Universities in Montreal, Canada
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Montreal
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  • Universities in Montreal
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
28
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Montreal
  • (21 institution and 7 subject rankings)
29
  • 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
  • 25 Jan, 2022: RUY published most recent results of Research Infosource: Canada's Top Research Universities Medical (Medical Research). McGill University achieves position 2.
  • 25 Jan, 2022: Research Infosource: Canada's Top 50 Research Universities updated with McGill University ranked highest among 5 listed universities in Montreal.
  • 19 Jan, 2022: THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education updated with McGill University in position 28.
  • 15 Dec, 2021: URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance updated with McGill University ranked highest among 5 listed universities in Montreal.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Montreal

Engineering - Mineral & Mining
#4 
McGill University
Technology
#8 
University of Montréal
Anatomy & Physiology
#10 
McGill University
Linguistics
#14 
McGill University
Law
#17 
McGill University
Philosophy
#19 
McGill University
Environmental Sciences
#28 
McGill University
Arts and Humanities
#35 
McGill University
Education
#38 
McGill University
Sports Related Subjects
#45 
McGill University

Rankings of universities in Montreal, Canada 2022

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (832 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #44 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #27 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #80 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (697 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #88 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #111 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #180 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (423 reviews)
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  • #22 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #18 
  • #521 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #25 
  • #429 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]



#4

University of Québec at Montréal

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (1005 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #416 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #23 
  • #696 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]
  • #27 
  • #881 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (223 reviews)
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  • #26 
  • #440 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #25 
  • #753 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #26 
  • #842 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 15 December, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (509 reviews)
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  • #28 
  • #449 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #45 
  • #1939 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #33 
  • #1391 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 26 April, 2021]


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 6.62 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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McGill University ranks #1 in Montreal in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in Montreal McGill University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 36 rankings where McGill University is listed.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Engineering (Engineering - Mineral & Mining). See all rankings for the McGill University.

University of Montréal is ranked best in Montreal for Computer Science (Technology). See all rankings for the University of Montréal.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Medicine & Health (Anatomy & Physiology). 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 Law (Law). 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 Natural Sciences (Environmental Sciences). See all rankings for the McGill University.

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Arts Visual & Performing (Arts and Humanities). See all rankings for the McGill University.

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

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Sports Science (Sports Related Subjects). See all rankings for the McGill University.

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

McGill University is ranked best in Montreal for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). 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 Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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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 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%

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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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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young 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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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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