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Trent University



Founded with a focus on interactive learning, Trent University has been ranked the best undergraduate university in Ontario for eight years running, and top five in all of Canada. Trent University's Peterborough campus is just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto in a beautiful setting by the Otanabee River, giving students the best of both the worlds of nature and city-life. The Durham GTA campus is located in Oshawa, 40 minutes from downtown Toronto, and is a close-knit community.

Trent's ethos is focused on leadership and social change, and it was voted 2nd in Ontario for Most Innovative and producing Leaders of Tomorrow. Students are encouraged through their courses, but also their life in and around campus, to collaborate, innovate and engage. Trent's students, as well as their faculty and alumni, are committed to finding sustainable solutions to problems in the world, a cause that goes all the way back to Trent's founding principles. This global perspective also sees Trent welcome students from 79 countries across the world and from across Canada. All this means 95% of students are happy that they chose to study at Trent.

Trent has excellent graduate outcomes, with 90% of graduates employed within six months of graduating, and 93% within two years of graduating.

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What's new

ESL classes at Trent

Trent University will be returning to face-to-face ESL classes at the Peterborough campus in September 2020 as part of a multi-access delivery model. All health and safety measures have been put in place to deliver the course safely. For students who are unable to travel to Canada, classes will also be offered online as live sessions and recorded lessons for those in other time zones, or to review as needed. The program is the perfect way to develop English language proficiency and prepare for degree studies.

Campus Developments

Trent is constantly innovating to give students the best possible experience. Recent developments to their site include:

Bata Library - features include an entrepreneurship and social innovation center, an educational design research studio, group and individual student spaces for interactive study, a Critical Making Studio and new book and non-print collections.

Durham GTA Campus Expansion- based in Oshawa this residential college concept development includes a new residence (Opening fall 2020), which also houses new academic spaces including faculty offices and classrooms, and a new central outdoor space for student enjoyment.

Rowing -Trent University is now one of six Rowing Canada NextGen Hubs, in partnership with the Peterborough Rowing Club, which means it is now a training hub for future Olympians to develop for Olympic competition.

The Student Centre Opened in 2017 on the Peterborough campus. The Student Centre is a place for students to gather, study, engage, socialize and get involved with life on campus. The building overlooks the Otonabee River and is at the heart of the student experience on campus with student clubs, groups, CareerSpace services, and great coffee to keep students connected.

Trent Forward: Students' Safe Return

The university has been working tirelessly to ensure students and faculty members have a safe return to campus life. Students can find more information on the changes expected at Trent University, including a new face mask policy, information on central resources and information for students on planning and preparing for their degree courses.

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Schools of study

Schools of study

Programs of study are placed across different campuses and different colleges, so students will need to be aware of this when making an application. Programs are available across a range of subjects, including arts and sciences, and there are a number of schools operating on campus:

School of Education

The School of Education is dedicated to giving students the skills they need to thrive in the education profession. Programs include the Teacher Education Stream for those who would like to teach, the Consecutive B. Ed. Program for those interested in teaching either Primary/Junior or Intermediate/Senior education and the Master of Education in Educational Studies. There is also a course in Educational and Community Leadership aimed at professionals looking to further their career into leadership roles and focused action.

School of Environment

The newly named School of Environment encompasses a range of programs that have been developed at Trent over many years, making it a choice university for future environmental leaders. Programs include BA or BSc's in Geography, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Chemistry, Water Sciences and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. The graduate programs include Environmental and Life Science and Sustainability Studies. Students are also able to undertake joint majors, both within and outside of the school, in order to tailor their degree to their interests.

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Trent-ESL Program

Trent-ESL Program

Trent-ESL is being offered in-person, online synchronously, and online asynchronously.

The Trent-ESL program is a Languages Canada accredited program, designed for international students who require additional teaching in English language. ESL programs can be a good place to start the university experience. Students who pass the ESL program can then progress into an academic program, with most students who complete the program graduating to an undergraduate or graduate course at Trent. With a friendly campus community, and access to both smaller towns and bigger cities, international students can settle into a new way of learning as well as a new language.

The curriculum is designed so that students will be able to undertake the demands of a degree afterwards, and with a continual admission option, some students will even begin their degree courses at the same time as undergoing the ESL program. It is also an intensive program, which means students can graduate quickly to achieve their goals at university.

