Top Universities in Canada – Part 2


by Denisse Romero

Following our previous article on top Canadian universities, here is a look at other great universities in Canada. The following universities are divided in three categories – small, medium and large. Small universities usually offer mostly undergraduate studies while medium and large universities offer graduate degrees in a range of disciplines. Large universities also offer doctoral programs including professional medical and law degrees.

Mount Allison University

Located in Sackville, New Brunswick, Mount Allison University is one of the smallest universities in Canada. Its size and personalized approach allows students to feel like individuals and not just numbers on campus. Mount Allison focuses on the growth and education of its students allowing them to customize their own degrees. In fact, Mount Allison has been so successful with its approach that has been recognized as the #2 university in Canada among primarily  undergraduate universities by Maclean’s, one of the leading publications in Canada. Academic programs abound and include bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, commerce, fine arts, and music. Mount Allison is home away from home to over 150 international students who come from over 40 countries including France, Germany, USA, Japan, China and more. There are plenty of exchange programs and study abroad opportunities with other universities in countries such as New Zealand, Denmark, China, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France and others.

Admissions

Admission requirements generally include a high school diploma, GCE, French BACCALAUREATE or its equivalent with courses in English, Mathematics, and other academic subjects. Graduates are strongly encouraged to submit SAT and International Baccalaureate scores. International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (213 on the computer-based test and 550 on the paper-based test are required), IELTS (6.5 score) or any other test approved by the university.

Tuition and General Fees*

Canadian Students: $6,720 Canadian Dollars (CAD) / academic year

International Students: $13,440 CAD / academic year

Scholarships range from approximately $12,000 fully renewable for four years to $500. Most Mount Allison scholarships are renewable at varying rates, and are based on academic standing or a combination of academic standing and financial need. Students who have an admissions average of 90% or above are guaranteed a minimum $1,500 award. In addition, over 40% of students – including international students – work on campus.

Website:  http://www.mta.ca/index.shtml


University of Waterloo

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, the University of Waterloo is recognized as one of the most innovative universities in Canada. In fact, it was one of the first universities to introduce co-operative education – a program that mixes classroom study and temporary jobs where students can apply the academic concepts they learn in the classroom. The University of Waterloo has approximately 25,000 students from 106 countries. International students are particularly attracted to its co-op program, which is the largest in the world. The university offers more than 100 academic programs in six faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Science; and five professional schools: accounting, architecture, computer science, optometry and planning. The new school of Pharmacy will open in 2008. It’s also interesting to know that in October 2005, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that, “most years, we hire more students out of Waterloo than any university in the world, typically 50 or even more.”

Admissions

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary for undergraduate admission. Certain minimum requirements apply to citizens of specific countries. For example, US applicants are required to submit minimum SAT scores of 1100 or ACT score of 26, in addition to Advanced Placement examinations for certain academic programs. Prospective students are encouraged to submit International Baccalaureate diplomas, Advanced Placement or Advanced Level examinations. Consult the admissions website for further information.

Students whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting scores from a testing entity such as IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB or CAEL.

Graduate admission requirements depend on the specific graduate program. Minimum requirements include an honours undergraduate degree (75% overall standing) or equivalent degree plus letters of reference from academic referees. Certain programs may require additional items. Consult the graduate program website for further information.

Tuition Costs*

Tuition costs vary per academic program. The following estimates indicate a rough average of total tuition costs per academic year.

Undergraduate Canadian Students: $6,373 CAD

Undergraduate International Students: $18,000 CAD

Graduate Canadian Students: $6,750 CAD

Graduate International Students: $11,750 CAD

Scholarships are available to Canadian and International students. Merit-based scholarships range from $200 to $25,000 CAD. Successful applicants will have excellent academic records, high test scores (if applicable) as well as letters of reference. Some scholarships require a separate application.

Website: http://www.uwaterloo.ca/

Undergraduate Admissions: http://www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/admissions/index.html

Graduate Admissions: http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca/acms/default.aspx?sectionID=5187


McGill University

Recognized as one of the world’s top universities, McGill is an international university located in the charming, diverse and multicultural city of Montreal. McGill offers leading academics, plenty of culture, and an incomparable student life in the middle of downtown Montreal. The university offers courses in 300 areas of study and includes over 10 faculties: Agricultural and environmental sciences, arts, dentistry, education, engineering, law, management, medicine, music, religious studies, and science. McGill is home to 33,258 students, nearly 20 percent come from more than 150 countries. Exchange and study abroad programs abound at McGill, which is known for its global community and remarkable international alumni. Some of its most notorious members include three astronauts, four Nobel Prize recipients, seven Oscar winners and many other business, political, and scientific leaders.

Admissions

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary for undergraduate admission. Certain minimum requirements apply to citizens of specific countries. For example, US applicants are required to submit SAT I and SAT II scores, and UK applicants are required to submit A-level examinations. Prospective students are encouraged to submit International Baccalaureate diplomas and Advanced Placement examinations. Consult the admissions website for further information.

Students whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting scores from a testing entity such as IELTS (6.5 score or better), TOEFL (Paper: 550-600, CBT: 213-250, iBT: 79-100 depending on the academic program), or MELAB.

Graduate admission requirements depend on the specific graduate program. Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree or equivalent degree plus letters of reference from academic referees. Certain programs may require additional items such as GMAT scores for the MBA program. Consult the graduate program website for further information.

Tuition Costs*

Tuition costs vary per academic program. The following estimates indicate a rough average of total tuition costs per academic year.

Undergraduate Quebec Students: $1,700 CAD

Undergraduate Canadian Students: $5,000 CAD

Undergraduate International Students: $13,000 – 15,000 CAD

Graduate Quebec Students: $1,768 CAD

Graduate Canadian Students: $5,140 CAD

Graduate International Students: $11,886 CAD

If you are enrolled in certain eligible French degree programs or courses, or if you are a citizen of France or certain other countries, your tuition will be reduced.

Fees for the MBA (International students), the Master’s in Manufacturing Management, and the International Master’s Program for Practicing Managers are higher than those shown.
McGill has an extensive program of scholarships and awards. Entrance scholarships range in value from $3,000 to $10,000 renewable each year. A separate application is required for major scholarships ($5,000 and over).

Website: http://www.mcgill.ca/

Undergraduate Admissions: http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/undergrad2007-08/
Graduate Admissions: http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/admissions/

* Costs do not include university fees, housing or living expenses

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22 comments to Top Universities in Canada – Part 2

  • Divyraj

    i am from india, i have a plan to study MCA(master in computer application) in canada , so can you give some information about the studies,i got only 50% in BCA. can i get admission from your university.so what is the basic requirements we needed as a international students..

  • Divyraj

    i am from india, i have a plan to study MCA(master in computer application) in canada , so can you give some information about the studies,i got only 50% in BCA (bechalar of computer application) . can i get admission from ur university.so what is the basic requirements we needed as a international students.

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