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Geography degrees abroad

Geography is a hugely diverse and varied subject, that looks at the physical world around us, and how we interact with it. It is often scientific in nature, but also includes elements of other subjects including sociology, anthropology, politics and ecology. It is an important area for understanding some of the most pressing problems facing society and the environment.

It is a popular degree option thanks to its broad curriculum and high employability rates for graduates. You can expect a hands-on experience with regular field trips and practical classes, and get the chance to learn a wide range of skills. Geography is an ideal choice for those with a keen interest in how the physical and human world works, and who want a varied and challenging education.

By choosing to study geography abroad, you’ll be able to see and experience different environments first hand. Geography is a degree you’ll find offered by many universities all over the world, so you won’t be short of options when it comes to choosing where to study.

Geography program structure

At undergraduate level geography programs are offered as both a BSc and BA. Both options will usually cover many of the same areas and modules, but a BSc will focus more on physical geography, and a BA will cover more human geography subjects. Most undergraduate programs will take between three and four years to complete.

Physical geography is broadly the study of the earth, and includes areas like glaciation, erosion, climate, tectonic movement and the atmosphere. Human geography is all about how humans interact with the world and looks at population, migration, tourism, globalization and more.

It’s also possible to study geography at master’s level over one or two years, and programs are offered as an MSc, MA or MRes (Master of Research). PhD doctorate degrees are also available at many universities, but you will need a master’s degree in a relevant subject to apply.

The assessment of most geography programs will be made up of written exams, coursework, essays and a final year research dissertation. You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes, with a large amount of individual study time too.

The exact program content of a geography program will depend on the university you study at, and the level of degree you choose. Here are a few of the modules and subjects you can expect to study:

  • Human geography
  • Physical geography
  • Global environmental issues
  • Environment and society
  • Glaciology
  • Flooding and river basin erosion
  • The Earth system
  • Research methods techniques
  • Statistical methods
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Types of geography degrees

Best universities to study geography

Geography study abroad programs

What are the top geography undergraduate programs abroad?

  • DePaul UniversityGeography: Urban Development and Planning - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Urban Development, Geography
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665USD
  • Colorado State UniversityGeography - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Fort Collins, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    34,751USD
  • University of Victoria (in partnership with Kaplan International)Geography - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Victoria, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    29,716CAD
  • University of the West of England BristolGeography - BSc (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • Florida Atlantic UniversityGeosciences: Geography - BS

    • 4 years
    • Blended learning
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Geography, Geophysical Sciences
    Location
    Boca Raton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,584USD

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What are the top geography postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Maynooth UniversityGeography: Spatial Justice - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Maynooth, Ireland
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,000EUR
  • University of Nebraska OmahaGeography - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Omaha, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281USD
  • California State University, Long BeachGeography - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Long Beach , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,434USD
  • University of PortsmouthEnvironment, Geography and Geosciences - MPhil

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Part-time
    • Oct, Feb
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geography, Geophysical Sciences
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,800GBP
  • University of the South PacificGeography - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Jul
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Geography
    Location
    Suva, Fiji
    Next start date
    February 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    10,070FJD

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Future geography careers

A degree in geography will give you a number of transferable skills that employers value, including research skills, communication, analysis and leadership. Here are some of the popular roles geography graduates choose:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Town planner
  • Residential surveyor
  • Cartographer
  • Conservation worker
  • Forestry manager
  • Coastal engineer

However, there’s no limit to the career opportunities you can pursue after graduation, and many students go on to work in finance, education, retail, media and tech. Most universities will help you work out the right career path for you, and you’ll have opportunities to speak to employers during your degree.

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