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Thompson Rivers University

About Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University was founded in 1970. For 45 years, it has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. Thompson Rivers is a Canadian leader in knowledge export, delivering TRU curricula overseas through joint and accredited programs with institutional partners in China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Dubai.

The university undertakes a wide range of customized training and consulting projects for international clients. One of the largest streams of programming in this area combines English language and teacher training for groups of qualified teachers from abroad. It is a comprehensive, learner centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves the regional, national, and international learners and the communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. The university empowers the students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Thompson Rivers Programs are most often delivered at the main TRU campus in Kamloops, in the surrounding communities and in the client's home country.

Thompson Rivers University Rankings

The University of Warwick is ranked 62nd in the QS World University Rankings 2020, with five subject areas listed within the global top 20.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 gave Warwick a global ranking of 77, placing the university within the UK top ten, while the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019 named Warwick 8th in Europe for its teaching and learning environment.

Thompson Rivers University Campus

TRU’s Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc peoples, in British Columbia’s southern interior. In Kamloops (from the Secwepemc word for “meeting of the waters”), the main campus overlooks the junction of the North Thompson and South Thompson rivers, from which the university gets its name.

Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism
  • Faculty of Arts
  • School of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Student Development
  • School of Trades and Technology

Teaching Quality

TRU maintains a high standard of quality assurance and holds an Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation through the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (AEST). Standards for maintaining this trademark are outlined on AEST’s website under Education Quality Assurance. TRU must meet or exceed these qualifications, set out by the Ministry.

Designation is assessed on an annual basis. The University must demonstrate that it is in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial, and muncipal statutes, regulations, and bylaws. Further, TRU must be in good standing with any relevant quality assurance or regulatory body for which the University offers educational programs.

In addition to other requirements as stated in the Education Quality Assurance: Policy and Procedures Manual (March 2018), TRU must operate in accordance with the academic governance framework set out in the Thompson Rivers University Act and University Act, and participate in periodic Quality Assurance Process Audits.

Thompson Rivers University Highlights

  • Thompson Rivers University has a total of 140 on-campus course and 60 online courses
  • TRU has more than 25,000 students enrolled in full-time courses.
  • 10.2% students of the total are international students
  • TRU has a research funding of CAD 975,000 from NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR
  • TRU is affiliated with RUCBC which a major research council in the state of British Columbia.

Thompson Rivers University Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • Thompson Rivers University offers comprehensive financial aids in forms of bursaries, scholarships, awards, work-study, loans, and grants.
  • The University through the support of foundation and volunteers, individuals, businesses, and community organizations offers 2.5 million dollars annually to students.
  • Some of the aids are awarded directly through Student Awards & Financial Aid, while others are in collaboration with the appropriate government office.
  • Financial aids can be awarded based on recommendations by faculty while some are automatically awarded based on student's/applicant's performance.
  • Students who have completed at least a semester of studies at the University are eligible for more than 500 aids and prizes are available.
  • 43% of eligible entrance scholarship applicants were offered a scholarship award and 96% of scholarships offer worth above 1000 CAD is awarded annually to students with an 85% average or higher.
  • Besides the university scholarship awards, some programs offer scholarship awards to students.
  • Some of the scholarships available to international students include:
Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria Amount Awarded
International Athletic Scholarships Eligible sports discipline include: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball Variable
Engineering Scholarships Enrolled in a two-year Engineering Transfer program 3000 CAD
TRU Law International Student Award Students enrolled in the Juris Doctor program 5000 CAD
International Social Media Ambassador Award Enrolled as a full-time student in minimum 9 credits for the semester appointed as an Ambassador Minimum GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 Variable


The TRU Alumni Association was established in 1990 and serves the alumni of Cariboo College, UCC and Thompson Rivers University. The association has thousands of members in all parts of the world and in all walks of life. Every student of TRU becomes a member of the Alumni Association upon graduation. 

Application Fee: Non refundable CAD 100

English language Requirements:

  • IELTS – Overall 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0
  • TOEFL – 88

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

English language requirements

Applicants are required to meet minimum English language proficiency requirements either by taking the TRU English Placement Test (EPT) with an acceptable score or providing an acceptable English language proficiency with minimum test score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Test Minimum Requirements
IELTS 6.5+ with no bands below 6.0
TOEFL IBT 88+ with no section below 20
Duo lingo 110 and above
MELAB 81 and above
CanTEST 4.5+ with no component score below 4.0
CAEL Overall 70+ with no subtest below 60
  • Other English tests acceptable are Japanese English Language Proficiency Test — STEP, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Cambridge ESOL, and Pearson Test of English.
  • Students without an English language test are placed in the appropriate level of English language study program.

Thompson Rivers University Highlights

University Type Public
Location Kamloops, British Columbia
Establishment Year 1970
No. of campuses 2
No. of residence halls 3
No. of students 25,000+
No. of faculty members 400+
Average Class size 24
Financial Aid Scholarships, bursaries, awards, loans, and grants
Work study program Available

Thompson Rivers University Cost of Attendance

The tuition fee for different programs offered at the Thompson Rivers University varies. The estimated cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic sessions is presented on the table below:

Fees Undergraduate (CAD) Graduate (CAD)
Tuition 7,320 – 24,326 5,217 – 33,630
Housing (depending on choice of residence) 3,500 – 7,950 3,500 – 7,950
General Fees (library, activity, Student Society, U-Pass, etc) 542 per semester 542 per semester
Health Fee 75 per month 75 per month
TRUSU Extended Health & Dental Plan 248 per year 248 per year
Estimated Cost of Textbooks 100-500 per semester 100-500 per semester
Total 13,788 – 35,244 11,885 – 44,748


Know more about Studying in Canada

Tuition Fees in Canada (1st Year Average) BE / BTech: CA$22,600 | MBA: CA$25,375 | MS: CA$17,225 | BBA: CA$20,560 | MEng: CA$22,225 | BSc: CA$20,745 | MASc: CA$20,375 | MIM: CA$28,900 | MA: CA$12,970 | MFin: CA$32,785 | BHM: CA$20,560 | MEM: CA$17,040
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in Canada CA$8890 Per Year
Entrance Exams in Canada TOEFL: 86 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 60 | GRE: 309 | GMAT: 560 | SAT: 1177
Work and Study in Canada Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in Canada Up to 3 Years after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in Canada CAD 150
Student Visa in Canada A Canada student permit is a document issued by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for international students in Canada. To study in Canada, you will require a student permit, which serves as a student visa.
Intakes in Canada There are Three Intakes in Canada: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (May)
Top Job Sectors in Canada Business Management, Engineering, Economics, Dentisty, Law, Computer Science.
Economy in Canada GDP Growth of 1.9% (2018) 1.5% (2019e), 10th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Thompson Rivers University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 11,820


$ 18,177

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 11,029

Campus accommodation

$ 8,770

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.