Universities in Montreal, Canada
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Montreal
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  • Universities in Montreal
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Montreal
  • (19 institution and 6 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Montreal
  • Among TOP 200

Montreal is home to several of the most prestigious universities in all of Canada, and is also known for being the most fun city to be a student in since the city brings together students from all of these large, diverse and reputable institutions.

The list of things to do in Montreal is neverending, but some of them include music festivals such as the Jazz Fest, the Montreal Beer Festival, nightlife options for those who either like to chill out with friends or party hard, and almost limitless restaurants to choose from.

PROS

  • Montreal has the reputation of being the most enjoyable place to live as a student in Canada, and some would even argue it’s the most fun place to live in the world. Between nightlife, sports, culture, art, and the opportunity to mix with students from every other university in the city, Montreal has a lot to offer.

  • Full-time students can claim their public transit pass which gives them reduced fare prices when using any public transport in the city.

  • There are seven universities to choose from in Montreal, and the majority of them are nationally and internationally prestigious. They also cover distinct academic areas. For example, the Polytechnique Montréal focuses on engineering subjects, which cannot be found elsewhere in the city.

CONS

  • As a possible negative for English speakers, it’s a must to speak French in Montreal. Speaking French will multiply your social opportunities, and keep you out of embarrassing situations. You can survive without French, but why just survive when you can enjoy yourself?

  • Taxes are among the highest in Canada, which has a noticeable and negative impact on earnings.

  • The job market for young students is a challenge for many. A common point of view is that the best way to find a good job is by knowing the right person, which is just another reason to keep working on your French.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Montreal, Canada

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Montreal
  • 18 Mar, 2021: New edition of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. 7 universities in Montreal ranked.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Latest QS World University Rankings By Subject (Economics & Econometrics) from British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK. 51 universities from Montreal appear in this ranking.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. McGill University with highest ranking among universities in Montreal ranked #49.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - World Ranking updated with McGill University ranked highest among 2 listed universities in Montreal.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Montreal

Library & Information Management
#10 
McGill University
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#14 
McGill University
Linguistics
#14 
McGill University
Philosophy
#19 
McGill University
Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health
#23 
McGill University
Aerospace Engineering
#31 
McGill University
Agriculture & Forestry
#53 
McGill University

Rankings of universities in Montreal, Canada 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (832 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #40 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #31 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #80 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (697 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #73 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #118 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #180 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (1005 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #416 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #20 
  • #651 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #23 
  • #785 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (223 reviews)
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  • #26 
  • #440 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #24 
  • #799 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #26 
  • #790 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (509 reviews)
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  • #28 
  • #449 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #31 
  • #1298 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #45 
  • #1980 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (423 reviews)
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  • #25 
  • #429 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #23 
  • #589 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #10 
MacLeans University Rankings
[Published 08 October, 2020]


Student Opinions About Studying in Montreal

“If you’re someone who doesn’t speak French but just relies on their English, it’s very easy to accidentally find yourself just socialising with other English speakers, especially in McGill. This is a mistake that you should try to avoid, and jump into the challenge of learning a new language.”

“Montreal puts a lot of emphasis on art, especially in public spaces. There are an infinite number of exhibitions and art festivals to enjoy, you’ll probably never get around to seeing them all. I especially appreciate how normal it is for musicians to perform in the subway here. There are also plenty of historic places to see, and museums.”

“Since the city of Montreal is such a massive attraction for students, you feel at home here as an international student because you know most of the other young people around here are international too, so I don’t feel like I stand out much. Also the locals are friendly and welcoming.”

Montreal Key Facts for International Students

Population: 3269000

Time: GMT -5

District/province: Quebec, Montréal

Living costs for students in Montreal:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 90* (10% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 74* (26% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 94* (6% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 6.52 C$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

McGill University ranks #1 in Montreal in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Montreal McGill University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 34 rankings where McGill University is listed.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Computer Science (Library & Information Management). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Social Studies & Humanities (Philosophy). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Medicine & Health (Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Engineering (Aerospace Engineering). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Agriculture (Agriculture & Forestry). See all rankings for the McGill University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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RUY

Criteria used in ranking -Research Infosource: Canada's Top 50 Research Universities:
Total Sponsored Research Income 20%
Research Intensity per Faculty 20%
Total Number of Publications 20%
Publication Intensity 20%
Publication Impact 10%
Research Intensity per Graduate Student 10%

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Rogers Digital Media

Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings:
Students 28%
Faculty 24%
Resources 20%
Reputation 15%
Student support 13%

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Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings - Medical Doctoral universities:
Students 28%
Faculty 24%
Resources 20%
Reputation 15%
Student support 13%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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