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Studying in Canada University of Toronto or McGill University
Considering to study in Canada is type of a no-brainer, however, it doesn’t mean that picking a university here is easy. Many international students are confused to choose which university between the University of Toronto and McGill University – two of Canada’s best-performing universities. According to the QS World University Rankings® 2019, these are the two top universities in Canada, placed in 28th and 33rd in the world respectively.
Although there’s much more to the Canadian higher education system than these two, it’s Toronto and McGill which are consistently outstanding as the top two with both performing at a highly impressive level.
To help lucky prospective students facing this selection when they consider to study in Canada, here’s a full look on the comparison on key indicators of two top universities.
|Ranked by/in||University of Toronto||McGill University|
QS World University Rankings® 2019
|Ranked 28th globally in 2019||Ranked 33rd globally in 2019|
|Ranked 18th in the globe by academics and 35th by employers||Ranked 36th in the globe by academics and 39th by employers|
|Stronger scores than McGill on faculty-student ratio and international faculty diversity||Stronger scores than Toronto for research citations and international student diversity|
|22nd in the globe for arts & humanities||43rd in the globe for arts & humanities|
|13th for life sciences & medicine||32nd for life sciences & medicine|
|23rd for natural sciences||Joint 61st for natural sciences|
|43rd for engineering & technology||Joint 76th for engineering & technology|
|Joint 34th for social sciences & management||Joint 60th for social sciences & management|
|Location||Toronto, Canada’s largest city|
Additional campuses in Scarborough and Mississauga
|Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city in French-speaking province Quebec (but teaching is in English)|
|88,766 students (2016-17)|
18,038 at graduate level (20.3%)
17,452 international students (19.6%)
|40,971 students (autumn 2017)|
9,704 at graduate level (23.6%)
Roughly 12,045 international students (29.4%)
Annual tuition fees
Undergraduate programs: from CA$6,590 ($8,134.42 including ancillary fees)
Graduate: $9,370 to $48,480
|Undergraduate programs: from CA$2,455.50 for students from Quebec, $7,631.70 for other Canadian students|
|International fees: $29,740 to $55,900.||International undergraduate tuition fees start at $16,815.60 and go up to $45,262.80.|
|Fees are the same for master degrees, and PhDs for international students cost $15,093.60.|
A more detailed comparison on these two universities for more information to students looking into study in Canada as below:
QS World University Rankings® 2019
The differences between these two top universities at rankings level are small – both are clearly among the world’s leading universities and have good score across all of the indicators used to compile the rankings. Both two fare typically well when it achieved the reputation internationally, placed in well within the global top 50 by surveyed academics.
While Toronto has the most diversity among its faculty members and a slightly better faculty-student ratio (designed to provide students a rough idea of contact time that they expect), McGill leads on research citations per faculty member (whose purpose is to assess research impact), and more international diversity among its students.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Toronto leads in each of the 5 broad subject areas. It is interesting that these rankings also show the two top Canadian universities have similar sets of subject strengths: both two have high score for both arts and humanities and life sciences and medicine. The primary point of difference is in engineering and technology, in which Toronto places in 43rd globally, while McGill trails further behind at joint 76th.
Selecting between these two top universities when you consider to study in Canada also means making an option between their respective cities – Toronto and Montréal. Both two are in Canada’s south-east (Toronto’s a little further south) and both are biggest two cities in the country.
While Toronto is known as Canada’s commercial and financial capital, both cities can be considered as the country’s leading cultural hub with strong cases. Both two are proud of vibrant film, music, nightlife scenes, and high levels of international diversity. It is the fact that Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities.
Montréal also obtains higher ratings than Toronto for affordability and employer activity. Both cities are in the top 10 for desirability, even though Toronto is ahead on this indicator, placed in 1st in comparison to Montréal’s 10th.
And language is one of the major differences between the two cities. While Toronto is English-speaking, Montréal (where McGill is based) is in the French-speaking province of Quebec but most teaching at McGill is performed in English.
Fees & funding
With their stellar reputations, maybe students study in Canada at Toronto and McGill will forgive for their relatively high fees.
Although the fee is high for many students, depending on the program, the University of Toronto commits to offering financial assistance for those pursuing research-based graduate programs. Partial funding is also available. Recently, Toronto also informs that most international students will pay the same fees as domestic students for PhD programs (not including certain programs) from autumn 2018.
The entrance policies are slightly different at McGill University, Quebec province’s residents can receive discounted fees. The fees for students studying in Canada at this university also depend on the program.