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CONTENTS The International Training Centre at TRU . . . . . . . 4

Optional Weekend Excursions and Day Trips . . . . .17

Staff and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

English for Specific Purposes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Homestay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Skill Development and Field Work Programs . . . . 20

Open Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Professional Development Programs . . . . . . . . . 21

Language and Culture Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Visiting Student Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Facts about Canada, Kamloops and TRU . . . . . . 14

Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Customized Group Programming . . . . . . . . . . . 16

TRU is in the

of Kamloops

and within walking distance of everything you need

WELCOME TO TRU Located in the heart of Kamloops and overlooking the North and South Thompson Rivers, our campus features plenty of green space, a botanical garden, and an impressive mix of historic and modern facilities. A vibrant community of over 14,000 students from across Canada and around the world complete undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus with us in addition to diplomas, apprenticeships, professional certificates, continuing studies, and ESL. Another 13,000 students take advantage of our flexible learning options to study online or by distance through the Open Learning division. Our students can also take programs at regional centres throughout the interior of BC, including a satellite campus in Williams Lake. We focus on the individual student experience by offering small classes, accessible faculty, research opportunities for graduates and undergraduates, co-op and study abroad programs, and a global competency distinction.

About TRU • Public, government-accredited university • 200 academic programs • Founded in 1970 • Based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada • Over 25,000 total students • 3,000 international students from more than 89 countries and regions

Accreditations and Affiliations • Government of British Columbia • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) • Languages Canada • Council of International Schools • Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Designation • Education au/in Canada

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WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE AT TRU For over 25 years, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has been delivering customized training programs of the highest calibre, earning us worldwide recognition. Our intensive, short-term programs are strategically balanced to maximize learning opportunities while allowing participants enough time to gain an appreciation of Canadian culture and participate in carefully selected activities. The result is a rich and rewarding experience that will last a lifetime. We offer open enrolment programs and customized programs all designed to meet the goals of participants. Our open enrolment programs offer the most popular features perfected over decades of running summer and winter camp programs, resulting in a highly motivating and fun learning environment. In addition, we work closely with international partners, governments, educational institutions and businesses to develop programs tailored to the needs of the client. Many of our customized programs include an English language studies component. We build on the diverse range of programming offered at Thompson Rivers University to develop programs that meet the specific needs of our partners. Our program delivery is versatile. We can deliver programs on our campus or overseas at a location that suits the needs of our program participants. 4

Common Features Regardless of the specifications for each program, all of the programming we provide has the following elements in common: • Student-centred instruction • Customized, content-based curriculum • Exciting cultural and recreational activities • Experienced TESL certified instructors • Integrated skills • Communicative learning • Flexible options for assessment • A safe, supportive learning environment • An intercultural campus • Small class sizes • Exit surveys to monitor and ensure quality

STAFF AND SERVICES We offer services to program participants and organizers in the following languages: Mandarin Japanese Korean

Our team has six decades of combined experience in creating customized programming for international learners. Whether you are an individual student enrolling in one of our open programs or you are looking for customized group training, we will work with you to ensure that your entire learning experience is enjoyable and hassle free. We provide: • Fast and professional registration processing for individuals • Development of customized programs for groups • Pre-arrival support • Invitation letters as needed for travel visas • Accommodation booking for homestay, residence, or hotels • Airport reception and transportation


• Personal counselling while on campus


• Free Wi-Fi on campus


• Cultural and recreational activities


Back row (from left to right): Larry Peatt, director, administration & CFO TRU World Global Operations; Catherine Waddell, instructor coordinator; Leana Scordo, supervisor. Front row (from left to right): Stephanie Benoit, program coordinator; Lori De Frias, associate director, International Training; Shannon McLeod, program assistant; Myrissa Krenzler, program coordinator; Meghan Cassidy, program assistant.

