The Top 7 Universities in Montréal You Can Study In

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Canada has been a major center of higher studies for the last couple of decades and students from all over the world flock to this country with untarnished hope. In fact, it is also a country supporting many successful career options in various fields. Montréal, in Quebec, with its plethora of various culture, all blended perfectly into this city is a recommended choice.

The Top 7 Universities in Montreal

We talk about the seven best universities of Canada situated in Montréal below, all of which are officially accredited by Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Québec (Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Quebec).

1. McGill University

Established in 1829, this university was named after the Glaswegian merchant James McGill. It was founded as the first faculty in medicine in Canada. McGill University, with an world rank of 35 and ranking 3rd in the nation had received the Royal Charter in the same year of its establishment. It consists a total of 300 buildings, comprising of 11 schools that offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields of study. A total of 30,000-35000 students are enrolled in this institution for the study of its various courses. The fields of study comprises of biomedical engineering, business analytics, chemistry, chemical engineering, architecture, and anthropology.Over 40000 students are part of this institution out of which about 24% are international students.

The main campus is situated in the downtown close to Mount Royal. Students are selected for admission based on their performance in the university entrance exam and also by tallying the student’s past academic records. For undergraduate programs, local students are entitled to pay an yearly tuition fees of 2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro), while international students pay an approximate remuneration of 17,500-20,000 US$ which accounts up to 12,900-14,700 Euro. For post-graduate programs, international students pay an amount of 15,000-17,500 US$ that accounts up to 11,000-12,900 Euro.
Accommodation is offered to about 3000 UG students in the main campus. It offers a range of options that facilitates the basic student’s necessity like, restaurants, medical stores and easily accessible public transport.

The university is one of the founding members of the Universitas 21. Universitas 21 is an group of leading research-intensive institutions around the globe that focuses to increase international scope and global reach. It is also a member of the Association of American Universities, an organisation formed by the top reasearch institutes of North America.

The McGill University has witnessed a number of note-worthy discoveries in history like the divisibility of atoms, the first map of the brain’s motor cortex and the invention of the Plexiglas. It’s surely one of the top 7 universities in Montreal today.

For more information, visit the university website: https://www.mcgill.ca/

2. Université de Montréal

Université de Montréal (Montréal University) is a government sponsored university situated in the north of Mount Royal near Outremont that comprises of thirteen faculties in more than sixty departments. It also has two affiliated schools: the Polytechnique Montréal (School of Engineering; formerly the École Polytechnique de Montréal) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). In addition to this, the university comprises of 465 research units and departments. Including a total of 71 doctoral programmes, it offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes to over 34,335 undergraduate and more than 11,925 post-graduate students. In fact, the undergraduate students make up the majority of the student body estimated to be about 74%. On the other hand, graduate program students account for only about 24% of the total student body.

The university was first established in 1878 as a secondary campus of Université Laval (Quebec City). It was then issued a papal charter and a provincial charter in 1919 and 1920 respectively that made it an independent institution. Finally in 1967, another provincial charter declared it a secular institution.

The QS World Ranking 2020 declared Université de Montréal to have a ranking of 5 all over Canada and 137th in the world. It was however ranked 85th in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Over 45000 students are enrolled in this university and it’s an averagely selective university since the admission rate range here is 40-50%. For undergraduate programs, local students are entitled to pay an yearly tuition fees of 1,000-2,500 US$ (750-1,800 Euro), while international students pay an approximate remuneration of 10,000-12,500 US$ which accounts up to 7,400-9,200 Euro. The amount is the same for post-graduate education too. In terms of graduate employment, QS ranked the university 151-160 in the world and ninth in the nation in 2019. In 2018, THE ranked it 37th in the world and fifth across the nation over the same category.

For more information, visit the university website: https://www.uMontréal.ca/en/

3. Concordia University

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The Concordia University, founded in 1974, is considered to be one of the best universities in Quebec and in Canada. Ranking 15th in the country and in the 289th position across the world, it has a total of over 45000 enrolled students. The university has two campuses, namely, the main campus, i.e., Sir George William campus and the Loyola campus. It provides over 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate courses on arts and humanities, literature, engineering and business studies and comprises of four departments and a graduate school. The business school of Concordia University, John Molson School Of Business is ranked under the top 10 business schools in Canada and within the top 100 in the world. The university focuses on gaining excellence through knowledge. Any student enrolled in a particular department can opt for any other department too as part of their curriculum to increase their knowledge base.

For undergraduate programs, local students are entitled to pay an yearly tuition fees of 2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro), the same as post-graduate programs, while international students pay an approximate remuneration of 12,500-15,000 US$ which accounts up to 9,200-11,000 Euro. For postgraduate programs, the amount is 2,500-5,000 US$(1,800-3,700 Euro) for local students while international students pay an amount of 15,000-17,500 US$ which is about 11,000-12,900 Euro.

For more information, visit the university website: https://www.concordia.ca/

4. Université du Québec à Montréal

The Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec in Montréal), situated in downtown Montréal, was established in 1969 on government interest. Acquiring the 24th rank across the country and a world rank of 519, it has an estimated 40000-45000 students enrolled in its various bachelor, master and doctoral courses. It offers specialization in the six fields of arts, education, Communication, Political Science and Law, Sciences and Social science. Along with it, it also provides study in its school of Management. It is the only other university in the city which communicates through French, apart from the Université de Montréal and only about 15 of its students are English-speaking.

