Maple Leaf Schools - Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

Maple Leaf School – Thompson Rivers University (MLUS-TRU) is our first school in Canada. Located in the newly expanded Old Main building on Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, this learning environment offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in English.

Students complete the BC graduation program curriculum preparing them for further studies in universities around the world. MLUS-TRU offers the high school program at grades 10 to 12 with approximately 25 students per class. Focusing on academic achievement, MLUS-TRU students benefit from an English language immersion experience. Students also have the option to enroll in Mandarin language and social studies classes giving them an academic advantage in their post-secondary applications.

Our University Partner - Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has been providing educational excellence in Canada for over 45 years. TRU is an ideal university location, situated on 250 acres, with leading edge learning spaces on campus and within walking distance to the cities’ commercial and residential districts.

The university has over 13,433 students on campus with 2,983 international students from around the world (29.7% Chinese). TRU offers a diverse learning experience for all - making it a great campus for students to grow and develop their understanding of other cultures.

Our Location in Canada

Kamloops offers a beautiful and natural location in a safe, vibrant, small Canadian city. The city is famous for its focus on active outdoor recreational opportunities, clean air, starry nights and a world class university that attracts students from around the world. Kamloops boasts world class indoor and outdoor sporting facilities and lots of nearby skiing, hiking and water-sports.

Kamloops is easily accessible by air from Vancouver with multiple flights daily:

  • Vancouver - 45 minutes

From Vancouver’s major international hub there are daily flights to and from:

  • Toronto - 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Los Angeles - 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Beijing - 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Seoul - 11 hours
  • Tokyo - 10 hours

Kamloops is located in a semi-arid climate zone with dry warm summers and crisp cool winters and more sunshine and less rain than elsewhere in BC. There are four distinct seasons each with its own beauty. Average monthly temperatures range from 0C to -5C in winter to 25C to 30C in summer.

Our School Advantages

  • Small classes, great teachers, excellent curriculum.
  • Outdoor adventure activities throughout the year included as part of the school program.
  • Dynamic, supervised evening self-study program.
  • Academic advising and university application assistance.
  • Dormitory and homestay living options available.
  • Beautiful campus and access to the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Opportunities for advanced dual credit courses with the university.
  • Optional trips organized to major university campuses in Canada.

Blake Defieux, Principal of MLUS-TRU

Our Principal, Mr. Blake Defieux, worked in China with Maple Leaf Educational Systems for 15 years. His educational journey began with degrees at the University of British Columbia in Geography and in Secondary Education. He went on to complete his master’s degree in counselling psychology. He began his teaching career in Penticton, BC, in 1999, before joining Maple Leaf International School – Dalian, China in 2002.

Mr. Defieux taught for nine years in Dalian before taking an administrative position at Maple Leaf International School – Wuhan where he served as vice principal for two years and as principal for three years. Mr. Defieux lead the school in China with great success and is now leading MLUS-TRU, the first school in the Maple Leaf system to open outside of China. He is enthusiastic about the unique learning and personal development opportunities that MLUS-TRU can offer to all its students.

MLUS-TRU Teachers and Support Team

At MLUS-TRU all of our teachers are BC certified and have experience teaching in international school settings. They use best practices to promote academic success with all students. Our support team provides career and personal counseling to students and maintain regular contact with parents – we have Mandarin speaking staff on-site and provide support in other languages with assistance from the university.

MLUS-TRU Admission Requirements

Students are admitted in grades 10, 11 and 12 based on their previous grade completion, academic and English readiness and a strong commitment to their studies.

