Thompson Rivers University - [TRU], Kamloops, British Columbia - Programs And Fees

    Kamloops, British ColumbiaLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1970established year

    Bachelor (Journalism)

    4 years
    full time

    Field of Study 


    1st Year

    International Student Tution

    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    • Required grade 12 classes and a minimum grade of 73% is required in each of these courses:
      • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12
      • mature student status
    • Requirements vary, but all these university programs require secondary school completion for academic admission.
    • Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants, whose first language is not English.
    • Students must be qualified in IELTS or TOEFL to get admission in this program.

    Indian Student Eligibility:

    • The student has graduated from senior secondary school or equivalent (those applying for a postgraduate program must have graduated from a university or college).
    • Minimum 4 major subjects in 12th Grade, including English, with an average of 70% and no course less than 65%.

    Program Description

    • The Thompson Rivers University offers a Bachelor in Journalism with a duration of 4 years (8 semesters).
    • This course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis also.
    • This program is provided on-campus.
    • This program focuses on writing, editing, interviewing, taking photographs, and working with new technology to produce print and online publications.
    • The theory side of the program emphasizes media law, journalistic ethics, decision-making, and critical thinking.
    • Through this program, students are encouraged to develop and hone their skills through working with widely circulated hard copy and electronic publications.
    • The program is also structured to accommodate students with a wide range of educational and practical experience, as well as to provide a broad set of career and educational options for graduates.
    • In this program, students will learn to:
      • Basic journalism skills and understanding of the critical knowledge areas required by journalists and other professional communicators.
      • Deadline reporting skills and expertise in common areas of news coverage.
      • Familiarity with industry software and the high-level production skills gained by producing publications.
      • Theoretical understanding of the problems and challenges faced in the field.
      • Focused knowledge and skill in an area relevant to each student’s career goals.
    • The student-faculty ratio in this program is 63:1.
    • With 26,000 studying students on the campus or through distance and online learning, the university provide 140 on-campus programs and 60 open learning programs.
    • University has 2000+ employees including academic faculty, staff, and administration.
    • TRU’s beautiful main campus is located in the heart of Kamloops, British Columbia, serving a community of 100,000 people.
    • University offers comprehensive financial aids in the form of bursaries, scholarships, awards, work-study, loans, and grants.
    • The average annual salary of the University graduates according to PayScale is 49,728 USD.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type OfferedBachelor
    Duration4 years
    Fees81400 for 4 years
    Delivery Typefull time
    Admission Intakefall (Deadline - May 1)
    Admission Intakewinter (Deadline - Sept 1)
    Language ProficiencyIELTS,TOEFL,MELAB
    Program URL

    Required Document List

    Required Documents are:

    • Transcript: Students must submit the official marks statements or transcripts that are provided by the college.
    • Certificates: Certificates like High School or University/College Certificates are to be submitted of education qualification.
    • Resume/CV: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and volunteer experience.
    • Test Results: Provide proof of English proficiency, if English is not the first language in student country, as proof of IELTS/TOEFL result scores is to be submitted.

    Application Deadline

    Event End Date
    fall May 1, 2021
    winter Sep 1, 2021

    Scores Required

    6.5 / 9

    Avg. Score in


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    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearsYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
    Tuition Fees$16695$16695$16695$16695
    Books and Supplies$1575$1575$1575$1575
    Total Fees$20350$20350$20350$20350

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Room And Board$6037

    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    Name AmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    Microsoft Tuition ScholarshipVariableYesN/A
    Debesh Kamal Scholarship$1385YesApr 30, 2020
    Axol Science Scholarship$2000YesJul 1, 2020
    ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarships$4000YesN/A

    VISA & Work Study


    • International Students will need to apply for a valid Student VISA before entering Canada.
    • A student visa is an immigration document that allows students to live and study in Canada.
    • The student must have a student visa to enroll in any degree, program, or course that takes more than 6 months to complete.
    • Whether students also need an Entry Visa depends on their country of citizenship.
    • The Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa) is a stamp placed on their passport that allows them to enter Canada.
    • In most cases, students Entry Visa will have the same expiry date as their Student VISA.
    • A student VISA is usually valid for the length of the student’s study program, plus an extra 90 days. 
    • The students need these documents to apply for a study permit:
      • Proof of acceptance i.e The offer letter that the student received from the university.
      • Proof of identity 
      • Proof of financial support i.e Documents showing the financial status.

    Work Study

    • International students are eligible to work on and off-campus while studying full time and will qualify for a full-time work permit after graduation.
    • Students can work up to 20 hours per week while studying and full time during scheduled breaks.
    • International students are able to work in a variety of ways while studying at TRU, either on or off-campus. 

    Work After Graduation

    • As an international student graduating from a Canadian post-secondary institution, students are eligible to remain in Canada to work.
    • Students completing a minimum two-year program of study may be eligible to work for up to three years after graduation.


    9.3 /10

    I got to know about this University through a family friend. They live in Canada. They told me that it is a famous and reputed University and it will be a good option for me to pursue my journalism from there. I also considered it to be a good option for my future. So, I applied online for the admission. There was an application form which I filled on the university's website and submitted an application fee of $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    Through my curriculum, I got to know about the various concepts of journalism including writing, editing, interviewing, media law, journalistic ethics, decision-making, and critical thinking. My curriculum also includes interaction between the students and media workers to enhance our perspective.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular

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