Télé-université (Teluq) is a distance learning program under the Université du Québec network that offers courses and degrees in computer science, education, communication, environmental science, and management. This program and setting up various branch campuses of the university in Lanaudière, Laval, Montérégie, Ouest de l’île has made the facilities provided by the institution geographically accessible. The tuition fees are the same for UG and PG programs, thus being 1,000-2,500 US$ (750-1,800 Euro) for local students and 7,500-10,000 US$ (5,500-7,400 Euro) for international students.

For more information, visit the university website: https://uqam.ca/

5. École Polytechnique de Montréal

École Polytechnique de Montréal, presently known as Polytechnique Montréal, (ranking 32nd all over Canada) was founded in 1873 as an affiliated school to Université de Montréal as a medium to teach technical drawing. It located in the northern slope of Mount Royal, the main building of which stands the tallest of all the other buildings in the main campus of Université de Montréal. In the measure of engineering research, Polytechnique ranks the first in Canada and is one of the three largest engineering institutions, being the largest in the province of Quebec. It offers 12 UG programs over seven fields of study. About 4000 to 5000 students are enrolled in the university who are offered a range of fields like aeronautics, computer engineering, telecommunication, biotechnology, nanotechnology, environmental science and several other exclusive areas of study like artificial intelligence (AI). For the year 2008-2009, it spent 40% of its budget (60.2 million CAD) on research funding, which demonstrates the university’s dynamic research. Most of the major engineering works in Quebec made in the 20th century, like the construction of hydroelectric dams, can be credited to the graduates of this university. It has always been a major contributor to the development of the region on the basis of scientific and economic grounds.

For undergraduate programs, local students are entitled to pay an yearly tuition fees of 1,000-2,500 US$ (750-1,800 Euro), while international students pay an approximate remuneration of 12,500-15,000 US$ which accounts up to 9,200-11,000 Euro. For postgraduate programs, the amount is 2,500-5,000 US$(1,800-3,700 Euro) for local students while international students pay an amount of 10,000-12,500 US$ which is about 7,400-9,200 Euro.

The SLOWPOKE-2, a SLOWPOKE reactor was installed at the university in 1977. While operating for 36 year as of now, the reactor is used for both research and engineering purposes like neutron and isotope generation. The license of this non-power reactor is valid from 1st July, 2013 to 30th June, 2023.

For more information, visit the university website: https://www.polymtl.ca/en/

6. HEC Montréal

This university was established in 1907 as an affiliated school to Université de Montréal and now has a total of 10000-15000 students enrolled for its various UG and PG programs on business and management and about 841 faculties and a country-wide ranking of 39. The present Decelles campus was the first main building of the school commenced in 1970. This is where the Master of Science in Administration and all the Ph.D programs are now taught. The Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) program is practiced in French, Bilingual (French and English) and Trilingual (French, Spanish and English). This facilitates the influx of more international students in this program. About 4300 students from about 140 countries all over the world come to study in this university. , The local students pay a annual tuition fees of 2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro)for undergraduate programs and a 1,000-2,500 US$ (750-1,800 Euro) for postgraduate courses. International students pay an amount of 17,500-20,000 US$ (12,900-14,700 Euro) for both UG and PG programs.Short graduate courses in human resources, supply chain management, user experience, business analytics, business intelligence data applications, business internationalization are also offered in French. These courses focus on practical use. The school offers over 25 scholarships in all its fields of specialization in management. It also has a digital learning platform EDUlib that provides free online courses for its students.

For more information, visit the university website: https://www.hec.ca/en/

7. École de Technologie Supérieure

École de Technologie Supérieure (School of Higher Technology) under the University of Quebec, ranking 43rd across the nation was established in 1974 and now has a total student enrollment of 4000-5000. On the measure of the total number of engineering diplomas awarded per year, the university ranks the first in Quebec and second in Canada. It is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The university witnesses influx of students from all over the world, especially, France, Brazil, Mexico, India and Iran. It offers bachelor, master, doctorate and diploma courses in all the engineering fields and applied sciences. The various engineering branches offered are Construction engineering, Production engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering. It facilitates several research options on the fields of energy and environment, health, manufacturing, telecommunication, aeronautics, etc.

The tuition fees are the same for UG and PG programs, as in, 2,500-5,000 US$ (1,800-3,700 Euro) for local students and 10,000-12,500 US$ (7,400-9,200 Euro) for international students.

For more information, visit the university website: http://www.etsmtl.ca/

Apart from the above-listed universities in Montréal, Université Laval (Laval University) and Université du Québec (University of Québec) in Quebec City, which is in three hours driving distance from Montréal, are also some great choices to opt for. While the former ranks 18th in the country and occupies a world rank of 304 and student count about 40000-45000, Université du Québec has a nation-wide rank of 38. Students enrolled in the latter are over 45000 and an annual fees of 1,000-2,500 US$ for local students and 2,500-5,000 US$ for international students in both UG and PG courses. College fees in Université Laval for international students are much higher, fees for local students remaining constant.

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