Thompson River University – TRU

About TRU

At Thompson Rivers University (TRU), student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment. 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.


TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves it’s regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research, and scholarship.

TRU’s five priorities include:

  • Increasing student success – TRU will prioritize academic engagement and programs which fully develop our learners’ knowledge and skills and support student career success.
  • Increasing intercultural understanding – TRU will prioritize programs and practices that support diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding between our Aboriginal, local, regional and global communities.
  • Increasing research capacity – TRU will prioritize the development and mobilization of scholarship, research, training, teaching innovation, professional practice, and creative capacity for the benefit of people.
  • Increasing entrepreneurial capacity – TRU will prioritize entrepreneurial collaboration and social enterprise that mutually benefits the university and the communities we serve.
  • Increasing sustainability – TRU will prioritize initiatives that mutually benefit the university and the communities we serve.

A few important reasons why you should apply through us!

It’s 100% FREE

Yes, it’s totally free, no catches. We get our commission from the educator, so there is no reason for you to pay us anything extra. You’ll have enough costs, don’t you agree?

We have a contact person in the university

Through our agreement with the university, we have the luxury of having our own contact person inside the university. It means you’ll only need to have one person from our end solving all your needs. No need for you to talk to different people every time you call the university!

We have experience

We have helped hundreds of students get into different international universities. We know the drill. You will be speaking to one of our experienced supervisors who will personally help you get through the process stress-free!

Student groups

Through the years, we have been very successful in connecting our students through facebooks groups. You will find other international students who are in the same shoes as you are. In our groups, new and former students discuss everything from sharing accommodation to catching up on the next party! Why don’t you join?

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: Grade 12 / High School
  • Min GPA: 65.0%
  • English Proficiency Requirements:

    For direct admission, the applicant must be from an English speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:

    • Min TOEFL ibt: 88.0 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
    • Min IELTS average: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)

    For conditional admission, instead of submitting IELTS or TOEFL scores, the applicant may complete English courses prior to the academic program. The length of the English course is determined based on the applicant’s level of English proficiency.

Other Requirements:

  • Writing Sample
  • English 12 73% or equivalent

Other fees:

  • Application fee: $ 100
  • General Fees: $1,048 per year
  • Medical Insurance: $600 per year
  • TRUSU Extended Health & Dental Plan Fees: $248 per year




English language proficiency requirements for academic study

Applicants are required to meet minimum English language proficiency requirements for direct entry into academic programs.

Students may meet this condition by either providing an acceptable English language proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) or by achieving an acceptable score on the TRU English Placement Test (EPT). Students are strongly encouraged to complete an acceptable test prior to arriving to improve course selection options, but this is not mandatory.

In order to verify all English language proficiency test scores, students must have an official copy sent directly to TRU Admissions from the testing agency. Copies of test scores, provided to the ESAL department upon arrival, will not be accepted.

Students who fail to achieve the results for direct entry into academic programs will be placed in the appropriate level of English language study as indicated below.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

TRU will consider the CEF C1 and C2 for direct entry into academic programs. We will also consider CEF B2 and B2+ as equivalent to the IELTS 5.0+ for placement purposes.

Cambridge ESOL

TRU will consider the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) for direct entry into academic programs. The FCE (First Certificate in English) will be considered at the IELTS 5.0+ for placement purposes.

Pearson Test of English

TRU will consider the Pearson Test of English (PTE) for direct entry into academic programs with an overall score of 58 or greater and no communicative skills test scores below 55.

Academic requirements

Admission requirements vary, but all TRU programs require secondary school completion for academic admission.

Minimum age

Students must be at least 17 years old.


Just send an email to us mentioning:

  1. Which program you want to study
  2. Send a copy of your English proficiency

We’ll contact you to answer questions and get you prepared!

Financials (average)

Application Deadlines

  • Application Fee CA$ 100

  • 45 days Processing Time

    45 days Processing Time

  • Acceptance Letter

  • 0 - 120 days Visa Processing

    0 - 120 days Visa Processing

  • Land in Canada

  • Pay Tuition To the school

    Pay Tuition To the school

  • Program Starts