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Study business administration abroad

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

Business administration degrees abroad

Business administration is one of the most popular business degrees you can study, and it can lead to a wide range of careers after graduation. It gives you a good understanding of a range of business principles, as well as management, communication and decision making skills.

There are many business administration degree programs available all over the world, so your study abroad options will be huge. Studying abroad means you’ll get to learn and experience business practices in a new country, giving you a valuable new perspective on the subject.

Studying abroad is also a great opportunity to broaden your personal horizons, meet new people, and improve your language skills. Most employers look favorably on graduates who have studied abroad, as it shows your willingness to try new things.

Business administration program structure

You can study business administration at associate and bachelor’s level. Bachelor’s are offered as BA, BSc or BBAs. BBA is a Bachelor of Business Administration, and can be more focussed on administration subjects than a BA or BSc. Bachelor’s in business administration typically take three or four years to complete.

At postgraduate level, an MBA (Master of Business Administration) is regarded as a prestigious qualification. They are often studied by students who have several years of work experience in the business sector, and want to pursue a leadership role. An MBA usually takes two full years to complete, but some business schools do offer intensive one year courses.

Business administration is sometimes seen as offering an all-round business education, therefore the program content can be quite varied. Modules and topics that most programs cover include:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing
  • Supply chain and operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human resource management
  • Information systems
  • International business issues
  • Business law
  • Management strategy
  • Digital marketing
Business administration program structure

You can study business administration at associate and bachelor’s level. Bachelor’s are offered as BA, BSc or BBAs. BBA is a Bachelor of Business Administration, and can be more focussed on administration subjects than a BA or BSc. Bachelor’s in business administration typically take three or four years to complete.

At postgraduate level, an MBA (Master of Business Administration) is regarded as a prestigious qualification. They are often studied by students who have several years of work experience in the business sector, and want to pursue a leadership role. An MBA usually takes two full years to complete, but some business schools do offer intensive one year courses.

Business administration is sometimes seen as offering an all-round business education, therefore the program content can be quite varied. Modules and topics that most programs cover include:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing
  • Supply chain and operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human resource management
  • Information systems
  • International business issues
  • Business law
  • Management strategy
  • Digital marketing

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Business administration study abroad programs

Business administration undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business administration

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    Public and Nonprofit Administration - BSc Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,458 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,458 USD

    Start date
    May, January, August
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    Business Administration - BComm (Hons) Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,604 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Business Administration: Finance - BBA Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,700 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Arts Administration - BA Simmons University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,850 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Arts Administration - BA 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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Associate in business administration

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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - Cert/AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/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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    Administration of Justice: Judicial Administration - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Food Service Administration: Restaurant Management - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - AA National University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    September, July, April, January
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    Business Administration - 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
    August, June, February
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Diploma in business administration

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    Accounting and Payroll Administration - UGDip (with placement) Canada College Vancouver, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,835 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,800 CAD

    Start date
    April, September
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    Business Administration - Dip University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Business Administration - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    Business Administration - Dip (Mgm) EU Business School, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 EUR

    Start date
    October, February
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    Business Administration - Dip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,235 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,050 CAD

    Start date
    September, July, May, January
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Certificate in business administration

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    Administration - Level 1 - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - Cert/AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/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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    Business Administration (Penticton Campus) - Cert Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Public Administration - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,231 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration - Cert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,844 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,062 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Business administration graduate programs

Master's in business administration

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    Business Administration - MBA University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,115 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,115 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Research Administration - MSA Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,466 USD

    Start date
    May
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    Administration - MAdmin University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,678 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,354 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Business Administration - Professional M.B.A. - MBA University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,280 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Business Administration - MBA State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,250 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in business administration

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    Business Administration - DBA Felician University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 USD

    Start date
    April, January, October, August
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics - DBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 USD

    Start date
    June, May, March, January, October, August
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    Business Administration - DBA EU Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    46,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,921 EUR

    Start date
    October, February
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    Business Administration - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,208 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Business Administration - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,214 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,715 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in business administration

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    Business Administration: Pre-Professional Accountant - PGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,108 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,640 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration - PGDip Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,531 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Business Administration - Marketing - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,812 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration: Green Business Management and Sustainability - GDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,278 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    Office Administration – Health Services - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in business administration

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    General Administration - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,555 USD

    Start date
    May, January, August
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    Arts Administration and Cultural Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,972 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,188 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,345 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Business Administration - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,705 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,600 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Business Administration - GradCert Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,195 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Pathway in business administration

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    Business Administration (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

    Start date
    March, November, July
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    Business Administration (MBA), Pre-Masters - PGP Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,353 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,353 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Master's Accelerator - Master of Business Administration in Management - PGP Adelphi University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,624 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,624 USD

    Start date
    January, August, May
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Future business administration careers

A degree in business administration sets you up for a career in the business sector, but there are a huge number of roles you can choose to follow. Popular career choices for business administration graduates include:

  • Business consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Sales manager
  • Business manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Investment banker
  • Account manager
  • Risk manager
  • Marketing specialist
  • Accountant

A business administration degree will give you a great all round business education, but to follow certain career paths you may need to do further courses or programs. Many businesses offer training while you work, or can support you to get further qualifications and improve your skills.