Got some questions?
There is no flat rate for the costs of studying abroad! It will ultimately depend on: the cost of living in the host country (i.e. food, rent, utilities), your TRU tuition (which doesn’t change), medical insurance costs, travel expenses (i.e plane ticket, cell phone bill), student/residence Visa, and what you plan to do in your leisure time! A lot of the variation in expenses comes from your personal desires. Although many students take advantage of their time abroad by travelling extensively, you can plan your study abroad experience to fit your budget needs!
You have the chance to study abroad for up to two semesters.
1. Study abroad for two semesters back to back (ie. a full academic year abroad)
2. Study abroad for two semesters separately (ie. one semester abroad per academic year; for a maximum of two academic years)
3. Study abroad for a single semester.
This is entirely up to you.
No, this will not be a problem. A majority of courses offered at partner schools are in English.
You can, however, opt to take classes in the local language (a language proficiency test is first required).
If planned accordingly, you can Study Abroad and still graduate within 4 years. To ensure your degree is not delayed, plan early and talk to your program adviser.
Although studying abroad in your final year is not recommended, it is entirely possible (with enough planning).
I am on student loans, work part-time and pay for university on my own. Can I afford to study abroad?
Yes! The Studying Abroad program is designed to cost the same as if you were living independently and studying at the TRU campus. You are able to continue receiving student loan payments while you’re studying abroad and if you’re receiving band funding, most will continue supporting you as well. All successful Study Abroad applicants receive a $1000 bursary from TRU. Better yet, there are many scholarships offer specifically to students studying abroad. Click here for more info on Scholarships and Awards.
Basically, your personal statement should be a 500 word document about yourself. Tell us why you want to study abroad, what you hope to get out of the experience. Try and show your character through it, and perhaps discuss what drives you to study abroad.
You can’t apply for a visa until after your host university accepts your application which TRU’s study abroad office submits on your behalf. Once the acceptance letter comes in you are free to book your visa and flight. Visa time varies some, are electronic and only take a few days where others may take upwards of a six weeks so the earlier you can apply, the better.
Note: A travel visa is not the same thing as a Visa credit card, but it’s easy to confuse!
You have the chance to study abroad for two semesters. You can do the 2 semesters back to back where you stay for the entire year or you can go abroad for 1 semester and come back to Thompson Rivers University before studying abroad in a future semester.