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Thompson Rivers University Stats, Info and Facts


Hello and welcome to Thompson Rivers University! Founded in 1970, TRU is a public, degree-granting institution with a current total enrollment of approximately 13,000 students, including more than 1,750 international students representing over 80 countries.

As one of the most comprehensive universities in Canada, TRU offers a wide range of programs from MBA to career diploma programs and various distance education options.

Additionally, TRU offers 19 major career diploma programs that provide an option to ladder into a bachelor's degree. TRU also offers a wide range of one-year certificate programs, and English as a Second Language programs.

The 92-hectare (230 acre) university campus is located in the heart of Kamloops, close to all amenities and easily accessed by regular bus service. TRU students are supported by many services and outstanding facilities on campus, including state-of-the-art Athletic facilities and Aquatic Centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, and Hillside Stadium field and track facilities, plus award winning international student support services, career counselling, Co-op Education Student Employment Centre, and a Health Clinic. The campus provides students with wireless internet access lounges, food services, a bookstore, internet cafe and pub.

Accommodation is available in campus dormitories, student apartments and residences near campus, or homestay placements with local families for international students. Kamloops is a multicultural city of 100,000 that offers all the benefits of a small, safe and friendly community with the full range of services and activities usually found in a large city. Located in a scenic river valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Kamloops is known for warm and dry weather, and is famous for year-round outdoor activities.

Mission Statement

TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centered, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarships.

Quick Facts

Here are some of the top reasons that TRU has become a leading study destination for international students in Canada.

Highlights of Thompson Rivers University:

  • Affordable out-of-state/international tuition fees: $13,000 USD (approx) per year (two semesters)
  • Affordable Room and Board: $5,000 USD (approx) per year (two semesters)
  • Easy credit transfer, rolling admissions, no SAT scores required
  • On campus ESL and college preparation courses, NO TOEFL or IELTS is required
  • Co-operative Education (paid working experience) and study abroad opportunities
  • Great learning environment, active lifestyle, safe community
  • Small class size, high level, personalized teaching, advising and support
  • High rating on student satisfaction
  • 13,00 students; 17,000 distance learners
  • 1,750 international students from about 80 countries
  • Based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada - 3.5 hours (45 minutes flight) from Vancouver, BC and 5.5 hours from Seattle
  • 100 academic programs; more than 590 distance learning courses
  • At a Glance

    • CAMPUS SETTING: Kamloops, British Columbia
    • HIGHEST DEGREE OFFERED: Master's degree - high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship
    • LEVEL OF INSTITUTION: Four or more years
    • CALENDAR: Semester
    • SCHOOL MASCOT: Wolfie from the WolfPack

Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • SLH from Canada
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  • The campus is beautiful with a real mix of history and modern appeal. The classes are small and intimate. There is always something happening on campus.…

  • Jun-25-2013 Read More


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