whereby it is also known as ‘The Festival City’. Being the capital city of the province of Alberta it has buzzing city life combined with historic and natural attractions such as - West Edmonton Mall, currently North America’s biggest shopping mall, Ford Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum.
• University of Alberta
• Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
• NorQuest College
• MacEwan University
• The King’s University College
• Concordia University College of Alberta.