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At Thompson Rivers University, students are welcomed and supported in pursuit of their goals; non-traditional learners can flourish; internationalism is a daily reality in classes across all faculties; and a combination of excellent teaching and community-inspired research adds up to a one-of-a-kind educational journey.

Students can choose from: 140 on-campus programs and 57 Open Learning programs; from trades to traditional academic; certificates to bachelor and graduate degrees; academic as well as professional career paths; plus a growing number of interdisciplinary choices. TRU proactively supports students in achieving their individual academic and career aspirations, and offers opportunities beyond the classroom such as co-op, service learning, and undergraduate research to enrich the learning experience.

Areas of Expertise

TRU is known for its unique degree programs in natural resource science, journalism, adventure tourism, business or tourism management, applied computing science, fine arts, and theatre. Unique diploma programs include respiratory therapy, animal health technology, events and conventions management, adventure guiding, electronics, and computer systems management. Sports event management is a new diploma that ladders into the TRU tourism degree, and new degrees in both physical education and secondary education are on the way. TRU has taken over all distance education degrees and diplomas from the British Columbia Open University, and has expanded the number of courses and programs that can be accessed by distance.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:870 bedsLowest: $4,100Highest: $6,900

There are two main options for living on campus. The TRU Residence and McGill Rd Residence. Both offer suite style living with single rooms. For more information, visit

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:400 bedsLowest: $600Highest: $600
Other:Lowest: $1,125Highest: $1,350

Homestay costs are per month. We place only one international student with each homestay family. The family provides a private, furnished bedroom and all meals (i.e. three meals each day plus snacks). Students can usually expect to travel about 20 to 30 minutes between their homestay and the TRU campus. Other accommodation is available in nearby hotels. Prices are per semester.

Incoming Students

First year university students should connect with an academic advisor prior to registration. Advisors are available by e-mail and telephone, as well as in person. During first year, students should attend one or more group advising information sessions for specific degree programs. Full details on campus facilities and services are available at

Career Planning

Students can attend free workshops on career planning offered by counselling services. The Student Employment Centre (SEC) also offers various services related to career planning such as assistance with resume and cover letter development, interview and presentation skills, portfolio development, and access to daily job postings online.


WolfPack basketball,volleyball, soccer, swimming and cross country. Compete in the Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS). Baseball competes in the newly formed Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). The most successful of the TRU Canada West programs has been men’s volleyball. Pat Hennelly’s teams have won a national bronze medal, three Canada west bronze medals and hosted the CIS Nationals in 2010.


TRU recreation offers activities during the year for all students. Club sports including junior football, rugby, and hockey are open to students. Kamloops is also a Regional Sports Centre with clubs, coaches, and high level competition in a dozen sports. Many high level athletes can attend TRU while training under the regional sports program.


For more information regarding student clubs and associations on campus, visi:

Information Technology

All students receive computer accounts with Internet and e-mail access though labs in all major buildings and online access from off-campus. Labs generally have between 20 and 40 workstations and are plentiful on campus. Wireless access is also available in several areas on campus. All students are issued a TRU email account which is used extensive in courses and for official university communications.


Campus facilities include an art gallery as part of the fine arts program and the outdoor sculpture garden. The Alumni Theatre hosts lecture and concert series throughout the year and the Actors Workshop Theatre hosts fall and winter productions of the theatre program. The Campus Activity Centre hosts many campus and community events, including the annual international and First Nations awareness days. A new International Centre and 'The Gathering Place' Aboriginal Students Centre are also important additions to campus within the past year.

Special Services

A wide range of services from tutors and note takers to specialized equipment are available through the office of the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. The Counselling Department also provides many free workshops for students and there is a daycare on campus for students with children.

International Involvement

TRU's International Student Advisors (ISAs) provide personal counseling for international students both before your arrival in Canada and during your program. Please feel free to contact one of our ISAs directly. You can write to us in English or in another language you share with one of the ISAs.TRU's International Academic Advisors provide program planning, registration, and study skills counseling. We have three advisors dedicated to working with international students. These academic advisors will help you plan your program, select your courses and will work with you to help ensure you are able to make the most of your studies at TRU.

Campus Tour

Visitors to our campus are always welcome. We provide prospective students, applicants and their families and friends, high school counsellors and teachers, and anyone else interested in post-secondary education with a friendly introduction to the university. To book a tour, contact or call 250-828-5006.


A medical clinic is available to all registered students, staff and faculty of TRU. Children from Cariboo Child Care will be seen for emergencies. We provide a full range of medical services, provide vaccinations as required by various programs and organize annual flu clinics in conjunction with other departments and community organizations. Three physicians fill the full-time position on a rotating basis. Clinic staff also includes a medical office assistant.

Modified on May 28, 2018