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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

Diploma in accounting

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    Accounting and Finance - Dip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,850 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Accounting - Dip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,200 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Business - Accounting (Level 5) - Dip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,500 USD
    Start date
    January, July
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    Financial Services - Dip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Management - Financial Services - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Bachelor's in accounting

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    Accounting - BAcc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,800 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Computer Information Systems - Accounting and Control - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting (CPA Track) - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Management (Accounting) - BSc Fisher College, USA

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

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,200 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting and Finance (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accountancy Pathway - UGP Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    August
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Certificate in accounting

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    Bookkeeping - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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    Applied Financial Services - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,250 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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Associate in accounting

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    Accounting - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting - ASc Goodwin University, USA

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

Master's in accounting

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    Accounting - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - MSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,000 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration (Accounting) - MBA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,678 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accountancy - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    47,434 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Accounting and Finance - MSc Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in accounting

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    Accountancy - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    31,936 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Business - Accounting - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Accounting - PGDip Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    14,790 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    19,200 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,940 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Professional Accounting - PGCert Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Professional Accounting Practice - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

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

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,905 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting & Finance Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Accounting and Financial Management, Pre-Masters - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    8,950 GBP
    Start date
    April
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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.