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Study business management abroad

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

Business management degrees abroad

Business management is a popular degree program to study at university, especially for international students. It can give you a wide ranging education that can lead to a number of career opportunities after graduation. Business management can share a lot of similarities with other programs like business administration, but focuses on organization and the management of people and operations.

Business management programs are offered at universities and business schools all over the world, so you will have many options to choose from. Think carefully about where you want to study, including which destination could offer the best career opportunities after graduation.

Studying business management abroad will expose you to different business practices, which can help your overall understanding of the subject. It’s also a great chance to meet new people, experience a whole new culture and improve your language skills.

Business management program structure

Undergraduate business management programs are available at associate and bachelor’s level. You can study a bachelor’s as BA or BSc degree, with very little difference between the two, other than the BA may be more theory based, and the BSc more practical. Bachelor’s in business management typically take three or four years to complete.

A number of undergraduate programs offer a year in industry or placement year, where you can get hands on experience in work. Some degrees are also available as joint honors and combine business management with other subjects like leadership, human resources or international relations.

At postgraduate level, a master’s in business management is available as an MA or MSc, and you can choose to study a specific area like business management and innovation, or international business management.

The content and structure of business management programs will differ depending on the university, but there are some core areas you can expect to see on any course.

Modules and subjects covered by most programs include:

  • Managing organizations
  • Business accounting
  • Marketing
  • Managing people
  • Supply chain and operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human resource management
  • International business issues
  • Business law
  • Management strategy

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Business management study abroad programs

Business management undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business management

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    Business Management - BA (Hons) York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,334 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Management - BA (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,054 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Management and Strategy - BA (Hons) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,680 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Engineering & Technology Management - BSc Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,560 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management - Human Resources Emphasis - BA 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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Associate in business management

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    Forest Renewable Materials/Marketing and Management - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Management and Supervision - 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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    Database Management - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Management - 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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    School Facilities Management - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in business management

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    Business Management - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,103 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Business Management - Dip Flair College of Management and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,656 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,750 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September, November
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    Business Management Co-op - Dip VanWest College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,507 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,380 CAD

    Start date
    February, April, June, August, October, November
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    Business Management (Level 6) - UGDip C3S Business School, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,833 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    E-commerce and Online Business Management (Montreal Campus) - Dip Trebas Institute, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,994 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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Certificate in business management

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    Business Management - Cert (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,658 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,650 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
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    Intermediate Nursery Management - Cert Merritt 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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    Rehabilitation Services Management - Cert Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Small Business Management - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Management and Supervision - 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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Pathway in business management

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    Business Management with Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,819 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business and Management - International Year 1 - UGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,450 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business and Management, International Year One - UGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,851 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

    Start date
    January, October
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    Global Management Pathway - UGP Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Business, Management & Marketing, International Year One - UGP University of Huddersfield, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Business management graduate programs

Master's in business management

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    Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy and Management - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Intrapreneurship and management of innovation projects - MMgt HEC Liège Management School, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,739 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,200 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    International Management - Big Data Management - MA IUBH University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,990 EUR

    Start date
    April, May, October, November
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    Project Management - MSc York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,876 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,000 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    Ecosystem Science & Management - MSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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Doctorate in business management

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    Business and Management - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,122 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Management - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,646 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Management, Marketing and People - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Industrial Engineering and Operations Management - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Operations and Systems Management - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,080 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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Diploma in business management

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    Hospitality - Hotel Operations Management - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    June, September
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    Health - Applied Services Management - PGDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,000 USD

    Start date
    January, July
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    Bioengineering Management - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Clinical Residency: Public Health Management - PGDip Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,700 USD

    Start date
    September
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    International Business in Hotel and Resort Management - PGDip Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    40,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,700 CHF

    Start date
    November
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Certificate in business management

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    Guest Relations Management - Concierge Specialist - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,970 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Fashion Management and Promotions - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Human Resources Management - GradCert Centennial College, Canada
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,711 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,187 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Creative Industries Management - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,493 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,456 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Project Management for the Built Environment - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,482 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,190 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Pathway in business management

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    Business, Management and Law, Pre-Masters - PGP Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,506 GBP

    Start date
    -
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    Management, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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    Financial & Business Management Pre-Master's Programme - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,916 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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    Global Media and Management, Pre-Masters Program - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,950 GBP

    Start date
    April
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    Project Management (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 management careers

It’s no surprise that many business management graduates will look to start careers in the business sector. However, the skills you will learn mean there are a number of industries and roles you can look to go into. Popular career options for business management graduates include:

  • Business consultant
  • Sales manager
  • Business manager
  • Account manager
  • Accountant
  • Project manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Operational researcher
  • Retail manager
  • Sales manager
  • HR manager

A business management degree will give a strong foundation, however to work in management you will usually need years of experience.

Many businesses offer training while you work, or can fast-track you into leadership roles. Studying a business management master’s is a good way to improve your career prospects if you are already in work.