Thompson Rivers University


At Thompson Rivers University, student success is their priority. They empower their students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment. For 45 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that comes to them—from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. Nearly 26,000 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Their students apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open, flexible learning environment. And so do our students.

Quick facts

Why This University

  • Location: Embrace the refreshing community vibe of gorgeous Kamloops, British Columbia, without sacrificing the amenities and attractions of a large, bustling centre. Beyond the campus students will find beautiful beaches and parks lining the junction of two rivers next to a vibrant downtown. Study and play in one’s own backyard with natural features like hiking trails, cycling paths, lakes and the nearby award-winning Sun Peaks ski resort. Feed one’s artistic appetite in the front row of touring big-name bands or in smaller venues with local musicians. Immerse yourself in work by prominent Canadian and international artists at the local art gallery. Catch a thought-provoking independent film, or box office hit at one of the cinemas. Join an inclusive and welcoming community with Kamloops Pride. Relax, visit and chill out in one of the many locally-owned, eclectic cafés. Find the right balance of art, culture, adventure—and of course, academics—in Kamloops. 
  • Opportunities: The choices here are limitless. There is a law school, a business school and a nursing school. TRU has options in trades, technology and engineering. They can prepare students for medical school. They offer theatre, visual arts, journalism and liberal arts. They can teach students how to be a chef, or operate a ski hill, or become a social worker, or a teacher. If students aren’t sure where to begin, there are plenty of support resources to get them started. Between program advisors, counsellors, future students team and student awards and financial support, if students have questions, TRU has got them covered. In their small class sizes and tight-knit campus community, passionate professors will support and inspire students to think, interact, research, learn and engage with diverse people whether they are from Kamloops, Canada, or around the world.


  • English as a Second Language/English for Academic Purposes
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Arts (Optional Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education – Elementary
  • Bachelor of Computing Science (Optional Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Natural Resource Science (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Education – Secondary – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Accelerated
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Science (Optional Co-op)

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  • University Diploma – Accounting Technician
  • University Diploma – Architectural and Engineering Technology
  • University Diploma – Early Childhood Education
  • University Diploma – Events and Conventions Management
  • University Diploma – Resort and Hotel Management
  • University Diploma – Sport Event Management
  • University Diploma – Tourism Management
  • University Diploma – Visual Arts

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  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education
  • Graduate Certificate – Education Studies (Short Term Study)
  • Master of Science – Environmental Science (Thesis-based)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Accounting
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Business Administration
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Finance
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Human Resource Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – International Business
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Marketing
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Entrepreneurship
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Tourism Destination Development
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Tourism Experience Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Adventure Studies
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Managing Festivals and Events
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Resort Experience Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Environmental Economics and Management
  • Master of Science – Environmental Economics and Management
  • Master of Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma – Business Administration
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Tourism
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma – Economics
  • Juris Doctor of Law
  • Master of Science – Data Science (Project Option)
  • Master of Science – Data Science (Thesis-Based)

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Campus and location


Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations

On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.


There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and our partners do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. Homestay hosts include single people, young couples with children and pets, and older couples. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference check.

Admission Requirements & Deadline

Admission requirements vary, but all TRU programs require secondary school completion for academic admission.

Minimum age

Students must be at least 17 years old


JanuaryOctober 1
MayFebruary 1
SeptemberJune 1 – extended for 2020

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Direct entry to academic programs88+ with no section below 20570+ TWE 4.5+230+ Essay 4.5+6.5+ with no bands below 6.0110+81+4.5+ with no component score below 4.0Overall 70+
No subtest below 60
Direct entry into Level 5 ESL80+550-569 TWE 4.0+213-229 Essay 4.0+6.0+ with no band below 5.5100+77+4.0+ with no component score below 4.0Overall 60+
No subtest below 50
Direct entry into Level 4 ESL71+530-549197-2125.5+ with no band below 5.092+74+4.0+ with no component score below 3.5Overall 50+
No subtest below 40
Direct entry into Level 3 ESL61+500-529173-1965.0+82+69+3.5+Overall 40+

Tuition fees

Avg Cost of Tuition/Year $18,347.00 CAD
Cost of Living/Year $12,000.00 CAD
*Application Fee $75.00 CAD – $113.00 CAD


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