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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 are offered as BA or BSc degrees, 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 Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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    Hospitality Business Management César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 40,700 CHF
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April, July, October
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    Modern Languages with Business Management University of Birmingham, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,700 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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    Business Management University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,950 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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    Business Management University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,450 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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Top-Up in business management

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    International Business Management University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,000 GBP
    • Program type Top-Up
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Pathway in business management

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

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Diploma in business management

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

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January
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    Music Business Administration/Music Business Management Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,022 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years 4 months
    • Start date September
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Associate in business management

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    Business Management Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Certificate in business management

  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Business Management Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 13,176 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May, September
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Business management graduate programs

Master's in business management

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    Chemistry with Business Management University of Birmingham, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 22,260 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Oulu Logo

    International Business Management University of Oulu, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 12,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Logo

    Global Business Management Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

    • Tuition fees per year 8,540 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Limerick Logo

    Business Management University of Limerick, Ireland

    • Tuition fees per year 13,007 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Hull Logo

    Business Management University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 15,600 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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Pathway in business management

  • University of Surrey Logo

    International Business Management, Pre-Masters University of Surrey, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, September
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    Financial & Business Management Pre-Master's Programme Kingston University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 9,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 8 months
    • Start date January, April
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    Business Management, Pre-Masters Keele University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 8,950 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date April
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Certificate in business management

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    Environmental and Business Management University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 19,105 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 16,532 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • Centennial College Logo

    International Business Management Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, July, September
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Agri-Business Management Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 13,658 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January
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  • Durham College Logo

    Sport Business Management Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,763 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Doctorate in business management

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    Business Management and Administration University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration
    • Start date
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Diploma in business management

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    Business Management and Administration University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January
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  • North Island College Logo

    Business Administration - Global Business Management North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,790 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, July, September
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  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Business Management – Health Administration Specialization Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 13,129 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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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.