Thompson Rivers University Study Abroad

I studied at the TRU in Kamloops from August 2008 to May 2009 and – like everyone abroad – I had unforgettable experiences and learned an incredible amount for life. As a conclusion, I would like to say here: I can unreservedly recommend TRU to all those who are interested in outdoor activities, especially skiing and snowboarding. If, on the other hand, you are culturally interested, like to go shopping or need a big city around you, Kamloops is the wrong place. Vancouver is very close to his heart. According to AbbreviationFinder.org, TRU is the abbreviation of Thompson Rivers University.

Location

Kamloops is about 4 hours east of Vancouver in a very dry region. In winter I experienced temperatures as low as -32 ° C, in summer it gets up to 45 ° C! These are of course extreme values! The winter is more severe than in Germany, but not uncomfortable. Once in a lifetime you experience a “real” winter. The landscape is accordingly barren. Unfortunately, I had to make the experience that the very dry climate was not very pleasant for my otherwise unproblematic skin. So if you are already struggling with dry skin in Germany, you should go to Vancouver with its humid climate.
Kamloops, on the other hand, is recommended in many travel guides as a starting point for ski trips. I can only underline this: SunPeaks (buy season pass!) Is about 40 minutes away by car, Whistler (the best area I’ve ever boarded in!) Is 4 hours away. If you drive east into the Rocky Mountains, there are also great ski areas.

There are certainly more beautiful cities and cities that have more to offer. Nevertheless, I liked Kamloops because it fulfills the purpose of a student city: with almost 80,000 inhabitants and 8,000 students, it is very clear. In the few “hot spots” of the city you inevitably meet all students and especially the group of internationals. The 3 student residences, in which 95% of all European internationals live, are within easy walking distance.

University

I did a “diploma” in marketing in 2 semesters at TRU. This program was actually intended for 3 semesters, but the TRU was very generous in recognizing examinations from my German university, so that I was able to graduate. I took part in courses for bachelor students. Of course, the quality of the content of the events cannot be compared with that of a German university. Nevertheless, I recommend that every student studying at a German “mass university” should have this experience once. Every week assignments have to be given, presentations given or exams written. This sounds like a lot of work at first, but it’s really limited. One or the other day on the snowboard was always easy during the week. I usually did not learn much for exams, but prepared myself well for presentations because I never have to do this at my German university. Presentations in English are no longer a problem for me. In almost all courses there is always a certain proportion of Chinese who are significantly worse at English than Europeans and accordingly have more problems in class. It is difficult to fail if you even speak some English. Accordingly, Europeans (especially Germans) were very stout with teachers and I never had any problems taking part in a full course. In almost all courses there is always a certain proportion of Chinese who are significantly worse at English than Europeans and accordingly have more problems in class. It is difficult to fail if you speak even some English. Accordingly, Europeans (but especially Germans) were very stout with teachers and I never had any problems taking part in a full course. In almost all courses there is always a certain proportion of Chinese who are significantly worse at English than Europeans and accordingly have more problems in class. It is difficult to fail if you speak even some English. Accordingly, Europeans (but especially Germans) were very stout with teachers and I never had any problems taking part in a full course.

Accommodation

Tried to get into the UCH. You can simply live “cheaply” and well there. For more information, I can only refer to Micha’s report.

Country & people

At that time I decided to go to Canada because study times in Australia and New Zealand did not fit and I had no desire to go to the USA. Since the study times at TRU were the best and I really enjoy snowboarding, the choice fell on TRU. In retrospect, I can say that this choice was definitely the right one! Canadians are just a nice and helpful people. They are also very interested in making new friends. I wouldn’t necessarily say that Canadians are madly interested in foreign cultures or that they are totally “open to the world”, but if you adapt to their “easy-going lifestyle”, you become integrated very quickly. This is supported by the fact that Canadians move frequently and therefore often form new groups of friends that one is accepted into. So, in conclusion, a tip: Ask a Canadian if you would like to go on a trip elsewhere: join in! Even if everything is not 100% planned and organized, you will definitely have fun and make great friends.

Thompson Rivers University Study Abroad