Academics Without Borders’ Network of Universities

AWB’s Network is a consortium of universities, which helps each member institution to connect with institutions of higher education in some of the least developed countries in the world. Universities pay a modest annual fee for belonging to the Network and it provides its members with a range of benefits. To be a member of the Network, universities in Canada must be members of Universities Canada and universities in the United States must be accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. If your university is interested becoming a member and wishes to have more information about the Network, please contact AWB’s Network Manager, Dominique Van de Maele, at

Internationalization of Universities

In a globalized world, universities are key institutions for deepening understanding of the world and connecting their academics, students, staff and administrators with people beyond national borders. Most universities are committed to internationalizing their activities to foster a global outlook in their teaching and research. This globalization takes various forms, including recruiting foreign students, encouraging faculty members to do research in collaboration with foreign researchers and their students to study abroad, inviting foreign scholars to spend time at their institutions, and signing memoranda of agreement for cooperation with a range of foreign institutions. However, most of this outreach is to universities located in the world’s better-off countries. The AWB Network broadens the scope of the international outreach of member universities by facilitating their connection with universities in poorer-developed countries, and it deepens members’ engagement by focusing on sustainable improvements in the operation of those foreign universities.

The following universities are members of the Network:

Brock University

Established in 1964, Brock University is one of Canada’s top post-secondary institutions. Located in historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city with beautiful natural surroundings. With more than 18,000 students in seven diverse Faculties, Brock University offers an academic experience that’s second to none. We focus on your career with co-op and service learning options that provide maximum exposure to your chosen field of study. Brock offers unique, transdisciplinary programs with students and faculty taking on real-world problems – and finding solutions. The campus is located only minutes away from the world famous Niagara Falls, atop the Niagara Escarpment, in the midst of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Brock International Services
Tel: +1 (905) 688-5550 ext. 4088

Carleton University

Established in 1942, Carleton University is based in Canada’s capital city with six faculties, over 100 programs, and more than 28,000 students, Carleton ranks as one of the country’s best comprehensive universities. Carleton is a public university with internationally-recognized expertise in international affairs, journalism, political science, public policy, public administration and engineering. Many of the institution’s 850 faculty members have extensive experience in international development. Carleton has a deep commitment to community and global engagement, with a worldwide alumni of over 130,000 graduates and formal agreements with close to 250 institutions throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Carleton International
Tel: +1 (613) 520-6655

Concordia University

Concordia University defines next-generation education by anticipating the future of what a university can and should be. Our research and teaching is daring, transformative and distinct with a “big thinking” approach that examines societal issues from an expansive, interdisciplinary perspective. Concordia is an open and engaged university that encourages students to become active, critical and global citizens. As part of Montreal’s fabric, we are deeply connected to the city — and we are deeply connected to the world at large. More than 46,000 students choose Concordia each year. Globally, we have nearly 200,000 graduates.

 Concordia International
Tel: +1 (514) 848-2424 ext. 4989

Queen’s University

Founded in 1841, Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, renowned for fundamental advances in physics, health care, the environment, materials and energy, as well as its contributions to public policy, economics, law and culture. Located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Queen’s is a mid-sized university with several faculties, colleges and professional schools. Queen’s attracts a vibrant community of international students from more than 100 countries. The university also has an international campus, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), located in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, United Kingdom. Queen’s researchers are the recipients of exceptional national and international research accolades, including the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize, both awarded to Dr. Arthur McDonald.  From 2003-2013, Queen’s ranked first in the number of awards and prizes per full-time faculty against all Canadian universities. Since 2014, Queen’s has maintained a second place position.

