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Thompson Rivers University

Check whether Thompson Rivers University is right for you as an international student.

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Kamloops , Canada
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Study abroad at Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is an inclusive and innovative institution based in British Columbia, Canada. From its scenic campuses in Kamloops and William’s Lake, the University empowers students to reach their academic and personal goals.

There are higher-education opportunities to suit every student at TRU. You can choose from 140 on-campus programs, as well as 50 online or distance learning courses. With everything from academics to trade apprenticeships, and certificates to graduate programs, your options are almost endless.

You’ll become a valued member of the wolfpack while studying at TRU. The University’s WolfPack Athletics program sees students compete in sports including volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

There is also plenty of academic, common interest, ethnic and religious clubs to get involved with. The Students’ Union also organizes several fun events throughout the year, including movie nights and coffee mornings.

Why study at Thompson Rivers University?

  • Award-winning teaching

    TRU won the 2019 Alan Blizzard Award which recognizes excellence in collaborative teaching

  • Financial support packages

    The University awards $2.5million in scholarships, bursaries, and awards every year

  • Investment in research

    The University spends $975,000 annually on cutting-edge research projects

  • Environmentally-friendly

    TRU is Canada’s first platinum-ranked sustainable university

Life as an international student

Inclusion and diversity are at the heart of TRU. The University welcomes more than 3,500 international students from over 100 different countries.

You’ll benefit from individualized support at every stage of your international adventure. TRU’s International Student Advisors (ISAs) can help you with any aspect of student life, like navigating the admissions process, finding housing, and sorting your visa.

If you’d like some extra support with your schoolwork, you can get in touch with an International Academic Advisor. They’ll support you with module selection, study skills, and much more.

You’ll also participate in fun trips and events throughout the year as part of TRU’s Leisure Exploration Activity Program (LEAP). Enjoy snowboarding, cultural parties, wine tasting, and so much more. It’s a fantastic chance to bond with other international students and make lasting memories.

Student life & facilities

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - From CAD$12,007 to CAD$18,850 per year
  • Graduate tuition - From CAD$14,000 to CAD$22,285 per year

International Athletic Scholarships

Students of outstanding sporting ability who demonstrate athletic excellence by qualifying for one of TRU’s Varsity Teams may be considered for an athletic scholarship that could cover up to 50% of tuition fees. Scholarship recipients must be full-time academic (not taking ESL) students.

Engineering Scholarships

International students accepted and enrolled in TRU’s two-year Engineering Transfer program will be considered. Two new international students per year will be selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each divided over four semesters ($1,000 first year and $2,000 a second year).

TRU Law International Student Award

$5,000 per student is available to all qualified international students who are enrolled in the Juris Doctor program.

Jorge Campos Award for Mexican Citizens

Legendary Mexican football star Jorge Campos and Thompson Rivers University have teamed up to create a new scholarship program for students from Mexico.

The Jorge Campos Award provides outstanding students with full tuition for a year of study at Thompson Rivers, a leading study destination in Canada for students from around the world.

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

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 or the School of Business and Economics will automatically be considered to receive a $7,500 award. Selection is based on the student's academic record and recommendations from their admission file assessment. If no applicants are available from The Bahamas or Jamaica, the next choice would be a student from the Caribbean.

International Social Media Ambassador Awards

Each semester the International Marketing department awards students who:

  • Are enthusiastic, creative, and relate well to students from around the world
  • Think TRU is an amazing school
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Have been involved in student-related activities at TRU


Thompson Rivers University

805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8, Canada

Kamloops is an outdoor paradise for international students and combines the best of Canda’s diverse landscapes, relaxed lifestyle, and modern amenities.

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Visa requirements for Thompson Rivers University

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