Québec is Canada’s largest province by area, and the second most populous province after Ontario. It is the only province to have a predominantly French speaking population, where French is the sole provincial official language. While Québec City is the political capital of this province, Montreal is considered its cultural and economic capital due to its rich culture and history.
Students from all over the world are drawn to this province because of the quality of life offered here. Each year, more than 40,000 students from different countries choose to study in Québec. Whilst studying here, you could also find time for activity and leisure by skiing, celebrating at the Québec City Summer Festival, exploring North America’s oldest shopping district, or watching an ice hockey tournament – the possibilities in Québec are endless!
With French as the predominant language of Québec and 80% of the population speaking it as their first language, it is no wonder that the province’s institutes of higher education are majorly Francophone. In fact, there are only three universities and five colleges that are English speaking in the entire province. Lately, more and more institutions are offering English language programs which are gaining popularity.
Québec’s highest performing universities in terms of graduate programs are:
1. McGill University (English)
McGill is ranked number one in Canada among all the major research universities in the Maclean’s 24th annual rankings (2016-17), maintaining this position for the 12th consecutive year. Internationally, McGill ranked 32nd in the world and 2nd in Canada in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
2. Concordia University (English)
The John Molson School of Business here is rated one of the best in Canada.
3. University of Montreal (French)
This is Quebec’s largest research institution and is ranked as one of the top 100 universities globally.
4. Ecole Polytechnique de Monreal (French)
This is considered one of the top engineering schools in Canada.
Capital city: Québec City
Motto: Je me souviens
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