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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Natalie Morawietz Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Applied Indigenous Studies, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Comparative Cultural Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Education, English, Environmental Science, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Planning, & Recreation, Health Professions, History, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mathematics & Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Politics & International Affairs, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology & Social Work, Theatre
Program Description:

Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops, Canada

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Kamloops, Canada is located in British Columbia, where the North and South Thompson rivers meet.  It is filled with hiking trails, bike parks, and ski lines.  To the east of the town is a wildlife park home to numerous cougars and bears.  It is also home to the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage park which features the remains of a 2,000 year old village. 

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, hosting in excess of 1600 international students from more than 90 countries.

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.

Students may study at the undergraduate level only. 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.

Thompson Rivers University offers a similar selection of courses as NAU. To view courses offered and their descriptions, visit TRU's Course Catalog


Getting Credit for Studies Abroad

Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.


Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - April

Students may elect to participate in the TRU Homestay Program, the TRU Residence & Conference Centre, or On-Campus Housing. Housing fees will need to be paid prior to arrival. Early applications are recommended as space is limited. For more information on the three housing options visit: Once accepted an International Student Advisor at TRU will contact you for accomodation applicaton.


Meals are the responsibiity of the student as there are no meal plans at TRU. There are dining facilities on-campus and near on-campus accomodations where students may purchase food. To view TRU's dining facilities visit:


Visa Information

If your academic program in Canada is 6 months or more, you are REQUIRED to obtain a student visa from the Canadian government prior to departure. Exchange students should apply for the student visa. You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your expected departure date from Canada. Your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program.
To obtain a Canadian visa you must always refer to the Canadian Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence.  Visa fees, application process, and requirements may change frequently. You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable.  You may apply in person or by mail, based on the specific requirements from your Consulate. If you submit your visa application by mail we strongly recommend that you use certified mail so that you may track it later.

To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


To apply to this program, click on the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.   After you apply to Study Abroad, you must also complete the Thompson Rivers University Application documents, which are located in the Study Abroad application for this program.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Academic Good Standing

Questions? Talk to an Advisor
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an advisor" section.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 12/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA