Migration campuses


GTCA Campuses

With access to six universities and twelve junior colleges in an 8 kilometre (5 mi) radius right in the downtown core, Montreal has a very high concentration of post-secondary students compared to other major cities in North America (4.38 students per 100 residents, followed by Boston at 4.37 students per 100 residents).

  • Total Number of University Students in and near Montreal: 335,200
  • Public CEGEP’s in the same area: 34
  • Private CEGEP’s in the same area: 25
  • Private colleges under license in the same area: 29
  • Government colleges in the same area: 7
  • Total of Colleges: 95

French-Language Universities

There are two French-language universities located in the city of Montreal:

Additionally, two French-language universities, Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval have campuses in the nearby suburb of Longueuil on Montreal’s south shore.

English-Language Universities

There are also two English language universities in the city:

  • McGill University is one of the oldest and most renowned schools in Canada, a major research university, and has been rated as Canada’s best university by various sources, and the twelfth best in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds.
  • Concordia University is the other English-language university, created from the merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. According to a worldwide ranking by the École des Mines de Paris, Concordia ranks first among Canadian and 33rd among world universities in terms of graduates occupying the rank of Chief Executive Officer at Fortune 500 companies.


The education system in the province of Quebec is slightly different from other systems in North America. Between the high school and university levels, there is an additional college level called CEGEP. It is at the same time a preparatory school (preparing students for admission to university) and a technical school (offering courses which lead to technical diplomas and specializations). In Montreal, seventeen CEGEPs offer courses in French and five in English.

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