Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1995

Royal Roads Danthon Castle exterior

Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University. (Photograph courtesy of Dan Anthon)

Royal Roads University caters primarily to mature students by offering applied and professional programs, and by delivering teaching models suited to working people. “We focus on applied learning so students have the skills they need to thrive in this emerging economy,” says president Philip Steenkamp. “Our instructors are actively working in their fields. From technology to diplomacy and environmental studies, students are immersed in the very best of scholarship and practice.”

Royal Roads accepts transfer credits from colleges and universities across the country and around the world. A flexible admission policy recognizes formal and informal learning. With a focus on small classes and group projects, RRU aims to build a network of contacts for students, having them work closely together to achieve common goals. This is echoed in the small-group residencies, the on-campus portion of blended online courses. Students can choose from 11 undergraduate degree-completion programs (i.e., third- and fourth-year; RRU only offers first- and second-year undergrad courses to international students), 21 master’s programs, 35 graduate certificates and diplomas, and two applied doctoral programs, in social sciences and business administration. The campus, set on a former coal baron’s estate within the Hatley Park National Historic Site, is surrounded by expansive gardens and forest, and is just a 20-minute drive to Victoria.

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Standout Programs
Justice Studies: This interdisciplinary bachelor’s program delivers theoretical and practical training in such areas as criminal justice, human rights, conflict resolution and mediation, providing a solid preparation for careers in justice-related agencies.
Business and Sustainability: In this bachelor of business administration program, students acquire the skills to manage sustainable businesses anywhere in the world. Extracurriculars, such as competitions, provide opportunities to apply learning.
Environmental Science: This bachelor’s program provides a comprehensive foundation in a team-based setting that combines practical lab and fieldwork with theoretical knowledge; includes a major nine-month industry project completed for public or private enterprise.

Cool Courses
Tourism Entrepreneurship: Explores the role of entrepreneurship in the tourism industry through real-life lessons of entrepreneurs.
Inside Out Prison Exchange Program: Students examine the justice system studying alongside offenders in a penitentiary.

$9,444 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science, Commerce: B average in first two years of post-secondary for entry to third-year pro­grams; no direct admittance for Canadian students to first-year undergraduate programs
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,426
Graduates: Full-time: 3,441
International students: Graduate: 8.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Housing facts
Residence Spaces: 176 (short-term residences)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $30-$45 per night, plus taxes