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  • Locations: Kamloops, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: Memphis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Thompson Rivers University Summer Program

Canadian Outdoor Experience Program

Session 1: May 8 – June 19
Session 2: June 26 – August 8

Program Description: Earn a full semester of credits while learning to sea kayak and rock climb amid the stunning landscapes of Canada’s famous wilderness. This six-week program, led by world-class guides and lecturers, combines academic study and exciting, practical field-based experience. Participants will delve into the fields of wilderness resource management, mountain and river ecology, natural history, Aboriginal culture, environmental issues, outdoor recreation management, and adventure sports while traveling through the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, the interior ranges of British Columbia, and the Okanagan Region. The program includes approximately 10 days of lectures, 26 days of field trips, and 4 days of logistics and exams. It is most suitable to students of geography, science, arts, culture, biology, sociology, tourism, recreation management students, but students in other study areas (business, marketing, kinesiology, etc.) are welcome. Participants must be moderately fit and athletically inclined.

Course Information: These programs are approved by TRU and students receive their grades on a TRU transcript. Credit transfer (worth 12 TRU credits) is subject to home institution regulations. TRU will provide all documentation to overseas institutions to assist in credit transfer. See complete Course Descriptions. 

ADVG 1100 Natural History (3 credits): This subject is a study and description of prairie, mountain, and boreal forest organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships. Topics include the natural history of British Columbia and Alberta: flora and fauna; species identification; ecosystem relationships; nature interpretation; the inter-relationship between natural history, outdoor recreation and adventure sports.

ADVG 2010 The Wilderness Environment
(3 credits): This subject is the study of the natural resource base on which the Western Canada adventure tourism and outdoor recreation industry depends. Topics include: geographic features, mountain geomorphology, geology, fluviology, meteorology, ecology, and contemporary environmental issues and future demands.

ADVG 2020 The Cultural Environment (3 credits): This subject is an introduction to the cultural environments upon which outdoor recreation and adventure tourism in Canada depend. Canadian culture is the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, political and social elements that are representative of Canada, not only to its own population, but people all over the world. Topics include: the influences of European culture and tradition; incorporation of Canada's Aboriginal peoples and immigrant populations into mainstream Canadian culture; United States influence on Canadian linguistics, economics, and culture; defining Canadian culture; enhancing intercultural communication; international influences on Canadian outdoor recreation and adventure tourism.

 ADVG 3110 Adventure Activities (3 credits): This subject is designed to provide students with practical exposure to the planning and participation of a variety of adventure sports.  Students will be introduced to adventure sports by participating in activities such as whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, rafting, mountain hiking, zip-lines, and glacier walks. Activities will vary depending upon the season and weather conditions. Emphasis is upon fun and exposure to the activity and moderate physical fitness and athletic ability is required.

In combination, the class work and field trip components of these subjects aim to:
•   Provide an opportunity for concentrated study of the physical geography, natural history, and culture of Western Canada in the context of outdoor recreation and adventure sport activities
•   Develop an understanding of a broad range of interdisciplinary knowledge related to the global management of natural and cultural resources, the inter-relationship between well-managed wilderness resources and the future of outdoor recreation and adventure sports, and the value-added nature of cultural programming to experiencing the Canadian landscape
•   Provide an exposure to a wide variety of adventure sports as a way to experience the local landscape and develop a Canadian “sense of place”
•   Provide a perspective on how outdoor recreation and adventure impact the residents of Western Canada
•   Develop an international view of adventure sports, the wilderness environment, their management and future development

Upon the conclusion of the course students will be able to:
•   Write and speak with confidence about a range of topics on Western Canadian thought, geography, natural history, and culture
•   Apply their expanded knowledge of Western Canadian natural, cultural, and recreation resource management to the planning and management of resources in other international locations
•   Describe the development of outdoor recreation and adventure sports in Western Canada and describe theories, issues, and solutions that will assist their development in other international locations
•   Engage in a wide variety of personal outdoor recreation and adventure sport activities

Special Academic Conditions: Participants must be physically fit and athletically inclined. This program contains strenuous physical exertion.

Application Instructions: Click "Apply Now" to create a Study Abroad application. You must apply by March 1 in order to be considered. In addition to the regular Study Abroad application, you will need to apply to ISEP by March 28 for Session 1 and May 15 for Session 2.

Program Fees: $12,489 + $290 Study Abroad application fee + $60 ISEP application fee

Cost includes 12 credits of academic coursework, world-class adventure sports instruction, program transportation, equipment, lodging, and meals. All group and technical equipment is supplied. Students are expected to provide their personal clothing, footwear, sleeping bag and pack. A complete clothing and equipment list will be provided prior to the course.

Accommodations: Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles, including university dorms, mountain lodges, hostels, and tent camps. Meals are included with the exception of some rest days and days off.