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Sports degrees abroad

Sport is a broad field of study which asks you to think critically about the role of sport in today’s society.

Throughout your program, you’ll look at topics including coaching, managing sporting events, administration, barriers to participation, and contemporary issues in sport. You’ll examine how the perception, organization and operation of sport differ in different cultural contexts.

Studying sport abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your knowledge of the subject, network with international professionals and travel the world. It’s one of the best ways of understanding how the meaning and function of sport varies internationally.

Sports program structure

Sports programs are sometimes called sports studies. It’s important to remember that sport and sports studies are different from the more specific courses of sports science and sports management.

You can study sport at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A BA or BSc is usually studied over three or fours years, with an MA taking an additional one or two years. A PhD typically takes four or five years on top of this to complete.

It’s common for sport to be studied alongside another related subject like education, psychology, business or sociology. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your future career ambitions.

If you’d like to study as an undergraduate in the US, you’ll major in sport. This means that you’ll complete two years of general education before focusing on sport-specific modules for the remainder of your program.

Every sport program will vary slightly in content and structure, but most will be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical classes. You’ll probably be assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, presentations and practical deliveries of sessions.

Below is a list of core modules that are common to most sport programs around the world:

  • Sports coaching
  • Sports psychology
  • Social issues in sport
  • Subcultures and sport
  • Sport and the media
  • Power and politics in sport
  • Globalization and sport
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Types of sports degrees

Best countries to study sports

Sports study abroad programs

What are the top sports undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of BridgeportSport Management: eSports - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Bridgeport, USA
    Next start date
    August 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    32,860USD
  • California State University, San BernardinoBusiness Administration: Sports and Entertainment Marketing - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Entertainment Marketing, Sports, Business Administration
    Location
    San Bernardino, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,041USD
  • Falmouth UniversityEsports & Livestreaming - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Falmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2024 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,950GBP
  • Fisher CollegeSport Management: Esports and Game Administration - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Boston, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    33,813USD
  • Full Sail UniversityGame Business and Esports - BS

    • 20 months
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Jan, May, Jun, Jul
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Orlando, USA
    Next start date
    October 2024 +8 more
    Annual tuition fee
    48,333USD

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What are the top sports postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Clark UniversitySports and Esports Administration - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Worcester, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    32,000USD
  • University of Colorado DenverMarketing: Sports and Entertainment Marketing - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan, Jun
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Entertainment Marketing, Sports
    Location
    Denver, USA
    Next start date
    August 2024 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,863USD
  • University of LimerickMental Skills and Mental Health in Sports and Exercise - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Mental Health, Sports
    Location
    Limerick, Ireland
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    12,852EUR
  • Abertay UniversityeSports - MSc (Research)

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jun, Oct, Feb
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Sports
    Location
    Dundee, UK
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    15,750GBP
  • Marywood UniversitySports and Human Performance Nutrition - MSc

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

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Future sports careers

There are plenty of career opportunities for sports graduates, both on and off the field. Your communication, leadership and teamwork skills will be useful in a range of roles, including:

  • Coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Sport development officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports journalist
  • Sport and leisure manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Teacher

Practical experience is essential for many roles in the sports industry. Making the most of any volunteering and internship opportunities during and after your studies will help you to stand out from the crowd.

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