Queen’s University International
Tel: +1 (613) 533-3208

MacEwan Univesity 

Founded in 1971 as a community college, MacEwan University is an exclusively undergraduate university offering degrees, certificates, and diplomas in six faculties, Arts and Science, Business, Nursing, Fine Arts and Communication, Community and Health Studies, and Continuing Education.  With 19,200 individual students, MacEwan is located in Edmonton, Alberta which has a population of approximately 1.3 million people.  Located in the downtown core, MacEwan is an urban institution, which closely interacts with the Edmonton community.  Student-focused, MacEwan places a high priority on providing students with a supportive learning environment even as its faculty are engaged in development and research work around the world.  MacEwan International, the institution’s international arm, welcomes about 1,100 international students each year, and supports 35 active exchange programs with universities in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

MacEwan International
Tel: +1 780 497 5651

McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 40,000 students, including more than 9,400 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 10,200 international students making up 25.5 per cent of the student body. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 20 per cent of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

McGill University (International)
Tel:  +1 (514) 398 2161

McMaster University

Since 1887, McMaster University has been dedicated to the cultivation of human potential, a commitment we demonstrate every day through our ground-breaking approaches to teaching and learning and our world-class, interdisciplinary research. In our teaching, research and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do. We serve the social, cultural and economic needs of our community and global societies. One of only four Canadian Universities consistently ranked in the world’s top 100, McMaster has a proud tradition of academic and research excellence, evidenced by the achievements of our best and brightest whose ranks include three Nobel Prize winners, global business leaders, technological innovators, prominent politicians, public intellectuals, philanthropists and performers. The McMaster community includes 22,558 full-time undergraduate students, 3,519 full-time graduate students, 985 full-time instructional faculty (excluding clinical educators) and 170,654 alumni, based in 137 countries worldwide.

Office of International Affairs
Tel: +1 (905) 525-9140 ext. 24700
Email: oia@mcmaster.c

Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community. Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 master’s and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: research funding has increased nearly 400% since 2000. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. The university’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is represented most distinctly by the DMZ. Ranked the number 1 university-based business incubator in North America, the DMZ is a multi-disciplinary co-working space for the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Ryerson International
Tel: + 1 (416) 979-5000 ext. 3675

Saint Mary’s University

Set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint Mary’s University is Canada’s most international university with student representation from over 115 countries.  The University offers undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, and Commerce, as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees and pre-professional programs.  As one of the country’s leading business schools, the Sobey School of Business offers a PhD in Management, Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Finance, Bachelor Commerce and a wide range of professional programs.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers master’s programs across all faculties, one graduate diploma program and doctoral programs in business administration, astronomy and psychology.  The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has one of the largest collections of occupational health psychologists in a university setting in North America.

SMU International
Tel: +1 (902) 420-5401

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a public research university in Burnaby, British Columbia. It was established in 1965, and now has more than 30,000 students enrolled.  Maclean’s Magazine has recognized Simon Fraser University as Canada’s top comprehensive university 12 times over the past 25 years, including seven of the last eight years. Notable alumni include Terry Fox, and former premiers of British Columbia Glen Clark, Gordon Campbell and Ujjal Dosanjh.

SFU International
Tel: + 1 (778) 782-9474

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. The U of A is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and attracts more than $480 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone. The university has more than 260,000 alumni worldwide.

University of Alberta International
Tel:+1 (780) 492-2692

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s top young university under 50 years of age and the top six research university in Canada. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016-17, we are making tremendous progress on our journey to become one of Canada’s top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes.’.  The University of Calgary is a comprehensive public research university located in Calgary, Alberta, established in 1966. It is composed of 14 faculties and over 85 research institutes and centres. More than 30,000 students were enrolled in 2016, with over 155,000 alumni in 152 countries, including James Gosling, who invented the Java computer language, former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk.

International Office
Tel: +1 (403) 220-7702

University of Manitoba

For nearly 140 years the University of Manitoba has been recognized as Manitoba’s premier university – shaping our leaders, enhancing our community, and conducting world-class research. Our home is Manitoba but our impact is global. The University has a tradition of excellence in research, scholarly work and creative activities. Our connection to the agricultural and natural landscapes of the Canadian Prairie, to the Arctic, to local and Indigenous communities has shaped our research focus. We have made pioneering contributions in many fields and developed life-changing solutions to problems being faced by peoples in Manitoba, Canada and the world. Through projects and collaborative activities around the globe, University of Manitoba faculty, staff and students bring international perspectives to learning and research and enrich the overall university experience. They become crucial agents of change in our local and global community.

