Studying in Canada

Canada is not only a tourist destination, but is also a study destination offering high quality education standards. For this reason, many people wish to go to the country of the Maple Leaf in order to improve and increase their academic possibilities and subsequently their professional level.

If you are one of those people and you are British, please remember to obtain your electronic travel permit beforehand, i.e. ETA Visa or ETA Canada.

Bearing this in mind, here are two of the best options that Canada offers in terms of university education.

Two of the best universities in Canada

Below is information regarding two of the best universities in the country. Due to their well-respected reputation, prestige and excellent academic and research levels, they are worth looking into:

1. University of British Columbia

Situated approximately 30 minutes from Vancouver, the University of British Columbia has become one of the most well-renowned academic institutions in the world. The University specialises in advanced research and as a study centre it is well-positioned in the ranking of the 40 best universities in the world.

The University Headquarters are located in West Point Grey, to the west of Vancouver and is a public university. It also has three smaller campuses in the city of Vancouver and another in the city of Kelowna. The University of British Columbia is consistently ranking among the 40 best globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world. In 2017, the “Academic Ranking of World Universities”, said it was the second best university in Canada and the 31th in the world. UBC ranks 37 in the 2015 Times Higher Education (THE) reputational in ranking.

Between books and magazines, the UBC library contains more than 5 million publications, which provide professionals-in-training from various areas of knowledge, with all the information that they will need throughout their academic years. The University of British Columbia has 5 libraries in total, which are available to any teaching staff and students who require their facilities.

The campuses include various buildings which serve as halls of residence for the students, meaning that transport expenses tend to be very low or non-existent. These halls of residence include:

  • Walter Gage Residence
  • Marine Drive Residence
  • Ponderosa Commons
  • Fairview Crescent
  • Fraser Hall
  • Thunderbird
  • Totem Park
  • Place Vanier

2. University of Toronto

This university was founded in 1827 by John Strachan, who was a bishop of the Anglican Church. The University was highly influenced by this religion due to its reigning importance in Upper Canada. Later in 1848, its administration was taken over by the Canadian State and the institution became non-denominational. In 1849, the University changed to what is now known as the University of Toronto or UDT.

Moreover, in 1853 the University College was founded. This non-denominational institution emerged from the University and, as a result, many other universities and colleges located in Toronto, joined the UDT forming a sort of federation between academic institutions. The federated colleges and institutions are the Victoria University, the University of St. Michael’s College, and the University of Trinity College.

The Institute of Higher Education in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, performed a ranking of the world’s best universities and the University of Toronto came 23th in 217. Moreover, Maclean’s Magazine ranked the University of Toronto as the best university for medical research PhDs in Canada.

The University of Toronto has students from all around the world, as well as a high number of national students coming from the various Canadian regions. At least 4 Canadian prime ministers, 2 governors and many businessmen and important country and world leaders have graduated from the University, thus corroborating the high standard of academic education at an institutional level.