Study abroad semester in Canada

Welcome to the second largest country in the world! If you love exploring, there’s plenty of space for you to discover in Canada. Well, actually it’s not that awesome, since a great portion of its land is frozen and inhospitable. So, as a result, 90% of its population lives in “just” 10% of the total country’s extension, located along the southern border with the United States. Since 50% of its vast territory is covered with forests, Canada is the biggest exporter of wood in the world.

You should know that it is quite cold in Canada. Usually, the winter season is quite harsh, with below zero medium temperatures in the vast majority of the country, except for the southwestern coast. Hence, preferred activities in Canada include curling, ice skating and skiing. It’s not always cold and freezing, so other occupations are popular in the country, such as football, basketball, fishing, hunting, and canoeing.

Canada is a nation with two official languages: English and French. This is due to its history as a contested territory between England and France. Nowadays the majority of Canadians speak English as the first language, with only 20% identifying French as their first language, which is predominantly spoken in Quebec.

What are the best universities in Canada for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Canada might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 21 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Canada. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positioning of the Canadian institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
University of Toronto - Woodsworth College 25 18 23 24 4 5 17 6
University of Toronto - Mississauga campus 25 18 23 24 4 5 17 6
University of Toronto - Scarborough campus 25 18 23 24 4 5 17 6
University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies 25 18 23 24 4 5 17 6
University of British Columbia - Vancouver campus (Master level) 45 34 38 48 29 5 31 178
University of British Columbia - Vancouver campus (Undergraduate level) 45 34 38 48 29 5 31 178
University of British Columbia - Okanagan campus 45 34 38 48 29 5 31 178
University of British Columbia - Vancouver campus (Research only) 45 34 38 48 29 5 31 178
McGill University (Master level) 31 40 78 27 50 5 51 267
Queen's University - School of Medicine (Undergraduate level) 246 251–300 201-300 301 341 5 419 142
University of Alberta 119 131 101-150 101 55 4 138 296
York University 531-540 401–500 401-500 400 542 5 432 177
University of Waterloo 166 201–250 151-200 199 174 - 210 44
University of Calgary 246 200 151-200 188 127 4 174 50
Simon Fraser University 323 251–300 301-400 335 479 4 306 97
McMaster University - School of Medicine 144 69 98 160 159 4 133 92
University of Ottawa (Research only) 279 145 151-200 203 144 4 192 132
Concordia University - Faculty of Arts and Science 477 601–800 601-700 586 584 4 670 297
Concordia University - Faculty of Fine Arts 477 601–800 601-700 586 584 4 670 297
Concordia University - Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science 477 601–800 601-700 586 584 4 670 297
Concordia University - John Molson School of Business 477 601–800 601-700 586 584 4 670 297
Memorial University of Newfoundland 701-750 501–600 601-700 625 572 3 703 372
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Research only) 701-750 501–600 601-700 625 572 3 703 372
Dalhousie University - Faculty of Medicine (Undegraduate level) 291 251–300 201-300 331 366 3 325 174
Okanagan College - - - - - - - -
Ontario College of Art and Design University - - - - - - - -
Saint Paul University (Research only) - - - - - - - -
Thompson Rivers University - - - - - - - -
Tyndale University College & Seminary - - - - - - - -
University of New Brunswick - School of Graduate Studies (Master level) - 801–1000 - 1027 1008 3 959 617
University of Winnipeg - - - 109 - - - -

Available selection is quite wide for Canada. Overall, as you can see from the chart, international positioning of Canadian institution is great. There is no focal point, as the institutions that you see are scattered all around the Canadian territory. So, wherever you would like to go in Canada, there will be a nice and recognizable institution to study at. Among them, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University are considered to be excellent universities. Bear in mind that usually the more the prestige, the lower the admission rate.

Costs and fees of studying in Canada

Canada is quite an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are above 700€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Canada is quite expensive, with a median 6625€/semester for free mover students.

Which Canadian cities are available for free movers?