Thompson Rivers University Summer Program

Canadian Outdoor Experience Program


Earn credits while learning to whitewater kayak and rock climb amid the stunning landscapes of Canada’s famous wilderness. This four-week program, led by world-class guides and lecturers, combines academic study and exciting, practical field-based experience. Participants will delve into the fields of Natural History, Wilderness Environment, and Adventure Activities while traveling through the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, the interior ranges of British Columbia, and the Okanagan Region.

The program includes approximately 4 days of lectures, 20 days of field trips, and 4 days of logistics and exams. It is most suitable to students of geography, science, arts, culture, biology, sociology, tourism, recreation management students, but students in other study areas (business, marketing, kinesiology, etc.) are welcome. Participants must be moderately fit and athletically inclined.

Kamloops and regions of Western Canada

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students    


These programs are approved by TRU and students receive their grades on a TRU transcript. Credit transfer (worth 9 TRU credits) is subject to home institution regulations. TRU will provide all documentation to overseas institutions to assist in credit transfer.
ADVG 1100 Natural History (3 credits): This subject is a study and description of prairie, mountain, and boreal forest organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships. Topics include the natural history of British Columbia and Alberta: flora and fauna; species identification; ecosystem relationships; nature interpretation; the inter-relationship between natural history, outdoor recreation and adventure sports.
ADVG 2010 The Wilderness Environment (3 credits): This subject is the study of the natural resource base on which the Western Canada adventure tourism and outdoor recreation industry depends. Topics include: geographic features, mountain geomorphology, geology, fluviology, meteorology, ecology, and contemporary environmental issues and future demands.
ADVG 3110 Adventure Activities (3 credits): This subject is designed to provide students with practical exposure to the planning and participation of a variety of adventure sports.  Students will be introduced to adventure sports by participating in activities such as whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, rafting, mountain hiking, zip-lines, and glacier walks. Activities will vary depending upon the season and weather conditions. Emphasis is upon fun and exposure to the activity and moderate physical fitness and athletic ability is required.


Participants must be physically fit and athletically inclined. This program contains strenuous physical exertion.


Applicants must submit 3 additional forms with their ISEP application. Go to  and scroll to the links section at the bottom of the page.  Please complete these forms:

Summer Adventure Program Outdoor Experience Log Form      
Physical Examination Form
Liability Waiver, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnifying Release Form

Note: Please also be prepared with the items specified on the "Summer Adventure Program Clothing and Equipment List" which can be found on the same page as the forms above.


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, or the equivalent level of the TRU English Placement Test.


Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.


June, 2013


May 1, 2012



Cost includes 9 credits of academic coursework, world-class adventure sports instruction, program transportation, equipment, lodging, and meals. All group and technical equipment is supplied. Students are expected to provide their personal clothing, footwear, sleeping bag and pack. A complete clothing and equipment list will be provided prior to the course.


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles, including university dorms, mountain lodges, hostels, and tent camps. Meals are included with the exception of some rest days and days off.


A sampling of activities offered throughout the program include: Group Welcome Dinner, Sea Kayaking Expedition, Backpacking Trip through National Park, Whitewater Rafting Trip, and so much more!


Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is a leader in International Education in Canada and is located in the beautiful interior of British Columbia. The TRU Adventure Studies Department is one of the most comprehensive adventure sport training institution in the world, offering programs in guide training, adventure tourism business management, and adventure sport performance.


This program begins and ends in Kamloops, and courses will be held in the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Landscapes explored will include the Canadian Prairies, Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranges, the Pacific Coast, and Vancouver Island.

Programming areas will include:

•   The communities of Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Revelstoke

•   Banff, Jasper & Yoho National Parks

•   Wells Gray & Mount Robson Provincial Parks

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