Thompson Rivers University is a public university in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1970, it is commonly called as TRU. It is known for its research and vocational training programs.
|Type of University||Public|
|Number of programs||197|
|Number of Students||25,754|
|Number of Undergraduate Students||9,100|
|Number of Graduate Students||335|
|Number of International Students||2,839|
|Tuition Fee Range||CAD 6,900 - CAD 33,630|
|Test Scores Accepted||IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB, CAEL, CanTEST|
|Minimum Test Scores Required||IELTS – 6.5 bands TOEFL (IBT) – 88|
Thompson Rivers offers degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships in 140 on-campus programs and 60 online programs. These programs are divided into 9 faculties and schools which are as follows:
The programs offered at TRU campus can be categorized as given in the table below:
|Diplomas & Certificates|
Aside these, 15 apprenticeship and 12 foundation programs. There are also 3 preparation programs in English, Employment, and University Preparation.
The programs offered in TRU Distance Programs are as follows:
|Diplomas & Certificates|
TRU has two campuses: in Kampoos and in William Lake.
Majority of the undergraduate and graduate programs are taught at the Kampoos campus while 18 certificate and apprenticeship programs are taught at the William Lake campus.
Programs at William Lake Campus:
General Requirements for undergraduate programs
General Requirement for graduate programs
An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by TRU. Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency: -
|Test Name||Minimum Scores Required|
|TOEFL||570 –computer based|
|88 –Internet Based, with no part less than 20|
|IELTS||6.5, with no band below 6.0|
|MELAB||81, with no part below 80|
|CAEL||70, with subtest below 60|
|CanTEST||4.5, with no component score below 4.0|
|PTE||58, with no communicative skills test scores below 55|
|Cambridge English: Advanced||Grade of 'C'|
Candidates who are unable to obtain these scores may opt for ESL course at the university, to get admission.
Candidates must send their applications and all the required documents on before the dates mentioned below:
The tuition for all the courses is to be paid once per academic year. The range of tuition fee is:
|Undergraduate courses||Canadian students: CAD 1,700 - CAD 6,300|
|International students: CAD 6,900 - CAD 19,750|
|Graduate courses||Canadian students: CAD 5,195 - CAD 11,720|
|International students: CAD 14,000 - CAD 33,630|
Thompson Rivers University provides a number of sources to fund its students’ education. The same are as follows:
Scholarships: TRU provides following scholarships to its enrolled students. Students applying for UG scholarship must have 80% or more in Grade 12 and for Graduate scholarship must have a GPA of 2.0 in UG.
|Alvin & Lydia Grunert Entrance Scholarship||CAD 30,000 (renewable over 4 years)||one|
|TRU Ambassador's Entrance Scholarship||CAD 22,000||five|
|TRU Leadership Entrance Scholarship||CAD 5,000||10|
|TRU President's Entrance Scholarship||CAD 5,000||15|
|TRU Community Engagement Entrance Scholarship||CAD 2,000||15|
|TRU Relocation Entrance Scholarship||CAD 500||14|
|Ken Lepin Research Graduate Student Award||CAD 6,000||8|
|Dr. Sherman Jen Graduate Entrance Award||CAD 6,000||8|
|TRU Potential Entrance Awards||CAD 4,000||5|
|TRU Regional Entrance Awards||CAD 3,000||20|
|TRU MBA Entrance Award||-||15|
Bursaries: These are small amounts of money intended to supplement other funding sources. Bursaries are awarded only to Canadian students in financial need.
Government student assistance: These are of two types: Loans and Grants. Students are provided interest-free loans to fund their education at TRU. Grants are given to meritorious students in financial need.
TRU provides part-time and full-time employment opportunities to its students to help them fund their studies.
Students can work on and off campus through this program. They can work up to 20 hours per week per semester and full time during the breaks in the academic year.
Students need to fulfill the eligibility criteria to be considered for the program. Students get to avail the following out of the work-study program:
TRU provides residence to over 800 students at its campus. There are two residencies:
TRU Residence: Home to 570 students, this 11 storey building has two bedroom and four bedroom suites. The residence is guaranteed to first-year students.
McGill Housing: It has 300 self-contained rooms divided into 75 units Each unit is shared by 4 students.
Off-Campus Housing: TRU helps its students find residence around the campus and also provides passes to ride access free bus transit to campus.
|Room Type||Summer Semester Price||Winter Semester Price||Fall Semester Price|
|Two-bedroom suite||CAD 2,700||CAD 3,750||CAD 7,500|
|Two-bedroom deluxe suite||-||CAD 4,125||CAD 8,250|
|Four-bedroom suite||-||CAD 3,750||CAD 7,500|
|One-bedroom suite||CAD 3,400||CAD 4,325||CAD 8,650|
Thompson Rivers University has strong alumni network with more than 49,000 students so far. Out of these, more than 15,000 are International alumni. It offers a number of benefits to its alumni like access card to avail discounts at partnered stores and services, insurance assistance, etc.
Alumni also receive alumni association scholarships and bursaries and career resources when needed.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$12,978 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||63 : 1|
|Thompson Rivers University Enrollment||28544|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$12,978 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$25,222 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Double Room||$5,050 / Year|
|Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Engineering Programs||Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists|
|Law Programs||Federation of Law Societies of Canada|
|Chemistry Programs||Canadian Society for Chemistry|
|Nursing Programs||Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing|
|Programs||Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals|
|Programs||Canadian Association for Social Work Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Political Science (International)
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#51 [Out of 200]
based on 6 students ratings
The university fit my needs and the city was suitable for my lifestyle. Thompson Rivers university has grown to be one of the biggest universities in Western Canada and I would also get the international exposure . Apart from that the program I wanted to study was available here and it matches my past experience.
The course curriculum is up to date and it's helpful for international students in order to understand the importance of business administration in the modern world
I opted for this college because my family lives here. They did my whole process. They applied only in this university and then I got my offer letter. Then, we deposit the tuition fee and applied for a visa. On 12th, I got 75% marks. In India, I have done a bachelor's in computer applications with 70% marks.
I took this course because in the future I want to do a job in the marketing field. I have 60 credits for this course. My background was computer applications, but I always wanted to be a marketing entrepreneur. I took the IELTS exam in India. I got 8 bands in listening, 7 in reading, 6.5 in speaking and 6 in writing.
I came from Ukraine so the price is a good reason to choose TRU. It is cheaper than most Canadian major universities but still, it offers a lot of programs and activities. That fact that I had really good grades in school helps me still in studying and I did not have any problems with getting in a course.
The faculty is making a huge work making the course curriculum but again it depends on the teacher of a course. Usually, it is good because professors make it together. You can have some Midterms and tests. Then it is easier to get prepared for an exam.
It had my course and other things not available in other colleges. Plus it is a university that holds many more credits than college. It is a Diversified university which is good for exploration as well.
Some not so important courses are included which is just wastage of time and money. But some are good and actually related to basic work reality. Varied and comforting schedules which are very helpful.
They had the only bachelor tourism program in Canada and on the west coast. It has a good reputation for the tourism program. Ideal interior BC location and close to where my partner lives. I have friends that took the program.
Great! I've learned about tourism, business, and the environment. I have had to take two economics classes, one introduction to economics and one economics of tourism, and the instructors were terrible. But all my tourism classes are amazing.
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