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What about the fall 2020 semester?

Most courses will be delivered through alternate, virtual formats. TRU has decades of experience with online offerings. The course schedule will be updated to show which courses will be delivered in person. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Should I still apply? TRU is planning a fall intake and applications are open. We have advisors available for advising appointments and can offer appointments remotely for those choosing not to travel to campus at this time. You can request appointments at Future Students; international students can reach out to welcome@tru.ca

How will applications for admission from Grade 12 students be processed if they are unable to complete their final exams?

TRU remains committed to intake for the Fall 2020 semester. Until the university receives further direction from the Ministry of Education in regard to processing Grade 12 students, students will be admitted on the basis of their in-progress grades. We will provide more updates as we receive further direction.


Located in the heart of Kamloops, British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University offers an abundance of programs, hands-on learning experiences, accessible faculty and a network of services to support student success. TRU’s beautiful main campus is located in a welcoming city in a spectacular setting of river valleys, semi-arid grasslands, lakes and mountain peaks on the traditional territories of the Secwepémc people. Kamloops offers a safe environment, affordability and a wide variety of activities, and is a convenient 3.5-hour drive or 45-minute flight from Vancouver. 

At TRU, you’ll find many paths to learning, a hands-on approach and a supportive, inclusive environment. Go beyond the classroom and learn by doing, from co-op placements with industry leaders, to applied research projects and study abroad. Choose from more than 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs in arts, science, health sciences, trades and technology, tourism, business and economics, education and social work, nursing and law. From English language certificates to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, TRU offers great flexibility. 

Over 13,000 students study on campus, including more than 2,100 international students from over 85 countries. Another 13,000 study by distance or online through TRU’s Open Learning division. Students of many backgrounds, in many stages of their educational journey, find their path in a supportive environment at TRU.

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Campus Locations

805 TRU Way,
Kamloops, BC

805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC

Credentials Available
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Arts & Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Career-Focused
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Master’s Degree / Graduate Credentials
  • Trades Apprenticeship
  • Upgrading / HS Completion
  • Trades Foundation Certificate

Programs Programs

Featured Programs

Resort and Hotel Management Diploma

Explore your interest in hospitality operations and obtain key knowledge and skills to move beyond the front lines of service into leadership and management roles in the dynamic global tourism industry. As a 60-year old field of study, resort and hotel management uses multiple perspectives to embrace complexities faced by the industry as it has evolved into the service and experience-based way we consume hospitality today. You’ll develop a solid understanding of the important social, environmental and economic aspects of resort and hotel management as well as strategies necessary to creatively tackle modern challenges.

Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma

The Applied Sustainable Ranching Program is the first of its kind in British Columbia. During this program, students will gain the expertise to build and sustain ranching enterprises within BC's ranching industry and apply that knowledge to agricultural businesses in any region. By the end of the program, students will have gained an understanding of ecosystem management in the last intact temperate grassland in the world. This program will give graduates the tool kit for building and managing diversified, resilient ranching operations in BC and around the world, as well as the experitse to apply to any agriculture enterprise in any region.

Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering

NEW to TRU: If you want to be a professional with the technical knowledge and skills to design, develop, test and maintain problem-solving software by applying systematic engineering principles, a software engineering degree from Thompson Rivers University is the right choice. It’s not just a degree. It’s a commitment and career-focused passion that leads to high-quality software development to serve the needs of humanity and to make life better for many. Join the fastest growing and in-demand profession to be part of teams producing software-enabled products of high technical complexity.

Info on All Programs
Areas of Study Available
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Construction and Precision Production
  • Education and Library Sciences
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Health Related
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanical and Related
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Sciences
  • Transportation: Air, Land, Marine
  • Upgrading Programs

Study Abroad Opportunities

At TRU, Study Abroad refers to all student opportunities in countries other than Canada, including exchanges, field schools, practica and internships. With over 40 countries to consider, students can choose from a wide range of programs and locations to meet their needs through TRU Bilateral Exchange and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). TRU students within the Co-op program also have the opportunity to consider International Co-op Abroad placements.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

TRU programs generally require BC high school graduation or equivalent. Exceptions to this requirement will be indicated in the program specific admission requirements. Depending on the program, qualified applicants are admitted based on three admission processes: Non-Competitive, Limited, and Competitive.

IB and AP Credits

TRU recognizes and awards credit to both Canadian and international students who complete enriched secondary school programs, including IB programs – transfer credit granted for higher level courses passed with a grade of 5 or higher – and AP programs – transfer credit granted for approved subjects passed with a grade of 4 or higher.

English Proficiency Requirements

English is the language of instruction at TRU. Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate language proficiency and TRU will verify that applicants do meet language proficiency requirements prior to admission. Students who don’t meet a program’s English Language requirement may meet and/or obtain the equivalency through additional coursework [University Preparation courses – campus or distance] and/or approved English placement assessments, including the TRU Accuplacer or Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test.

Application Deadline

TRU begins accepting applications for most programs on October 1. Application for trades programs are accepted throughout the year. Limited admission programs do not have a posted deadline, but students are encouraged to complete applications early to ensure seat availability. Applications to Arts, Science, Business, Computing Science and Fine Arts degree programs received prior to March 1 will be guaranteed an admission decision and an earlier registration date. Some selective admission programs have much earlier deadline dates that are listed here.

Application Fee

The current TRU Application Fee for Canadian citizen or permanent resident is $29.25; for International applicants the fee is $100.00 Canadian.

How to Apply

TRU applications are submitted online through Education Planner BC, and completing the application requires a credit card to pay the application fee. Once you begin an online application, you can save it and return as often as you like prior to your final submission.

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Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Available
Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Application for the primary Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships are made on the same general application form, all with a March 1 deadline. The Regional Entrance Scholarships, the TRU Potential Entrance Awards, and the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships each have separate application forms, and all have an April 1 deadline.

Entrance Scholarships Info
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Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence

First Year Residence Spots
No limit on guaranteed spots, first come first serve for guaranteed housing by March 1
Residence Options

TRU has three different housing options. The 11-storey TRU Residence is home to 570 students and features some of the best views in the city.  The McGill Housing dorm-style residence houses 302 students in four-bedroom quads, and the Upper College Heights (UCH) Residence is an apartment-style residence with over 200 beds available in two-, three- and four-bedroom furnished units. New students entering a degree or diploma program are guaranteed housing if applying before March 1st.

Total Average Residence Cost
$4,300 - $7,500
Residence Cost Details

Please refer to our Cost Estimator for breakdown of our Residence costs.

Residence Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. However, guaranteed housing for first year diploma or degree students is available for students who apply before March 1.

How to Apply

Apply online directly from the Housing pages on the TRU website.

Residence Contact Email

International Students International Students

International Student Info

TRU is a leading destination in Canada for international students. International enrolment now exceeds 3,000 students from 89 nations worldwide. A wide range of programs are available to international students, from ESL and University Preparation through to undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate diplomas.

English Language Requirement

Applicants are required to meet minimum English language proficiency requirements for direct entry into academic programs. Students may meet by either providing an acceptable English language proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) or by achieving an acceptable score on the TRU English Placement Test (EPT). Students are strongly encouraged to complete an acceptable test prior to arriving to improve course selection options, but this is not mandatory. Detailed test score minimum requirements are on the website.

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International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone