Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

General Studies


Our General Studies programs offer a multidisciplinary approach to education, allowing you to study a plethora of subjects: arts, science, social sciences and humanities. Follow your passion and create your own program by choosing from a wide range of courses.

Choose from many Open Learning and TRU courses to fulfill your program requirements. You can also access post-secondary courses from other institutions and transfer them to your OL program. See BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) to explore your options.

Plan ahead and make the most of your General Studies credential. Our Program Advisors help you choose courses that can later be applied toward another program, either at OL or elsewhere.

Start your journey today!

Estimated Program Costs

If you are a domestic student, estimated costs (tuition and fees) for General Studies programs are listed here. If you are an international student and/or your program is not listed, please contact us. Be aware that your actual costs may vary.

Certificate in General Studies College
Diploma in General Studies College
Bachelor of General Studies University

Getting Started

Before you register for a course or apply for a program, please do the following. Read about distance education and course delivery formats. Look at the program descriptions, which state the admission requirements (if any) and residency requirements. Familiarize yourself with the course descriptions, too. Note the estimated program costs, learn about student awards and financial support, and consider how you can fund your education.

You can apply for financial support if you meet specific place-of-residence requirements. If you are a full-time program student, you may be eligible to apply for an award, scholarship, grant or bursary. See Student Awards & Financial Support.


If you have applied for or been admitted to a General Studies program, you may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through work and life experience.

Contact Us

We’re with you at every step of your educational journey! Please contact us with your questions about Open Learning, awards and financial support, the program application process, General Studies programs and courses or the many services available to you as an online student.