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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

Types of accounting degrees

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Accounting study abroad programs

Accounting undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in accounting

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    Commerce: Accounting - BComm (Hons) Ontario Tech University, Canada
    • Online

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,330 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,783 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting with International Accounting - BAS North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Accounting and Law - Dual BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,737 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Accountancy - BA (Hons) Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,845 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in accounting

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    Accounting - AA College of Alameda, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Accounting - ASc Laney College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Accounting - AASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Accounting - AB Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    January, April, June, September
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    Accounting - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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Diploma in accounting

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    Accounting Technician - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,841 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Accounting - PBcDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,092 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Accounting - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,081 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Administration: Accounting (Co-op) - AdvDip (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    40 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,229 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,121 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in accounting

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    Bookkeeping - Cert Laney 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, January, June
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    Computerized Accounting Technology - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Accounting - Cert/Cert (Arts) 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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    Applied Financial Services - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,545 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,250 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Bookkeeping - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, September
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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
    14,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Accountancy Pathway - UGP Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,845 GBP

    Start date
    August
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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
    23,445 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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    General Management: Accounting and Commercial Law - MA Hanken School of Economics, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,161 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 EUR

    Start date
    August
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    International Accounting and Finance - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,105 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Accounting and Finance - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,741 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Accounting - MPACCT Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,433 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,952 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Accounting and Finance - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,600 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in accounting

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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,783 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Accountancy - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,597 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in accounting

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    Accounting – Business - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,705 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Accounting - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,577 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Accounting - PGDip Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,448 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Administration - Accounting and Finance - PGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,613 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,790 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in accounting

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    Strategic Management – Accounting - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,502 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,448 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,502 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,016 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,498 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,940 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, 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
    12,949 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
    15,675 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,200 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
    23,043 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.