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Future International Undergraduate Students

We're redefining engineering education.

At McMaster Engineering, we offer you more than a best-in-class degree. We offer experiences that help create global-ready, socially-aware citizens through project-based classes, flexible co-op work terms, research opportunities and dozens of clubs and teams. 

You define your experience, we'll help you get there. 

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DEGREE + EXPERIENCE

McMaster Engineers are empowered to be difference makers inside and outside of the classroom.

We will teach you to be the engineer who sees only solutions, not problems. The one who can adapt easily to any situation and thrive in today's dynamic technology-based economy. 

Discover more about what makes McMaster Engineering a top choice for international applicants: 

Expand your net worth and your network.

Every student has access to the co-op program. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there.

How it works:

  1. Your professional career starts in your first year with an introductory non-credit co-op course.
  2. Throughout the year, a team of 15 staff from the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office connect with more than 1,000 employers, bringing them directly to you through over 200 workshops and events annually. We also work with you to help navigate the job search, application, interview and offer process.
  3. Beginning as early as the summer after your first year, you can begin completing four month co-op positions.
  4. After your third year, you’ll have the option to complete longer, more immersive eight, 12 or 16 month positions.

All work + all play = opportunity.

Ridiculously active. Perpetually involved. Our students take extracurricular activity to the next level.

There are more than 50 Faculty of Engineering affiliated clubs and teams, with more than 1,400 members.

These are more than passion projects. McMaster Engineering offers course credit for students participating in both technical and non-technical clubs and teams.

The world needs engineers with heart. Ones who consider the all-important question: am I making the world a better place?

We are the first and only institution in Canada to participate in the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges Scholars Program, where students address the biggest challenges facing our planet, from creating more renewable energy to building resilient infrastructure. Through the McMaster Grand Challenges Program, you can gain experience, develop global awareness and earn credentials by completing a series of courses and participating in action-oriented programming.

Go and see the world! 

We have formal exchange programs with universities around the world, including the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and KTH Royal Institute in Sweden.

Whether it’s a research opportunity with Stanford University or a co-op with Microsoft, our students are frequently found south of the border in America gaining valuable international experiences.

We provide more opportunities to participate in research as an undergraduate engineering student than any university in Canada.

As part of Canada’s #1 Research Intensive University, McMaster faculty members are at the forefront of groundbreaking innovation. Our undergraduate students are right there alongside them as part of the team making new discoveries.

 Each year, you can find more than 500 students working alongside professors as research, teaching and technical assistants

Big Ideas are born at McMaster Engineering.

There’s a reason why so many of our students are also musicians, dancers, writers, poets and artists; engineering is a profession that is made for creative problem-solvers who use both sides of their brain to develop innovative solutions.

At McMaster, students learn to identify and frame problems, design and prototype solutions and pitch their big ideas to clients and investors.

6 ways to innovate in your degree:

  1. Engineering and iBioMed students kick-start their degree with an integrated
    first-year design course.
  2. Engineering students can choose the “& Management” option, offering the
    core of a commerce curriculum as an addition to their studies; or the “& Society”
    option, which gives students room to incorporate courses related to sustainability
    into their degree.
  3. 25 per cent of the BTech curriculum is made up of management courses.
  4. The Minor in Innovation adds entrepreneurial skills development to any degree.
  5. Complete a minor in theatre, dance, or music - or participate in the annual
    McMaster Engineering Musical!
  6. iBioMed students have courses in entrepreneurship embedded in their curriculum.

Did you know? We are the 1st Canadian university to offer digital degrees to graduates through blockchain technology.

Our students build each other up in a spirit of collaboration, not competition.

You’ll be welcomed to the MacEng community during Welcome Week - an energy-packed orientation where friendships are forged. Whether you’re living in residence in the Innovation and Society Living Learning Community or commuting from the GTA, you’ll quickly discover the #FireballFamily spirit.

No course assignment is more important than your mental and physical health. The Paws N’ Play dog therapy program brings furry friends right to you for a study break. McMaster’s Student Wellness Centre runs free yoga and mindfulness classes, nature walks, gardening therapy groups and device-free lunch sessions.

4 reasons why you belong at MacEng:

  1. Need to take a summer course? Interested in personal travel to a far-off destination? Our flexible co-op structure means that you can complete work terms when and where it works best.
  2. Hamilton has a small town vibe with the amenities of a big city. Nature lovers will find refuge in our many conservation areas, while foodies will find no shortage of tasty treats.
  3. A free gym membership on campus gives you access to the best indoor and outdoor physical activities.
  4. Academic Advisors are your go-to people for issues of any kind.

Did you know? 95% of students achieve first year success.

