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Study accounting abroad

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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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    Accountancy - BSc National University, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Accountancy - BSc (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,764 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Accountancy and Finance - BAcc (Hons) University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,038 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Financial Planning / Accountancy - BBus RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Accountancy - BAcc Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,362 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,400 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Associate in accounting

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    Accounting - AA Berkeley City 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
    January, June, August
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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
    January, May, September
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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
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Accounting - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Accounting - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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Diploma in accounting

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    Business Administration: Financial Services (Kelowna Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,405 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,152 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Accounting - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,217 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,626 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Financial Services - UGDip College of the Rockies, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,821 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in accounting

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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
    January, June, August
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    Accounting - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,467 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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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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    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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    Business Accounting with Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,917 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    23,538 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
    January, August
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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
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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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, August
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    Accountancy - MAcc University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Accountancy - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    47,434 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,434 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
    25,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Accounting - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,988 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,858 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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,212 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
    23,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Accounting Studies - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,217 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Accounting - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,752 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,823 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,056 NZD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,940 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,576 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,944 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,200 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,599 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
    13,001 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
    15,738 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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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
    23,134 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.