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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 10th

Following reports that both the US and UK may be losing some of their appeal, 2017 looks set to be a stellar year for Canada as an international study destination. In keeping with this general trend, Canadian cities have an extremely strong presence in the QS Best Student Cities 2017; while Montréal occupies the overall top spot, Vancouver climbs three to take 10th place, with Toronto immediately behind.

Two universities in Vancouver feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at 45th in the world. Vancouver’s other ranked institution, Simon Fraser University, offers a particularly unique study setting, thanks to the location of its main campus in the middle of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, just outside the city.

Whether you’re based in the city center or not, Vancouver has much to offer. The nearby Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains provide more than just a beautiful backdrop to the city – they’re also an incredibly popular destination for snowsports, offering some of the world’s best ski resorts.

Even in the center of Vancouver the great outdoors is never far away – beaches, forest and stunning mountains are all within easy reach. For those who prefer cultural pursuits, Vancouver also offers an array of brilliant nightlife, theatres and music – everything you’d expect from one of Canada’s most loved cities.

Would you choose Vancouver? Tell us why.

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2 years ago
hi!i want to study ms environmental science ,what are the requirements ? i had CGPA 3.2 in environmental engineering.

Hi, I want to apply MBA in Vancouver. How's the average fee and living cost there? Do they have financial aids for international students?

Hi there, I'm not sure about the average costs of an MBA in the city, but to give you an example, UBC Saunder currently charges CA$76,981 per year to international students for its full-time MBA. However, they do offer scholarships. Unfortunately Vancouver is one of the most expensive Canadian cities to live in, with an average of CA$15,075 needed for living costs. You can find out more about the costs of studying in Canada here, can find scholarships here and if you want to research more about MBAs, check out our sister site :)

hi guys, i'm a student in Sharif University of Technology in Iran, and i want to apply from a university in Canada in computer science, i want to know what is the requirement and which universities and how i can do applying and how i can get fund.. thanks any helping

Hi Aziza, I've replied to your comment here. :)

hi,i wwnt to be study in ms physics, what are the requirement? i am msc physics from university of agriculture faislabad pakistan.please give me proper guidness.
please give me all possibilities.

hi!i want to study business management,what are the requirements ? i had 20 points in business studies advance level in Cameroon but currently live in Capetown South Africa

Hi Dylan, if you'd like to study in Canada, you can find the entry requirements for business management courses on the official websites of Canadian universities. To help you choose a university, you may like to have a look at our rankings by subject for Business & Management. Our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada also contains lots of information. Hope this helps! 

Hi,i was accepted into sound design at Vancouver Film School.I studied Audio Production before and have been in music and Audio for over ten years now.I wish to do this one year sound design course and i was wondering if there is any way i could get a scholarship for that

Hi Saunyama, I'd advise you to check the official website of Vancouver Film School to see what scholarships or other funding opportunities they have available.

I wonder if you offer fund for master students.I am eager to continue my studies in Vancouver University :)

HI Laura
i want to know about the universities in Canada which provide masters in the field of mechanical engineering with low tuition fees my undergraduate percentage is 80

Hi Mohammed. We have a ranking of the world's top universities for mechanical engineering here, which you can filter by location to see results in Canada. You'll still need to check what programs are offered at each university, to see whether these match your interests, and also check the tuition fees based on the most recent information published by each institution. We also have a listing of scholarships to study in Canada here, which you may be interested in.

my name ahmed khalid passed my BBA DEGREE from sky line unversity sharajah seeking for addmission in canada for higher education

i passed my BBA from sharajah [sky line university ] seeking for higher education in canada at vancover area

How can I apply ?

Hi Nabota. What do you want to apply for?

what are the requirements for international students in studying Civil Engineering and scholarships available?

what are the requirements for a scholarship in the Chemical Engineering program? and is 18000USD the annual tuition fee?