Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University


Colwood (Victoria)

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  • Accomodation
  • Notable Alumni
  • Services & Facilities

Royal Roads University Overview

Royal Road University provide over 10 undergraduate options and 66 graduate programs. Popular majors include Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Management, Global Tourism Management, Environmental Sciences, and Justice Studies. The cost of tuition for undergraduate programs at Royal Roads University ranges from 24,450 CAD to 44,125 CAD, while graduate programs have a cost range of 33,920 CAD to 54,219 CAD. Royal Roads University has been ranked 64th in Canada and 2670th globally in the 2023 rating.

About Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University is a public university founded in 1995 to give students the most up-to-date information through its 'Learning, Teaching, and Research Model (LTRM). It is a research-focused higher education institute located in Colwood, British Columbia. 

The university is built on the premises of the former Royal Roads Military College, which operated until 1995 when it was granted university status and the ability to award professional degrees. 

The university is affiliated with the International Association of Universities and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. It is also associated with Universities Canada and the Canadian Virtual University. 

The university offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs along with a range of certificate and diploma courses in business, communication, education, culture, technology, humanitarian studies, tourism, hospitality, environment and sustainability, executive education, and transdisciplinary and leadership studies. 

With over 5,300 students from over 60 countries, Royal Roads University is a lively community representing variety. More than 550 international students make up the student body. Average class size ranges from 25-30 students, which enables one-on-one attention.

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Royal Roads University Scholarships

Scholarships will be provided based on academic excellence as well as demonstrated financial need. Outstanding students accepted into undergraduate or graduate degree programmes will be awarded RRU Scholarships. Royal Roads University offers a variety of financial aid alternatives to students, including grants, awards, research scholarships, and other funding choices. Any full-time Royal Roads University student can apply for a Student Line of Credit.

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Royal Roads University Accomodation

RRU also offers temporary on-campus housing options to students that are affordable, convenient, and comfortable. Accommodations are available in the Millward and Nixon buildings, located in the heart of the Colwood campus. 

Depending on their needs, students and guests can choose from a variety of options like single and double private rooms, as well as dormitory-style units with communal washrooms. The Habitat Café serves food seven days a week and is a great place to grab a quick meal. 

Coffee machines, refrigerators, toasters, microwaves, kettles, and cutlery are available in the residence lounges. The stay is managed by Canada Homestay Network (CHN), which provides welcome and warm lodging as well as related custodianship services to international students. RRU students are eligible for special discounts in which the apartment is available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

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Royal Roads University Notable Alumni

Royal Roads University has a large alumni base, with many successful and well-known graduates. Grad Wasan Jema (Arab Women of Excellence Award Winner), Goffinet Miller (CEO of the Provincial Capital Commission), Gordon Exel (President of Cummins Westport Inc.), Greg Moore (Mayor of Port Coquitlam), and Jim Kyte are among the prominent alumni (Former NHL Player).

Royal Roads University Services & Facilities

The university's main campus is 565 acres in size and has numerous routes set for walking, hiking, and bicycling in the lush nature. Hatley Castle, which has appeared in various television episodes and films, including X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, Arrow, Smallville, Deadpool, and The Professor, is also located here. The bottom floor of the castle also houses the Royal Roads University Museum, a modest Canadian museum. 

The university library has an extensive collection of digital and physical materials for learning, teaching, and research, including over 100 online databases and 48,000 books. The four-story Learning and Innovation Centre, which opened in 2011, features breakout rooms, classrooms, computer labs with cutting-edge equipment, and various social spaces. 

The Sherman Jen Building, which holds a social centre, conference centre, academic facilities, and dorms, is another prominent structure on campus. This building houses the International Study Centre, with 11 classrooms, laboratories, teaching spaces, offices, and a coffee and snack kiosk.

A gymnasium, weight room, fitness studio, swimming pool, computer lab, canteen, boathouse and dock, garage, squash courts, and outdoor tennis are among the other facilities on the site.

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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program complements your existing knowledge in environmental science with courses in environmental management, economics, law, community relations, communications skills and sustainable development. This program will help you gain the problem solving skills necessary to assume leadership positions in business and government.

This is a degree completion program, encompassing years three and four of a four-year undergraduate degree. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is an intensive 12-month program that allows students with at least two years of post-secondary education to complete an interdisciplinary environmental science bachelor’s degree in one year. The program begins each September, with a small cohort of students who work together throughout the year. All students are involved with a major project team that spends nine months working to solve a current environmental issue for a business, government or community group.

12 month


$ 20790


The Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication program at Royal Roads University is an innovative personal, professional, and academic development program, designed for students who want to pursue a communication career in our increasingly diversified and globalized world.

Catering to the growing demand for strategic and independent-thinking communication professionals able to assist organizations to respond to the rapidly changing global environment, graduates will develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in complex circumstances, making use of diverse media and communication genres, and engaging different audiences across multiple cultural settings. Students will explore intercultural and international communication theory, academic writing and communication, media relations in a global context, public affairs and advocacy, social marketing.

