Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Become a Host Family

Host Family Interview Request

As a host family in Thompson Rivers University (TRU's) Homestay Program, you will have a rewarding experience learning about another culture and representing Canada.

Most of our international students come from the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. We are also seeing an increasing number of students from Mexico and South America. They come to TRU for English language training and post-secondary education. They usually understand the English language better than they speak it. Homestay offers the students an excellent opportunity to develop and practice their conversational skills, as well as to experience Canadian culture in a friendly family setting.

Host families are expected to provide the students with reasonable daily requirements. Each student should have a private room with adequate furnishings. He/she should be treated as a member of the family, sharing meals and participating in the family's routine and social activities. The student should have reasonable access to all the household facilities.

Host families are not expected to give international students special treatment as such. However, these students will appreciate warm and friendly support from their Canadian hosts.

All TRU host families are required to complete a Police Information Check (formerly Criminal record check) with the RCMP prior to the placement of a student in their home. Each individual over the age of 19 years that resides in the home must complete the Police Information Check. The costs will be covered by TRU World. Take the letter from TRU World to the RCMP detachment and they will process the payment with us. Forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting TRU World or emailing Reyna Denison or Rika Kimura. Complete the form below. We will contact you for an interview as soon as possible.