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What will the fall semester look like?

Fall semesterSeptember to December, 2020

Our 2020 fall semester will be unlike any other. We’re expecting the unexpected, and planning how to make an unusual year a great year.

While some parts of campus life are proceeding normally or moving online, others will have to wait until the world is ready. But it’s never too early to plan. And in the meantime, you will meet your classmates, and faculty virtually.

Here is what we know so far:

  • Courses will be mostly online. That means many of you won’t be coming to campus for face-to-face classes.
Winter semester January to April 2021

We may be able to welcome all of you back to campus for the Winter Term, in January 2021, and will be closely observing guidelines so that we can let you know what to expect. In the meantime, we are offering courses and accepting applications.

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Financial aid

COVID-19 has been an unexpected financial strain for many students. If that’s you, Emergency funding is available year-round to eligible students currently enrolled in courses.

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Student housing

We’ve reviewed the guidelines, put safety measures in place and our student housing is open and accepting applications.

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Open Learning

OL courses and programs continue to run normally although courses with face-to-face components may have changes.

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International students

We welcome your applications and look forward to having you study with us this fall. We are here to support you and maintain our commitment to quality and accessibility.

Campus safety

To change the world, you first need to be healthy and safe. So your safety comes above all else. Period.

To change the world, you first need to be healthy and safe. So your safety comes above all else. Period.

Our campuses will have fewer people working on site this fall, and we are strictly adhering to all provincial health authority guidelines. We have implemented comprehensive cleaning and disinfection regimens, physical distancing protocols and group-size controls across the university. This applies to any labs or hands-on training taking place on campus.

For students from outside the region, know that you are coming to a small city and a mid-sized campus that both offer wide open spaces and a focus on keeping safe and healthy. While most classes are being taught online, if you do come to campus, you can be assured that it won’t be crowded and that teaching spaces are designed for utmost safety.


Courses will be (mostly) online and we will update the course schedule to show which courses will be delivered in person.

Courses will be (mostly) online and we will update the course schedule to show which courses will be delivered in person.

TRU has decades of experience offering education remotely. Open Learning, our distance education division, has been offering courses, programs and degrees to people since 1978, before many people had home computers—never mind the internet.

We’ve been bringing faculty and students together across time and space for four decades, and we can make this year at TRU a great year. And when you complete your program, you will have a whole new skillset, so that when you get the invite for your dream job’s Zoom interview, you’ll be ready.

In some cases, such as labs, shops or studios, you will learn on campus, within carefully controlled environments where safety comes first.

Review the Course Schedule for courses that will have on-campus components, which we will update to include building and room numbers.

Course delivery is not expected to be synchronous with the dates and times included in the schedules, but this information is included to provide a framework for students and instructors to plan for any touchpoints throughout the semester without conflicting with other course demands or obligations outside of school.

Expect well-planned, carefully designed online courses. They will mainly be offered through Moodle, but there may be other delivery systems available depending on the needs of each course.

Our in-class faculty members are learning from the expertise of our Open Learning instructional designers to improve their online teaching skills. We also have specialists in our Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) offering our faculty members additional support. All of that, along with the lessons we learned from shifting from classroom to online instruction in mid-semester will ensure that your first year at TRU will be a great year.

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Open spaces

Study spaces and computer labs are currently open in Old Main. Additional space may be opened if it can be done safely.

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Campus services will be available

Student services are also active and offering their services virtually. See a list of services and their updates here.

Online information sessions

The following webinars are being offered for future and returning students:

Public town hall: University affordability in a COVID-19 era

August 5, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Prospective students and parents: Learn what funding options are available to help reduce the financial costs of attending TRU.

Skills for online learning

This fall, TRU is offering Student Success 0600, a free online course that helps students make the most of programs with alternative delivery.

International students

New international students may begin and complete up to 50 percent of their program online from abroad in anticipation of a transition to Canada. These exceptional measures are in place until Dec. 31, 2020.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced exemptions granted to international students with respect to Post-Graduate Work Permit eligibility, and online studies from outside of Canada will be extended for the fall intake. That means if you are interested in studying at TRU you can begin remotely in your home country until restrictions are lifted.

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TRU can support you as no other university can — through our instructors, dedicated academic advisors, a safety net of student services, and complete details on current requirements for the fall 2020 semester so you can make informed decisions.

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