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Business degrees abroad

Business degrees are one of the most popular subjects for international students to study abroad. A degree in business can open up a huge number of career opportunities, and choosing to study abroad can give you an edge in a competitive market.

Studying business overseas means you’ll not only experience a new culture and way of life, but also gain an insight into how business works in a different country.

Why study business abroad

Business degrees are widely ranked as the most popular option for international students to study abroad. It’s not hard to see why; studying business overseas opens you up to a huge number of programs at some of the best business schools in the world.

Choosing to study abroad means you’ll be able to experience excellent teaching and a different country’s approach to business. Although you’ll learn all about international business in the classroom, when you study abroad you can see first hand how it works, and even spend time in and internship in an international business.

If you want to work in the business sector in another country, studying there is a great way to start your journey. It will also help you make connections with businesses and other students that could be useful connections in your future career.

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Business program structure

Business is a huge field of study, and what is covered in a business degree program can vary greatly. Business degrees also come under many different names and guises, so it’s important to understand the program curriculum and structure before you apply.

Typical business degree modules include:

  • Accounting/management accounting
  • Marketing/digital marketing
  • Economics
  • Micro/macroeconomics
  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Business research
  • Business information systems

There is usually the option during your degree to choose optional modules alongside the compulsory ones. These can help you tailor your program to focus on the areas you find most interesting, and that best match your career plans.

The exact course structure and curriculum will depend on the program you’re studying. Most business undergraduate degrees will take three or four years to complete, and some offer a year abroad or at work as part of the program.

Business programs are usually taught through lectures, tutorials and classes, and independent study. Assessment will be a combination of essays, projects, dissertations and written exams.

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Types of business degrees

Business is a huge area, and there are many different programs that sit under the subject. Some universities refer to business in different ways, or offer programs that specialize in a specific area, including:

  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • International business
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human resource management
  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics
  • Taxation

There are many other program options available, and the name given to programs can differ from university to university. That’s why it’s important to look carefully at the structure and scope of the curriculum to make sure the program you choose is the right one for you.

Where to study business abroad

If you’ve made the decision to study business, you’ll be faced with a huge number of program options, from universities all over the world. To help you make the right decision, think about:

  • What area of business do you want to study?

    There are a wide range of business programs you can choose from, so work out exactly what you want to study to help narrow down your search.

  • Is there a specific industry you want to work in?

    Consider locations that offer business opportunities that match your career aspirations. For example, some cities are renowned for their finance sector, others for tech or digital industries.

  • What university experience do you want?

    Your time outside the classroom is really important, so take things like the student life of the university into account. Consider the activities, accommodation and support services offered by the university when applying.

Deciding where you’ll live and study for potentially several years is a huge decision, so take the time to make sure you make the right one. For more help, read our guide on choosing where to study abroad.

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Best countries to study business

If you want to study in a country that offers the most highly regarded business programs, look no further than the US and UK. Both offer several business schools and colleges that are consistently ranked as the best in the world.

France is another country that offers many of the top business programs and business schools. Germany is an attractive option, not only because of the quality of its business courses, but also because it is a global center for industry, trade and finance.

Away from Europe and the US, Singapore and Hong Kong lead the way in Asia, along with China. Australia is another up and coming destination, with a number of highly ranked business schools available to international students.

Best universities to study business

When it comes to studying business abroad, you can attend a large multi discipline university, or a specialist business school that purely focusses on business programs.

When looking for the best university to study business, it’s worth thinking about:

  • What the program covers
  • If there are any internship or a year abroad included in the course
  • What the university offers in terms of student life
  • Where the university is located, e.g. do you want to live in a city or a more rural area?

It’s worth considering all these aspects when you’re making your decision on what university you want to attend, as well as how well the program is ranked.

Business study abroad programs

The choice of business program and degree you can study abroad is huge. You can study a BSc or BA over three or four years at undergraduate level, or you can study for a diploma that usually lasts a year.

If you’re a graduate, you can study a master’s in business immediately after completing your bachelor’s degree. However, you can study for an MBA after having at least three years of work experience, usually in a business or management role.

An MBA, or Master of Business Administration, is a very popular, competitive and prestigious qualification that is designed to enhance your career opportunities. An MBA from a good business school abroad is likely to act as a big boost for your CV.

What are the top business undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterIntegrated Science/Business (Water Resources) - BBA/BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Business
    Location
    Whitewater, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,436USD
  • University of the West of England BristolBusiness and Events Management - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Business
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Business: Communication (West Valley Campus) - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Business, Communication
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    34,398USD
  • Troy UniversityGeneral Business: Global Business - BSBA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Business
    Location
    Troy, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    22,050USD
  • American UniversityBusiness, Language and Culture Studies: Russian - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Russian, Business
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    57,952USD

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What are the top business postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Montpellier Business SchoolBusiness and Strategy: Digital Transformation and Business Consulting - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Business
    Location
    Montpellier, France
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,500EUR
  • Abertay UniversityEnvironment and Business - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Business
    Location
    Dundee, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,000GBP
  • IU International University of Applied SciencesBusiness & IT - MSc

    • 1 year
    • Online
    • Full-time
    • Anytime
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Information Technology, Business
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Next start date
    September 2024 +14 more
    Annual tuition fee
    6,324EUR
  • Mount Aloysius CollegeBusiness: Accounting - MBA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Business, Accounting
    Location
    Cresson, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    24,786USD
  • Florida Atlantic UniversityData Science in Business - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Data Science, Business
    Location
    Boca Raton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,792USD

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Entry requirements to study business abroad

To study business in another country you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. The exact requirements will differ depending on the country and university you’re applying to, but here’s the minimum you’ll need:

  • To have completed secondary education with satisfactory grades - some programs request you have good maths grades, but many don’t specify specific subjects
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the business
  • Good English language proficiency test scores
  • Relevant academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree (BA or BSc) in business to study at postgraduate level
  • Several years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree to study an MBA

Always check the entry requirements and what grades or GPA you need, and make sure you can meet them before you apply. Here is more on how to study abroad.

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Future business careers

A business degree is hugely versatile and opens up loads of potential career options after graduation. The pathways are almost endless, but some of the most popular careers for business graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Sales
  • Management consultancy
  • Hospitality management
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • Retail management
  • Insurance
  • Banking

If you know what career you want to go into, make sure the program you choose includes all the skills and knowledge you’ll need for your career of choice.

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