Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Tuition, Food, and Housing Costs

Tuition, food and housing costs will vary depending upon a number of things. Firstly, ISEP and Bilateral exchanges differ regarding how and where the expenses are paid. TRU is a member of ISEP (International Student Exchange Program), which is a network of exchange partners worldwide, whereas bilateral exchanges are through universities that TRU has direct exchange agreements with. Check out the tables below to compare how the finances differ between the two.

Comparison of Bilateral and ISEP finances

Bilateral Exchange Expense

  • Costs for tuition only are paid to TRU prior to departure
  • Tuition: students pay for the number of courses they are enrolled in(minimum 3 courses for full time status)
  • Housing and Meals: Costs paid abroad, as per host country prices, depending on the student's chosen arrangements

ISEP Exchange Expenses

  • Costs for tuition, housing and meals are paid to TRU in Canadian dollars at Kamloops prices prior to departure
  • Tuition: students pay for the number of courses they are enrolled in (minimum 3 courses for full time status)
  • Housing and Meals: costs per semester paid to TRU and then provided abroad by the host university

Living costs will be different depending upon where you go on exchange, just as they differ in every city in Canada. The table below provides a broad outline of costs past students have paid when on exchange compared to studying at TRU, and shows just how affordable studying abroad can be!

Study abroad financial comparison per semester

 TRUFranceVietnamISEP Exchange *
Tuition $1,877.70 ** $1,877.70 $1,877.70 $1,877.70
Residence/Housing $3,280.0 *** $1,480.00 $1,000.00 $3,000.00
Other Academic Fees $654.27 **** $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Total $5,811.97 $3,357.70 $2,877.70 $4,877.00

* ISEP housing total includes food
** Undergraduate
*** TRU Residence
**** Ancillary/Mandatory

Finally, keep in mind the exchange rates when researching your housing options as most places will be quoting the price in local currency, the link below will convert any currency you are curious about to Canadian Dollars. You can check the latest exchange rates using this online currency converter from the Bank of Canada.