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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
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

Types of accounting degrees

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Accounting study abroad programs

Accounting undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in accounting

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    Financial Planning / Accountancy - BBus RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,729 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Accountancy - BSBA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Accountancy - BSc National University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    September, July, April, January
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    Accountancy - BSc (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,946 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Accountancy - BA (Hons) University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,223 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in accounting

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    Accounting - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Banking and Financial Services - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,000 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Accounting - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Accounting - ASc Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Accounting - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    September, August, June, February
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Diploma in accounting

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    Accounting - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,121 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    May
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    Business Administration: Accounting (Salmon Arm Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,546 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Accounting - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    Accounting and Finance with Co-op - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    22 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,276 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,350 CAD

    Start date
    April, October, July, January
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Certificate in accounting

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    Accounting - Cert/AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June
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    Accounting - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Accounting - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Accounting - Cert (Arts)/Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Accounting - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Pathway in accounting

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    Accounting and Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Finance and Accounting - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,794 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Accounting graduate programs

Master's in accounting

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    Accountancy - MAcc Saint Martin's University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,800 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Accountancy - MBA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 USD

    Start date
    March, September, January
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    Accountancy - MAcc National University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    April, March, February, January
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    Accountancy - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Accountancy - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    17 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,120 USD

    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in accounting

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    Accountancy - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,729 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,063 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    April, December, November, October, September, June, May, March, February, January
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    Accounting and Financial Management - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,442 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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Diploma in accounting

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    Accounting - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,699 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Accounting - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,699 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, November, July
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    Accounting - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,056 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Accounting - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,171 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Certificate in accounting

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    Accounting and Financial Decision Making - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 USD

    Start date
    May, January
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,940 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,849 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,200 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Professional Financial Services - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,731 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,804 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,016 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in accounting

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,142 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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    Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,909 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Accounting and Financial Management, Pre-Masters - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,381 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,950 GBP

    Start date
    April
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    Business Economics Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters - PGP Durham University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,386 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,905 GBP

    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.