Thompson Rivers University Becomes CWI’s First Canadian Transfer Partner

Published: April 13, 2018

NAMPA— College of Western Idaho is pleased to announce that it has signed two transfer articulation agreements with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to provide transfer opportunities for CWI students and graduates.

The articulation agreements allow graduates of both associate of arts and associate of science programs to receive transfer credit into TRU’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs.

This is CWI’s first agreement with a Canadian university. Both are members of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

“We are pleased to finalize these transfer pathways articulation agreements with TRU, which provides tremendous value for our students, particularly in terms of offering them a high quality education while they are enjoying an international learning experience,” said David Shellberg, CWI’s executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. “We are especially impressed by how well TRU understands and appreciates our graduates and how it has made American community colleges a major emphasis in its recruitment efforts.”

 “The College of Western Idaho is committed to providing students with hands-on learning opportunities and realizes the transformative nature of the experiences they provide their students. TRU’s Faculty of Science shares this commitment, and we are confident that students who transfer to TRU to finish their degree will be successful and will benefit from our own efforts to graduate knowledgeable and skilled problem solvers,” said Dr. Thomas Dickinson, Dean of Science.

TRU World Associate Vice President International Operations Baihua Chadwick is excited about the partnership: “We are so pleased that College of Western Idaho has chosen TRU as their first Canadian partner institution. TRU is committed to enhancing diversity, inclusiveness and intercultural competence on our campus. This agreement helps us further develop a community that is welcoming to all.”

CWI programs that could facilitate student transfers include anthropology, liberal arts, general business, communication, criminal justice, English, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, chemistry, biology or geology.

About Thompson Rivers University:

A public, fully accredited institution located in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia, TRU offers more than 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning (online) programs in areas such as arts, science, health sciences, technology, tourism, business and law. Over 13,000 students study on campus, including more than 2,000 international students from over 85 countries. Another 13,000 study by distance or online through TRU’s Open Learning division.

TRU students enjoy an exceptional breadth of academic degree and certificate programs. Hands-on learning experiences, accessible faculty and a network of academic, career, and wellness services support student success. A team of international student advisors provide assistance in 12 languages. Students apply what they learn through co-op placements, undergraduate research, volunteering and more. For more information, visit

About College of Western Idaho:

College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to offering affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. For more information about the college, visit or call (208) 562-3000.



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