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HOMESTAY Our homestay program provides students in our programs with the added bonus of being immersed in the English language while living with a Canadian family. Homestay placements provide students with three meals per day, the opportunity to speak English outside of the classroom in a supportive environment and firsthand experience of the day-to-day lifestyle of typical Canadian families. We find that strong bonds of friendship often develop between visiting students and their homestay families—it’s not uncommon for these friendships to last long after the program has ended. Our homestay families are passionate about Canada and about TRU. They open up their homes because they recognize the importance of building a global community, and exchanging cultural experiences is a terrific way to help students improve their English. Canada is a land of diversity and several of our homestay families have immigrated to Canada themselves. As a result, they understand the opportunities and challenges of adapting to a new culture. Our homestay families have been carefully selected to provide our students with the best experience. All homestay families have mandatory criminal record checks and houses are visited by a TRU staff member to ensure our high standards are met. Each homestay family is unique. Some students may prefer staying with busy working professionals while others may enjoy the opportunity to spend time with a retired couple. Some may prefer a quiet household with one adult while other may choose to experience life in a large family. Residences vary too, with some being cozy condominiums and others being spacious homes. Many Canadians enjoy the added companionship that comes from having pets. Regardless of the differences, our homestay families all have one thing in common—they are eager to welcome students to TRU, to our community and to their homes.


OPEN PROGRAMS • Language and Culture Programs Summer Language and Culture Programs (three-week or four-week) Enhanced Language and Culture Transition Program Winter Language and Culture Program • Language and Music Program • Language and Culinary Arts Program

Overview Meeting the needs of hundreds of enthusiastic learners from around the world each year, our open programs form the cornerstone of all the programming offered by Thompson Rivers University and are open to individuals as well as large and small groups. We have developed a comprehensive range of programs to help our students achieve their individual goals. A collection of curated cultural and recreational activities are woven into each program and ample time is reserved for level-appropriate English language classroom instruction. The result is a highly motivating and dynamic program that will leave you with increased cultural knowledge, greater language proficiency and a more informed world view. What you will gain: • Improved communication skills • A uniquely Canadian experience • Opportunities to practice English in real life situations • Lifelong friendships with students from around the world What is included in all Open Programs? • Homestay accommodations (meals included) • Pick-up and drop-off at Kamloops Airport • Free Wi-Fi on campus • Support of instructors in the classroom and during activities • Costs of all scheduled cultural and recreational activities • Support from our International Student Advisors

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LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAMS Ages 16 and up All of our language and culture programs are designed to provide students with the English skills needed to fully participate in all activities, with an emphasis placed on the core areas: speaking, listening, writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar. All students will participate in hands-on workshops that enable students to develop and expand their intercultural communication skills. In addition, we offer a series of very practical and relevant electives designed to boost our students’ learning opportunities. These programs include an orientation to TRU’s campus and the City of Kamloops.

Intercultural Communication Skills Workshops We include four thought-provoking workshops at the beginning of all language and culture programs. Participants will explore the meaning and basic elements of culture, experiment with key concepts in verbal and non-verbal communication, and reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses so they can develop deeper cultural awareness. During the workshops, we also assess each student’s level of English ability for group placement for the remainder of the program.

Electives We offer students the choice of one elective from the options below. Every effort will be made to ensure each student gets their first choice, but this may not always be possible. In these cases, second and third preferences will be taken into consideration. • Applied English. Students will work with a partner to choose an interesting topic, research it, and create and present an interesting display in a poster format. • Global citizenship. Students will gain a deeper understanding of their rights and responsibilities as a global citizen and will explore key concepts, such as diversity and privilege. • Healthy choices. Students will increase their understanding of healthy eating, exercise and maintaining a healthy mind, while expanding their English vocabulary. • Leadership skills. Students will explore basic leadership theory, identify their own leadership style, and learn about effective communication techniques. • STEM skills. Designed for students with future career goals in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to learn field-specific terminology, develop functional language, and practise working with numbers in English. • Study skills. Students will explore strategies for improving study skills including setting realistic goals and using study time effectively, as well as experimenting with a variety of effective study techniques. • Sustainability. Students will learn how to make smart choices that will make the world a safer and cleaner place, learn about zero waste living and explore sustainability projects on campus. • Workplace English. This elective will guide students through all the important aspects of a job search including an individualized labour market survey, resumé preparation, cover letter writing and job interview skills. 8

Three-week Summer Language and Culture Program One of our most popular open programs is the three-week Summer Language and Culture program. We offer an exciting schedule balancing instruction with cultural and recreational activities, all designed to maximize our students’ experience.

Four-week Summer Language and Culture Program Our four-week Summer Language and Culture Program includes all aspects of the three-week program, but with an additional week of instruction and activities. We also include a Student Social in this program—one of the favourite events of the summer.

Sample week for Summer Language and Culture Programs MONDAY





Canadian Outdoor Adventure 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Intercultural Communications 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies All Day

Elective Course 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

Native Artwork 1 – 3 p.m.

