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Thompson Rivers University


Program Snapshot

Thompson Rivers University is located in the heart of the western Canadian mountains, and as such, provides a robust choice of outdoor activities - hiking, golfing, biking, skiing, snow boarding, and so on are at our doorstep. The campus is also highly internationalized. The international department (called TRU World) employs over 50 people full time, creating a host of international activities and opportunities for the campus. As well, TRU hosts in excess of 1600 international students from more than 90 countries.

The main TRU campus is in Kamloops, a city of over 85,000 at the centre of the southern interior of the province of British Columbia. Kamloops is approximately four hours drive north-east of Vancouver and is serviced by multiple daily flights to and from Vancouver and Calgary.

Superb summers, four dramatic seasons, sports and outdoor recreation, including world class down hill skiing, and a diversity of cultural activities that few small cities can match are among the attractions of Kamloops.

Students are within minutes from spectacular natural landscapes with the chance for hiking, fishing, and biking among many outdoor activities. Kamloops is situated on the main rail and high way routes to the Canadian Rockies. Banff and Jasper National Parks are less than a day's drive away.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students and I-to-I students is Excellent.

Program Dates
Fall Semester - First week of September to mid-December, Winter Semester - First week of January to late April.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $26,900
Semester 1 16-17: $13,950
Semester 2 16-17: $13,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 15, 2016
SM2: October 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Kamloops, Canada (pop. 85,000)
Student Enrollment: 10,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
TRU World

- Arts and Humanities (Fine Arts, Geography, Journalism, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, English, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Theatre)
- Business (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, International Business, Entrepreneurship)
- ESL(Foundations ESL, English & Communication, English for Academic Purposes, English & Fine Arts, English & Accounting, English & Business, English and Economics, English and Computing Science)
- Health Sciences, Sciences and Environment (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural Resource Science, Environmental Studies)
- Tourism (Management, Events and Conventions, Resort and Hotel)

Academic Notes
Students may study at the undergraduate level only, Graduate programs are not currently available for exchange. Strong fields include business administration, geography, modern languages, natural resource science, social work and tourism management. Unusual fields include Canadian studies, fine arts and theatre studies. For undergraduate program options, visit TRU's website for international student programs. NOTE: Graduate programs are currently not available for exchange. Undergraduate Program Options


Transcript issued for Semester 1: mid January
Transcript issued for Semester 2: mid May
Transcript issued for Full Yr: mid May:

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit one of the following minimum test scores to enroll in regular academic courses: an official TOEFL score of 570 (230 CBT) or 88+ iBT with no section below 20, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0, or the equivalent level of the TRU English Placement Test after arrival. Students with lower English abilities may be required to enroll in ESL courses only or in conjunction with academic courses as part of your ISEP-Exchange benefits. However, ESL courses are considered pre-undergraduate level and do not count toward any academic credential at TRU. The TRU transcript will record ESL grades with the number of credits, but these may not be considered as regular undergraduate credits.

Special Academic Conditions
The following programs are currently not available: Education, Nursing, Computing Sciences, Applied Technology programs (respiratory therapy, animal health technology). Students can only select courses within the Adventure Tourism Program for 3rd and 4th year and there are additional course fees which the student is responsible. Classes within the Faculty of Law are currently not open to exchange students.

Hints for Researching Courses
How to search for Academic Courses at TRU:

- Go to University Home Page
- Click on "Current students"
- Then click on "Find the latest course schedules."
- Students can select either Course Schedules for Fall or Winter.
- Search by Term. Select Fall 2013 (Sep-Dec) or Winter 2014 (Jan-Apr) click "submit."

NOTE: course offerings will be updated prior to arrival. Once your application has been received by the Study Abroad Office, students will be invited to communicate with a Program Advisor within the faculty they are studying.

Students can then search and communicate with the Program Advisor for the program specific courses available within the program area and research online: Course title, code, credit value, contact hours are in full view. To see course descriptions and pre-requisites click on “View Catalog Entry.“ PLEASE NOTE: Exchange students are only admitted into on campus undergraduate courses. If they see a number 1 after the final course code (IE: BBUS 3811) - this represents an online course. All on campus classes end with a zero (IE: BBUS 3810).

Helpful Resources:
Review information on Pick Your Courses Page carefully.
Visit the informative page on How To Read The Course Schedule.

Housing and Meals
Homestay - TRU has a very robust homestay program involving several hundred homes near the campus. All homes have been inspected by TRU staff. Normally, homestays are located within a 15 minute bus ride to the campus. Meals are included in the homestay program. Normally students prepare breakfast, and make a packed lunch for themselves. The evening meal is usually taken with the homestay members

Any student who does not wish a homestay can receive the stipend of $2880.00 per semester and make their own arrangements. If a student wishes to apply the $2880.00 toward residence accommodation, please note that residences will not confirm rooms without payment, and the student cannot receive the stipend until arrival at TRU. Once admitted, the student will be introduced to an International Student Advisor who can assist with accommodation. The fee for assistance in finding non-homestay accommodation is $150.00 and is not part of the ISEP benefit.


Books CAN$500/semester plus CAN $150/month for miscelleaneous items. Personal expenses are subject to change.


1. Criminal Check for specific programs - may be required for courses within the Education and Social Work programs
2. TRU UPass – please see information below
3. Medical Insurance - students with the ISEP Program must Opt-out of the program
4. International Student Activity Fee - $60.88 CDN

The TRUSU UPASS (City Transit bus service) is an unlimited transit pass for the City of Kamloops. The UPASS allows you to get to and from classes, work, school, and more at a low cost to the environment. The UPASS also provides a 50% discount to a monthly membership to the Tournament Capital Centre and free access to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

Students will not be responsible for lab fees at TRU.

ISEP students will take part in two orientations. The week before the official start of the semester is the international student orientation and the first week of semester is the university-wide orientation program. Both include general and specific orientation to life in Canada and Kamloops and also include opportunities for fun and friendship building.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The International Student Activity Program (ISAP)offers many activities for students throughout the acadmic year. Students are informed about ISAP upon arrival during orientation so from the start they can get involved!

TRU has approximately 10,000 full time students and more than 1600 international students in Kamloops. The campus is situated on a plateau overlooking the city and the North and South Thompson Rivers and is designed to be easily walked from one part of the campus to another. It is serviced by the Kamloops bus system and has superb sporting facilities including a track, sporting fields, Olympic sized pool and gymnasium.