There are six levels of ESL study, from Core 1 to Degree, depending on the language requirements of each student. As well as developing reading, listening, writing, speaking, pronunciation and grammar, ESL students learn academic requirements such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Every course has its own entrance requirements, but there are some overall entrance requirements for Trent University. All students applying will need a high school diploma.

English Proficiency

All applicants will need to pass the minimum requirements of an English proficiency test. Requirements for the TOEFL are a minimum score of 93 IBT with a writing score of at least 22. For the IELTS, applicants will need a score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0. For the MELAB, applicants will need a score of 85, with no part below 80. For the CAEL, applicants will need a score of 60. The Pearson PTE Academic requirement is 59, and the C1 Advanced requirement is a C grade.

The required grades applicants will need in order to be considered depends on their country of education. Requirements by country should be checked before undertaking an application.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Trent has been ranked the number one university in Canada for scholarships and bursaries. There are a number of scholarships and awards particularly aimed at international students.

Trent University Global Citizen Scholarships and Awards

This scholarship is awarded to incoming international students who show academic achievement, dedication to community service, and leadership potential, but are also in some financial need. The scholarship contributes to tuition and is worth between CAD 2000 and CAD 24,000 per academic year. It cannot be used to pay for housing.

Trent-United World Colleges Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming international student from a UWC college who can demonstrate academic achievement, a dedication to community service, has leadership potential and is in financial need. The scholarship is up to CAD 24,000 per academic year depending on financial need.

Jack Matthews International Scholarship

This scholarship is specifically for a student joining Trent from Pearson College of the Pacific. The student must show academic achievement, community service, leadership potential and financial need and the scholarship can be up to CAD 22,000 per academic year depending on financial need.

Scotiabank International Student Awards

This scholarship is open to any student incoming to Trent from a country where Scotiabank operates. It is based on academic achievement, a student's dedication to extra-curricular activities and their leadership, and is worth up to CAD 5000 per academic year.

Maple Leaf Leadership Award

This scholarship is open to any student incoming to Trent from a Maple Leaf Education System school who can demonstrate academic achievement, leadership potential, a dedication to community service and who is in financial need. It is a one-off award for up to five students a year to the value of CAD 2000.

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Trent University has excellent facilities across both campuses.

Bata Library

Recently developed into the new ‘library of the future', the Bata Library is one of the main academic spaces for students on campus. With books, resources and IT services, as well as a range of study spaces, it suits the needs of all students looking for somewhere quiet or collaborative to work on campus. New features include a presentation practice room and two new graduate reading rooms. The brand-new entrepreneurship and social innovation center is designed to help students with experiential learning projects, and those undertaking work placements. The two new visualization labs are dedicated to new technological advancements including 3D printing and virtual reality.


For use by students both recreationally and academically, the Trent Athletics Centre has state-of-the-art facilities both outdoor and indoor including a gym, basketball and badminton courts and indoor soccer pitch. Some students will wish to join Varsity Sports and play for the university, and the university has an excellent reputation for curling, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, soccer and volleyball. Other students may wish to join one of the many sports and athletics clubs. As well as the facilities on campus, students are right next door to diverse nature areas with kilometers of hiking trails nearby.


There are accommodation options on both the Peterborough and Durham campuses. Living on campus can be a great way to meet new people and be part of the campus community, especially for first year students. Housing doesn't just mean a room, they also include dining halls and lounges, and give students closer access to student services and faculty offices for academic and personal support. There is particular housing available for graduate students, offering more self-contained apartments for older students.

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Peterborough Ontario 1600 West Bank Drive
Oshawa Ontario 55 Thornton Road South
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world.

Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration.

Meet new friends and explore passions by joining one of the nearly 100 student clubs and groups at Trent. From archery and anime to science fiction and skiing, there?s something for everyone. Trent even makes it easy for students to create one of their own clubs and groups. The university also offers a wide range of skill building opportunities that help prepare students for a variety of leadership roles in their community and beyond. Students can become a peer mentor, orientation leader, or sign up for one of Trent?s leadership certificate programs.

Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breath-taking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while the Durham GTA campus offers a close-knit community with an urban vibe, conveniently located in Oshawa, 40 minutes from downtown Toronto.
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