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15 Schools for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Canada

In this article, I will be introducing you to 15 universities in Canada you should consider applying if you have interest in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree or a PhD in Canada. I will be focusing on these 15 schools in this article, however, that is not the end of the list of schools you can consider for your graduate and undergraduate studies in Canada. These schools have the highest percentage of allocated funding for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Canada, with 79% of funding and scholarship allocation to Canadian Universities. Below is a list of the schools and brief description of how funding & scholarships are awarded. 

Quick Facts

  1. The scholarships and funding are awarded with successful admission into the program. That is, there are entrance scholarships that are awarded to a student once they are admitted into the program. Hence, you do not need a separate application to be considered for funding.
  2. Scholarship and funding conditions vary depending on the strength of your application, research interest and the program or course.
  3. You need to meet the institution and program-specific admission requirements to be eligible.
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

The University of Alberta is one of the world’s top 100, and one of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities with a reputation for excellence in translational and discovery research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact. One of Canada’s leading centres of expertise in Artificial Intelligence, the university is also home to world-renowned institutes and centres including the Nanotechnology Initiative, the Alberta Transplant Institute and the Alberta Diabetes Institute.

The University boasts a research income of $513 million, which ranks the institution among the heavily funded research-intensive universities. 

It is important that you take some time to read the application and admission requirements before making a decision to apply. Also, ensure that you review the finance and funding section for additional information on scholarships. See the links for information on graduate studies and undergraduate studies.  

  • University of British Columbia, Canada

The University of British Columbia, since its establishment in 1915, has served as a world-class institution for research, teaching and learning. The institution is highly ranked in Canada and the global ranking system– ranking among the top three Universities in Canada, and among the top 20 public universities globally. 

The faculty and staff embrace innovation and challenge the status quo, placing the university at the forefront of discovery, learning and engagement. UBC encourages bold thinking, curiosity and initiative, so you can realize your greatest potential.

As one of the world’s top research universities, UBC attracts the highest calibre research faculty and students and approximately $660 million in research funding annually.

UBC’s two campuses and affiliated teaching hospitals attract, nurture and transform more than 64,000 students from Canada and more than 160 countries around the world.The university has a research income of $658 million. See the links for Undergraduate StudiesGraduate Studies.

  • University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The university of Calgary, in 2019, ranked among the top 200 universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Centre for World University Ranking. The University also ranked as No. 1 in Canada and 25th globally by the Times Higher Education Golden Age Ranking. The University of Calgary is a research-intensive institution, with a commitment to student engagement in learning. The school has a total enrolment of 33,100 students and out of this, 26,800 are undergraduates while graduate enrolment is 6,300. International Student enrolment is at 4,305. Overall, the university receives $488 million as research income.  See the links for graduate studies and undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary.

  • Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dalhousie University ranks among the leading research-intensive universities in Atlantic Canada. The university is known for its internationalization, with a focus on the impact of research at the local, national and international levels. Total enrolment for this University is 19,555, with 14,935 and 3,856 undergraduate and graduate enrolments, respectively, and total of 4,695 international students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dalhousie University receives $168 million in research income. To apply, see the graduate & undergraduate studies information.

  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The University of Toronto, founded in 1827, is the leading University in Canada. There are over 980 programs and three different campuses to choose from. The university has a research income of $1.3 billion. It has an enrolment capacity for 19,190 international students, 18,555 graduate student enrolment, and 71,525 undergraduate student enrolment. Visit the school website for application information.

  • University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is one of the top Universities in Canada, with a focus on cutting-edge research. USask is home to world-leading research in areas of global, such as water and food security and infectious diseases.

Offering more than 140 graduate programs in 14 colleges and three graduate schools, the university is renowned for its cluster of world-class science facilities that include Canada’s only synchrotron—the Canadian Light Source—and a unique vaccine and infectious disease research centre. The university is a powerhouse for food and water security research, with Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) programs in both areas—the only university with two CFREF awards.

Embracing a diverse student body, the university welcomes over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world, and offers opportunities to learn and engage in all regions of the globe. Strengthening global impact through research networks worldwide, the university currently has 139 international MOUs and over $15 million in international research funding with 121 partner institutions in 47 countries.


The remaining 9 universities are: University of Manitoba, McGill University, McMaster University, University of Montreal, Laval University; University of Ottawa, Western University, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University.


  • How to Apply: To be eligible for funding, a candidate must apply and be admitted into the graduate program. See: How to Apply for Scholarships in Canada for useful tips on how to apply.
  • Supporting Documents: Prospective applicants must prepare their documents such as academic transcripts and diplomas, academic references, resume and statement of purpose. Make sure to review the complete required and supporting documents for the application. To review the complete required and supporting documents for the application, check the Required documents for graduate school applications.
  • Admission Requirements: Eligible applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements. Note that admission into these institutions is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee of being admitted into the program. Refer to the article on Starting your Graduate Studies Application: Tips & Tricks to submit a strong application for graduate studies.

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