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Nowhere in Canada has the evolution of post-secondary education been more dramatic than in Kamloops, BC. The last two decades have seen a transition from community college to an innovative university-college, and now to a full provincial university with a unique mandate. Thompson Rivers University really is a different kind of university.



About TRU

TRU is a leading Canadian destination for international students, with students from more than 70 countries enrolled at our main campus in Kamloops.

Why TRU?

Students from more than 65 countries study at TRU every semester. Here are some of the top reasons that TRU has become a leading study destination in Canada.

Choice ofPrograms

  • Master’s degrees
  • Graduate diplomas
  • Bachelor’s degrees
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • English as a Second Language
  • University Preparation
  • Distance education

Access to Programs 

  • TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge exams accepted but not required
  • Conditional admissions available
  • Combined ESL and academic studies
  • Transfer to full-time academic study after ESL

Special Opportunities 

  • Options to work on and off campus
  • Combined study and work programs
  • Transfer credit from recognized institutions overseas
  • International exchange programs
  • Scholarship programs

Individual Support 

  • Personal counselling
  • Homestay, residence, or apartment housing
  • Admissions and registration assistance
  • Academic advising and program planning
  • Medical services on campus
  • Employment services assistance
  • Social activities

Work Options for International Students

Students can apply for work on-campus, off-campus, and after graduation.

Work On-Campus or Off-Campus 

Eligible students may work up to 20 hours per week per semester, and full time during scheduled breaks in the school year. 

Co-operative Education 

Selected program areas provide co-operative education options that combine academic studies with paid work experience. Students alternate between terms of full time study and full time employment. 

Program Highlights 

  • Get paid career-related work experience while studying at TRU
  • Earn from C$1,500–$2,500 per month
  • Maximize job opportunities upon graduation
  • Choose from co-op placements in cities across Canada

Work After Graduation 

Students completing a minimum two-year program of study may remain in Canada to work for up to two years following graduation. 


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