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Best Ontario Universities

Updated on August 11, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of receiving your education abroad? Does the life of an international student appeal to your more adventurous side? If so consider studying in Canada, a beautiful country in North America which can offer you world best schools, breathtaking scenery and highly reduced tuition fees in comparison to its southern neighbor. However, first you need to decide which province to go to for your degree. There are ten provinces in Canada, and each one of them has different perks for international students to consider. For instance, British Columbia offers free medical care, Quebec will entice you with lower tuition cost, and Ontario is rightfully regarded as Canada's economic and cultural gem. Based on your career choice, finances and living preferences you can decide on the province and school that would suit you best. If in the end, you heart lies with Ontario, here is the list of the top ten schools you can go to.

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto offers around 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs in Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and more. With 3 campuses and over 80,000 students it is by far the largest University in Canada. U of T provides its students and faculty with an abundance of resources including North America's third largest library and more than 1000 clubs and student-run organizations. Known for its research- intensive programs, U of T is the proud member of U15, a group of Canadian Universities whose members embark on more than 80 % of all university research in Canada. U of T is currently ranked as the best Canadian school and number 32 in the world.

Located in Hamilton, just 40 minutes' drive from Toronto, McMaster University encompasses over 70 research centers and institutions in six faculties. Another proud member of U15, McMaster introduced problem-based learning strategy which is now recognized worldwide as “McMaster model”. The university's dedication to teaching and research attracts a large number of students from both within and outside of Canada. 28,000 students and 955 faculty members have full access to three libraries, art museum and prime athletic facilities. McMaster also prides itself on the service it pays to the community. For the past three years it's been a host to the Ride to Conquer Cancer event which aims to raise funds for cancer research. Its reputation constantly earns McMaster University a top spot among the best schools in the world.

Praised for its research initiatives and student-centered approach, the University of Guelph is home to almost 28,000 students from around 100 countries. U of G is dedicated to nurturing exceptional minds and upstanding citizens, offering to its prospective students world-leading programs in agriculture and veterinary. Those prone to Humanities major can try themselves at one of the top Philosophy schools in Canada. Students can also go for a more interdisciplinary approach with one of a kind European Studies program, offered exclusively at Guelph. There is a unique opportunity for graduate students to enroll in Erasmus Mundus Program which has partnership agreements with the universities in Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

Established by the Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841, Queen's University represents 175 years of tradition and academic achievements. More than 22,000 students from all over the world call its beautiful waterfront campus their home. Queen's takes pride in its research-intensive practices carrying out research in numerous areas, including but not limited to: Computer Science, bio medicine and global studies. Around 90% of first-year students live on campus since residence is ensured. There are six libraries on campus, and art lovers can enjoy art at Agnes Etherington Art Centre and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Its reputation and academic prominence allowed Queen's to join the U15 group when it was first created in 1991.

Since 1878 the University of Western Ontario prepares students for careers in Arts, Social Science, Law, Medicine, Engineering and more. There are currently around 28,000 students and more than 900 faculty members. Western strives to deliver best learning experience encouraging students' development at every level – intellectual, social cultural and even physical. A U15 member, Western transcends the boundaries of lab research by advancing it directly into everyday life of people worldwide through numerous agreements with private and public institutions. The university grants students access to 87 buildings along with over 7000 parking spots. Western's alumni are highly successful and make a crucial impact on every aspect of society.

Ranked at number 152 in the world, the University of Waterloo excels at innovative research and outstanding teaching. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in social science, mathematics, health, environment and arts to more than 36,000 students. Its computer science and engineering programs are consistently recognized as the best in Canada. The university is praised for the world-leading post-secondary co-operative education program, which guarantees up to two years of paid work experience to Waterloo's graduates. Waterloo is committed to achieve gender equality and actively promotes LGBT rights. It was a part of the HeForShe campaign and almost 30% of first-year students in engineering programs at Waterloo are female.

With over 40,000 students 5,000 employees and 210,000 alumni, the University of Ottawa aims to endorse bilingualism and reinforce Francophone communities. At uOttawa students can choose from over 450 programs in 10 faculties, and 97% of graduates find employment shortly after graduation. Home to the largest law school in Canada, uOttawa is also rightfully considered to be the pillar of economic growth in the Canadian capital. The university is very generous with research funding, it allocates approximately $60 million in scholarships and grants annually. Known for its research incentives and academic integrity, the University of Ottawa joined the U15 group in 2006.

One of the largest universities in Canada, York University offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to over 50,000 students from 178 countries. Home to the best Canadian business school and the most extensive liberal arts program, York is the only university in Canada that offers degrees in Space Engineering and Global Health. York university students have full access to astronomical observatory which greatly enhances their learning experience. York Environmental studies program organizes annual field trips to the Las Nubes research center in Costa Rica. The University's Digital Media program is widely recognized across the Greater Toronto Area for the integrative approach to science, communications and technology along with visual performing arts.

Taking pride in its traditions, Ryerson University has always aimed to tackle contemporary needs of society through innovative education. Ryerson praises itself for its integrative approach to research enacted by more than 125 research centers and labs funded by numerous local and global partners. Research at Ryerson University is steered towards solving problems that the community may face in its daily life. Ryerson promotes Aboriginal rights and provides full support to Aboriginal students and employees. At Ryerson students are encouraged to think outside the box bringing innovation and entrepreneurship into the community. Ryerson is a firm believer in diversity and welcomes knowledge and expertise from the members of various religious, cultural and social groups.

With two campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, Wilfrid Laurier University provides its 19,000 students with a unique leaning experience that goes beyond the classroom. At Laurier students are encouraged to contribute to the community through co-op work terms, internships and numerous volunteer opportunities. Laurier offers students innovative education in arts and sciences, music and business administration. Laurier has partnership agreements with 28 countries and high employment rates for its graduates. Along with the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo Laurier is a member of the TriUniversity Group providing its students with a wealth of learning resources and information. The university believes in social life for its students and invites them to register with any of the 175 clubs available on campus.

Once you have decided on the right program and school for you, start preparing your application package. Make sure that your application speaks to your strengths as admission at Canadian universities is highly competitive. Include professional and academic references from the people that know you best and write a persuasive motivation letter. Good luck and don't forget to apply early or you'll risk missing application deadlines.

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