Research and International
Tel: +1 (204) 474-6915

University of Montreal

A renowned university

Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal (UdeM), with its two affiliated schools, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal, is the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, UdeM ranks in the first percentile of the world’s best universities and is the only French-speaking North American University on the list of the 150 best universities in all international rankings.

A wide variety of programs

With its 15 faculties and schools, the Université de Montréal offers programs in almost all academic fields. UdeM is the Canadian university that provides the most comprehensive range of life sciences programs. More than 66,000 students – including over 9,000 international students – are enrolled in its 250 undergraduate programs and 350 graduate programs. The Université de Montréal awards more than 12,000 diplomas every year.

A leader in research

The Université de Montréal is one of Canada’s major research centres. With its affiliated schools and its strong network of affiliated hospitals, it brings together more than 2,700 professors and researchers from all the fundamental disciplines, some 465 research units, and one of Canada’s largest student bodies at the master’s and doctoral levels. The University earmarks more than half a billion dollars for basic and applied research each year.

University of Montreal International
Tel: 514 343-2045

University of Saskatchewan

Located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan is a dynamic, research-intensive institution set in a picturesque, century-old campus that is recognized as one of the most beautiful in Canada.

More than 20,000 students from around the world are pursuing an education at this prestigious institution, which offers several highly recognized programs including agriculture and bioresources, environmental science and veterinary medicine. The U of S hosts world-class centers, including the Canadian Light Source synchrotron. Signature research areas are: Aboriginal engagement and scholarship, agriculture, energy and mineral resources, synchrotron sciences, water security and one health. The influence of our more than 146,000 alumni can be felt worldwide, where University of Saskatchewan graduates are using their knowledge and experience in many diverse fields, from cutting-edge computer science to the highest ranks of government.

In addition to having the opportunity to work and study at one of Canada’s top research universities, our students, faculty, researchers and staff enjoy a high level of support typical of a smaller university, creating an environment that inspires collaboration, innovation and discovery.

International Research and Partnerships
Tel: +1 (306) 966-5904

University of Toronto

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. We are proud to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate.

U of T’s globally-recognized network of faculty members, alumni and partners creates a unique educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students. With one of the strongest teaching faculties across all disciplines – spanning medicine to business, urban studies to engineering, humanities to education, and more – our students have the opportunity to learn from and work with professors who are some of today’s thought leaders.

The ideas and inventions that are created here make their way into the global economy in many ways, through start-ups, small businesses, commercialization and partnerships. You can see U of T members engaged in community projects, our faculty experts in the news, and over 500,000 graduates spread across 140 countries.

International Relations
Tel: +1 (416) 946-8828

University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg is a public university in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, created in 1938 following the merger of Manitoba College and Wesley College. The University has five undergraduate Faculties:  Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Science, and Kinesiology and Applied Health, as well as graduate programs. It had almost 10,000 enrolled students in 2015. University of Winnipeg was ranked 13th for Primarily Undergraduate schools by Macleans in 2016.  The University of Winnipeg offers several programs and services to Aboriginal people, and. with Lakehead University, was one of the first Universities to mandate that all undergraduate students take a course to learn about Indigenous peoples.

Tel: +1 (204) 988-7103

Western University

With annual research funding of $235 million, and a strong international reputation, Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Founded in 1878, Western is a public university offering more than 400 undergraduate programs and more than 120 Master’s and Doctoral programs. With more than 37,000 students from 121 countries around the world, Western is a global university with over 284,000 alumni, including government officials, leading academics, health experts, business leaders, Rhodes Scholars and distinguished fellows.

Western International
Tel: +1 (519) 661-2111 ext. 89309

Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurier is named after the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. It is a leading comprehensive university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a deep commitment to both teaching and research, combined with a strong student focus and distinct sense of community.  As our mission statement says, we have a commitment to global engagement and we challenge people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. With roots stretching back to 1911, Laurier now has more than 19,000 students at campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, and locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Global Engagement
Tel: +1 (519) 884 0710 x6842

York University

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-discipline programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni.

York University’s fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

York International
Tel: + 1 (416) 736-5177