Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Before You Leave Home

What you need to do before you leave

Gather important documents:

These documents must be with you at all times. Do not put them in your checked luggage. Tip: if you can, have a digital copy of all your important documents prior to your travel, including the main page of your passport (the page with your photo on it).

  • Passport
  • Entry visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if applicable
  • Study permit approval letter. This letter will be given to you by the Canadian embassy and you will need to hand this letter to Canadian Immigration Services when you arrive
  • TRU final acceptance letter
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself while staying in Canada
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage from your country/institution if you are opting out of TRU medical insurance policy
  • If you do not have medical insurance from your country and you are arriving earlier than the month of orientation, please inform your ISA to ensure you are covered during the travel/upon the arrival
  • If possible, reserve your flight ahead of time and confirm it later, after you have been granted a study permit approval letter. The beginning of semesters are busy times for air travel
  • Official academic transcript/course descriptions in English from any institution you have previously attended (or official translations into English, if applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable
  • Make a list of any items that are being sent separately, either before or after you arrival

Plan for your travel

  • Book your transportation to Kamloops via air Kamloops Airport
  • Make accommodation arrangements
  • Send your arrival information to your ISA, student residence/housing, or homestay

Gather personal items

  • Appropriate clothing for the fall, winter, spring and summer
  • Bring something that will help you feel close to home such as pictures, music, books, etc
  • Traditional clothing and other interesting items from your country. There will be occasions to share your culture with your new friends and during special events
  • Dictionary (English/your language)
  • A telephone card
  • A plug adaptor for Canada, if applicable
  • Small amount of Canadian cash, traveler’s cheques and credit card if you wish to have one
  • List of items that will arrive after you if sending anything separately
  • International driver’s license and/or valid driver’s license, if applicable
  • Immunization and medical records