Top Universities in Canada According to QS World University Rankings
In this article, Scholarships for Africans lists the top 10 universities in Canada according to the QS World University Rankings 2022.

Canada is home to some of the world’s top universities. In addition, the country has been recently named by global education provider Navitas as one of the most stable and safest study destinations for international students. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this year’s QS World University Rankings include 28 Canadian universities.

Canada’s universities are renowned for promoting a global outlook by recruiting international students and staff and encouraging international collaborations.

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s International Student Survey, more than 90 percent of students questioned were satisfied or very satisfied with their studies in Canada, and 95 percent would recommend Canada as a study destination.

QS Rankings: Top 10 Universities in Canada

Compared to other Western countries, Canada offers cheaper study options, simpler application processes, and more opportunities for permanent residency.

If you’re considering studying in Canada, check out the following world-class institutions:

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University of Toronto

QS World Ranking: 26

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation. The institution is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate.

University of Toronto’s students have the opportunity to learn from and work with preeminent thought leaders through a multidisciplinary network of teaching and research faculty, alumni, and partners. 

The ideas, innovations, and actions of more than 560,000 graduates continue to have a positive impact on the world.

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McGill University

QS World Ranking: 27

Based in Montreal, McGill University ranks among Canada’s most prestigious universities. It has attracted thousands of international students from over 150 countries every year, and the highest percentage of PhD students of any Canadian research university. 

McGill University owes its reputation to its 50 research centers and institutes, 400+ programs, rich history, and thriving alumni network of 250,000 people around the globe.

Graduates are highly sought after by employers, with the following percentages of graduates in education or employment two years after graduation:

  • 81% of art graduates
  • 95% of engineering graduates
  • 91% of medicine graduates
  • 84% of science graduates
  • 92% of all PhD respondents  

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

QS World Ranking: 46

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is recognized internationally for excellence in teaching and research as well as global impact. 


Currently, it attracts, nurtures, and inspires more than 68,000 students from Canada and 140+ countries around the world. UBC’s global alumni network has more than 370,000 individuals, representing 148 countries. UBC counts 8 Nobel laureates and 71 Rhodes Scholars among its alumni, including three Canadian prime ministers.  

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Université de Montréal 

QS World Ranking: 111

With its affiliated schools, Polytechnique Montreal (engineering) and HEC Montreal (business), the University of Montreal is one of the largest university complexes in North America.

The University of Montreal attracts over $500 million in research funding every year, making it one of the three foremost university research hubs in Canada.

With its 13 faculties and its affiliated schools, the University of Montreal has over 66,500 students and 2,400 professors and researchers

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University of Alberta

QS World Ranking: 126

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top universities and among the world’s leading public research-intensive universities. It has a reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences.

Home to world-leading facilities such as Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, the U of A attracts the best and brightest minds from around the globe. S

Students can choose from 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties. Home to nearly 40,000 students, including more than 7,000 international students from over 150 countries, the U of A fosters a supportive and multicultural atmosphere within a vibrant research environment.


McMaster University

McMaster University has a 129-year history of encouraging research, discovery, and curiosity. Every day, our ground-breaking approaches to teaching and learning, as well as our world-class, multidisciplinary research, push the boundaries of knowledge.

We celebrate variety and welcome international viewpoints with students and professors from 98 countries across the world and 70 international academic exchange partnerships in place. We are the only Canadian host site of a United Nations University (UNU-INWEH), and we are dedicated to making the world a better place by enhancing human and societal health and well-being.

University of Waterloo

As one of Canada’s top innovation universities, the University of Waterloo is home to 100+ programs in business, health, engineering, math, science, the arts, environment, and more. 

Through the world’s largest co-op (paid internship) program, you can include up to two years of relevant work experience as part of your degree, giving you an advantage in your future career. Our network of over 7,100 employers includes many of the world’s leading companies.  

Waterloo ranks among the world’s top 175 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and top 250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. We’re also home to Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the third woman in history to do so). 

With over 50,000 university and college students in the surrounding community, there’s an exciting range of shops and restaurants. The University is located in the city of Waterloo, 110 km west of Toronto, Canada’s largest and most dynamic city. It’s also home to residents from 200 cultural backgrounds. 

Western University           

Western University is regarded as one of the best research universities in Canada. Western discoveries promote economic, social, health, and cultural development in Canada and around the world, from basic to applied knowledge.

Students with broad worldviews who want to study, interact in, and lead in international societies flock to the university. Students from 117 nations collaborate in the classroom and participate in study abroad, research, and service activities to extend their horizons and knowledge. Academic excellence is balanced with opportunities for sports, volunteer, and social activity, fostering a strong community with more than 277,000 alumni worldwide.

Western teaches a wide range of subjects, with three of them ranking in the top 50 worldwide. Western researchers aim to inform policy and share knowledge with $235 million in annual research support.

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is a vital, engaged and vibrant centre for human understanding and advancement — offering a superior educational experience. Credit goes to our staff, faculty and students, across all departments, services and faculties and to our partners in the public and private sectors. Their work on the issues facing society, and their commitment to deliver a learning experience of the highest calibre, are why the University of Ottawa is gaining increasing recognition for research and academic excellence, and for our positive contribution to the local community and the country at large.The University is always interested in receiving applications from those who wish to join its academic staff. Although applications cannot be accepted for a specific position once the deadline has passed, your application will be retained for future postings.

 University of Calgary

Ranked one of the top ten research universities in Canada, the University of Calgary houses 73 Canada Research Chairs and more than 80 research institutes and centres working to address society’s most persistent and emerging challenges. The University of Calgary is advancing to become a global intellectual hub, where over 33,000+ students thrive in programs made rich by research and hands-on experiences. The university currently offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and provides the wider community with lifelong learning opportunities. The University of Calgary is a member of the U15 group of Canadian public research universities, which contribute upwards of C$36 billion to the national economy annually. Considered one of Canada’s top university, it drives $16.5 billion in economic impact to its host province of Alberta alone. University of Calgary alumni are effectively building the local community, with more than two-thirds of 202,500+ graduates living and/or working in the Calgary area.


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