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Study actuarial science abroad

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

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Actuarial science degrees abroad

Actuarial science is a discipline that uses mathematical and statistical concepts to calculate, quantify, and manage risk. Actuaries predict and manage the financial impact of uncertainty across various sectors, including insurance, commerce, and government.

You’ll study the theories, models, and methods behind actuarial science and apply them to real-world situations. Alongside sharpening your mathematical and statistical skills, you’ll take classes in economics, finance, and accounting to develop a broader understanding of actuarial contexts.

Studying overseas is a fantastic opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Immersing yourself in entirely new surroundings means that you’ll have to communicate clearly, identify risks, make important decisions, and think on your feet. Not only will these traits help you navigate everyday life, but they’ll also prepare you for a successful career in actuarial science.

Actuarial science program structure

You can study actuarial science as a BSc over a minimum of three years. Most programs will have an integrated sandwich year between the second and final years of study so that students can gain hands-on industry experience. Therefore, bachelor’s degrees lasting four years are common.

Studying actuarial science in combination with a related subject, like mathematics, statistics, computer science, finance, or economics, is also popular. These joint-honors courses are a useful way of tailoring your degree to reflect your interests and strengths.

If you’ve set your sights on studying in the US, you’ll probably opt to major in actuarial science. In line with the US liberal arts model, you’ll spend the first two years of your degree studying general education classes, before focusing on actuarial-specific modules for the remaining two years.

After you’ve finished your bachelor’s program, you can pursue a postgraduate qualification. A master’s degree usually requires one year of full-time study, or two years of part-time learning.

If you’re still hungry to discover more, you could enroll in a research-based doctorate program. A PhD is the highest formal qualification achievable and can take anywhere between four and seven years to complete.

Actuarial science programs are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, problem-solving classes, and tutorials. Assessment methods include exams, essays, presentations, and research projects.

It’s important to look closely at the modules offered as part of each program because they will differ between universities. Nevertheless, most universities will cover these core areas:

  • Introduction to probability and statistics
  • Financial accounting
  • Finance and financial analysis
  • Business economics
  • Actuarial modeling
  • Probability and statistics
  • Mathematical methods
  • Management accounting

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Actuarial science study abroad programs

Actuarial science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in actuarial science

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    Actuarial Science - BA/BSc St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,265 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,436 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Actuarial Science - BSc University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,326 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Actuarial Science (Business) - BSB/BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Actuarial Science - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Actuarial Science - BA/BSc Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    May, August
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Actuarial science graduate programs

Master's in actuarial science

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    Actuarial Science - MActSC Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    37,497 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 53,771 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Actuarial Science - MActSC University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,830 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,890 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Actuarial Science - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Statistics: Actuarial Science (STEM) - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,557 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in actuarial science

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    Actuarial Science - PGDip Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,471 NZD

    Start date
    February
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Future actuarial science careers

Businesses and organizations across the world are always looking to minimize financial risk and maximize financial gain. Your ability to anticipate, control, and respond to financial uncertainty will be highly attractive to employers across a range of industries and sectors.

Actuarial science graduates go on to find success in an array of professions, including:

  • Actuary
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Investment banker
  • Financial manager
  • Accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Economist
  • Financial advisor

Securing work experience or internships during your free time can prove invaluable when you’re on the hunt for a graduate job. Participating in a voluntary placement will demonstrate your commitment and passion for the field to potential employers.