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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is a public, degree-granting institution with both university and college programs. More than 100 Master and Bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates are available, along with English language programs.

Nowhere in Canada has the evolution of post-secondary education been more dramatic than in Kamloops, BC. The last two decades have seen a transition from community college to an innovative university-college, and now to a full provincial university with a unique mandate. Thompson Rivers University really is a different kind of university.

TRU is a unique combination of traditional degree programs, many allowing diploma and certificate program graduates access through laddering, along with flexible degree completion through distance education as the BC Center for Open Learning.

  • Founded in 1970
  • Public, government-accredited university
  • Based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • 100 academic programs; more than 400 distance learning courses
  • 12,000 students; 12,000 distance learners
  • 1,200 international students from more than 70 countries
  • International partnerships and projects in more than 45 countries
  • 1,600 students enrolled in accredited programs with partner institutions overseas
  • Students from more than 70 countries study at TRU every semester


Bachelor's degree
Art & Design
Fine Art Delivery method Length Location
Fine Arts (BFA) On campus Kamloops
Business Administration
Bachelor of Computing Science (BCS) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) On campus Kamloops
Business Administration On campus Kamloops
Accounting On campus Kamloops
Computer Science & IT
Computing Science (BCS) On campus Kamloops
Software Engineering
Software Engineering On campus Kamloops
Engineering & Technology
Engineering Transfer (Year 1 and 2) On campus Kamloops
General Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) On campus Kamloops
Health & Well-Being
Nursing (BSc) On campus Kamloops
Public Health
Health Science (Respiratory Therapy dual credential) On campus Kamloops
Social Work
Social Work On campus Kamloops
Media & Communications
Journalism On campus Kamloops
Science On campus Kamloops
Agriculture & Forestry
Forestry Transfer On campus Kamloops
Biology On campus Kamloops
Environmental Science
Natural Resource Science On campus Kamloops
Teaching & Education
Education - Elementary On campus Kamloops
Education (Secondary) - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) On campus Kamloops
Tourism & Hospitality
Tourism Management
Tourism Management On campus Kamloops
Master's degree
Environmental Science
Environmental Science On campus Kamloops
Teaching & Education
Master of Education On campus Kamloops
Business Administration
Master of Business Administration On campus Kamloops
Diploma / certificate
English as a Second Language On campus Kamloops

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Why study at Thompson Rivers University

You'll meet the world

TRU is a tapestry of cultures. We welcome over 3,000 students from more than 90 countries to campus each year.

You'll travel the world

Opportunities abound for you to travel while you study — there are dozens of countries to choose from.

You'll discuss big ideas in small classes

The average class size for lower-level courses is 33. In upper-level courses, it's 29.

You'll work with great instructors

Our faculty members get to know you by name, care about your success, and share their passion for learning. Over 400 faculty members teach at TRU, in eight different faculties and schools of study. Their commitment is simple: to help you get the most out of university.

You'll get your game face on

TRU Athletics covers soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, rugby, running, curling and swimming. You can count on our mascot Wolfie to lead the cheer.

You'll find your path

Whatever place you’re starting from, you can find your path at TRU. We open doors with options like open admission and Open Learning. We expand horizons with our breadth of exceptional programs — from certificates and apprenticeships to bachelor’s and master’s degrees


TRU’s Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc peoples, in British Columbia’s southern interior. In Kamloops (from the Secwepemc word for “meeting of the waters”), the main campus overlooks the junction of the North Thompson and South Thompson rivers, from which the university gets its name.

Today, 14,000 students study on campus in Kamloops,Williams Lake, or at our regional centres in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Barriere, Ashcroft, and Lillooet. Another 11,000 students attend classes throughout the world by distance or online. Our campuses also welcome the community, with conferences and events such as the Canada Summer Games and the Kamloops Marathon, and opportunities to learn through continuing education and visiting speakers like John Ralston Saul, Peter Mansbridge and Margaret Atwood.


Thompson Rivers University's Kamloops campus offers a one-of-a-kind university community in the heart of the city, a place to live, work, learn and play.

Living on campus means being minutes away from your classes, enjoying easy access to campus and nearby city recreational facilities and belonging to an active community of students from across Canada and around the world. Do keep in mind that an application for campus housing is separate from an application to a TRU program.


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