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Study Accounting abroad

An in-depth guide to studying accounting as an international student.

Accounting degrees abroad

Accounting and accountancy is one of the most important subjects in modern international business. Skilled accountants are at the heart of every successful business, so it’s no surprise that accounting is considered one of the secure and most rewarding careers you can pursue.

The study of accounting is all about the movement of money in and out of a business. It covers the measurement, processing and analysis of financial transactions, and how to display and present that information. It’s an ideal choice if you are highly organized, analytical and have a passion for numbers.

Choosing to study accounting abroad gives you a great opportunity to study at universities and accounting schools from all over the world. It means you’ll have a larger choice of programs, and you’ll be able to learn while experiencing a whole new culture and way of life.

Accounting program structure

The program content, curriculum and structure of accounting degrees can differ depending on the university you’re attending. Some programs include elements of finance, or combine the two subjects in a joint degree.

At undergraduate level you can study a BA or BSc - there is little difference between the two, but BSc degrees may have more focus on practical elements. In the US you can study for a Bachelor of Accounting, which you may need in order to work as an accountant.

Undergraduate degrees last between three and four years, depending on the country and whether the course includes an additional year abroad. Master’s degrees are also available, and will usually last between one and two years, and a PhD in accounting will take up to five years to complete.

There are topics and modules you can expect to study on any accounting program, including:

  • Financial reporting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing theory and practice
  • Accounting information systems
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Business law
  • Principles of taxation

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Accounting study abroad programs

Accounting undergraduate programs

Diploma in accounting

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Accounting MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 4,200 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, April
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Accounting, Advanced RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 20,500 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

    Business - Accounting Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,532 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Centennial College Logo

    Business Administration – Accounting Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Logo

    Business Administration (Accounting) - Year 2 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,102 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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Bachelor's in accounting

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Accounting MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 4,800 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April
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  • Greenville University Logo

    Accounting Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Bay Atlantic University Logo

    Accounting Bay Atlantic University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,900 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Accounting Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 35,736 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Fisher College Logo

    Management (Accounting) Fisher College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 31,992 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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Pathway in accounting

  • University of Sussex Logo

    Finance and Accounting - International Year One University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 17,200 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Leeds Beckett University Logo

    Accounting and Finance (Foundation) Leeds Beckett University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Associate in accounting

  • Oklahoma City Community College Logo

    Accounting Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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  • Mohawk Valley Community College Logo

    Accounting Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 6,892 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Goodwin College Logo

    Accounting Goodwin College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,888 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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Accounting graduate programs

Master's in accounting

  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Accounting Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 44,100 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • Fisher College Logo

    Business Administration (Accounting) Fisher College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 25,678 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Accounting and Finance University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 22,000 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • Erasmus University of Rotterdam Logo

    Accounting and Finance Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Professional Accounting, by coursework RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 38,400 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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Certificate in accounting

  • Northeastern University Logo

    Accounting and Financial Decision Making Northeastern University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,000 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Professional Accounting RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 19,200 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Professional Accounting University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 14,940 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • Central Queensland University Logo

    Professional Accounting Central Queensland University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 13,920 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date March, July, November
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  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

    Professional Accounting Practice Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 24,588 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date January
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Pathway in accounting

  • University of Surrey Logo

    Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters University of Surrey, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, September
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  • Durham University Logo

    Business Economics Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters Durham University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,905 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 3 months
    • Start date January, September
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  • Kingston University Logo

    Accounting & Finance Pre-Master's Kingston University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 9,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 8 months
    • Start date January, April
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  • Keele University Logo

    Accounting and Financial Management, Pre-Masters Keele University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 8,950 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date April
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Doctorate in accounting

  • London South Bank University Logo

    Accounting and Finance London South Bank University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,780 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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Diploma in accounting

  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Logo

    Accounting Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    • Tuition fees per year 18,900 NZD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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  • North Island College Logo

    Business Administration - Accounting and Finance North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,790 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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Future accounting careers

Accounting is sometimes regarded as a vocational degree, with most graduates looking to become chartered accountants. However, there are several careers that are ideal for those with an accounting degree, including:

  • Accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax adviser
  • Actuary
  • Insurance broker
  • Stockbroker

If you choose to become a chartered accountant you will need to make sure the program you choose is accredited by the relevant authority. You can choose to work as an accountant in practice, where you’ll work for several different clients, or in-house as an accountant for a business.