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Environmental Studies degrees abroad

Environmental studies degree programs address the social and scientific issues facing our environment. It can be similar to an environmental science program but covers a broader range of topics including politics, economics and human behavior.

Issues surrounding climate change are more important than ever, so be able to understand the problems our environment is facing is an important and useful skill to develop. Environmental studies programs are most commonly found in the US and Canada, but it’s possible to study it in other countries too.

Studying environmental studies in another country is a great way to see and experience different environments. Many programs include fieldwork and excursions, which means you can get out and see and study the issues facing the local environment for yourself.

Environmental Studies program structure

In many North American universities, you can study environmental studies as part of a liberal arts bachelor’s degree. You can choose to major in the subject, or it can be studied as a concentration of another degree, like geography.

Environmental studies is available as a BA or BSc over three of four years of study. There is little difference between the two qualifications, but the BSc will usually include more science-based modules. In some countries, like the UK, environmental studies is not commonly offered, but you can study environmental sciences which covers many of the same topics.

At postgraduate level, you can study an MA or MSc in environmental studies over two years. It’s also possible to study for a PhD for up to five years, but this will usually be in a specific area of the subject.

A lot of learning on an environmental studies program will take place in lectures and seminars, but you will also spend time out in the field and doing practical work. Assessment will mainly be through assignments, essays, project work and written exams, but this will vary depending on your precise program.

The program content of every environmental studies course will be unique, and most will include optional or elective modules you can choose to tailor your degree. Here are some of the course subjects many programs will cover:

  • Environment and society
  • Environmental policy
  • Human geography
  • Managing the environment
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Research methods
  • Global environmental issues
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Environmental Studies study abroad programs

What are the top environmental studies undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Mount Allison UniversityEnvironmental Studies - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Sackville, Canada
    Next start date
    September 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,210CAD
  • Marywood UniversityEnvironmental Studies: Science - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    General Science, Environmental Studies
    Location
    Scranton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    37,700USD
  • Cleveland State UniversityEnvironmental Studies - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Cleveland, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,652USD
  • Western Washington UniversityEnvironmental Studies: Justice and Community Resilience - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Justice Studies, Environmental Studies
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,562USD
  • University of Central FloridaEnvironmental Studies - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Orlando, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    22,467USD

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What are the top environmental studies postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Western Washington UniversityEnvironmental Studies - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,574USD
  • University of North Carolina WilmingtonEnvironmental Studies - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Wilmington, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,155USD
  • Lakehead UniversityEnvironmental Studies - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan, May
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Environmental Studies
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    23,000CAD

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Future environmental studies careers

Many environmental studies graduates aim to work in a conservation or environmental role, but the skills you’ll learn will be transferable to a range of other careers too. Some of the roles you could consider after graduation include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Fundraiser
  • Conservation manager
  • Secondary education teacher
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Policy adviser
  • Ecological consultant

You can boost your employability during your time at university by getting involved in student clubs and organizations, especially those that are related to the career you want to pursue.

Most universities have career services who can help you work out what career path is right for you. They can assist with your CV, and help you find appropriate placements or graduate roles.

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