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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 1st

Multicultural, multilingual, and in 2016 named Intelligent Community of the Year, Montréal can now also lay claim to being the world’s best city for international students. Climbing six places to top this year’s QS Best Student Cities, Canada’s “cultural capital” performs well across all six categories assessed – including the new Student View component.

Montréal is home to several of Canada's highest-ranking institutions, including McGill University (currently ranked 30th in the world and 1st in Canada) and the Université de Montréal (126th in the world, 5th in Canada). The city is also a regular contender in lists of the world’s best places to live – and it seems students agree! In the Student View category added to the index this year, Montréal comes out fifth overall, with a particularly strong rating for arts and culture, as well as for its friendliness, diversity and affordability.

None of this is likely to come as a surprise. As a French-speaking city in a largely English-speaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from across the world, Montréal is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive ethos. It’s also renowned for its laidback yet lively lifestyle, attractive boulevards, thriving creative industries, café culture, and eclectic range of arts venues, live performances and nightlife.

What’s YOUR favorite thing about studying in Montréal? Share your experience.

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McGill University (30th in the world)



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 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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how can i signe in cannadian university please , i have a diploma in business english in tunisia

guide me . I am looking forward to apply for this place .

Hi Satnam, our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada should help to get you started. 

Good Afternoon lucky Canadian citizens.

I want to tell you that I always wanted to go there, study, work or maybe also live in that beautiful place. Now that I'm about to get my bachelor's degree I finally can apply for a scholarship or even a student loan but so far I haven't find anything.

If someone can give me any information please reach me. Maybe you don't have the information for that but you may have tips for me like what are the best places to be, what to do, what to avoid... anyway, I'll be waiting for any information you are willing to provide me.

Thank you!

hi dear Laura Tucker :-)
i have not get ane response from you so far :-)
i talk about the post that i sent you 5 days ago here :-(

hi dear Laura Tucker
i am mahsa.i am going to immigrate to motreal-quebec less than 5 months later.
i am computer engineer.frankly ,i work as a software programmer(.net,c#,,sql server ,..).i have about 7 years experience in my job.
now i really need your help.
i have proceeded to immigrate to quebec through quebec-skilled workers.
and i have heard that through this way,quebec give some scholarships to the immigrants .i planded to go to collage .but after talkinh to some of my friends there i concluded that maybe it is much more logical to find a job first.because according my researches there are alot of opportunities in IT in montreal.
by the way,i am a little confused and i do not know which way is better for me :
first go t the collage for 1,2 years and then find a job or start to find a job directly since i arrive there.
i found you the best one to answer my question :-)
thank you so much again.
looking forward to your reply

I am marwan from algeria I study Information and Communication Technology I want to complet my education in Montréal I hava master Degre

Hi Marwan, we have a subject ranking of the top universities in Canada for computer science and information systems, as well as a guide to the top universities in Quebec (the region where Montréal is located). For more information see our country guide. Laura