Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Flexible Learning Options

Diverse programming

TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs, from certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships to bachelor’s degrees and graduate study. Students have a wide variety of choices, whether they are seeking careers in areas like trades, technology, health or hospitality, or on an academic path to research, creative work, medicine or law.

Open access

Students on a variety of learning paths can get started at TRU through our open access policy. Our bachelor’s degree programs in Arts, Business Administration, Computing Science and Science are all open admission: new first-year students who lack prerequisites for these programs can still enrol and begin their studies while simultaneously upgrading in TRU’s University Preparation courses. Students starting out in certificate or diploma programs can also apply their credits earned towards our bachelor’s degrees (“laddering”).

Anytime, anywhere

Through Open Learning, students can complete prerequisites, electives or an entire program by distance or online at their own pace, and take advantage of Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) options to satisfy program requirements with past work and other experience. Open Learning’s distance and online courses and programs allow learning to happen anytime, anywhere, from a kitchen table to an international flight. Non-semesterized, self-directed courses accommodate full-time work or other commitments and geographical limitations.

Empowering success

Whether on campus, through Open Learning, or a blend of both, TRU offers the flexibility of daytime, evening and summer session courses, and full-time or part-time study. With our wide range of programs, students can launch into the workforce quickly or prepare for further study in professional or graduate schools—with the freedom to find new goals along the way. And with co-op, undergraduate research and other ways to enrich their classroom studies and connect to professors and peers, students can find their own path, and their passion.