Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adventure Studies

We offer the finest and most extensive adventure studies training in the world. We create exceptional educational experiences to foster students' physical, mental and emotional development so as to be of service to the global adventure industry.

Faculty and Student Body

With a faculty of internationally known adventure experts, researchers, and visionaries, and a student body of energetic, creative thinkers, the Adventure Studies Department makes and shapes careers. Compressed and modularized classroom instruction, a high percentage of time spent on field courses, and instructor to student ratios of 1:4 to 1:6 ensure a valuable and rewarding educational experience. International students are welcome — our student body comprises students from virtually every continent.

Programs of Study

The Adventure Studies Department now offers a number of diverse programs of study, from eight-month certificates to four-year bachelor degrees. Each program enables students to obtain the knowledge and qualifications required for employment and careers in the eco and adventure tourism industry. The Adventure Studies Department provides excellent resources and support to students and graduates as they work to achieve their goals.


Historically, adventure involved exploration of unusual, exotic, remote or wilderness destinations — travellers embarked on voyages of discovery as individuals, as guides, or as the guided. In the twenty-first century, adventure studies have expanded exponentially from travel tourism to a wide range of interdisciplinary pursuits, career options, and sport activities. Many opportunities for career and adventure pursuits exist, and TRU adventure students and graduates can be found engaged in the following disciplines:

  • adventure consulting
  • adventure insurance
  • adventure law
  • adventure specialist
  • art
  • avalanche technician
  • backcountry ranger
  • business degree
  • college instruction
  • communications
  • community development
  • eco-design
  • entrepreneurship
  • environmental studies
  • equipment design
  • expedition leader
  • exploration
  • film production
  • film rigging
  • fire department rescue squad
  • graduate studies
  • guiding
  • industrial rigging
  • international development
  • management diploma
  • mountain guide certification
  • park warden
  • photo journalism
  • public safety warden
  • school teaching
  • science and research
  • search and rescue response
  • skills instruction
  • studies abroad
  • team building
  • tourism degree
  • travel writing
  • wilderness first aid response
  • youth camp work