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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

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Business administration study abroad programs

Business administration undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business administration

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    Business Administration: Entrepreneurship - BSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,542 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,542 USD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,580 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,604 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Aviation: Business Administration option - BBA University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration: General Business Specialization - BSBA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,551 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration - Accounting - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in business administration

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

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    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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    Business Administration - ASc Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,422 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,422 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration - AA National University, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 USD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Business Administration (for Transfer) - ASc 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, January, June
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    Network Systems Administration - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in business administration

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    Supply Chain and Operations Management – Business Administration - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration With Co-op - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    22 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,147 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,350 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Hospitality Administration - Dip Flair College of Management and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    5 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,223 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,095 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September, November
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    Office Administration: Executive - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,166 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,997 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration: Insurance and Risk Management - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,795 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,500 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in business administration

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    Business Administration - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,166 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,185 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education: Administration - 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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    Medical Office Administration - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Office Administration – General - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Administration of Justice: Corrections - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    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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Business administration graduate programs

Master's in business administration

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    Administration - Communication Arts - MSc 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
    January, August
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    General 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
    August, January, May
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    Business Administration (12 subjects) - MBA Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Business Administration - MBA Schiller International University, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,028 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,140 EUR

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Business Administration (Equine Studies), MBA - MBA Midway University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,810 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,810 USD

    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in business administration

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    Business Administration: Human Resources Management - DBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration in International Management - DBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,176 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 CHF

    Start date
    February, September
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    Business Administration - PhD Trine University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - 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
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Business Administration - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,715 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in business administration

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    Business Administration - Accounting and Finance - PGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,642 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,790 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - Accounting - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,612 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration: Global Business Management - GDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,117 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,524 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Office Administration – Legal - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in business administration

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    Business Administration - PGCert Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,762 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Health Care Administration - PGCert Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,940 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Public Administration - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,555 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Business Administration - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,699 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,600 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Pathway in business administration

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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
    26,738 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,738 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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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, July, November
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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.