HOW WE RANK: Top 75 university globally, Top 3 engineering school in Ontario, Canada

McMaster Engineering climbs in Maclean\'s best university engineering programs rankings

October 6, 2019

McMaster Engineering climbs in Maclean's best university engineering programs rankings

The Faculty ranked 6th in Canada in magazine's annual higher education rankings, up one spot from last year.

 McMaster one of the world’s Top 75 universities

September 11, 2019

McMaster one of the world’s Top 75 universities

For the first time, McMaster is now ranked among the top 75 universities in the world.

McMaster places second in world for global impact

April 3, 2019

McMaster places second in world for global impact

McMaster University has placed second in the world in a new international ranking that recognizes the impact universities are making in their own countries and on a global scale.

Read about the international student experience at McMaster Engineering

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

April 4, 2019

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

Last year, 15 per cent of approximately 4,800 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering were international, coming from nearly 60 countries.

Join the club: How McMaster\'s clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

May 6, 2019

Join the club: How McMaster's clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

With more than 300 clubs and teams at McMaster University, there's something for everyone. Here's how some of McMaster Engineering's international students felt more at home as a result of them.

Gaining experience on the job

July 12, 2019

Gaining experience on the job

In 2017/2018, over 1,700 students participated in over 2,700 4-month co-op work terms across the globe.

AT A GLANCE: Quick facts and stats that you need to know about McMaster Engineering.

113 countries are represented by international students at McMaster.

International students make up 10.4% of the undergraduate population.

94% of graduates from McMaster find employment within 2 years of graduating. 

The Faculty of Engineering ranks #1 as the most diverse faculty at McMaster.

STUDY HERE, WORK ANYWHERE: Our students and alumni find employment across the world.

MacEng Meets Silicon Valley

Students from more than 60 countries choose McMaster Engineering. Find out why.

Meet Mia (China)

Meet Mia (China)

“McMaster University has a really welcoming atmosphere. People here help each other. We get to know each other. You need to put yourself out there and meet new people. Find out what you want to do and take the initiative to find opportunities for yourself.”

Meet Oluwatosin (Nigeria)

Meet Oluwatosin (Nigeria)

“Getting to know people at McMaster is easy ... People are willing to share notes and lend a helping hand when you need it.”

Meet Shaun (Malaysia)

Meet Shaun (Malaysia)

“I chose McMaster University because there’s a lot of nature, a lot of clubs and societies, and most importantly, there’s support. I chose Canada because of its reputation and openness worldwide. It reminds me of home in the sense that it’s open and friendlier than most countries."

Meet Sana (India/UAE)

Meet Sana (India/UAE)

“A lot of my relatives and family friends went to McMaster, so it was a recommended choice, especially Engineering. Canada connected with me because most of the companies here have a good work-life balance. It was a crucial reason that made me realize that this is somewhere I could build my career and future.”

Meet Fabiola (Mexico)

Meet Fabiola (Mexico)

"Even though I’m an international student, I feel like everyone around me is the same in a welcoming and nonjudgmental way. Everyone comes from different places and embraces that... My friends here feel like family."

Meet Kareem (Egypt/Saudi Arabia)

Meet Kareem (Egypt/Saudi Arabia)

“My favourite thing about McMaster is definitely the community. I feel part of it and that everyone around me is there for me. I can go up to someone random, ask for help and they wouldn’t reject me, or would lead me to someone who could help. Being part of this community is amazing.”

Meet Sa\'ida (Jordan)

Meet Sa'ida (Jordan)

“Canada is a very welcoming and inclusive place, and at McMaster, the Faculty of Engineering is especially diverse. The students are helpful. There’s a real sense of community. Hamilton is now home for me.”

Meet Haoran (China)

Meet Haoran (China)

“What we learn in the classroom is theoretical. Professors teach, but we need to design and use what we learn and apply them to real-life cases. These teams help process the concepts you learn in lecture to real robots and designs.”

Meet Troy (China)

Meet Troy (China)

“I realized that having a work-life balance is real. It’s necessary, as is taking initiative. A turning point for me was that I learned how to take control, rather than doing what people told me to do. The fact that people would respect the decisions I made was pretty cool.”

Meet Amy (Barbados)

Meet Amy (Barbados)

“I gained communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills [during co-op]. I never had experience working with customers, and was really shy to talk to them and meeting people. But it was different; a new experience. Co-op was my first real job experience.”

Meet Mrinal (India)

Meet Mrinal (India)

“Work hard and never be shy. Apply yourself and take initiative. Good things happen when you take initiative. I’ve met amazing people at Mac... People are generally friendly, helpful and supportive. You never know when somebody will help you back.”

View more profiles

View more profiles

Download the program guide to view more student profiles and find out what they love most about McMaster Engineering. 

