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International Profile

Where the World Learns Together

Live your education
Born out of years of planning by public-spirited citizens of Peterborough, Trent University opened its doors in 1964. The uncommonly beautiful setting that was originally donated to the University by GE Canada has become home to four unique residential colleges that provide beneficial living-learning communities and interaction between students and faculty. It is this focused, intimate environment that provides students with an opportunity to engage with faculty and peers in an interdisciplinary, research-driven, student-centered environment.     

Supporting academic excellence
A small university with an outstanding record for academic excellence in research and teaching, Trent provides international students with personalized support, flexible and innovative program options, dedicated academic advising, and a commitment to supporting the development of student leaders. Trent’s Global Citizen Scholarship Program, the most generous program of its kind for international students in Canada, attracts high-achieving scholars from around the world.   

Innovative programs and partnerships
The Trent University education reaches beyond the classroom through innovative study options, such as our new sustainable agriculture and food systems, archaeology, media studies, and journalism programs and an integrated Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. Research centers like the Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power and Politics and the new Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre build on meaningful relationships with community partners in hands-on learning opportunities with global impact.

Sustainable environmental initiatives, a vibrant international community, and the pursuit of student research in an intimate learning environment with personalized support are all hallmarks of the Trent University experience



Alongside the Otonabee River and surrounded by forests and trails, Trent University’s Symons campus is located in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, in Canada’s beautiful Kawartha Lakes District. The natural setting and rich cultural life of the vibrant Peterborough community provide a welcoming environment in the safety and warmth of a small city with rich cultural and recreational options. The new Durham campus is just one hour away in Oshawa, allowing students to connect to the urban energy of the greater Toronto area.


Type of University: Public, primarily undergraduate, coeducational, nondenominational university granting ESL certificates and bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees

Size of Campus: Peterborough—1,450 acres; Durham—seven acres

Number of Students: 6,018 full-time undergraduates; undergraduate international population of 9%

Number of Faculty: 524 academic faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 10 undergraduate degree options (in Arts, Arts & Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies, Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Education, Forensic Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sciences, and Social Work) with the following majors: Ancient History & Classics, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computing & Information Systems, Computing & Physics, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, English Literature, Environmental & Resources Science/Studies, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Science, French Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geographical Information Systems, Geography, German Studies, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies, International Development Studies, International Political Economy, Journalism, Kinesiology, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages & Literature, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Political Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Water & Aquatic Sciences

Durham campus programs: Anthropology, Business Administration, Communications & Critical Thinking, English Literature, History, Media Studies, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology

Geographic Diversity: 86 countries represented

International Student Services: Fully staffed international office with counseling for health, immigration, personal, and academic matters; comprehensive four-day orientation camp; ESL courses; International Ambassador Program; study abroad and exchange; and peer mentoring

International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition     $13,785 USD ($18,300 CAD)
Room and Board    $6,026 USD ($8,000 CAD)
Books and Supplies    $753 USD ($1,000 CAD)
Additional Fees*    $1,808 USD ($2,400 CAD)
Total    $22,372 USD ($29,700 CAD)
*Including health insurance and student bus pass

Financial Aid: Trent has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Canada for international students. The Trent Global Citizen Scholarship and Award Program awards funding for qualified international and U.S. citizens.

Test Score Requirements: SAT/ACT optional; SAT combined under review; ACT 24 composite; TOEFL 580/86; MELAB 85; IELTS 6.5

Application Deadlines and Fees: June 1 (for September admission); October 15 (for January admission); February 15 (scholarship deadline); limited enrollment programs will have earlier deadlines. Please check for full
information. Application fee is $90.