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Study banking abroad

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Banking degrees abroad

Banking is a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Factors like globalization, deregulation and advances in technology have revolutionized the banking and financial sectors around the world.

A degree in banking gives you the chance to study the theory and practice of financial services and financial markets. You’ll get to analyze the role of the financial sector in national and international economies, and develop an understanding of today's global economic system.

By studying banking abroad, you’ll be able to see financial issues from an international perspective. Banking is a truly global subject, and degrees are available at a range of universities and business schools all over the world.

Banking program structure

You can study banking at a range of degree levels including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate. At undergraduate level, banking is primarily offered as a BSc and can take three or four years to complete, depending on where you study. In the US you can study banking as your major concentration, or as a minor subject.

It is quite common to study banking alongside another related subject like accounting, finance, or international business. Some universities do offer single-honors banking undergraduate programs, but these are quite rare.

Master’s degrees are also available, and will usually last between one and two years. Some universities offer banking as an MSc, or you can study for an MBA. PhD programs in banking are quite rare, and they’re usually in a specialized area of finance.

The content, curriculum and structure of each banking program will differ depending on the university you’re attending. Most courses are made up of core modules you must study, and a range of electives you can choose to tailor your programs. Some core topics and modules you can expect to study include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles and practices of banking
  • Banking governance and ethics
  • Banking systems
  • Commercial banking
  • International banking and finance
  • Financial mathematics

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Banking study abroad programs

Banking undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in banking

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    Banking and Finance (Top-up) - BSc (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,311 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Finance and Investment Banking - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,083 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Actuarial Science and Finance: Banking and Risk Management - BSBA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Banking and Finance - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,720 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Banking & Financial Planning - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in banking

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    Banking and Financial Services - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Banking and Finance - ASc Laney 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
    August, January, June
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Certificate in banking

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    Banking and Finance - Cert Laney 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
    August, January, June
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Banking graduate programs

Master's in banking

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    Banking and Finance - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,741 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Economics, Finance and Banking - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,109 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    International Banking & Finance with Placement Year - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Banking, Finance and Risk Management - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,693 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,980 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    International Business, Banking and Finance - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,150 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in banking

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    Global Banking and Economics - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Pathway in banking

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    Banking & Finance Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,949 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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Future banking careers

Gaining a banking degree from a university abroad will put you in a great position to pursue a number of careers in financial services. Some of the most popular roles for banking graduates to go into include:

  • Securities analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Investment manager
  • Investment banker
  • Auditor
  • Broker
  • Loan officer

There are a huge number of other roles you could be ideal for, so don’t limit yourself to this list. There are other careers like accountancy or law you could also pursue, but these would require further postgraduate studies.