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Study astronomy abroad

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

Astronomy degrees abroad

Astronomy is the study of the physical universe outside the Earth’s atmosphere. It includes studying celestial bodies like the moon, the sun, the planets in our solar system, and beyond.

As an astronomy student, you’ll look at things like the formation and deaths of stars, the structure of galaxies, and the evolution of the universe itself. It incorporates elements of physics and mathematics and shares common areas with other subjects like astrophysics.

Studying astronomy abroad gives you the opportunity to learn with the best and most cutting-edge equipment. Astronomy programs rely heavily on access to high-tech telescopes and monitoring systems, equipment that might not be available at universities in your home country.

Astronomy program structure

Astronomy is offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an undergraduate, most bachelor’s programs are offered as joint or dual degrees where astronomy is combined with another subject like physics or mathematics.

Bachelor’s will take at least three years to complete, and will be four years if you choose to study in the USA. In some countries, like the UK, you can study an MSci (Master of Science), which means you can add an additional year which converts a bachelor’s to a master’s level degree.

At postgraduate level, doctoral degrees in astronomy are common. They can last between four and six years, and you’ll need to have a master’s level degree in a related field like physics or applied mathematics.

Astronomy can be a very hands-on program, with the use of supercomputers and telescopes a common part of any course. Some programs will also include trips to international observatories and taking part in leading research. As well as practical sessions, you’ll also take part in lectures and seminars, and conduct your own original research.

The modules and topics you study will depend on the university you choose to study at, as well as if it’s a joint program. However, some common subjects include:

  • The structure of the stars
  • The structure of the galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Extreme astrophysics
  • Extragalactic astronomy
  • General relativity
  • Particle physics

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Astronomy study abroad programs

Astronomy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in astronomy

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    Astronomy - BSc University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,900 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Astronomy - BA/BSc Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Astronomy - BA University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,960 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Physics - Astronomy - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Physics: Astronomy - 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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Associate in astronomy

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    Astronomy - 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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    Astronomy - AA/ASc 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
    September, January, April, June
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    Physics & Astronomy - ASc South 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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Diploma in astronomy

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    Advancing University Studies: Astronomy - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,518 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,004 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Astronomy graduate programs

Master's in astronomy

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    Astrophysics and Astronomy - 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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    Physical and Chemical Sciences - Astronomy and Space Physics - MSc University of Turku, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,239 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Physics and Astronomy - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,568 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Science: Astronomy - MSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in astronomy

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    Astronomy - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,948 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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Diploma in astronomy

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    Science: Astronomy - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future astronomy careers

Getting a bachelor’s in astronomy is a great springboard to further studies like studying for a master’s or doctorate degree.

An astronomy degree will also arm you with a range of skills that will prepare you for a range of great careers, including:

  • Astronomer
  • Research scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Schoolteacher
  • College professor

For some of the careers above, you will need to get additional qualifications on top of your astronomy degree. It’s worth working out exactly what you need before you apply if you know what career you want.

Talk to your university’s career services department if you need help finding the right career for you. They’ll be able to guide you through your options and support you in finding relevant placements or graduate opportunities.