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Thompson Rivers University (commonly referred to as TRU) is a public teaching and research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational training. Its main campus is in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and its name comes from the two rivers which converge in Kamloops, the North Thompson and South Thompson. The university has a satellite campus in Williams Lake, BC and a distance education division called TRU-Open Learning. It also has several international partnerships through its TRU World division.

TRU welcomes international students from around the world and has a strong community of Asian students studying there.

TRU’s modern combination of excellent teaching, community-inspired research, flexible learning pathways and dedicated student support create an environment where research, creation and innovation thrive – and so do its students.

Nowhere in Canada has the evolution of post-secondary education been more dramatic than in Kamloops, BC. The last two decades have seen a transition from community college to an innovative university-college, and now to a full provincial university with a unique mandate. Thompson Rivers University really is a different kind of university.

TRU is a unique combination of traditional degree programs, many allowing diploma and certificate program graduates access through laddering, along with flexible degree completion through distance education as the BC Center for Open Learning.

Direct entry to academic programs           6.5+ with no bands below 6.0

Direct entry into Level 5 ESL                       6.0+ with no band below 5.5

Direct entry into Level 4 ESL                       5.5+ with no band below 5.0

Direct entry into Level 3 ESL                       5.0+

TRU requires an average level of academic performance and they will evaluate your application in relation to your past and current studies, your grades and the courses that you are currently enrolled in. Admission requirements vary among the different courses and degrees you apply for


•             For Undergraduate programs; 12th Grade Certificate with at least 50% score

•             For Graduate Programs; THREE/FOUR year relevant Bachelors Degree with at least 50% score

Accounting Technician    Diploma (2yrs)                                

Management      Diploma (2yrs)                                

Tourism Management    Diploma (2yrs)                                

Accounting          Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Animal Biology  Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Arts, Bachelor of              Degree (4yrs)                                   

Biology Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Business Administration, Bachelor of (General)    Degree (4yrs)                                   

Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology             Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Chemical Biology             Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Chemistry            Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Communication Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Computing Science          Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Computing Science and Mathematics      Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Computing Science, Bachelor of Degree (4yrs)                                   

Ecology and Environmental Biology          Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Economic and Political Studies    Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Economics          Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

English  Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Entrepreneurship              Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Environmental Chemistry             Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Finance Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Fine Arts, Bachelor of     Degree (4yrs)                                   

General Science Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Geography and Environmental Studies    Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Health Science, Bachelor of, dual credential (Respiratory Therapy)             Degree (2yrs)                                   

History  Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Human Resource Management   Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of       Degree (4yrs)                                   

International Business    Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Marketing           Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Mathematical Sciences   Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Mathematics      Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Mathematics      Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Mathematics and Economics       Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Philosophy          Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Physics  Major – BSc (4yrs)                                         

Psychology          Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Science, Bachelor of       Degree (4yrs)                                   

Sociology            Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Supply Chain Management           Major – BBA (4yrs)                                        

Technology, Bachelor of(Technology Management)           Degree (4yrs)                                   

Theatre Arts       Major – BA (4yrs)                                          

Tourism Management, Bachelor of          Degree (4yrs)      

Accounting          Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Adventure Studies           Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Entrepreneurship              Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Finance Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Human Resource Management   Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

International Business    Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

International Tourism Development         Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Marketing           Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Supply Chain Management           Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Teaching English as a Second Language   Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (4months)                            

Tourism Destination Development            Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Tourism Experience Management             Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Tourism Innovation and Entrepreneurship             Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Tourism Managing Festivals and Events  Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Tourism Mountain Environments              Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                                     

Tourism Resort Experience Management               Diploma – Post-Baccalaureate (2yrs)                      

Master of Business Administration            Graduate – MBA (2yrs)                                

Master of Education        Graduate – MEd (2yrs)   

Master of Nursing                          

Master of Science in Environmental Science         Graduate – MSc (2yrs)                                 


Accommodation at Thompson Rivers University

The campus is located in the outskirts of the city center of Kamloops. Whether you decide to stay on campus or off campus, you will be close to a great variety of activities.

Student accommodation at Thompson Rivers University

Studying at TRU, you have to decide whether you want to live on or off campus. If you are the type that likes to have everything close by and live in a walking distance of your classes, then on campus housing might just be the right choice for you.

 Thompson Rivers University has 2 options:

 the TRU Residence, which is a dormitory, and student apartment housing divided over three buildings on campus.

  On-Campus Housing (McGill): On-Campus Housing is TRU's campus dormitory complex. Dormitory students will each have a private furnished room complete with bed, desk, dresser, fridge, hot plate, and microwave oven. On-Campus Housing residents will share a private bathroom with three other students and will also have access to a common building with a laundry facility, large kitchen facility, games room, TV lounge, and private study areas.

TRU guarantees housing at the TRU residence for new degree students, as long as you apply buy the set deadline.


If you prefer to live off campus, it should not be a problem to find an accommodation close to TRU. The Upper College Heights Student Housing are some off campus student facilities located close to campus.

 Off-campus student housing facilities are located immediately beside the TRU campus (approximately a five minute walk to campus). Each student will share a furnished four-bedroom unit with three other students. Each student has a private bedroom and shares kitchen and bathroom facilities with three other students. The bedrooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser. The kitchen facility has a fridge, stove, and microwave oven.

 However, most European students prefer to find private accommodation with other students. TRU’s Off-Campus Housing Registry allows new students to search and browse for local places to rent, roommates or post accommodation needs.


There is also the Homestay option, which allows students to live with Canadian families, thus being exposed to and participating in Canadian culture and customs.






Current scholarships and awards available for international students are:

International Athletic Scholarships

Students of outstanding sporting ability who demonstrate athletic excellence by qualifying to one of TRU’s Varsity Teams may be considered for an athletic scholarship. 

Engineering Scholarships

International students accepted and enrolled in TRU’s two-year Engineering Transfer program will be considered.

TRU Law International Student Award

$5,000 per student. Available to all qualified International students who are enrolled in the Juris Doctor Program.

International Social Media Ambassador Awards

A limited number of awards are available for international and Canadian students who are interested in promoting TRU worldwide as a study destination.


Quick Facts





Fees range around 5,200 CAD to 6,900 CAD per semester


Students can expect to budget approximately $12,000 per YEAR for ALL living costs.



World Ranking                     :         2208

Country Rank                       :         56

Presence                               :         5521

Impact                                   :         2055

Openness                              :          2035

Excellence                             :          3038


Thompson Rivers University 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC Canada V2C 0C8

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