Another montrealer here, and also not a fan of the student protests. Printemps Quebecois? Give me a break!
I've studied at both McGill and UBC, and I would argue they are the countries top schools overall. Which might also make it harder to get into, but worth a shot! Here's my take on it:
UBC - I met a LOT of international/exchange students there and LOVED my experience, made tons of friends, partied every night since almost everyone lived on campus. Its very far from downtown though, so that can be annoying. the cost of living in BC is pretty high, and they have very weird liquor laws (no beer at the grocery store? No wine at the gas station? Thats just weird! lol). Vancouver is a great city, and BC is really beautiful. And oh-my-god, the food is sooo good!
McGill - Montreal is the best city in north america during the summer time, impossible to be bored, there is always something going on. during winter it gets cold, really really cold, and the parties aren't as great. Cold beer available everywhere though! McGill students tend to be a-holes and I always hated the atmosphere there. Lots of pretencious pricks, the stereotypes are true.
Concordia - all my friends went to concordia. John Molson School of Business is great, as is the fine arts department. Thats about it. Expect a more laidback vibe than you would find at McGill.
I would look into which school/program appeals to you and contact them about the application procedure. Normally, deadlines to apply are in january/february for the semester beginning in September of that year.
Last edited by SuperGirl23 (4-15-2012 5:54 PM)