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Study abroad destinations: Canada Vs Australia

OSHCstudents – When deciding about which country to join for advanced studies, aspirants often find themselves confused. The decision regarding the country, university, the course is a big decision. Canada and Australia are the preferred destinations for people wanting to study abroad.

Both Canada and Australia are renowned for having top universities for studying abroad. These two countries are geographically poles apart which makes it more interesting to do a comparative analysis of the universities, courses programs and opportunities available in these countries.

The best universities of Canada are close to the industrial regions of Canada. Ontario has 6 of the top 11 Canadian universities. On the other hand, Australian universities are distributed over the country with universities at Canberra, Melbourne, Queensland, Perth, Adelaide etc.


Study abroad destinations: Canada Vs Australia

Canadian and Australian universities in the top 100

Rank Canada Rank Australia
31 University of Toronto 20 The Australian National University
32 McGill University 41 The University of Melbourne
51 University of British Columbia 45 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
90 University of Alberta 47 The University of Queensland
50 The University of Sydney
60 Monash University
93 The University of Western Australia

Both Canada and Australia have the top student cities of the world. Canada has 5 cities in the top 100 positions while 7 Australian cities are among the top 100 student cities of the world.

Best student cities: Australia and Canada

Rank Canada Rank Australia
1 Montreal 5 Melbourne
10 Vancouver 13 Sydney
11 Toronto 20 Brisbane
26 Ottawa 22 Canberra
72 Quebec 44 Adelaide
50 Perth
78 Gold Coast

Canada and Australia: Subject ranking of universities

Canadian universities have been ranked better for courses in Natural Sciences with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia rank 22 and 35 respectively. There are a number of top courses which can be pursued in Canada. Australian universities have consistently topped the subject ranking lists. The Australian National University, University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales are known as the best universities of Australia.

Canada Australia
Rank University Rank University
Arts and Humanities
18 University of Toronto 10 The Australian National University
29 University of British Columbia 15 The University of Sydney
43 McGill University 17 The University of Melbourne
133 Université de Montréal 36 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
133 University of Alberta 40 Monash University
Engineering and Technology
34 University of Toronto 28 The University of Melbourne
53 University of British Columbia 31 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
60 University of Waterloo 41 The University of Sydney
63 McGill University 44 Monash University
144 University of Alberta 46 The Australian National University
Life Sciences and Technology
15 University of Toronto 13 The University of Melbourne
28 McGill University 17 The University of Sydney
28 University of British Columbia 28 Monash University
55 McMaster University 32 The University of Queensland
76 Université de Montréal 44 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
Natural Sciences
22 University of Toronto 29 The University of Melbourne
35 University of British Columbia 36 The University of Sydney
46 McGill University 38 The Australian National University
111 University of Waterloo 75 The University of Queensland
143 University of Alberta 83 Monash University
Social sciences and Management
30 University of Toronto 14 The University of Melbourne
35 University of British Columbia 20 The Australian National University
49 McGill University 22 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
91 The University of Western Ontario 25 The University of Sydney
116 Université de Montréal 29 Monash University

Difference between study in Canada and Australia

The two higher education destinations can be compared. Know the difference between study in Canada and Australia on the basis of individual subject rank, tuition fee, living expenses as well as major industries and their top players.

Universities and Subject Rank

The University of Toronto has been ranked within the top 10 for Nursing, Sports related subjects, Anatomy and Physiology, Geography and Education and training. The university itself at 31st in all categories has done exceptionally well in a number of subjects. The other subjects in which Canadian universities lead are Engineering: Mineral and technology, Anatomy and physiology.

Australian universities, on the other hand, have consistently performed well in all the major subjects.

Canadian Universities and their Subject Rank

Subjects offered by Universities Rank
University of Toronto


Sports related subject


Anatomy and physiology




Education and Training


McGill University
Anatomy and physiology


Engineering: Mineral and technology


University of British Columbia
Sports related subject




Engineering: Mineral and technology


University of Alberta
Sports related subject


Australian Universities and their Subject Rank

Subjects offered by Universities Rank
The Australian National University


Social policy and administration


Arts and humanities


The University of Sydney
Sports related subject




Anatomy and physiology


The University of Melbourne
Education and Training


The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
Engineering: Mineral and mining


Monash University
Pharmacy and Pharmacology


University of Queensland
Engineering: Mineral and Mining


Sports related subject


Tuition Fee

Canadian university course fee starts at approximately CA$14,000 per year for the undergraduate programme. Post graduate course fee at Canadian universities are considerably higher than the undergraduate fee and are around $ 41,920 – $46,820.

Tuition fees of Australian universities are in the range of A$15,000 to $33,000 for Bachelor’s degrees, $20,000 to $37,000 for Masters programmes and $14,000 to $37,000 for PhD courses. Course fee for management programmes is much higher both in Canada and Australia.

Living expenses

Canadian living per month for a student has been estimated to be around $10,000 – $15,000 per annum. The living costs also depend upon the city and lifestyle. Typically bigger cities are more expensive than the smaller cities. There are a number of things to know before aspirants decide Canada as a study destination.

For applying for an Australian student visa, students have to prove that they at least A$19,830 per annum to cover living costs. The visa category (Student visa sub class 500) is same for all international students aspiring to study in Australia.


Canada and Australia both have the some of the top organizations in the world. Canada enjoys the proximity of USA which has the most universities in the top 100. Australia, on the other hand, has abundant mineral resources which have helped its industries. The various industries and its major players are listed here:

  1. Manufacturing sector: Top manufacturing industry is the automotive industry. Major players of the automotive industry are General Motors, Toyota, and Ford. Included in this industry are leading bus and track manufacturers like Volvo Bus, Motor Coach Industries, and Hino
  2. Machinery and equipment sector: This sector includes agricultural machinery, metalworking machinery, natural gas and oil drilling equipment, mining equipment, and others
  3. Biopharmaceutical industry: A fast growing industry with production and R&D facilities. Top companies are Abbott Point-of-Care, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, and others.
  4. Chemicals industry: Top companies are Shell Chemicals, Dow Chemical, Sabic, INEOS,
  5. Food processing industry has a number of interested investors. Top investors are Louis Dreyfus Mitsui Foods, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Meiji Seika Kaisha
  6. Retail and institutional banking and advisory and financial management services: Top organizations are Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Nova Scotia, and the Bank of Montreal.

Australia, the island nation, has been leading the world in a number of industries. Australia has some of the leading companies in every industry.

  1. The financial Industry: Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ
  2. The Business Consulting Firms: IBM, Oracle, Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst&Young, Deloitte, McKinsey have their offices in Australia. The country also has top tier consulting firms like Nous Group, Pacific Strategy Partners, Port Jackson Partners.
  3. Metal and Mining industry: BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, Newcrest Mining, South32, OZ Minerals
  4. Energy and Utilities Industry: Woodside Petroleum Limited, Santos Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Coal & Allied Industries, Oil Search
  5. Industrial and Material Industry: Leighton Holdings, Orica, Brambles, Amcor, Transurban Group
  6. Healthcare Industry: CSL, Resmed Inc., Sonic Healthcare, Cochlear, Ramsay Health Care

Data Source: QS Rankings

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