Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Before Registering

If you've never taken a course through OL, you will probably wonder what to expect.

Let’s begin with the course description, your first source of information about prerequisites, English language requirements, length and completion, estimated tuition and fees and more. We encourage you to read the course description for the course in which you are interested before you register.


Please be aware of any course prerequisites and recommended requisites, stated in the course description.

English Language Requirements

You need English language proficiency suitable for the level of the course in which you want to register, and this applies to all students. 

Unless a particular course requires proof of proficiency and this is stated in the course description, you are asked to self-assess through assessments such as:

  • LPI, a provincially recognized online assessment available from UBC

Please discuss your plans with a Enrolment Services Officer (ESO) before registering.

Course Length and Completion

  • If you are a full-time financial aid student, check your Study Contract for deadlines.
  • Most 3-credit, self-paced courses finish a maximum of 30 weeks from the date of registration, based on 12–15 hours study weekly.
  • Paced courses have have specific start and end dates and finish 14 weeks from the start date.
  • Some Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are intended for completion in 36 weeks.
  • Complete assignments in sequential order and submit them by the suggested date.
  • See the exam schedule.
  • Refer to registration, cancellation, withdrawal, extension, and repeat registration policies.

Student Conduct and Responsibility

Every student accepted for registration with OL is deemed to have agreed to be bound by the regulations and policies of TRU and of the program, if applicable, in which that student is enrolled.

OL assists you, as a student, with any questions or problems that may arise concerning the interpretation of academic regulations. However, you are responsible for your academic and financial choices, including registering in appropriate courses, completing courses and/or programs, or withdrawing from courses and/or programs, as per your choice.

Please refer to the academic integrity and student conduct policy.

Personal Information

TRU gathers and maintains information used for the purpose of admission, registration and other activities related to being a member of the TRU community and attending a public post-secondary institution in BC. In signing an application for admission, all applicants are advised that both the information they provide and any other information placed into the student record will be protected and used as set out in the application for admissions in compliance with the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Please refer to TRU's privacy statement.

Disclosure of Personal Information to Statistics Canada (StatsCan)

The federal Statistics Act provides the legal authority for StatsCan to obtain access to personal information held by educational institutions. The information may be used only for statistical purposes and the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act prevent the information from being released in any way that would identify a student. Students who do not wish to have their information used are able to ask Statistics Canada to remove their identification and contact information from the national database. Please refer to Statistics Canada.