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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Open Learning

Study online with Open Learning

Reach your potential. Complete your degree. Change careers. Change your life. TRU supports students wherever they are and Open Learning provides flexible online and distance learning for everyone. Our courses and programs may be completed anytime, anywhere. Study part-time or full-time and get ahead.

  • Study at home

    Work from the convenience of your own desk.

  • Continue working

    No need to quit your job to further your education.

  • Get ahead

    Our programs help you take the next step in your career.

  • Open the door

    Discover new opportunities, make dreams come true.

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Open Learning certificates, diplomas and degrees are backed by Thompson Rivers University — a member of Universities Canada and the BC Transfer System.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE courses and programs help you, as an adult learner, achieve Grade 12 graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and the workplace. If you are a British Columbia (BC) resident, you can take Adult Basic Education programs tuition-free (applicable fees still apply).

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The wide array of distance and online programs and initiatives makes Arts an exciting area in which to study. Develop essential workplace skills such as communication, critical analysis, problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.

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Business and Management Studies

Our business and management studies programs are designed to develop your supervision, business and management skills and can ladder into a bachelor's degree.

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Education and Social Work

Your choice ranges from entry- or graduate-level courses to certificate and master's degree programs. Our Education courses and programs allow you to choose where you want your career to go and provide you with the momentum to get there.

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TRU Open Learning offers programs for students just starting off in nursing or returning to their past practice.

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Our science programs provide you with exciting options for your career path.

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Our technology programs include computing science, water treatment, IT, and technology management.

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Our Tourism programs can help you meet your educational and professional goals. Get started in tourism management, hospitality administration and outdoor recreation. Leverage your existing tourism industry experience.

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Students love Open Learning

Agnes Ryzynski graduated from TRU Open Learning with a Bachelor of Health Science. Here she shares why TRU-OL was the perfect fit.

Chad Griffiths, a graduate of Open Learning's General Studies program, talks about returning to TRU to pursue his MBA online with an eye to future opportunities.


Open Learning has allowed me to return to school while caring for my daughter and remaining on our small hobby farm.
— Samara


You set your own schedule, do things as fast or slow as you want and, in most cases, you don't have to worry about deadlines.
— Laura


The flexible schedule and synchronous delivery by Open Learning were essential to my success
— Jacob

Canyon Sinclair

A solid calendar is Canyon's key to success. Between a full-time co-op at TRU’s Sustainability Office, participation in a bunch of extracurricular activities and somehow, sleep, he makes time for Open Learning. OL means Canyon can complete his Bachelor of Business Administration, on his time.

Canyon Sinclair
Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

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