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Study aviation abroad

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

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Aviation degrees abroad

Aviation is a varied subject, and it can mean different things depending on the university you study at. Some programs focus on training you to become a commercial pilot, others are more concerned with the airline and airport management, or air traffic control.

If you dream of working with aircraft, an aviation degree is a great way to help you achieve your goal. Choosing to study abroad can also make you stand out, showing employers that you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things.

By studying abroad you’ll also have more program options to choose from, so you can find the right course for you.

Aviation program structure

Aviation is available at undergraduate level, and usually takes three or four years to complete. You can choose to study a master’s degree in an aviation subject, which can take up to two years to complete.

Depending on your program, aviation degrees usually involve a number of practical classes, including work with aircraft. There will also be a mixture of group lectures, seminars, tutorials and personal study time.

The structure and content of an aviation program can be very different depending on where you choose to study. Most aviation degrees are offered in combination with another subject or focusing on a specific area, for example:

  • Aviation management
  • Aviation and logistic management
  • Aviation engineering
  • Aviation with commercial pilot training
  • Aviation and tourism
  • Aviation technology
  • Aviation with airline and airport management

Therefore the modules you’ll study will be dependent on what aviation degree you choose to study. However, some common themes you can expect to study include:

  • Aircraft systems and navigation
  • Aviation logistics
  • Aviation safety
  • Airport operations
  • Aviation engineering

Types of aviation degrees

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Aviation study abroad programs

Aviation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in aviation

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    Applied Science (Aviation) - BASc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,834 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Aviation: Air Transport Pilot - BAv Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    64,208 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 92,080 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aviation - BASc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aviation - BComm/BSc Mount Allison University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,586 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Aviation Administration - BScA 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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Associate in aviation

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    Aviation (Professional Pilots) - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    49,358 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 67,200 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aviation - Professional Pilot - AAA/AASc Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Aviation Maintenance Technology - AASc 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 aviation

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    Aviation - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,058 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Commercial Aviation - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,583 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 49,389 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in aviation

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    Aviation Electronics: Electronics Technician - 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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    Aviation Maintenance Airframe & Powerplant - Cert South 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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Aviation graduate programs

Master's in aviation

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    Aviation - MAv Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,181 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,810 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Aviation Security - MSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,092 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,100 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    Science (Aviation) coursework - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Sustainable Aviation Business - MBA Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,460 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    January
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Diploma in aviation

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    Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,626 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future aviation careers

Aviation graduates are well prepared for work in the aviation industry, and there are loads of options for future careers, including:

  • Commercial pilot
  • Airline manager
  • Airport manager
  • Air traffic controller
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Aviation meteorologist
  • Aviation engineer

It’s important to remember that not every aviation program will prepare you for each of these careers. If you know what job you want after graduation, make sure you choose a program that matches your aspirations.