Higher Education in Canada

Canada offers a wide range of higher education options and life-enriching experiences at its universities and colleges.

These institutions are diverse in both their size and the programs they offer, and are located across the country, with at least one in every province.

The provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including universities.

There's no federal ministry of education or formal accreditation system.

Instead, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, coupled with the university's provincial government charter, is generally deemed the equivalent.

There are currently 95 universities with membership in AUCC.

Degree programs

Universities offer programs that range from fine art, biology and commerce to astronomy, media studies and religion.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in Canada, as well as professional degree programs and certificates.

Regardless of the program, a Canadian degree is globally recognized and considered equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities.

Academic quality

Canadian universities receive a huge amount of public funds. This means their courses, particularly at the undergraduate level, are uniform in quality.

While Canadian universities design their own missions and pursue their own futures, they consistently demonstrate an excellent ability to cooperate with one another and work collectively.

Further information

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