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Study behavioral sciences abroad

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

Behavioral sciences degrees abroad

Behavioral sciences is a fascinating subject area that analyzes the causes and consequences of human behavior. It draws on concepts and findings from psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

By enrolling in this program, you’ll learn how to apply behavioral science theories and principles to real-world scenarios. As well as understanding and explaining human behaviors, you’ll be challenged to design and implement interventions for positive behavioral change.

Human behavior is heavily influenced by one’s environment. By studying abroad, you’ll see how different societies and cultures can shape the way individuals think, feel, and behave. You’ll also gain a global appreciation of the impacts that contemporary challenges can have on human actions and interactions.

Behavioral sciences program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in behavioral science last at least three years, but they’ll take four years if you complete an industry placement. Sandwich years are superb experiences because you can try out potential careers and network with experts in the field.

Bachelor’s degrees work a little differently in the US because most universities follow the four-year liberal arts model of education. Before majoring in behavioral science, you’ll attend two years of general education classes.

To qualify for many roles related to behavioral science, you’ll need to have postgraduate qualifications under your belt. Master’s and doctoral programs offer advanced instruction and research in the field and last up to two and six years respectively.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and group workshops. Assessment methods vary depending on the modules you choose, but exams, essays, presentations, and practical case study analyses are likely to feature.

Below are some of the core units you’ll probably cover as part of your program:

  • Making sense of society and culture
  • The sociological imagination
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Biological psychology
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Research methods in behavioral science
  • Cognition and emotion
Behavioral sciences program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in behavioral science last at least three years, but they’ll take four years if you complete an industry placement. Sandwich years are superb experiences because you can try out potential careers and network with experts in the field.

Bachelor’s degrees work a little differently in the US because most universities follow the four-year liberal arts model of education. Before majoring in behavioral science, you’ll attend two years of general education classes.

To qualify for many roles related to behavioral science, you’ll need to have postgraduate qualifications under your belt. Master’s and doctoral programs offer advanced instruction and research in the field and last up to two and six years respectively.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and group workshops. Assessment methods vary depending on the modules you choose, but exams, essays, presentations, and practical case study analyses are likely to feature.

Below are some of the core units you’ll probably cover as part of your program:

  • Making sense of society and culture
  • The sociological imagination
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Biological psychology
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Research methods in behavioral science
  • Cognition and emotion

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Behavioral sciences study abroad programs

Behavioral sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in behavioral sciences

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    Applied Behavioral Sciences For Adult Students - BA 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
    September, March, January
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    Behavioral Neuroscience - BSc Drury University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,100 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Behavioral Neuroscience - BSc 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
    August, June, January
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    Behavioral Neuroscience - BSc Nova Southeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,150 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Behavioral Neuroscience - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in behavioral sciences

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    Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences - AA 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
    August, June, February
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    Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences - AA Berkeley City 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, June, January
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    Social and Behavioral Sciences - AA Merritt 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
    June, August
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    Social and Behavioral Sciences - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January
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Behavioral sciences graduate programs

Master's in behavioral sciences

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    Applied Behaviour Analysis - MSc Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,959 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,996 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Behaviour Studies - MEd Oklahoma City University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,160 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,160 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Behavioral Sciences Gender Equality Studies - MA California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Nutrition and Behaviour - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,059 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in behavioral sciences

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    Gerontology - Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Sciences - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,899 USD

    Start date
    August
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Future behavioral sciences careers

You’ll have the tools needed to pursue several fulfilling careers that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

Your communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills will make you the perfect candidate for roles across healthcare, education, social services, and government departments. Below are just a handful of the interesting job prospects available:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Human resources manager
  • Social worker
  • Family support worker
  • Consumer behavior expert
  • Behavioral data analyst
  • Substance misuse specialist

To secure some of the positions listed above, you must gain postgraduate degrees and relevant licensure. If you’re unsure of what formal qualifications you’ll need, arrange an appointment with your university’s employability office. The advisors there set you on the right path.