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

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Three-week Enhanced Language and Culture Transition Program We have added six enhanced sessions to our three-week language and culture program to meet the needs of international students who will be starting academic programs in September. This program includes: • Enhanced Language Studies: focused on preparing students to achieve the best possible scores on the Accuplacer test. • Enhanced Study Skills: successful students know that learning new and efficient ways to study can make a huge difference. These workshops are packed with practical ideas for making your study time as efficient as possible. Reduced rates are offered for students enrolled in a TRU academic program.

Sample week for Enhanced Language and Culture Transition Program MONDAY





Language Studies All Day

Intercultural Communications 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waterslides Day Trip 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Elective Course 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

Indoor Rock Climbing 1 – 4 p.m.

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

Enhanced Study Skills 3:15– 5:15 p.m.

Enhanced English Studies 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Three-week Winter Language and Culture Program This program offers the same instructional experience as our three-week Summer Language and Culture program but cultural and recreational activities will represent traditional winter season activities such as the sport of curling and attending a hockey game. This session includes a daytrip to Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second-largest ski resort.

Sample week for Winter Language and Culture Program MONDAY





Language Studies 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Intercultural Communications 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies All Day

Elective Course 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Language Studies All Day

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

Attend Hockey Game 7 – 9 p.m.

Curling 1 – 3 p.m.


Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

Student Social Part of our four-week Summer Language and Culture program, the Student Social is an opportunity to interact with other international students. Students participating in many different programs during this time are invited to attend. With a live DJ, photo booth, prizes and snacks, this event is always a highlight!

Language and Music Program Ages 12 – 16 years We have teamed up with the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) to offer an exciting summer program for youths to follow their passion for music while gaining improved English skills and taking part in fun cultural and recreational activities. During music studies, students will work with professional musicians and music educators and can choose between popular band and choral classes. Musical instruments can be supplied if you do not have your own.

Sample week for Language and Music Program MONDAY





Music Studies 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Music Studies 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Music Studies 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Music Studies 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Music Studies 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Language Studies 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Downtown City Tour & Farmers Market 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Language Studies 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Language Studies 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Native Artwork 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

KISSM BBQ & Concert 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Language and Culinary Arts Program Our four-week program will allow students to experience Western cuisine and hospitality from a Canadian perspective. Student s will learn working side by side with Red Seal chefs to learn Western food preparation and service. We will also introduce students to the variety of cuisine in Western Canada. Our professional chefs will take students on an exciting culinary voyage of discovery each day in the TRU Culinary Arts building. Students will learn about food preparation, products and presentation reflecting the distinct flavours and cooking styles that Canada is famous for.

Sample Week for Language and Culinary Arts Program MONDAY





Introduction to Baking 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Seasonal Canadian Cooking 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Downtown Farmers Market 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Secrets of Grilling Food to Perfection 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Day at North Barriere Lake Resort BBQ & Picnic 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Indoor Rock Climbing 1 – 3 p.m.

Western Summer Salads & Soups noon – 3 p.m.

Language Studies 1 - 3 p.m.

Language Studies 1 – 3 p.m.

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FACTS ABOUT CANADA • Second largest country in the world • 35 million people • Ten provinces, three territories • Top UN ranking • Multicultural: 1 person in 6 is a new immigrant • Officially bilingual (English and French) but over 200 languages spoken

FACTS ABOUT KAMLOOPS • Modern, safe and comfortable city with a population of almost 100,000 • Vibrant cultural life • Over 200 lakes within an hour’s drive • 13 golf courses • Spectacular semi-arid desert setting • Affordable cost of living • Wide range of outdoor, city, and campus activities • 3.5 hour drive or 45 minute flight from Vancouver • 45 minute drive to Sun Peaks Resort, North America’s second largest ski and snowboard resort • 2,080 hours of sunshine per year • Median high temperature: 25°C

FACTS ABOUT TRU • Founded in 1970, TRU is a public, degree-granting university • Over 14,000 students on campus during fall and winter semesters • More than 3,000 international students from over 89 countries • 13,000 distance students

British Columbia, CANADA

• TRU is in the heart of Kamloops, within walking distance of everything you need


• 10% Aboriginal students • Average undergraduate class size: 31

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Upper College Heights (UCH)

