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Future International Undergraduate Students

McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering is the ideal destination for international students from around the globe looking to pursue an innovative undergraduate degree in engineering and technology. 

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

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 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 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.”

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.

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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.

HOW WE RANK: Top 100 university globally, top 10 engineering school in Canada.

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.

McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the world’s best

July 30, 2018

McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the world’s best

ShanghaiRanking, a top higher education ranking, rated 16 McMaster Engineering academic disciplines among the best in the world.

McMaster maintains status as Canada’s most research-intensive university

October 25, 2018 / Source: McMaster Brighter World

McMaster maintains status as Canada’s most research-intensive university

For the second consecutive year, McMaster has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university in the annual ranking of the country’s Top 50 Research Universities. McMaster researchers brought in $379.9 million in total sponsored research income – up more than $25 million from last year.

McMaster ranked among the world’s top 100 universities

September 27, 2018 / Source: Brighter World

McMaster ranked among the world’s top 100 universities

McMaster has again been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.

McMaster wins Global Teaching Excellence Award

July 20, 2018 / Source: McMaster Daily News

McMaster wins Global Teaching Excellence Award

McMaster has won the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award based on the strength of its experiential learning opportunities, a commitment to global engagement and the work of the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

Student satisfaction helps drive McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings

October 11, 2018 / Source: McMaster Daily News

Student satisfaction helps drive McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings

McMaster University has jumped two places to No. 4 on the Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities, in the category for universities with a broad range of research and PhD programs, including medical schools.

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

MacEng Meets Silicon Valley

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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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.

MacEng students compete on a global stage

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

November 5, 2018

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

A collaborative team that includes students from McMaster’s Automotive Engineering Technology program won a first place award at the prestigious Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Annual Global Forum.

Student team prepares for International Space Station Launch with flight program

September 7, 2018

Student team prepares for International Space Station Launch with flight program

The McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team (MIST) launched components of their satellite system approximately 100,000 ft. in the air aboard a high altitude balloon this past Tuesday.

Searching for a silent threat: McMaster Engineering grads receive James Dyson Award for cancer detection device

November 9, 2017

Searching for a silent threat: McMaster Engineering grads receive James Dyson Award for cancer detection device

What started as a final year engineering class project at McMaster University is now an internationally recognized improved solution for the early detection of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Faculty from around the world come to teach at this prestigious institution.

Fresh Faces: Seshasai Srinivasan

July 18, 2018

Fresh Faces: Seshasai Srinivasan

Seshasai Srinivasan is an assistant professor and the program chair of the Software Engineering Technology program in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. He joined McMaster in 2013. Here, he shares his thoughts on walking, teaching and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Fresh Faces: Neslihan Dogan

February 11, 2019

Fresh Faces: Neslihan Dogan

Neslihan Dogan is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In her Fresh Faces spotlight, Neslihan talks about her Turkish roots, passions outside of McMaster, pursuing metallurgy and the hidden talents of dessert chefs.

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

November 26, 2018

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

In 2013, Li Xi landed his dream job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster. In his Fresh Faces spotlight he discusses his upbringing in Suzhou, China, the rewards of connecting with students and decoding experiments on polymer materials. 

Our research is far-reaching and partnerships are global.

McMaster Engineering alumna wins Nobel Prize in Physics

October 2, 2018

McMaster Engineering alumna wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Donna Strickland, a McMaster alumna who received her Bachelor of Engineering degree (B. Eng) in engineering physics in 1981, has won the Nobel Prize in Physics, the first woman to do so in 55 years and one of only three in the history of the award.

McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator

August 16, 2017

McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator

Doyle is among a team of experts from Harvard and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, who worked with NASA to build an immersive simulator to run medical emergencies that could happen in deep space.

Exploring the future of urban life: McMaster faculties partner with Stanford on Digital Cities Program

October 19, 2017

Exploring the future of urban life: McMaster faculties partner with Stanford on Digital Cities Program

The DeGroote School of Business and McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering have joined forces with Stanford University, becoming the only other academic partners to enter Stanford’s Digital Cities Program.

Using the power of big data to improve maternal health in Africa

June 8, 2018

Using the power of big data to improve maternal health in Africa

Tom Wanyama has lots of ideas about how to improve maternal and infant health in his native Uganda.

Materials experts gather to combat climate change

March 16, 2018

Materials experts gather to combat climate change

Scientists, academics and experts from around the world gathered in Hamilton on March 15-16 to discuss how advances in clean energy materials can combat climate change.

McMaster develops better way of testing batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles

December 1, 2017

McMaster develops better way of testing batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles

A research project between McMaster University and academic and industry partners in Canada and China has resulted in new technology in the testing of battery cells and electric motors.