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 Team
TRU World
Thompson Rivers University

Orientation Information for  2018 Winter Semester

1. Arrival Reception
Dates & Location

Kamloops airport

Students will be greeted by TRU staff and students.  We will help you to get a taxi or shuttle bus.
Please bring some cash (around CAN$40 for taxi, CAN$20 for shuttle) for the transportation.

Airport in Kamloops

Jan. 01 - 03, 2018 

During the reception period, our staff and student volunteers will be at 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. Welcome Center
 Date & Documents to Bring
New international students registration & advising 
Location: TBD (please come back to chack again)
Jan. 02 & 03, 2018
New international student should bring (if applicable): Study Permit, Medical Insurance, any requested original copy of documents such as transcript, English testing scores, etc.
3. Mandatory Orientation for International Students
Orientation schedule will be posted at a later date.Please check again
Jan. 04 - 05, 2018 (Thursday & Friday)

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.
4. English Testing Scores
 Deadline to Submit
 Where to Submit
If you have taken English language efficiency tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CanTest, CAEL that are still valid by the time you start classes in the coming semester, please submit them via email and bring the original document with you when you come.
 Nov. 15, 2017
4. English Placement Testing
If you do not have official English score, you will need to take English Placement Test:
Jan. 03, 2018
5. First day of classes

For Winter 2018 semester
Jan. 08, 2018 
6. 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: January 1, 2018

Early Move-In Dates: 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: January 1, 2018

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

Early Move-In fee: $50/day

  • Homestay
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 Winter 2018 semester is Nov. 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. 

7. Student Consent Form
Please click HERE and complete the on-line consent form.
8. 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 $60.00/month (subject to change), and the Guard.Me medical insurance fee will be charged to your TRU account in Jan. 2018.

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
  • 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 Winter 2018 semester field course, you need extra medical insurance for the first three months. please click HERE for more information about your extra Medical Insurance to purchase.

9. 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
For Winter 2018 semester new student, you will need to opt-in at TRUSU counter in Campus Activity Center on the first floor.  
10. What to expect at the Canadian Boarder

Get your immigration documents in order. Before leaving for Canada, make sure that you have your Passport, Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) (if you require one), and an up-to-dated TRU admission letter.

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 obtained your Study Permit (if applicable).

11. 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.

12. 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 
Winter semester classes, Jan. 08, 2018.
If we do not hear from you by this date, you risk forfeiting your fees.

13. Other useful resources
  • Orientation Schedule for international students
Pending, please come back to check later
  • Facebook acount (please "Like" our Facebook page and get connected  with news and information for International students at TRU)
  • Youtube Channel - TRU 
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