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First year and beyond

Join the club: How McMaster\'s clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

May 6, 2019

Join the club: How McMaster's clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

With more than 300 clubs and teams at McMaster University, there's something for everyone. Here's how some of McMaster Engineering's international students felt more at home as a result of them.

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

April 4, 2019

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

Last year, 15 per cent of approximately 4,800 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering were international, coming from nearly 60 countries.

Gaining experience on the job

July 12, 2019

Gaining experience on the job

In 2017/2018, over 1,700 students participated in over 2,700 4-month co-op work terms across the globe.

Welcome to Hamilton! This "City of Waterfalls" (more than 120 of them!) is the 9th largest metropolis in Canada. Located 45 minutes south of Toronto and 45 minutes northwest of Niagara Falls, Hamilton is close to many attractions.  

McMaster University is the perfect mix of city and nature! Located 10 minutes west of downtown Hamilton (next to Westdale Village, a popular off-campus student community) campus is also situated on 300 acres of natural protected land that includes the Royal Botanical Gardens!

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WALK THE CAMPUS: Check us out on Google Maps.

BIKE THE CAMPUS: Locations within 30 min of campus.

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EXPLORE THE CAMPUS: A bird's eye view.

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Hamilton in the News

Top 25 communities in Canada

Top 25 communities in Canada

Maclean’s calculated which cities and towns offer the best quality of life in Canada. Hamilton ranked as #24!

Weekend Getaway: Yes, Hamilton is well worth a visit

Weekend Getaway: Yes, Hamilton is well worth a visit

What’s an easy day trip from Toronto that doesn’t require much planning? It’s Hammer Time.

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to find 30 things to do within 30 minutes of campus!

Worried about moving to a new country?

In global rankings, Canada is consistently ranked as a top country to live in for quality of life. Canada is a multicultural mosaic, with people that embrace diversity, are notoriously friendly, and are considered top talent for major international corporations. 

At McMaster, we have a variety of on and off campus supports and services available to help you adjust and thrive in Canada and at McMaster University. 

Use this list of resources to help you get started. If you can't find what you are looking for, email us at thinkeng@mcmaster.ca

Advice from current international students

The 7 best things to do in Hamilton

The 7 best things to do in Hamilton

We asked some of our international students what they love doing off-campus.

The 6 items every international student should pack when coming to McMaster

The 6 items every international student should pack when coming to McMaster

We asked first-year international students what they're glad they brought to Canada.

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Apply to McMaster Engineering in 4 steps: 

Click on each box below to be redirected to pages explaining each step. 

Money Matters

We know that tuition, cost of living, and scholarships are important to you, so we've listed resources and information below to help get you started on your journey. Read more about our co-op, student work programs, scholarships, and more.

84% of international students choose the co-op option.

Students can work anywhere in the world, including for US employers such as Google, Microsoft, & Tesla

 

EXPLORE CO-OP

Engineering Honour Award (Automatic)

International Engineering 1 applicants will automatically receive awards of: 

Final Average
Award Amount
95%+
$2,500
90-94.99%
$1,000
88-89.99%
$750

B.Tech. Entrance Scholarship (Automatic)

International Bachelor of Technology applicants coming from high school will automatically receive awards of: 

Final Average
Award Amount
88%+
$2,000

Faculty of Engineering Entrance Scholarships (Application)*

International students are welcome to apply for over $1,000,000 in available scholarships! ONLY ONE APPLICATION is required to be considered for all eligible Faculty of Engineering entrance scholarships. 

Click here to apply 

Bursaries (Application)

International students, enrolled in Level II or higher and demonstrate financial need, can apply for the McMaster General Bursary Program!

Click HERE for details.

In-course Awards (Automatic & Application)

International students are eligible for our in-course awards once they have started studies. Both automatic and application-based, these awards are typically awarded based on grades.

Learn More

Research Experience Awards (Automatic)

All Faculty of Engineering application-based entrance scholarship winners are guaranteed a research position in the summer after first year. Valued at $6,000 and can count as co-op.

Read about past researchers

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We offer student work-programs  throughout the school-year and summer for international students who demonstrate financial need.  There are more than 1250 jobs available with more than 110 different McMaster departments.

 

International students have access to our world-class co-op program. Fully paid ($50,000 average annual salary) positions available in Canada or abroad. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there.

Learn more about co-op.

Tuition fees vary by program, citizenship status, and number of units.  Head to our Student Accounts website to read more about tuition rates.

Program
Number of Units
BTech
30
Computer Science
30
Engineering
37
iBioMed
37

Want to get a bigger picture of what your first year will cost?

Use our cost-estimator to input your information and calculate your costs.

Inputs include citizenship status, program, and where you will be living! Other costs are pre-populed or you can add in your own amounts.

Estimate costs now!

Please see here for McMaster University entrance awards for international students!

There are no scholarships offered by McMaster that will fully cover tuition costs for international students.