Course themes include:

  • Intercultural and International Communication
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Media Relations in a Global Context
  • Public Affairs and Advocacy
  • Social Marketing
  • Sport for Society
  • Communication for Health and Well-Being

18 month


$ 21660


Understand the Canadian Justice System
Whether you’re considering a career in law enforcement, victim services, or the legal department of corporations or governments, or you’re interested in using your degree as a stepping stone towards further education within the legal field, our program lets you use real-world experience to gain a practical understanding of today’s justice issues. Your program will be intense, whether you choose the blended learning track or the on-campus option, but you will have a solid foundation upon which to enhance your personal development and propel your career. 

A Learning Model that Fits Your Life
The BA in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University is available in two formats; a one-year, on-campus option, or a blended learning model of online study and on-campus residencies. There’s no difference in content between the different delivery methods, so choose the format that works for your current situation. Our blended online bachelor’s degree allows you to continue working while you complete your program, and our on-campus option accelerates your learning to complete your third and fourth years of study in just one year. Read more about the learning outcomes.

What to Expect
One-year, On-campus Experience – This fulltime program begins in September and finishes the following August, where you will work on five classes at a time over a 12-month period with short breaks between four terms.

Two-Year, Blended Learning – Expect to engage with instructors and classmates while completing lessons, case studies, and discussions through our online learning platform. Two mandatory, on-campus residencies (3-week residency in year 1 and 2-week residency in year 2) allow you to work face-to-face with your classmates in an intense learning environment.

Creating Connections for Your Career
Your future classmates are interested in beginning a career within the justice-related field or furthering their current role within their organization. You will work together in small groups, using your diverse experiences to complete your individual and group assignments, and the connections you create in your program help form a network of support you can turn to for the rest of your career. Upon completion of the BA in Justice Studies, one of the many options you will have is to apply directly to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of London.

Demonstrate Your Ability to Get Results
Upon graduation you will be able to demonstrate your ability to critically assess issues related to justice studies based on the theoretical and practical skills you have developed in your program. You will have a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system, effective conflict management skills, and hands-on training in alternative dispute resolution practices, enabling you to use your degree to pursue a career within the realms of criminal justice, social justice human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.

12 month


$ 21206


In an unknown climate, we need leaders in tourism and hospitality able to spearhead change and innovate the way we do business. Not everything can be planned for. This program will expose you to the opportunities, trends and issues in the global tourism and hospitality industry, and will equip you with the tools and knowledge to succeed within it. You will learn the entrepreneurship, leadership, and management skills to contribute to community resilience and business development. And if the idea of working internationally excites you, then our Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management will help you go fa.
The Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management (BAGTM) program ­focuses on global tourism opportunities, trends and issues that will ensure you’ll have the tools and knowledge to advance your career in tourism and hospitality anywhere in the world. You will not only learn to use entrepreneurship, leadership, and management skills to contribute to community and business development, you will come away with a distinct competitive advantage. Now more than ever, the world needs leaders spearheading changing, building resilience and innovating the way we do business. 

Not everything can be planned for. Learn the skills you need to respond, pivot quickly and lead change. Experiential learning is an important component of this program; you will be taken out of the classroom and exposed to actual tourism operations and situations through a 1-week field trip course. Here you will explore some of the best that Vancouver Island has to offer, including the beaches of Tofino and slopes of Mount Washington. You will meet tourism entrepreneurs and professionals to better understand the issues and realities faced by the tourism industry. You will learn the practical aspects of travel management and tour operations while travelling to different destinations on Vancouver Island.  At the same time, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including skiing, snowboarding, whale watching, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding.

As a BAGTM student, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a perspective-shifting experience by studying a semester abroad (when conditions permit) at any of our partner universities in Korea, India, Austria, Germany, Chile, or Vietnam. This program component will provide you with customizable study option to expand your international experience and cultural relevancy.

A key aspect of our program is the internship. Cap your education by applying and expanding your tourism knowledge in a three-month professional work placement.  You will be mentored by a supervisor and guided by an RRU advisor as you learn about your chosen career in the tourism and hospitality industry.  Internships can be completed anywhere in the world, and will provide you with an opportunity to expand your network and turn your internship position into a profession.  Previous internships have occurred in organizations across Canada and internationally (e.g. China, Korea), in areas such as music festival coordinators, management trainees, front-line workers, and tour leaders.

48 month


$ 23046


Hospitality, Tourism, Wellness Leisure & Sports

Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management

The BA in International Hotel Management (BAIHM) is a leading-edge program that builds professional credentials and advances careers in the hotel industry.

In an unknown climate, we need leaders in hospitality able to spearhead change and innovate the way we do business. Not everything can be planned for. Learn about the skills you need to build resilience, respond, innovate, pivot quickly and lead change in the industry.

