For International Students

Communication Website for International Students at TRU

Dear student,

Welcome to Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Kamloops campus.

Below are important dates and information to keep in mind as you prepare to come to Thompson Rivers University for the upcoming semester.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Kamloops.

Yours Sincerely.

International Student Advisors
TRU World
Thompson Rivers University

Orientation information for Fall 2017 semester

1. Arrival reception

Kamloops airport

Students will be greeted and helped with a taxi or a shuttle bus. Please bring some cash (around CAN$40 for taxi, CAN$20 for shuttle) for the transportation.

Airport in Kamloops :
For four days prior to Orientation (Aug 24 - 27, 2017)

Greyhound Bus depot

Students will be greeted and helped with a taxi . Please bring some cash (around CAN$20 for taxi) for the transportation.
Greyhound Bus Depot in Kamloops:
For two days on Aug 26 & 27 

During the reception period, our staff and student volunteers will be at the Kamloops Airport to welcome and guide you. Homestay students will be met by their host family upon their pre-arranged arrival time. Students arriving outside of these dates can request pick up service for a fee of $75.00. We are unable to provide this pick up service during Orientation as we will be fully engaged in helping new students with their transition on campus. Taxi service is available at the airport:

Yellow Cabs: 250-374-3333    Kami Cabs: 250-374-9999      Airport Shuttle: 250-314-4803

2. Mandatory Orientation for International Students
Click HERE for more information.
Aug. 28 ~ Sept. 1, 2017 (Monday ~Friday)
for international students.

We would recommend that you arrive in Kamloops at least 2 to 3 days prior to Orientation, to allow you some time to settle in and also get over jet lag.

You might have received an email from TRU about the campus-wide Orientation planned on Sept. 5th. You are welcome to attend that orientation too, but your mandatory international student orientation is from Aug. 28 ~ Sept.1st, 2017.We strongly encourage you to attend the international student orientation.
3. First day of classes
For Fall semester 2017
Sept. 6, 2017 (Wednesday)
4. English Placement Testing
Aug. 28th, 2017 
If you do not have an official English score (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CanTest, CAEL)
5. Accommodations
  • Housing options
  • If you paid accommodation fees to TRU but have not yet received a confirmation email, please notify your International Student Advisor (ISA).      
McGill On-Campus Housing:

Regular Move-In Date: August 27, 2017

Early Move-In Dates: August 23, 2017 - August 26, 2017. Please notify McGill Housing if you plan on moving in early by sending an email to [email protected]

Early Move-in fee: $50/day

TRU Residence and Conference Centre:

Regular Move-In Date: August 27, 2017

Early Move-In Dates:August 23, 2017 - August 26, 2017. Please notify TRU Residence if you plan on moving in early by sending an email to [email protected]

Early Move-In fee: $50/day

TRU World can assist you with securing Homestay accommodations. The monthly fee for Homestay is $825.00. You must pay the monthly homestay fee directly to your host family upon your arrival. There is $150.00 processing fee plus $420.00 security deposit to pay when you apply for the homestay. The deadline to apply for the Fall semester is July 15, 2017. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested.

* $150.00 processing fee is waived for ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) students.
Off-Campus Housing Rental Information:

Please download the off-campus housing rental information by clicking HERE if you are looking for a rental property in Kamloops. 

6. Student Consent Form
Please click HERE and complete the on-line consent form
7. Medical Insurances

Students in BC are eligible for the Medical Service Plan (BC Government Medical Insurance), effective from the fourth month after arrival in BC. Your ISA will help you apply for MSP during Orientation. Until you are eligible for MSP, TRU will automatically enroll all the new students into the medical insurance program and charge the applicable fees unless you provide one of the alternative insurance listed below with the proof. The fee for and MSP is currently $75.00/month (subject to change), and the medical insurance fee for a semester(four months) will be charged to your TRU account every semester.

If you have coverage through any of the providers below, you can opt-out of medical insurance. The website where you can opt-out will be provided on our next email to you.

  • BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP)
  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau - GWL
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education - CSF Plan
  • FrontierMedex - ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) Medical Insurance
  • Bi-lateral Exchange students who have coverage provided by their Home Institution (example: Australian Universities)
  • Bi-lateral Exchange students who have coverage provided by their Country of Origin Government (example: Government of Austria)

* Please note that no other medical insurance than the list above is accepted for opting out Guard Me medical insurance. If you have a question about this, please send an email to [email protected]

** If you are registered in Adventure Sport Certificate, Adventure Management Diploma and Adventure Guide Diploma, PB Dip in Adventure IF they have a fall field course, you need the extra medical insurance for the first three months. please click HERE for more information about your extra Medical Insurance to purchase.

8. Extended Medical Insurance - Health & Dental Plan (through TRUSU) Medical Insurance or BC MSP does not cover extended health & dental charges. To make the healthcare affordable, TRU Student Union (TRUSU) has included international students under the Health & Dental plan. It is mandatory for students in 9 credits or more, except exchange students and visiting students who are studying for only one semester. The fee is $248/year and it will be charged to your account. It covers you from September 1 to August 31 each year. For more information,or to determine if you are eligible for an opt-out, please visit  
9. Study permit

You must report to Canada Immigration at the Port of Entry (airport) upon arrival in Canada. Do not leave the airport until your passport has been stamped and dated by an immigration officer and you have your study permit (if applicable).

10. Immunization record

It is recommended that International students bring their immunization records with them to Canada. The immunization records are very valuable when seeing a doctor in Canada. It saves the student from having to undergo unnecessary tests and paying for the associated costs.

11. Deferrals

If you need to request for a refund or defer your admission to another semester, please send an email to [email protected] on or before the first day of 
Fall semester classes, Sept 6, 2017.
If we do not hear from you by this date, you risk forfeiting your fees.

12. Other useful resources
  • Orientation Schedule for international students
  • Facebook acount (please "Like" our Facebook page and get connected  with news and information for International students at TRU)
  • Youtube Channel - TRU 
  • Find your TRU Videos: 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reminding international students to prepare for their trip to study in Canada by reviewing Canada’s entry requirements and applying as soon as possible for their study permit.

IRCC has developed the attached handout, ready-to-use text, and social media messaging to help you share this important reminder with international students. We encourage you to spread the word via your institution’s student associations, websites and social media channels, and in correspondence with international students, to help minimize stress and ensure a smooth experience for students travelling to Canada.

IRCC has also prepared posters and shareable images to remind all travellers to Canada, including students, to apply early if they need a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you would like electronic versions of any of these products, please contact IRCC at [email protected].