Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Language Universities: Canada

We've covered the top language universities in both the US and the UK now. So what about Canada? We didn't mean to leave out the Canucks and with the number of academic institutions they have in the top 100 for languages, we couldn't!

Without further ado, we present the top language universities of Canada!

The Butchart Gardens near Victoria
 look like a great place to study!
University of Victoria

Thanks to the Brits and Greenwich Mean Time, you can't study much farther west without being in the East. The university is only 50 years old, but don't let that put you off. The University of Victoria boasts an impressive language faculty and all this on an island!? It's also known for its mild climate and beautiful gardens. (Calm down Brits!) 

University of Calgary

If you head northwest from the University of Victoria, you'll find the University of Calgary just past the Canadian Rockies. It's also a "young" university,  but it has achieved high status as one of Canada's top research institutions. The university's Language Research Centre includes a database that holds recordings of every translation of the first Harry Potter book, from West Greenlandic to Ancient Greek. Apparently it's called Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis in Latin!

Queen's University also uses Herstmonceux Castle in
England as their international study centre!
Queen's University

In 1841, the Church of Scotland founded Queen's College in Kingston, Ontario with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. However, the institution has been secular since 1912, when its name was changed to Queen's University. Language course offerings include Mohawk, an indigenous language spoken by about 3,000 members of the Mohawk Nation in the U.S. and Canada. There's the occasional course on Inuit languages as well. Not many universities can offer that!

University of Alberta

Located in Edmonton, the University of Alberta was established in 1908 and can boast having been in the top five universities in Canada. Undergraduates can major in languages such as Polish and Italian, while graduate students can study for a MA or PhD in subjects such as Ukrainian folklore and Slavic linguistics. 

You can also visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
York University

The third-largest university in Canada, York University is located in Toronto. It's home to top business and law schools, as well as being an important member of the Canadian Space Program, especially in relation to the exploration of Mars! If that doesn't sound cool enough to you, perhaps you'll be excited by one of the widest language selections available of any Canadian university. They even offer Jamaican Creole and Swahili.  

Université de Montréal

If you're a French speaker, the Université de Montréal in Québec might just be the perfect place for you. It's one of the largest research institutions in the Canada, even aiding in the Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb. That's long in the past though, so don't let it keep you from attending an excellent language school that offers courses in Japanese and German, among others. 

Could the campus be more beautiful?
University of British Columbia

If you've always wanted to live in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia can give you the chance. It's only 20 minutes away from downtown, plus it's close to beaches and the mountains. What more could you ask for? The language program also boasts a First Nations Languages Program which can give you an introduction to a number of indigenous languages such as Cree, as well as a course on endangered languages and their revitalization. 

The Jacques Cartier bridge across the Saint Lawrence River.
McGill University

Want to live in Montréal but not ready to do your degree in French? McGill University might be the place for you. Most instruction at this public institution is in English, though in most circumstances you can turn in your work in French if you'd prefer. They offer degrees in over 300 fields of study, so there are plenty of exciting things for you to try out if you like the idea of being a lifelong student. The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department has lots to offer, including courses on Russian opera.

University of Toronto

Last but not least, we have the University of Toronto. Founded by a royal charter in 1827, it was originally known as King's College and controlled by the Church of England. It boasts some major scientific achievements, including the creation of insulin as an injection to treat diabetes, which got their team a Nobel Prize in 1923. But you want to know about the language offerings, right? There are plenty to choose from, including Bengali, Estonian, Ojibwa, Sanskrit, and Tibetan!