International students at TRU are eligible to be considered for all merit based funding (scholarships, awards, fellowships, & prizes). These funds are made on the basis of individual achievements such as academic, athletic, artistic or other accomplishments, and financial need is not a factor. To apply for merit based awards, submit an Online Awards Application through your myTRU account by the third Friday of each September. Please note that some awards are restricted by program, year of study, citizenship, and other factors.
Bursaries (based on financial need) are limited to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents only, as these are either taxpayer supported or locally funded. TRU assumes that international students will arrange their own funding to meet immigration requirements for the issuance and/or renewal of student authorizations and visas, as per IRCC stipulations and understanding that you have adequate financial resources to support yourself and any accompanying family members. If you are an international student, you should explore financial aid programs from your home country to see if you qualify.
Emergency Funding (the TRUSU Emergency Bursary) is available to international students who are admitted to any TRU program and currently enrolled full-time. This application is only to address unforeseen needs in the current semester and is available through your myTRU account. Once your application has been submitted, our office will follow up with a virtual meeting by video conference or phone to review your application.
You should only be completing an Emergency Bursary application if you meet all of the following conditions:
1. You have recently encountered an unforeseen financial crisis, and
2. You can demonstrate financial need using a standardized assessment (which requires a modest student standard of living) and
3. Your financial details can be verified by Student Awards & Financial Aid, and
4. The crisis will have a material impact on your ability to successfully complete the semester.
Funding programs for International Students
Visit the International Students page for information about additional services and resources available to you at Thompson Rivers University.