Thompson Rivers University
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Tuition: $4,500.00  Students: 5,400
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC      V2C 0C8

Thompson Rivers University

The Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 in Kamloops, British Columbia. It started as a community college named Cariboo College, with the motto: "Quansem Ilep," a Chinook word that means "To strive ahead." ... continued below

About Thompson Rivers University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

TRU is situated in Kamloops, in the southern portion of BC. Its main buildings include: The Campus Activity Centre, Culinary Arts, Clocktower, Library, Old Main, International Building, Arts and Education, and BC Center for Open Learning (BCCOL). It is also building a new home for the Aboriginal Services, Student Commons, and the library. This $32 million project, called the “House of Learning” is expected for completion on 2010. The university is also home for student residences, and those who avail of this option can look forward to some of these amenities: Wireless internet access, VOIP telephone (with free voice mail and local calls), Satellite TV, Laundry Facility, Common Lounges (With Couches, Chairs, Tables, A Large Screen TV), Multi-Purpose Room (With Pool Table), Cardio Room, a 24-Hour Surveillance And Front Desk Service. The available rooms offered are Two And Four Bedroom Units, One Bedroom Deluxe Suite, And A One Bedroom Suite.

Student Services and Student Life

The university aims to provide students a myriad of services to help them achieve success in their studies. They include: The Writing Centre, Wellness Centre, University Prep Centre, Supplemental Learning, Registration & Records, Peer Support, Math Help Centre, Financial Aid & Awards, Disability Services, Counselling Centre, Academic Advising, and Aboriginal Services.

Students are highly recommended to join the Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union. Their goal is to protect the student’s rights by advocating better universal health care and upgraded public services while at the same time providing regular student aids, which include: A Handbook And Day Planner, Safety For Campus, Ride Share, Safe Walk, SWAP, Nationwide And Local Discounts, A Housing Registry, A Text Book Exchange For Students, Dental And Health Insurance, Easily Affordable Travel And Access To Public Transit, Assistance For Numerous Student Clubs, An International Student Identity Card, Food Bank, And Tutor Registry. There are also plenty of clubs students can join to. From poker, Geography, Skiing, Russian Speakers to Chemistry and Biochemistry Clubs, students will surely find a place for them to thrive and gain new friends inside the campus.

Those into sports can take advantage of the athletic facilities of the university. The Hillside Stadium, NorBorck Stadium, and Tournament Capital Center are some of the venues for sport events. Their varsity sports teams include the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Women’s basketball, volleyball, badminton, and soccer. The men’s division includes golf, soccer, badminton, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. The Student Union also provides entertainment events for the students. The TRUSU Movie Nights happens every second Wednesday, and students get a chance to enjoy new movies with theme nights. Those who are more into interactive fun can go to Pub Nights every semester or the Common Grounds in the Student’s Union Building. The Last Class Bash is a way for the students to relax and celebrate the end of the year. There are plenty of other organized events, and everyone is encouraged to participate in these activities.

Academic Programs

(General) Bachelor of Arts Degree

Accounting Certificate

Accounting Technician Diploma

Administrative Assistant Certificate

Adult Basic Education Program

Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts

Advanced Certificate in Management

Advanced Diploma in Management

Adventure Guide Diploma

Adventure Sports Certificate

Anaesthesia Assistant Post-Diploma

Animal Health Technology Diploma

Animal Health Technology Distance Education (AHTDE) Program

Animal Welfare Certificate

Architectural and Engineering Technology Diploma

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Commerce and Business Administration Diploma

Associate of Science Degree

Associate of Science Degree (Several Concentrations)

Automation Electronics Technology (AMET) Diploma

Automotive Service Technician Certificate

Automotive/Heavy Duty Mechanics Certificate

Bachelor of Arts (General Program) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (General Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economic and Political Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in English) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Geography) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in History) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Mathematics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Philosophy) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Sociology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Theatre Arts) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major) Degree Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Degree

Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Bachelor of Design Degree

Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Degree Program

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) Degree

Bachelor of Health Science (Psychiatric Nursing) Degree

Bachelor of Journalism Degree

Bachelor of Music (Performance) Degree

Bachelor of Natural Resource Science Degree

Bachelor of Science (General Program) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Biology/Life Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Computing Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematical Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Physics) Degree

Bachelor of Science Degree in General Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW)

Bachelor of Technology (Computing) Degree

Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management) Degree

Bachelor of Technology (Trades and Technology Leadership) Degree

Bachelor of Technology in Applied Computing Science Degree

Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree

Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree

BSc (Biology Related Major and Honours) Degree Programs

BSc (Major in Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry) Degrees

Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Diploma

Certificate in Business Skills

Certificate in General Studies

Certificate in Information Technology

Certificate in Management

Certificate in Management Studies

Community and School Support Certificate

Computer Systems: Operations and Management Diploma

Computerized Manufacturing Technology Diploma

Culinary Arts Certificate

Culinary Arts Upgrading Program

Digital Art and Design Diploma

Diploma in General Studies

Diploma in Information Technology and Management

Diploma in Management

Diploma in Management Studies

Early Childhood Education Diploma

Early Childhood Education Post-Diploma Certificate

Education and Skills Training Certificate

Electrical Trade Entry Certificate

Engineering Transfer Program

English As A Second Language Programs

Event Management Certificate

Events and Convention Management Diploma

Executive Assistant Diploma

First Year (Core) Electronics Certificate

Forestry Transfer Program (UBC)

General Educational Development Tests

Heavy Duty Mechanics/Commercial Transport Mechanics Trade Entry Certificate

Home Support Attendant Certificate

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Horticulture and Management Diploma

Horticulture Certificate

Joinery Trade Entry (Cabinetmaking) Certificate

Learning Facilitators' Certificate

Medical Laboratory Assistant Program

Partsperson Certificate

Physical Education University Transfer Program

Piping Trade Entry Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Administration

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Administration

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Journalism

Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas in Business (Several Options)

Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree

Power Sports and Marine Equipment Technician Certificate

Pre-Chiropractic Program

Pre-Dentistry Program

Pre-Medicine Program

Pre-Naturopathic Medicine Program

Pre-Optometry Program

Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

Primary Care/Rural Nursing Specialty Program

Public Safety Communications Certificate

Registered Nurse Refresher Certificate

Residential Construction Certificate

Resort and Hotel Management Diploma

Respiratory Therapy Diploma

Retail Meat Processing Certificate

Social Service Worker Certificate

Sports Event Management Diploma

Telecommunications and Networking Technology (TNET) Diploma

University Preparation (including Adult Basic Education) Programs

University Transfer Program

Visual Arts Diploma

Welder/Fitter Certificate

Welding Level C, B and A Certificates and Testing

Off-Campus Living

Students who plan to live outside the campus can go to the Upper College Heights Residence and Apartments, Homes 4 Students, My Ideal Home, Roommate Wanted, and The Kelson Group.

Kamloops Information

Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, Canada. Kamloops has been dubbed the Tournament Capital of Canada and, as such, has hosted some world class events; Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, Skate Canada, World Fly Fishing Championships, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and World Junior Hockey Championships.

Major Kamloops-area industries include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops' Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, LaFarge Cement, and Highland Valley Copper Mine.

While situated in a semi-arid valley, Kamloops has winters that are generally mild and very short with an occasional cold snap where temperatures can drop to around -30°C, while the average July maximum temperature is 28.3°C.


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