From day one you will meet future hoteliers from all over the world. Look at the industry through the lens of technology, entrepreneurship, globalization and cultural diversity. Learn alongside seasoned industry experts and a cohort of peers, who provide an invaluable professional support network while you launch your career higher. Seize the opportunity to explore international cultures by studying for a semester abroad at partner universities and enjoy field study to some of British Columbia’s legendary resort and urban hotel destinations. You’ll unite your theoretical learning with applied skills through a three-month internship placement anywhere in the world that you choose.
he BA in International Hotel Management (BAIHM) program sets students up for a successful career in hotel management. The cohort is truly international with students coming from all over the world to study the latest in hospitality thinking and practices. As an international student you’ll feel right at home in the diverse cohort. As a domestic student, what better way to have a global experience and build your international network while studying at home?  

Students will study on-campus from September to April and have the summer off to travel or build their resume through working in the hospitality industry. This will be followed by another eight months in school (September to April) and a final summer internship course prior to graduation. 

Experiential learning is a key component of the program. Part of this learning includes multiple on-site hotel visits in one of Canada's leading tourism destinations, Victoria B.C. and field schools in places such as Vancouver and Whistler, providing students the opportunity to interact with multi-national hotel brands and innovative boutique properties.

BAIHM students have the opportunity to benefit from a perspective-shifting experience of studying one or two semesters abroad at any of our partner universities in Korea, India, Austria, Germany or Chile. This program component provides students a customizable study option and a chance to expand their international experience.

In year four, students apply their skills through a compulsory three-month internship. Students work with a dedicated team of faculty and staff to find their work placement, which can take place anywhere in the world, and they benefit from one-on-one faculty guidance and support throughout their placement.  In the past, students have secured internships in locations throughout Canada, China, Dubai, Korea, Australia and more. Positions have ranged from front line, to heart-of-the-house, to management trainee positions.  Internships enable students to launch their careers and find exceptional opportunities for employment around the world while expanding their network.  

Additional opportunities available to BAIHM students include scholarships, attending industry-related conferences and representing the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at events such as the annual Young Hoteliers Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland and high-profile tourism case competitions around British Columbia.

48 month


$ 21206


Royal Roads University Admission Requirements

Though the eligibility requirements differ from course to course, students can apply for admission to Royal Roads University using a standard and flexible application process. Some points that every student must keep in mind before applying are:

  • Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of beginning of the course.
  • Students coming from non-English speaking countries must have taken either IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or other equivalent exams.
  • The university requires original academic transcripts from all the academic institutions before accepting any application request. However, if the original transcripts are not in English, students need to submit the translated copies of the same and their originals.




Minimum Age

18 years

Documents Required

Original transcripts from all the previously attended academic institutions.

Language Proficiency Test

IELTS Academic Test

  • PTE


Note: International students are considered on a case-by-case basis, therefore there can be additional requirements while taking admission in the Royal Roads University.

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Ramanpreet Singh

What time do the classes start at Royal Roads University?

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Well, it depends upon the course you are pursuing. Generally, classes begin at 9 am in morning.


It depends upon the course you are pursuing. Generally, classes begin at 9 am in the morning and end at 5 pm. But there are some courses where students are expected to come at 8 am because the class begins with the discussion of the previous day's lecture. Even though there is no strict rule about timings, you should be careful about them since, if you are late for the class, you will be having an awkward situation in front of your teacher.

Mehak Dhingra

Does Royal Roads University have dorms?

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Andrea Hearn

Yes, the university does have dorms for students.

Mehak Dhingra

Can I stay for a long term there.

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I don’t think the University offers on

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Sympathetic and Caring

The faculty at this college are very helpful. I have had some questions about the coursework and the teachers have always been more than willing to help me understand the material.



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Teacher with collaborative relationships

They are excellent teachers. They're also well-known researchers and practitioners in their professions., RRU teachers aim to build strong, collaborative relationships with their students.



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One of the finest

I think the best thing I did for my professional development was to get my degree at Royal Roads University. The school offers a beautiful campus, great facilities and the faculty was top-notch. The faculty were all professional, experienced and very supportive. The courses were really customized to my needs and were very informative. I recommend this school to all the people who want to become better individuals.



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Gained a lot of practical experience

Royal Roads University helped me in gaining practical experience. The diverse and incredibly experienced cohort, excellent teachers, research trips, and fun not only helped me understand tourism from a global perspective, but it also allowed me to contribute to the academic world through my assignments and final thesis. RRU provided me with tremendous experience, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been a part of this academic adventure. The learning process at Royal Roads University, unlike any other I've experienced, gave me with necessary skills, prepared me with in-depth problem-solving skills, and enabled me to succeed in business in ways I never imagined possible. The university features great facilities, including full media breakout rooms, various cafeterias, and sitting areas with couches for a homey feel. Come to RRU for the people and the lifelong connections you'll make, not for the gorgeous city, the weather, or the cutting-edge campus and learning environment. RRU provides you with the opportunity to achieve your objectives and make your career ambitions a reality. This is a fantastic spot for studying.



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