Thompson Rivers University is a comprehensive Canadian university offering Masters and Bachelor degrees as well as diplomas, certificates, distance education, and English language programs.

  • Founded in 1970
  • Public, government-accredited university
  • Based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • 100 academic programs; more than 400 distance learning courses
  • 12,000 students; 12,000 distance learners
  • 1,200 international students from more than 70 countries
  • International partnerships and projects in more than 45 countries
  • 1,600 students enrolled in accredited programs with partner institutions overseas

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 leading Canadian destination for international students, with students from more than 70 countries enrolled at our main campus in Kamloops. Kamloops is a modern city of 85,000 people (including 12,000 students!). The safe, friendly environment of our city, combined with our spectacular natural setting, help to make Kamloops an ideal destination for international students. Kamloops is a 3.5-hour drive or 45-minute flight from Vancouver.

Key Accreditations and Memberships
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada ( AUCC )
  • Association of Community Colleges of Canada ( ACCC )
  • Canadian Education Centre ( CEC ) Network
  • Languages Canada


Work On-Campus or Off-Campus

Eligible students may work up to 20 hours per week per semester, and full time during scheduled breaks in the school year.

Co-operative Education

Selected program areas provide co-operative education options that combine academic studies with paid work experience. Students alternate between terms of full time study and full time employment.

Program Highlights

  • Get paid career-related work experience while studying at TRU
  • Earn from C$1,500–$2,500 per month
  • Maximize job opportunities upon graduation
  • Choose from co-op placements in cities across Canada

Work After Graduation

Students completing a minimum two-year program of study may remain in Canada to work for up to two years following graduation.


Campus Services

At TRU you can avail services such as :

  • TRU Bookstore
  • Computer Labs
  • Disability Services
  • Daycare
  • Food Services
  • Simply Computing
  • House of Learning
  • IT Service Desk
  • Media Services
  • Print Services
  • Student Services
  • The Gathering Place

International Student Advisors

ISA's at TRU are always there to help you. They know the challenges of international students and can assist you with:

  • Immigration and Visa regulations and applications
  • Medical insurance and medical needs
  • Translation help with doctors, lawyers, officials, etc.
  • TRU policies and procedures
  • Referrals to academic support and liaison with faculty
  • Day-to-day challenges (personal or social matters)
  • Accommodation issues
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Connecting with Canadian students and culture
  • When you graduate: support for returning home, Alumni Association contact
  • Any other questions or problems you may have



TRU ISAP is an activity program that provides international students with educational, fun & exciting activities each semester. TRU ISAP gives you the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people
  • Visit the Kamloops area
  • Experience Canadian culture
  • Get involved in planning and organizing activities
  • Try new activities and have fun!

There are different options for housing while you study at TRU. Possibilities include:

  1. Homestay
  2. Student Residence
  3. Off-Campus housing

Every student enrolled in a course at Thompson Rivers University is a member of the Students’ Union. The purpose of the Students’ Union is to ensure that current and potential members can enjoy accessible, affordable, and quality post-secondary education regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, disability, or level of income. TRU Students’ Union provides services such as: affordable access to public transit, health and dental insurance, affordable travel, campus safety, local and nation-wide discounts, a housing registry, a tutor registry, a text book exchange, a handbook and day planner, an International Student Identity Card, a food bank, and support for numerous student clubs.

Courses Offered

Postgraduate Programs

Hot Courses

  • M.B.A
  • Education
  • M.Sc in Environmental Science
  • Master of Social Work

Business School

  • M.B.A
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business/li>
  • 5 Year MBA
  • Pre-MBA Program


  • Masters of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Special Education
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Programs

Hot Courses

  • B.B.A
  • B.Com
  • Bacheleor Of Technology
  • Bacheleor Of Fine Arts
  • Bacheleor Of Journalism


  • Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Degree
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
  • Fine Arts Diploma
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Drawing and Painting Certificate
  • Printing and Photography Certificate
  • Sculpture and Ceramics Certificate


  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business and Regulatory Policy
  • Economics Major
  • Finance Major/Minor
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Major
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Public Relation Minor

Computing Science & Technology

  • Bachelor of Computing Science
  • Double Degree Option: BCS & BBA
  • Computer Systems: Operations and Management Diploma
  • Architectural and Engineering Technology Diplom


  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Degree
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma

Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
  • Respiratory Therapy Diploma
  • Mental Health Specialty Program

Liberal Arts and Journalism

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
    • Major in Economics
    • Major in English
    • Major in Geography
    • Major in History
    • Major in Mathematics
    • Major in Psychology
    • Major in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Journalism Degree
  • Cultural and Social Explorations Certificate
  • Aboriginal Studies Certificate

Sciences and Environment

  • Bachelor of Science Degree
    • General Science Degree
    • Animal Biology
    • Biology
    • Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Ecology & Environmental Biology
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Geoarcheology Minor
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Natural Resource Science Degree
  • Environmental Studies Certificate
  • Horticulture Certificate/Diploma

Social Work & Human Services

  • Human Service Workers Programs
  • Bachelor of Social Work Degree