Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Visiting Student Program

North Barriere Lake Resort

Sept. 3 to Dec. 5, 2019 | CAD$5,200 per person
*Exam period to follow.

Info Sheet

We provide students with a study abroad opportunity in Canada. All courses are counted towards university credits at your home institution, based on the agreement between TRU and the partner institution. You receive a certificate of completion at TRU, and academic electives completed are eligible to receive credits from TRU.

Duration

One semester (fall or winter)

Admission requirements

  • Complete at least two semesters at a partner institution, with a GPA of 2.67 (70%) or higher.
  • Meet English language requirements and course prerequisite for TRU elective.
  • TOEFL (iBT 61), or IELTS (5.0), or a letter from a partner institution confirming your ability to take selected courses at TRU.

Additional information

  • A minimum of 10 students is required for this program.
  • If a partner institution sends a group of 15 visiting students to TRU per semester, TRU will accept one instructor from the partner institution to participate in the program. TRU will pay the expenses of international travel, meals and accommodations for that instructor.
  • Various accommodation options available at reasonable rates.
Program structure
1. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS This course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to communicate effectively with business associates from around the world. After exploring different elements of culture and communication, you will learn practical techniques for reducing communication barriers and eliminating misunderstandings. Upon completion, you will have a much deeper appreciation of similarities and differences that exist among a range of cultures.
2. LEADERSHIP SKILLS In this course you will explore different leadership styles, understand the fundamentals of team-based organizations, consider motivational strategies, experiment with group dynamics, and participate in problem-solving. This is a hands-on course where you will have many opportunities to learn by doing. Activities include self-assessment, reflection, role-plays, and team-building tasks.
3. GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT SKILLS We have designed this innovative course to reflect current research that shows that broad skills, including critical thinking, creativity, the ability to locate and evaluate information, the ability to work successfully in teams, and problem-solving are crucial for career success. Working through a series of project-based tasks, students will have an opportunity to develop and expand their proficiency in these areas. In addition, students will prepare resumés and practise job interview skills, while developing a greater awareness of career opportunities and challenges and building confidence.
4. LANGUAGE STUDIES To maximize opportunities for academic success and ease the transition to Canada, English language classes will be provided for the first eight weeks of this program. Though emphasis will be on speaking and listening skills, you will also be able to develop and expand your reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills.
5. TRU ACADEMIC OR ESL ELECTIVE Select a course from our ESL elective offerings or our extensive selection of academic courses. Prerequisites must be met for enrolment in academic courses.

Early childhood education specialization

Info Sheet

Gain the language skills you need for this field, as well as exposure to best practices in early childhood education, including guest speakers from the childcare field and a visit to a daycare facility. In addition to intercultural communications and an academic or ESL elective course, this program includes:

ENGLISH FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION The purpose of this course is to equip non-native English speakers with specific terms and expressions that are needed for a successful career in the ever-growing childcare sector. While working through a series of carefully planned, content-based lessons, participants will be immersed in functional language and be able to enter the next phase of their training with greater ease and confidence. Classroom instruction will be presented in a student-centred format where the instructor acts as a facilitator and students take on responsibility for their own learning.
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN CANADA This course provides models of innovative practice and opportunities for students to understand the context, knowledge and skills of effective educators of young children in Canada. Areas of learning will include: relationships with children and families; child guidance, help and development; administration and program management; and the ECE’s professional role.