It is advisable to look at universities abroad from various angles before choosing to study at one. You may need to consider criterias like affordability, attractiveness to other foreign students, graduate employability statistics, and of course, world university rankings. Fortunately, QS Digital Solutions (the world’s largest, international higher education network) conducts a yearly global ranking of study destinations, that takes all of this into account.

QS has rolled out the results for 2017, and two Canadian cities have made their place in the top 10 list! One of the cities that emerged was Montreal as it was the top rated city on the best student city scale. Vancouver also featured as the tenth best city, and Toronto landed at the eleventh spot. With its diverse student population, and ever increasing demand for foreign immigrants, Canada surely justifies its place as one of the most popular Study abroad destination for foreign students. So start packing your bags!

What Makes Montreal So Special?

Montreal is an awe-inspiring town that is known as the “cultural capital” of Canada. According to student responses, it is a welcoming, multicultural city that is affordable to stay in and has a very friendly community. It also has a thriving student scene, and numerous activities to keep you occupied when you need a break from your books. There are also several resources at the disposal of Indian students to help them connect with the community at large and get around in Montreal. InterNations  offers a digital platform for expat Indians in Montreal to stay connected as a community on the Canadian soil.

Take a food tour, visit the Basilique Notre-Dame, stroll through Plateau Mont-Royal or when the need for adventure rises, stop at one of the boulevards. Of course, make sure to take your camera with you and don’t forget to stop and enjoy poutine, a popular fast food dish, on your way.

Some great higher education options to consider in Montreal are: The 42-year-old Concordia University, or LaSalle College, a private college in Quebec.


Try Vancouver - The City Of Glass

Vancouver is a west coast seaport best known for its breath-taking mountains, beaches, and forests. Starring in several Hollywood blockbusters, the city is also a popular filming location. Most recently, Vancouver can be spotted in 2016’s, Deadpool - where a majority of the scenes were filmed.

International students are more inclined to Vancouver for its multi-cultural spirit, exciting nightlife, and various places of interest.  There is something for everyone in Vancouver, and the friendly city can easily be made a new home.

If you are looking for something to do in your spare time, visit Yaletown for a fun night out, or Granville Island for some historical sightseeing. Thrill-seekers might want to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, or Grouse Mountain.

In terms of university options, Vancouver is home to schools of high repute such as Simon Fraser University, which ranks at 226 in the QS World Rankings, other schools to consider are Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, and the Acsenda School of Management, to name a few.


Toronto - The Canadian Capital of International Students

Toronto is a bustling metropolis and is popularly known as “the heart of Canada”  and it is the provincial capital of the country. This eleventh best student destination offers beautiful natural surroundings, and an inclusive student community.

Some famous attractions in Toronto are the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Distillery Historic District, and Canada’s Wonderland (Canada's premiere amusement park).

Toronto boasts some of the world-class universities such as University of Toronto, currently ranked 32nd on QS’ World University Rankings. Other credible study institutions include York University, and Seneca College.


Want To Know More About Studying In Canada?

Canada is a diverse country that will provide you with a vibrant and culturally enriching study abroad experience. It is a welcoming, safe, and beautiful country that you are sure to fall in love with.

Canadian education and immigration policies have proven to be very friendly for international students especially from Brazil, China, and India. Students from these three countries predominantly form a large number of international students in Canadian Universities. International students from these countries are drawn to Canadian education especially because of the post-graduation work permit program (PGWP).This program allows foreign students to extend the duration of their stay in Canada by two-three years for getting job placements after graduation. The program has helped many international students live their Canadian dream of immigrating to Canada after studies.

If you are interested in studying in Canada but are unsure of where to start, have a look at our Canada-focused blogs. Topics include:

You might also like our other blog, Scholarships for international students.

About the Author:  Lizan Gray, an adventurer at heart, is originally from South Africa and currently a copywriter in Dubai. She is busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.