Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University (RRU) is a highly regarded Canadian public university, located in beautiful Victoria. Built around an historic castle, the campus covers 565 landscaped acres and is a year-round tourist attraction. Offering innovative bachelor's and 12-month master's degrees in business and tourism, the University meets the needs of the global workplace and prepares graduates to take their place in a challenging and changing world. Competitive tuition fees and living expenses offer great value to students.
|Location:||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Institution type:||Public University|
|Student population:||3,500 (220 international)|
|Campus setting:||Suburban - city|
equivalent of IELTS 3.0 (no official score required - level can be determined by our English Test).
Success after graduation
University rankingCanadian University Report 2012, published by The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper):
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Royal Roads University is an outstanding public university in Canada offering excellent value for money. Royal Roads University consistently receives high ratings for quality of education, student interaction with faculty and intimate class sizes.
Royal Roads University faculty have significant real-world experience. Degree programs are designed in collaboration with industry experts and taught by local and internationally recognized professionals who are leading practitioners in their fields. The University's programs develop employment skills through applied research and a professional outcomes-based learning model.
The International Study Center on campus provides the highest levels of support during degree preparation programs - with small class sizes, individual attention and teaching tailored specifically to international students.
Note: you can complete a University Bridging Program at the International Study Center if your English level does not yet meet the requirement for a bachelor's degree.
RRU offers 6 innovative bachelor's degrees taught on campus. International students take common academic courses plus degree-level study skills, and continuing English language support during Year 1 and 2 of their undergraduate program. In Year 3 and 4, students undertake full-time academic coursework and often an internship or other work experience.
Note: you can complete a Pre-Master's program at the International Study Center if your academic qualifications or English level do not yet meet the requirement for this master's degree.
Master of Global Management
The Master of Global Management degree prepares you to develop strong entrepreneurial and managerial skills and competencies to succeed in an international business world. You will gain an informed perspective, the ability to observe and learn outside your culture, and the skills to work effectively in uncertain and ambiguous situations. You have the choice of completing the master's program in 12 months with the International Industry Analysis Project, or in 18 months with the Canadian Internship option.
Master of Arts in Tourism Management
The MA focuses on case studies from around the world, enabling students to compare and contrast approaches to sustainable tourism development. It also equips students with the skills to address workplace challenges. Gain skills in destination development, leadership, sustainability and global tourism. Learn in small classes with a beautiful, safe, world class tourist destination on your doorstep. Undertake two weeks of field-research either in Canada or abroad. The master's program duration is 12 months, with an additional 6 month internship option starting at the beginning of Canada's tourism season. Download MA Tourism Management flyer
Full-time students at Royal Roads University live off-campus in either private or homestay accommodation.
Students who are 18 and under must stay in homestay accommodation - this means you live with Canadian families, participate in Canadian culture and customs, and can enhance your English language study through practice with the host family. The family provides a private, furnished bedroom. All homes are located in the appealing and safe neighborhoods of Greater Victoria, accessible to Royal Roads University by public transportation. Most homestay locations are between 20 and 45 minutes from campus.
Students aged 19 or over who would prefer a more independent living environment can live in private accommodation. Royal Roads University can assist in making arrangements. Private accommodation options have kitchen facilities, are often shared with other students, and are located in downtown Victoria (about 30 minutes by car from the university campus).
The Habitat Cafe on the university campus has a comfortable atmosphere and a varied menu with hot food available all day. Homestay students have meals included in their fee. The cost of food is not included in the fee for students living in private accommodation.
Campus facilities and activities
- International student services: dedicated advisors, special orientation, ESL programs, academic workshops, study permit and immigration support
- Student clubs: International and ESL Club, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Running Club, Music Group, Real Estate Club, Undergraduate Student Association
- Recreation: gymnasium, aerobics studio, two squash courts, weight room, cardio workout room, tennis courts, fitness classes, dance classes, drop-in sports (basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, ping pong, squash, and floor hockey)
- Books in library: 48,000 plus over 100 online databases and 55,000 e-books
- Computers for student use: 5 computer labs; 3 are open 24 hours a day; 46 terminals in the library.
- Security services: 24 hour patrols by security personnel, emergency phones, safety escorts at night, closed circuit TV monitoring.
Royal Roads University campus covers 2.27km² of peaceful, ocean-side parkland at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. 100-year-old Hatley Castle - a popular tourist attraction - is at the center of campus.