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CUSTOMIZED GROUP PROGRAMMING Thompson Rivers University is proud to offer customized programs for groups large and small. In addition to our open programs, we have a long history of providing customized English language training, including study tours, ESL combined with academic programs, and professional development programs. These programs feature a combination of specific English language studies along with components of specialized training in the areas of business, tourism, health, social work, psychology, child care, etc. We have worked with educational institutions, governments, corporations, non-profits and agents to build tailored programs and we have a proven track record of meeting the unique requirements of our clients. These programs can be delivered on the TRU campus, elsewhere in Canada, or abroad. We are able to utilize and adapt our academic program strengths to develop programming in almost any field, including components such as English language training, intercultural communication, cultural experiences and recreational activities as desired. Accommodation options include dormitories and homestay—giving participants the opportunity to improve their English skills by experiencing life in Canada.

Post-Secondary Education


We have delivered professional development programs for teachers of all levels of education for thousands of trainees, often in cooperation with local school districts or other educational partners. In addition, we have particular expertise in institutional development, including curriculum design, faculty development, and the creation or expansion of educational institutions and systems.

We have program experience in international trade policy, international business, management practice, and leadership development. For instance, in the People’s Republic of China, we collaborated with the China Network Communications Corporation to train customer support site managers who were responsible coordinating and managing telecommunications and media services for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Trades & Technology

In addition to these examples, we also have program expertise in:

We have worked with client organizations to assess knowledge and skills in relation to international standards, and to develop customized programs to upgrade technical and operational skills. In Jamaica, for example, our instructors conducted skills assessments and then designed customized skills upgrading programs for both tradespeople and supervisors for the mining industry.

• Information Technology • Natural Resource Sciences • Tourism & Adventure Studies • Health Sciences • Social Work • Arts & Fine Arts

The following pages outline some of our most popular customized group programs in more detail; however, we can also build a program tailored to your exact needs. Contact our team to receive a custom program proposal to suit your specific requirements.


OPTIONAL WEEKEND EXCURSIONS AND DAY TRIPS We offer optional weekend excursions and day trips that can be added on to any program and tailored to meet the needs and budget of our clients.



Visit historic Stanley Park, including the totem poles, witness the jaw-dropping scenic views from Capilano Suspension Bridge, shop along famous Robson Street, explore the history and boutiques of Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and marvel at the artisans and local produce on Granville Island.

Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Banff is a town within Banff Provincial Park, and well worth the trip to explore its outdoor beauty. The drive from Kamloops to Banff will fly by as you stop at many sightseeing locations along the way and marvel at the beauty outside your bus window. Sightseeing stops include Emerald Lake, Jasper and Mount Robson Viewpoint, just to name a few.

Some groups flying into Vancouver airport find it desirable to include a one or two-night stay in Vancouver before being transported to TRU. However, including a Vancouver trip at the end of the program can be a nice finale to your time in Canada.

Okanagan Wine Country No trip to BC is complete without a visit to BC’s largest grape growing region, beloved for the unparalleled climate and landscape. If you are interested in learning about wine and visiting local wineries, this is the trip for you. Included in this trip is a stop at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Kelowna’s premier shopping mall.

Sun Peaks Resort Kamloops is located 45 minutes away from beautiful Sun Peaks Resort. Regardless of the season, there is always an adventure waiting for you at this world-class resort. During the winter months, outdoor enthusiasts come from all over to ski and snowboard, and summer brings golfing, hiking, outdoor concerts and the local farmers market.

Victoria Visit the capital of British Columbia, located on Vancouver Island and well known for its old-world charm and new-world experiences. Home to the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park and numerous colourful gardens, including Butchart Gardens, Victoria is well worth a visit.

Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Whistler Blackcomb, home to some of the events held during the 2010 Winter Olympics, is located four hours from Kamloops. Ranked North America’s number 1 ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb offers over 200 marked runs during the winter months and a variety of activities during the summer, sightseeing on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola among them.

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ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES Overview We provide programs in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) that are intensive in nature and target the precise vocabulary and expressions required by the participants. These programs focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, utilizing a combination of authentic materials and engaging experiential learning activities. The result is more efficient and effective communication in professional contexts.