Fee Schedule: 2017/18

Basic Fees
Tuition Fees 1/2  
• International Students 3 $18,000
• Canadian Citizen and PR Students 3 $15,500
Application Fee 4 $300
Custodian Declaration 5 $350
Uniform Fee 6 $500
Graduation Fee 7 $300
Medical Insurance 8 $750*
Recreation Fee 9 $450
Additional Fees
Homestay 10 Approx. $700 - $1000 month
Dormitory 11 Approx. $500 - $700 month
Meals 12 Approx. $3000/year
Airport Pick Up – Vancouver to Kamloops 14 Approx. $200

1 All fees are in Canadian dollars and include applicable taxes.
2 Maple Leaf School - Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is bonded with the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
3 Upon registration, all students are required to pay the tuition fee for the full school year.
4 The non-refundable application fee is required at the time the application form is submitted.
5 MLES-TRU provides a Custodianship Declaration for students under 19 years of age, as requested.
6 The uniform fee covers the cost of the standard uniform only. Additional optional school uniform items are charged on a per item basis. Students from MLES schools in China may choose to wear their MLES school dress uniform as their standard uniform.

7 A Graduation fee is charged during the term in which the student will graduate, to cover costs of the ceremony, dinner, yearbook and other souvenirs.
8 Medical Insurance includes 3 months of Private Insurance followed by the B.C. Medical Services Plan for those on a valid study permit. *Coverage varies, please consult for details.
9 The Recreation fee covers access to the local recreation centre for activities organized by the school during or beyond class time and for the student’s own use on weekends. Optional weekend and holiday trips not included in the school’s program are charged separately based on participation.
10 Homestay fees vary depending on school location. At MLUS-TRU the fee is approx. $700/month for bed and breakfast and weekend meals. Weekday meals are at the school and charged separately. Final homestay fees will be provided at time of admission.
11 Dormitory fees vary depending on the school location. At MLUS-TRU the fee is approx. $500/month for a private bedroom in as quad dorm. Meals are not included. Weekday lunch and dinner meals are at the school and charged separately. Final dormitory fees will be provided at time of admission.
12 Lunch and dinner meals are taken together at the school and in the university cafeteria.
13 Transportation from the Vancouver Airport to MLUS-TRU in Kamloops is organized based on fixed arrival dates. This service is provided for students arriving at the beginning of the school year only. Transportation from Kamloops to the Vancouver airport during holiday times and at the end of the school year are the student’s responsibility.

Fees Payment and Refund Policy

Payment of Fees

For school year 2017/18 school fees are due in full by June 30, 2017.

FULL payment of fees must be received before the official Letter of Admission, Custodianship or other required Immigration documents will be issued for international students.

Tuition Refund Policy

  • Students who withdraw up to thirty (30) calendar days before of the first day of classes will receive a 70% refund of fees (minus all non-refundable fees).
  • Students who withdraw within thirty (30) calendar days before the first day of classes and thirty (30) days after the start of classes will receive a 50% refund of fees (minus all non-refundable fees).
  • Students who withdraw after thirty (30) calendar days of the first day of classes are not eligible for any refund amount.
  • No refund or partial refund of fees will be issued for temporary non-medical absences, suspensions, or expulsions for any reason.
  • No partial fees refunds will be issued for any missed days of school due to delays in obtaining a Canadian Student Authorization.

Refund due to Study Permit Denial

Occasionally, a student’s application to obtain their Canadian Student Authorization is denied. In these cases, the student must submit official proof of this denial. Upon receipt of this document, the School will refund all tuition fees, less the non-refundable application fee and custodianship declaration fee.

Refund due to Medical Concern

If the student develops a medical illness whereby it is determined by the parents, the medical professionals or the school that the student should return home to their parents care the school will offer a partial refund of tuition fees. A minimum 50% of the annual tuition fee will be retained by the school.

Non-Refundable Fees

These one-time only fees cover the application fee, notarized Custodianship Declaration, letters of admission, and any international courier fees. The total non-refundable amount is $650.00 (Application fee = $300.00, Custodianship Declaration fee = $350.00.

Homestay Fees Refund Policy

Homestay placements and management are provided by a third-party homestay provider through a contract agreement with Maple Leaf Education North America Ltd. The Homestay refund policy of the contracted agency will apply. Details will be provided with the Homestay application forms.