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Public Universities in Canada for Indian Students

 If you have given studying in Canada a thought, you should definitely read this blog, as we have some important information for you here. You would be aware that there are both public and private universities in Canada. Several of these public universities enjoy top positions in many national and international rankings like QS, THE etc.

There are 96 public universities in Canada offering 15,000+ courses as of now.

The University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, McGill University etc., are some of the top-ranked public universities in Canada. You can expect an average annual tuition fee of CAD 35,000 to study in public universities in Canada. One of the first factors that make Canada popular among international students is its affordability. Apart from the lower tuition fees, you will also find several scholarships to fund your studies. If you wish to learn more about public universities in Canada, you can read the blog further. 

Top 20 Public Universities in Canada

It will be helpful for you to learn in detail about the top public universities in Canada. We have given a table below that has a list of the top public universities in Canada that you can apply.

Name of University

QS Ranking 2023

Town 

McGill University

31

Montreal 

University of Toronto

34

Toronto 

University of British Columbia

47

Vancouver 

University of Alberta

110

Edmonton 

University of Montreal

116

Montreal 

University of Waterloo

154

Waterloo 

Western University

172

Ontario 

University of Ottawa

237

Ottawa 

University of Calgary

242

Calgary 

Queen’s University

246

Kingston 

Dalhousie University

308

Nova Scotia

Simon Fraser University

328

Burnaby 

University of Victoria

359

Victoria 

York University

456

Toronto 

University of Regina

1001 - 1200

Regina 

Concordia University

551 - 560

Montreal 

McMaster University

152

Hamilton 

University of Windsor

751 - 800

Windsor 

University of Saskatchewan

473

Saskatoon 

Carleton University

601 - 650

Ottawa 

McGill University

McGill University is one of the top-ranked public universities in Canada that offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in several disciplines, including Chemical Engineering, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Anthropology, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing etc. You can expect an average annual tuition fee from CAD 18,000 to CAD 50,000. A few popular programs include

  • MA Economics
  • BEng in Civil Engineering
  • MSc Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BCom Accounting

University of British Columbia

 The University of British Columbia is one of the most popular public universities in Canada for international students. It offers over 200 academic programs such as Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral degrees. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 6000 to CAD 94,000. We have given a few popular programs of the university below.

  • Master of Management
  • MBA
  • MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MSc in Business Analytics
  • MASc in Civil Engineering

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of the very few universities in Canada that is listed in the top 50 universities according to the QS World University Rankings 2023. There are over 23,000 international students admitted to more than 980 Bachelor's programs at the university. You can expect an average annual tuition fee ranging from CAD 58,000 to CAD 60,000. A few popular programs at the university include

  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Architecture
  • MBA
  • MA Economics
  • BSc in Data Science

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers over 200 Undergraduate programs and is one of the top five research universities in the country. Palaeontology, Forestry, Geology, Petroleum, Sports and Transplantation. You can expect an average annual tuition fee from CAD 4000 to CAD 88,000. A few popular programs of the university include

  • Master of Accounting
  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering
  • MBA
  • MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences
  • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health

University of Montreal

With over 69,000 students, the University of Montreal is one of the well-ranked public universities in Canada. Almost 73% of its students are enrolled for Undergraduate courses. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 17,000 to CAD 31,000. A few popular programs at the university are

  • MEng in Biological Engineering
  • MSc in Economics
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • Master of Law Taxation

Queen's University

This is one of the renowned public universities in Canada that is chosen by international students. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 9000 to CAD 22,000. A few popular courses at the university are given below.

  • Executive MBA
  • MBA
  • MSc Psychology
  • Master's in Management - Marketing
  • BEng in Computer Science
  • Master of Finance

University of Ottawa

With an annual employment rate of 97%, the University of Ottawa has over 42,000 students. Arts, Management, Social Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law and Education are some prominent disciplines chosen by students at the University of Ottawa. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 13,000 to CAD 52,000. A few popular programs at the university include

  • Master of Computer Science
  • MBA
  • BSc Statistics
  • BSc Nursing
  • MSc Management
  • MA Economics
  • BSc Computer Science

University of Waterloo

This university is popular among international students for its Bachelor's and Master's programs in Computer Science and Engineering. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 40,000 to CAD 50,000. A few popular programs include

  • MA Economics
  • Master of Architecture
  • BASc in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Taxation
  • Master of Management Science
  • Bachelor in Statistics

Western University

Listed among the top 1% of institutions in the world for higher education, Western University is one of the most affordable universities in Canada. With over 4000 international students, the university offers UG and PG programs in all streams and disciplines. The average annual tuition fee ranges from CAD 36,000 to CAD 49,000. We have listed a few popular programs below.

  • Master's in Computer Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • BEng in Computer Science
  • Master of Data Analytics
  • BSc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering

University of Calgary

Ranked among the top 10 universities in Canada, the University of Calgary has over 33,000 students. The average annual tuition fee can be from CAD 1000 to CAD 52,000. We have listed a few popular programs below for your reference.

  • Master in Architecture
  • Master of Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Management
  • MEng in Civil Engineering

General Requirements to Study at Public Universities in Canada

The number of students choosing to study at public colleges in Canada is less than those who plan to study at public universities in Canada. The requirements to study at these public universities vary from one university to another. As such, we have given a list of general requirements below for your reference.

  1. All academic documents.
  2. English proficiency test scores
    1. IELTS - 6.5
    2. TOEFL iBT - 90
    3. PTE - 45
  3. Subject-specific test scores
    1. GMAT: 500 - 600
    2. GRE: 305 - 320
  4. CV/Resume
  5. Letters Of Recommendation (LORs)
  6. Statement Of Purpose (SOP)
  7. Passport

General Admission Process to Study at Public Universities in Canada

You have to follow an admission process to study at public universities in Canada. We have given the general process below. You can refer to the official website of the university to get updated information.

  1. Log in to the official website of the university.
  2. Check the eligibility criteria of the course.
  3. Finalise the intake and select the application form.
  4. Fill out the application form online.
  5. Upload the necessary documents.
  6. Pay the application fee and submit the application.
  7. If your application is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from the university.
  8. Apply for a student visa.



You would, by now, have gathered all information related to studying at public universities in Canada. If you wish to learn more about the topic, you can contact AECC's expert counsellors. You can also read our blogs to get details on the cost of studying and living in Canada, top universities, scholarships, and much more.

AECC can assist you in connecting to top universities in Canada for your selected course and guide you toward your dream career. Don't hesitate to contact us for free assistance!

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