Business English and Golf for Professionals Our program gives students the chance to learn English while playing golf on award-winning courses. Our Business English program gives businesspeople the ability to communicate confidently, accurately and effectively in English-speaking situations. This unique program will help busy professionals master the English skills necessary to achieve their career goals while also enjoying some of our local highly-ranked golf courses, such as: • Tobiano Golf Course • Sun Rivers Golf Resort • Kamloops Golf and Country Club • Rivershore Golf Links • The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort • Eagle Point Golf Resort What is included? • Accommodation • Transportation • All green fees and cart rentals • Personalized instruction from Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association (CPGA) professionals • Unlimited access to course driving ranges and practice greens • Optional club rental available • Evening activities • Support from International Student Advisors

English and the Environment Our English and the Environment program will introduce learners to basic concepts about the environment and individual environmental responsibilities. We provide students the opportunity to learn how to contribute to a cleaner, heathier community through workshops held both on and off campus. Hands-on lessons, including a workshop led at Kamloops state-of-the-art water treatment facility, will demonstrate the importance individuals have on the overall well-being of our environment. Participants will also learn about TRU’s environmental sustainability initiatives while touring TRU’s certified LEED building, The Brown Family House of Learning. 18

ESL and Skiing/Snowboarding We offer an exciting program combining morning language lessons with afternoon skiing or snowboarding, so students can develop their English skills while also improving their skills on the slopes. If you are enthusiastic about learning the English language and improving your downhill form, this is the program for you! All classes will be held at Sun Peaks Resort, the second largest ski resort in Canada. What is included? • Accommodation in Kamloops and at Sun Peaks Resort • All lift tickets and ski/snowboard lessons • Optional ski/snowboard rental available • Costs of all scheduled activities • Support from our International Student Advisors

Business English and Canadian Culture Program With globalization and international business on the rise, today’s students must be proactive to ensure they are successful in the job market. Our customized program will give students the tools to prepare English versions of important employment documents such as resumés and cover letters. We include both business English and general English in this program to increase proficiency in all areas of English. The program focuses on teaching transferable business skills; for example, initiating conversations, making telephone calls, negotiating in meetings, using email, handling complaints and explaining procedures. Intercultural communication workshops will introduce students to the key elements of cultural theory and cultural competency. We also provide guided tours to allow students to gain insights into successful local organizations located in or around Kamloops, learning about overseas marketing initiatives as well as the processes and requirements for hiring international workers. Guest lectures and a 10-hour job shadow opportunity are also included in this program.

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND FIELD WORK PROGRAMS We offer customized programs preparing students to function successfully in professional settings in technical fields. Engineers and technologists must have more than just a thorough understanding of systems, components, and processes, they must also be able to communicate clearly with supervisory personnel, colleagues and customers, particularly in our globalized workforce. Our program is designed to provide an introduction to technical skills, as well as improved English proficiency and hands-on work experience.

Language Instruction We include language studies in each program to equip learners with both the oral and written communication skills they will need to fully participate in the program and job shadowing.

Classroom Instruction Students will be introduced to many skills that are essential for any person who aspires to work in the field. Subject areas will be taught in both classrooms and labs so students are able to put the theory into practice.

Job Shadowing This module provides an opportunity for students to gain Canadian workplace knowledge in a local business establishment. It is designed to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience and to provide students with realistic exposure to day-to-day operations. Students will observe and follow an experienced employee, and then gradually assume additional duties and responsibilities. After completing the job shadow, students have invaluable experience to include on their resumé. 20

Sample Program: Automotive and Mechanical Engineering Skill Development and Field Work In this program, we introduce students to many skills that are essential for any person who aspires to work in the automotive and mechanical design industry. Subject areas will be taught in both classrooms and automotive mechanics labs so students are able to put the theory into practise. Language studies focus on essential communication skills and technical terminology for the field and students will participate in job shadowing at local automotive mechanical shops. Skill Development and Field Work programs can be adopted for any field of trades or technical study, such as: • Water and Wastewater Technology • Architectural and Engineering Technology • Heavy Duty Equipment • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)/Machinist

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS • Professional Development for Educators • Professional Development for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Overview Our professional development programs are designed to introduce participants to the latest developments in the theory and practice of education. Cutting-edge advancements pertaining to universal themes such as classroom instruction, integration of technology, and student assessment are presented in interactive workshop formats. We deliver the course content in a communicative, learner-centred format where our instructional team takes on the role of facilitators. A popular component of the program is the time that is allocated for small group as well as one-on-one seminars. We have successfully delivered these programs to over 1,700 participants from a variety of countries. Upon completion, participants are equipped with an impressive collection of instructional techniques and resources that can be put to use the moment the educators step back into their classrooms. We can deliver these programs on-campus or overseas. What is included? • Homestay accommodations (meals included)

