Thompson Rivers University for more than 45 years now has been providing quality and excellent education to its national and international students alike.More than 26,000 students are currently enrolled at Thompson Rivers University, in their William Lake or Kamloops campus, or distance or online courses and programs through open learning. The international students make up about 10% of the student population of which 22% students are from India at TRU.
Thompson Rivers University offers more than 140 on-campus programs and about 60 open learning programs to its national and international students to choose from. The university provides comprehensive, learner-centered and environmentally responsible surroundings to its learners and their communities and also offers the students with co-op and study abroad terms so that they can learn in an open and free environment the skills required for their successful careers ahead.
The University prioritizes academic engagement and has programs that help in the overall development of the students’ skills and intellect. The programs offered are such that they include and promote diversity and intercultural understanding amidst the students of the global communities enrolled at Thompson Rivers.
Established in 1970
Programmes 2 Available
Total Students 14500+
Total Int. Students 4579+
The following requirements must be fulfilled to get admitted to the Thompson Rivers University
- International students are considered on case-by-case basis. There can be some additional requirements, depending on the program you are applying to.
- Students are required to submit their original transcripts from their last attended academic institutions. If they are not in English, then submit the translated copies of the same along with the originals.
- Should provide the certificate issued by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) that compares educational credentials from other countries to educational standards in Canada.
- Applicants must be 18 years old at the time of the beginning of the course.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
You need to submit your English language proficiency test scores if you are coming from a non-English speaking country. Please refer the following to know the minimum requirements:
- IELTS: Students need to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or above
- TOEFL: A student needs to have an overall minimum score of 88.
Please note:- If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you must obtain a valid study permit before you come to Canada.
Minimum IELTS Score
Minimum TOEFL Score
Intake Sep 2023
Jan 2023, May 2023, Sep 2022
Jan 2023, Sep 2022
The values given below are estimated figures, excluding extra charges like material fee, student activity fees, athletic fees, health care, etc., for courses. To know more, please visit the Programs page.
Approximate Tuition Fee Per Year
11000 - 24000 Per year
16000 - 20000 Per year
Comparison with other universities of similar tier
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Thompson Rivers University is a public university specializing in research established in the year 1970 and located in British Columbia, Canada. TRU has its main campus location in Kamloops, BC as well as a satellite campus located in Williams Lake as well as a distance education centre called TRU-Open Learning. TRU has over 15,000 students study on campus annually, including more than 3,400 international students from 105 countries and another 15,000 study by distance or online through TRU Open Learning. Students have the option of choosing from more than 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs in eight faculties and schools.
TRU offers its students a wide variety of student services that contribute largely in building their futures. The students are immediately made to feel at home due to these great services and once they are comfortable they are able to adjust in the university environment.
- Health and Dental Insurance Services
- On Campus Housing
- Sports and Recreation Facilities
- Mental Health and Wellness Facilities
- Community Outreach Programs
- Orientation for new students
- Open Houses and Campus Tours
- Peer Mentorship
- Student newspaper - The Dalhousie Gazette,
- Accessibility Services
- Student Clubs and Societies
- International Student Support Services
- Student Ambassador Program
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International students at TRU are eligible to be considered for all merit based awards (scholarships, awards, fellowships, & prizes). These awards are made on the basis of individual achievements such as academic, athletic, artistic or other accomplishments, and financial need is not a factor. To apply for merit based awards, submit an Online Awards Application through your myTRU account by the third Friday of each September. Please note that some awards are restricted by program, year of study, citizenship, and other factors.
Bursaries (based on financial need) are limited to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents only, as these are either taxpayer supported or locally funded. TRU assumes that international students will arrange their own funding to meet immigration requirements for the issuance and/or renewal of student authorizations and visas, as per IRCC stipulations and understanding that you have adequate financial resources to support yourself and any accompanying family members. If you are an international student, you should explore financial aid programs from your home country to see if you qualify.
Funding programs for International Students
- Government of Canada - International Student Scholarships
- Universities Canada – Programs and Scholarships
- UniversityStudy.ca – Scholarships for student from abroad
- Canadian Bureau for International Education
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.
- Jorge Campos Award for Mexican Citizens
- The scholarship is open only to Mexican citizens currently enrolled in a full-time program of studies in Mexico.
- Scholarships for American Students
- US citizens admitted to a TRU undergraduate program of two years or longer are eligible for an automatic scholarship of $2,000 per student.
- Scholarships for Residents of The Bahamas and Caribbean
- Available for students from The Bahamas (or Jamaica if there are no eligible applicants from The Bahamas) entering an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism.
- 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.
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. Scholarship recipients must be full-time academic (not taking ESL) students.
- Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, or visit our WolfPack page for a complete listing of WolfPack Teams.
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