This remarkable university setting has great access to kayaking and other water sports, world-renowned heritage gardens, an extensive network of forested hiking and running trails, a bird sanctuary, and a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains.
Students have access to science labs, career services, writing center, recreation center, shop, bookstore, ATM, wireless network, chapel, museum, and free castle guided tours.
- Region: Pacific Northwest, Canada
- Nearest large cities: Vancouver (30 minutes by air), Seattle (40 minutes by air)
- Airport transfer on initial arrival from nearest airport: Victoria International (YYJ) in Victoria - 19 miles from campus
- Nearest train station: Vancouver (71 miles)
- Nearest harbor: Victoria Harbour (YWH) - 9 miles from campus
- Public transport: bus routes connect campus with downtown Victoria
Royal Roads University is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the most popular Canadian province for international students.
Victoria is a safe, clean and attractive city with a relaxed pace and lots of university and college students. Victoria has a temperate 'oceanic' climate. Its residents enjoy mild, almost snow-free winters, and relatively dry and pleasant summers. Getting over 2,200 hours of sun each year, Victoria is one of the sunniest places in Canada. The bustling city center has a host of shops, entertainment, pubs and restaurants surrounding the beautiful inner harbour. Victoria is also a tourist destination with over 4 million visitors per year who come both to stay overnight in the city and as day visitors from cruise ships. The city is ideal for outdoor recreation such as cycling, hiking, jogging, kayaking and water sports.
Vancouver is the third-largest city in Canada. It has a thriving business community and is well known as an urban center surrounded by nature: it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon! Vancouver's scenic location makes it a major tourist destination. Visitors enjoy the gardens, mountains, ocean and parkland surrounding the city, as well as its many cultural attractions. With a fast-growing economy, Vancouver is now an important center for biotechnology, computer software, financial services, film-making, education and natural resources.
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Video tour of the university
Nidal Mousa, from Israel is a student at the Royal Roads University International Study Center. Join him on a tour of the campus and learn about all the facilities available to students at this highly regarded university in Canada.
RRU student blog
Students at the International Study Center blog about their experiences adjusting to American culture, learning English, and life on campus:
Royal Roads University news
- Prices are for programs starting in the 2012 -13 academic year
- US university fees are given in United States Dollars (USD). Canadian university fees are given in Canadian Dollars (CAD).
- Find out the price in your local currency using an online currency converter
- Prices are estimated and subject to change without notice
The prices listed above are a combined total, showing the amount you will need to pay for university tuition, university facilities and services, accommodation and meals*, insurance coverage and airport transfer.
- Undergraduate prices are for Year 1 (e.g. two academic semesters) of a degree program. Year 2, 3 and 4 prices will be similar.
- Graduate degree price is for the entire program, * but accommodation and meals are not included
- Prices for degree preparation are shown for the entire program. The duration of these programs varies depending on your English level on entry.
- Download the Royal Roads University International Study Centre pricelist. (, 732kB)
Below is a breakdown of the Royal Roads University costs for international students:
University tuition fees
|Undergraduate degree||$8,160||per semester|
|Master of Global Management||$29,458||complete program|
|MA Tourism Management||$31,500||complete program|
|Degree preparation programs|
|English for Academic Purposes||$5,240||per semester|
|University Bridging Program||$6,300||per semester|
|Pre-Master's Program||$8,925||per semester|
|Housing option||Student aged 19 or over||Student aged 18 or under||Duration|
|Single room, shared bathroom, 3 meals/day||$3,394||$3,500||per semester|
|Private bathroom||$150||4 weeks|
|Homestay placement fee||$220||$400||on acceptance|
|Custodianship registration*||not available||$150||on acceptance|
|Monthly monitoring and reporting*||not available||$280||per semester|
|Refundable security deposit||$500||on acceptance|
|Room and private bathroom (meals not included)||Prices available on request||not available|
* Custodianship and monthly monitoring is mandatory for students of 18 years and under
** Private accommodation is only available to students aged 19 or over.
|University fee (campus services, student association and student transit)||$645||per academic year for undergraduate and pre-master's students|
|StudyCare insurance||$815||per calendar year|
|Extended medical coverage||$310||per calendar year|
|Airport transfer by private car from Victoria International Airport (YYJ)||$95||one-way on initial arrival|
|Admissions and finance fees|
|Deposit for release of immigration documents||$500-$3,000||on acceptance, varies depending on country of residence|