• Classroom instruction

• Dormitory option also available

• Graduation certificate

• Wi-Fi on campus

• Unlimited use of the local public transportation system

• Access to library and computer labs

• Costs associated with scheduled cultural activities

• Support of instructors in the classroom and during activities

• Support from our International Student Advisors

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Professional Development for Educators Participants will develop and expand their understanding of current pedagogical theory. We focus on providing a wide array of proven instructional techniques and strategies that can be easily adapted to suit a wide range of areas of expertise and classroom situations in this program. We can include the following optional topics in this program, depending on the needs of the group: • Techniques and Methodology • English for Educators • Educational Leadership • Intercultural Communication • Canadian Culture • Music, Drama and Art in the Classroom • Education and the Media • Global Education We also include the following supplements in this program: • Guest speakers • Poster sessions and/or portfolio preparation • Canadian adventure activities


Professional Development for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language In this program, we focus on equipping participants with a wide array of proven instructional techniques and strategies for teaching each of the core language skills at all levels of ability. Participants will develop and expand their understanding of current trends in pedagogical theory in the Instructional Methodology portion of the program. Our goal for the English for Educators component is to assist participants with fine-tuning their English proficiency by focusing on important areas such as error identification and accent reduction. We include time for small group as well as one-on-one seminars so that specific questions and concerns can be addressed for each student.

VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM We offer a Visiting Student Program to provide students with a study abroad opportunity in Canada. All courses will be counted towards university credits at the student’s home institution, based on the agreement between TRU and the partner institution. Students will 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 student’s 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.

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Program Structure


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.`


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.


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 resumĂŠs and practise job interview skills, while developing a greater awareness of career opportunities and challenges and building confidence.


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.



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 Students selecting our Early Childhood Education Specialization will gain the language skills needed 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:


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.


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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why should I study abroad?

How do I arrange payment for my registration fee?

There are many personal benefits to studying abroad, and ways to grow both professionally and personally. Some students wish to study abroad to discover a new career path or to look good in a job interview while others have a strong desire to learn about a new culture and language while gaining interpersonal skills and seeing the world.

Once you have made the decision to study abroad, contact TRU for the appropriate application form. The completed form must to be sent back to TRU with your payment. Payment can be made via bank transfer.

Why is a TRU program right for me? • We provide participants with the highest levels of care and support including our multilingual team of International Student Advisors available for personal assistance on most aspects of your student life in Canada

Homestay accommodations, including three meals per day, are included in your registration fee. The price includes the night before the program begins as well as the night of closing celebrations. Additional nights are at your own expense and must be arranged directly with your assigned homestay family.

• Kamloops is a safe and friendly community with close to 100,000 residents including over 14,000 students

How far is Kamloops from Vancouver and how do I get there?

• All homestay families have mandatory criminal record checks and houses are visited by a TRU representative to ensure our TRU standard is met

Kamloops is a 3.5-hour drive, or 45-minute flight, from Vancouver. Driving can be a cost-efficient form of transportation, however, a flight will reduce your travel time and can be the most convenient.

• You will be oriented to the TRU campus and the Kamloops community upon start of your program • Studying abroad is a great way to learn about the Canadian culture first-hand and the best way for you to expand your English speaking abilities

Can I register for a TRU World ITC Program if I have very limited English? Yes, you are welcome to register regardless of your level of English. Our open programs are developed to accommodate multi-level students. You will be given the opportunity to learn in the classroom but also outside of the classroom during activities and while spending time with your homestay families.

What TOEFL or IELTS score do I require to register for a TRU World ITC program? We do not require your TOEFL or IELTS score for registration. Upon the start of your program, we use a series of assessment tools to accurately place you into a class with peers who share a similar level of English.

Do I require a travel visa or and electronic travel authorization to study abroad? This depends solely on your country of origin. Inquire into your country’s requirements well before your departure date.


How do I pay the homestay family that I will be living with?

Do I need medical coverage? Yes, each participant is required to purchase adequate medical coverage for the duration of the program, at their own cost. Contact TRU for further information regarding options.

Checklist for Applicants Passport: will it remain valid for the • duration of your time abroad? Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization • (eTA), depending on your country of origin

and length of program

your destination

•Book your flight •Medical coverage Finances: money that is accessible for the • duration of your trip •International cell phone or phone card •Clothing and toiletries: keeping in mind the culture and climate of

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