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Studying at a Canadian University as an International Student

Canada is home to some of the top universities in the world. In fact, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020, 30 Canadian institutions are counted among the best in the world. Seven of these universities are actually in the top 200 in the world. Therefore, Canada is the place to be if in need of a world-class education with simpler application process and more opportunities for permanent residency.
Canada’s top two universities – the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia –are renowned for producing high-quality academic work that is well-respected by enrolling international students and hiring international faculty thus encouraging international collaborations.
According to a survey conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, more than 90 per cent of students questioned were satisfied or very satisfied with their studies in Canada, and 95 per cent would recommend Canada as a study destination. That perhaps explains why Canadian universities are seeing increasing numbers of international students.
Top 5 universities in Canada include;
1. University of Toronto
This is the first university founded in the colony of “Upper Canada” and was originally controlled by the Church of England. The University of Toronto has many firsts in the history of academic institutions in Canada. Firstly, it is Canada’s first academic publishing house, secondly, the first forest science faculty in the country, and thirdly, the first Canadian university to reach more than C$1 billion (£586 million) in endowment. Notable alumni include five Canadian prime ministers and the writers Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood and a total of 10 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university.
2. University of British Columbia
UBC is not only the oldest university in the province of British Columbia, but also one of the most highly ranked in the world. The university is also home to the prestigious Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award for candidates from war-torn countries. Eight Nobel prizewinners are connected to the university, as are 71 Rhodes scholars, 65 Olympic medalists and three Canadian Prime Ministers including Justin Trudeau. The world’s largest cyclotron is stored at the university, in TRIUMF, the country’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. The university is organized into 12 faculties on the Vancouver campus and a further seven on the Kelowna campus.
3. McGill UniversityMcGill University was founded in 1821 and is the only Canadian institution represented in the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum, which comprises the heads of 26 of the world’s top higher education institutions. Its main campus is at the base of Mount Royal in downtown Montreal. In 1829, McGill founded the nation’s first faculty of medicine, and to this day the university scores particularly highly in world rankings for clinical subjects. Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and the actor William Shatner are graduates of McGill. The university also hosts more Rhodes scholars than any other Canadian university.
4. McMaster University
McMaster University was named after William McMaster, a prominent Canadian senator and banker who donated C$900,000 to establish the university. It is located in Hamilton, near Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens. The university’s medical school is world-renowned and there are also faculties of engineering, business, humanities, social sciences and science. The university places a strong emphasis on research areas such as stem cell and cancer research. The university’s motto comes from the book of Colossians 1:17: “All things cohere in Christ” and is unusual in that it is written in Greek instead of the traditional Latin or English.
5. University of Montreal
University of Montreal is the only francophone university in the top five, and the second-largest university in Canada in terms of student population. Many renowned business moguls are graduates of the university, including Louis R. Chênevert, CEO of the United Technologies Corporation. The university also boasts former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and 10 premiers of Quebec among its alumni.

Applying for a study permit
A study permit is a document issued by the Government of Canada to allow international students to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada. Most international students need a study permit to study in Canada. You should apply before you travel to Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) because your study permit is not a visa! It doesn’t let you enter Canada.

Eligibility requirements for a Study PermitYou can study in Canada if you:
• are enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI)
• prove you have enough money to pay for your:
 tuition fees
 living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
 return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
• obey the law, have no criminal record and get a police certificate (if required)
• are in good health and get a medical exam (if required)
• prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires

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