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Nutrition degrees abroad

Nutrition is the study of the nutrients in food and the impact they have on the health and well being of the human body. It also looks at social issues that influence the way we eat, as well as food production and food safety.

As the subjects of diet and healthy living become more and more important in modern society, now is a great time to study nutrition abroad. There are a wide range of nutrition degrees you can study overseas, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels.

Why study nutrition abroad

Choosing to study abroad is a great way to gain access to some of the world’s best nutrition programs. Not only that, but you’ll be able to experience a whole new culture with a unique cuisine and approach to nutrition.

Different countries have differing views on nutrition and what is considered healthy, so studying and living abroad can give you a whole new perspective that will broaden your understanding of the subject.

Studying abroad and living in another country is also a great opportunity to meet new people, experience a different way of life and improve your language skills. Learn more about the benefits of studying abroad here.

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Nutrition program structure

If you’re thinking about studying nutrition abroad it’s well worth looking at each program’s structure and curriculum to see what’s covered.

Most nutrition degree courses include several optional or elective modules and classes you can choose. These allow you to tailor your program in a way that best suits your interests and career aspirations.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group tutorials and you’ll also be expected to do a lot of independent study. Most programs are assessed through exams and coursework, including a research project or dissertation in your final year.

The content of every program is likely to be different, especially between different countries, so check to make sure the course covers what you expect it to before you apply. Modules and subjects you can expect to study include:

  • Nutrition physiology
  • Nutrition science
  • Chemistry/biochemistry
  • Metabolism and nutrition
  • Foundations of psychology
  • Nutrition research methods
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition and society
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Where to study nutrition abroad

Nutrition programs are offered all over the world, so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to deciding where to study. To help you make the right decision, think about:

  • Where you want to live

    Consider things like the language, culture and climate when deciding where to study. Also think about whether you’d prefer to live in a city, suburban or rural area.

  • Where you want to work*

    If you want to work after your studies, look at which countries have the best career prospects for nutrition graduates. Also look at the work visa requirements to make sure you could easily work there after graduation.

  • Where has the best programs

    If you want to study on a highly ranked nutrition program, base your decision on which universities have a good reputation for the subject and cover the areas that you’re interested in.

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Best countries to study nutrition

There are nutrition programs available in many countries all over the world, and some of the most popular destinations also are also home to many of the best ranked programs. Australia is a great option as it has a large number of well respected nutrition courses, as does the UK and US.

Alternatively, there are universities in the Middle East that offer popular nutrition programs, or you could also choose to study in Asian countries including Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Best universities to study nutrition

To work out which university is right for you, look at the nutrition programs each offers and consider things like:

  • What areas of nutrition the program focuses on
  • What teaching methods are used, and how the program is assessed
  • What student life at the university is like, e.g. does it offer campus accommodation and student clubs and societies?

Although the reputation and quality of the program is important, it’s also worth thinking about these things when deciding which university you want to study at.

Nutrition study abroad programs

You can study nutrition abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Most undergraduate nutrition degrees are offered as a BSc, but there are BA nutrition programs available.

There is little difference between the two, but a BA will usually involve fewer science based modules like chemistry or statistics. Undergraduate degrees in nutrition usually last either three or four years full time, depending on where you study.

At graduate level you can study a master’s degree in nutrition, which can last between one and two years. If you want to study a terminal degree you can study for a PhD in nutrition, provided you have already achieved a master’s. These can take at least four years to complete.

What are the top nutrition undergraduate programs abroad?

  • California State University, San BernardinoNutritional Science and Dietetics - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    San Bernardino, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    18,173USD
  • Murray State UniversityNutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition and Foods - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Murray, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742USD
  • Louisiana State UniversityNutrition and Food Sciences: Nutrition, Health, and Society - BS

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Baton Rouge, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700USD
  • Nova Southeastern UniversityNutrition - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    37,080USD
  • Ulster UniversityFood and Nutrition with Placement Year (Coleraine Campus) - BSc (Hons)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Foundation Studies, Nutrition
    Location
    Belfast, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,320GBP

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What are the top nutrition postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Colorado State UniversityFood Science and Nutrition : Nutrition - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Fort Collins, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    32,058USD
  • Marywood UniversityNutrition and Dietetics - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Jun, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Scranton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300USD
  • Bournemouth UniversityNutrition and Behaviour - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Nutrition, Behavioral Sciences
    Location
    Poole, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,250GBP
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Nutritional Science (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    38,526USD
  • Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityDietetics - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Nutrition
    Location
    Cardiff, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,600GBP

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Entry requirements to study nutrition abroad

All universities and nutrition programs will have several entry requirements you’ll need to meet in order to be accepted on the course. These usually included:

  • Completed secondary education with satisfactory grades
  • A personal statement in which you can explain your reason for applying, your interest in nutrition and any plans you have for after you graduate
  • Good English language proficiency test scores Academic references

The specific requirements will be different for each program, so check the university’s website to make sure you can meet them before you apply. Here is more on how to study abroad.

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Future nutrition careers

A degree in nutrition opens up a number of career paths in the health sector and beyond. Popular areas of employment for nutrition graduates include:

  • Clinical nutritionist
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Food technologist
  • Nutritional therapist
  • Personal trainer

Nutrition degrees will also teach you plenty of other transferable skills that employers value, including teamwork, communication and time management.

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