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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,638 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sport Business Management - BSc (Hons) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,308 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,680 GBP

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,404 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Information Technology Management for Business - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,984 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Finance and Investment Management - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,031 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in business management

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    Forestry 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, June, March, January
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    Business Management - 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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    Management Development - 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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    Business Technology Management - AASc Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, January
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    Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management - 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, June, January
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Diploma in business management

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    Hospitality: Hotel Operations Management - UGDip Centennial College, Canada
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,430 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Culinary Management - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Business - Leadership & Management (Level 5) - NZDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,500 USD

    Start date
    July, 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
    25,187 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,500 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Post-Baccalaureate in Technical Management and Services - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    May
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Certificate in business management

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    Indigenous Management 1 - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Business Management - Cert Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,563 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,650 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management - Cert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,531 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,167 GBP

    Start date
    March, June, April, February, January
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    Conservation and Resource 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, June, January
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    Business Management - Cert Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,535 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,176 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Pathway in business management

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,079 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
    18,606 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,450 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,624 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,800 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,910 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,910 USD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,163 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

    Start date
    October, January
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Business management graduate programs

Master's in business management

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    Information Capability Management - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,284 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Environmental Sciences, Environmental Restoration and Waste 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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    Business and Management - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,429 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business (Management) - MBA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,759 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Engineering Management: Operations Management - MEM University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,867 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in business management

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    Business Administration: Concentration in Information Technology Management - 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
    May, October, August, June, March, January
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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
    August, January
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    Business and Management - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Business and Management - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,784 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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    Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy and Risk Management - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in business management

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    Culinary Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,847 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,816 CAD

    Start date
    November, September, July, May, March, January
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    Fashion Business and Management - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,156 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,453 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Project 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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    Business Administration: Global Business Management - PGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,107 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,640 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,853 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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Certificate in business management

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    Human Resources Management - GradCert Centennial College, Canada
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,187 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Advertising - Media Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,757 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,456 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Guest Relations Management - Concierge Specialist - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,970 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management: Business Analytics - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,175 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, July, June, April, February
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Pathway in business management

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    Business and Management, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management, Pre-master's Program - PGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,380 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,380 USD

    Start date
    -
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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
    12,381 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,950 GBP

    Start date
    April
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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
    9,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 GBP

    Start date
    March, May
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    Business, Management and Marketing, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Huddersfield, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,513 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,600 GBP

    Start date
    June, 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.