Thompson River University

Thompson River University

For 45 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that comes to us—from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. Nearly 26,000 students study on our campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning.

From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Our students apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open, flexible learning environment. And so do our students.


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805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

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~ $14,000 per year


To apply as an International student, you must submit a completed application form along with copies of official educational certificates/transcripts showing courses taken and grades obtained.


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TRU’s Academic Plan ensures our students have access to a research-informed education and our communities have access to the benefits of scholarly, research and creative activities to solve community problems and enrich community life.

The varied ways in which TRU is implementing the Academic Plan, from Aboriginal TRU Start and Global Competency, to programs like Interdisciplinary Studies and the Teaching and Learning Scholars, provide students with access to excellence.

Departments of learning
  • Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism

    Create amazing experiences in tourism and leisure

  • Faculty of Arts

    Get the skills employers are looking for

  • School of Business and Economics

    Global in perspective — accessible by design

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work

    Committed to realizing your potential

  • Faculty of Law

    A dynamic legal education located in the natural beauty of the Thompson Valley

  • School of Nursing

    We help you make a real difference in people’s lives

  • Open Learning

    Complete online courses and programs anytime, anywhere

  • Faculty of Student Development

    Improving the student experience

  • Faculty of Science

    Personal attention — choice — flexibility

  • School of Trades and Technology

    Trades training, plus career-oriented degrees, diplomas and certificates