What Studying in Canada is Like

Canada is a country of great diversity, both culturally and environmentally. That diversity is evident at Thompson Rivers University’s Kamloops campus in a student population that is around 16 percent international—with more than 3,000 international students representing over 90 countries—and 10 percent Aboriginal. 

Community-focused both at home and abroad, TRU is closely tied to the city of Kamloops and the Thompson-Okanagan region of about 100,000 people and cultivates global partnerships with other institutions around the world.

To contact a TRU representative directly and learn more about studying in Canada, please fill in the form below.

Thompson Rivers University. A Place Like No Other

Students at Thompson Rivers University enjoy an exceptional breadth of programs, hands-on learning experiences, accessible faculty and a network of services to support student success. 

A public, fully-accredited, degree-granting institution, TRU offers on-campus, distance and blended learning options. Nearly 27,000 students are on its campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or by distance or online through TRU’s Open Learning division. 

Students can 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. Credits from certificates and diplomas can be applied toward degrees (“laddering”), and students can begin the first year of an open admission degree while simultaneously completing any missing prerequisites.

The Campus Common

Students apply what they learn through co-op placements, undergraduate research, studying abroad, volunteering in the community and more. A network of student services—including international student advisors who provide assistance in 12 languages—ensures students can access academic, career and wellness support when they need it.

But Thompson Rivers University isn’t only home to first-rate academics, it’s setting stands out too.

Kamloops: Active, Affordable and Safe

TRU’s campus during the winter

Kamloops lies in a spectacular natural setting of river valleys, semi-arid grasslands, pine forests, lakes and mountain peaks—the traditional territories of the Secwepemc peoples. A friendly and welcoming city, Kamloops offers a safe and supportive environment, affordability, four seasons of outdoor adventures, a wide range of sporting events and a rich cultural scene. TRU’s beautiful campus is located close to the city centre, surrounded by residential areas, shopping and services.

The WolfPack, TRU’s varsity athletes, train on campus in one of the province’s premier recreational facilities, and BC’s largest municipal park is next door. Two student residences, food services, wireless internet, a health clinic, two libraries and several student commons for studying and socializing add to TRU’s supportive, inclusive environment. 

Sun Peaks Ski Resort

However, all of this space and nature to explore does not mean that Kamloops is remote. A midsize city, Kamloops retains a strong community spirit without sacrificing the amenities and attractions of a large, bustling centre. Beyond campus you will find beautiful beaches and parks lining the junction of two rivers next to a vibrant downtown.

There is much to discover, including parks, museums, art galleries, year-round outdoor activities, shopping, movies, theatre and even vineyards. Kamloops is also home to numerous churches, a mosque, Sikh temples and a Buddhist monastery. Feed your artistic appetite watching bands and musicians in venues big and small, exploring the work of prominent Canadian and international artists or visiting one of Kamloops’ cinemas. And when compared to larger cities, Kamloops is eminently affordable. This even extends to whether you choose to live in the city, on campus or with a homestay family.

TRU World’s Ambassadors

Kamloops admittedly may not be as large as say, Vancouver, but its size means you get to enjoy all the amenities of a city while not losing that community feel or spirit (while being very safe too). And if you ever feel the need to check out somewhere busier, Kamloops is a short distance from Vancouver, which is a 45 minute plane ride away, or otherwise three and a half hours by car.

And of course Kamloops offers excellent employment opportunities. International TRU students can work on-campus or off-campus while studying full-time, up to 20 hours per week, and will qualify for a full time work permit after graduation.

Find the right balance of art, culture, adventure—and of course, academics— in one of the sunniest cities in British Columbia: Kamloops. 


To contact a TRU representative directly and learn more about studying in Canada, please fill in the form below.