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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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    International Logistics Management - BA
    Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business Administration and Management - BA
    Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,900 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Global Business Management - BA
    Business and Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,100 CHF
    Start date
    February, August, November
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    Business Management - BA (Hons)
    C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Hospitality Business Management - BA
    César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,700 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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Diploma in business management

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    Business Management - Level 6 - Dip
    C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business - Leadership & Management (Level 5) - Dip
    Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,500 USD
    Start date
    January, July
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    Hotel Operations Management - Dip
    Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    57,400 CHF
    Start date
    January, July, October
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    Sustainable Business Management - Dip
    Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    10,850 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Restaurant Management - Dip
    MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,200 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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Pathway in business management

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    Global Management Pathway - UGP
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 USD
    Start date
    January
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    Business and Management - International Year One - UGP
    University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,800 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,450 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business and Management, International Year One - UGP
    University of Lincoln, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,130 GBP
    Start date
    January, October
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Certificate in business management

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    Organizational Behaviour Management - Cert
    Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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    Rehabilitation Services Management - Cert
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management - Cert
    Royal Agricultural University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,000 GBP
    Start date
    June, September
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    Small Business Management - Cert
    Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Management - Cert
    Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,176 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Associate in business management

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    Global Logistics and Maritime Management - ASc
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    65,293 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Golf Management - AA
    Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 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
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Quality Management Systems - ASc
    Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Business management graduate programs

Master's in business management

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    Business Administration - Communications & Project Management - MBA
    The American Business School of Paris, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,250 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Global Business Management - MSc
    Business and Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    34,500 CHF
    Start date
    February, August, November
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    Management Engineering - MSc
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Design Management - MA
    Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,800 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    MBA Concentration in General Management - MBA
    Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Management - PhD
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Public Policy - Public Management - PhD
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Management & Marketing - PhD
    University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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    Business Management and Administration - PhD
    University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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

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    Strategic Management & Leadership - PDip
    C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,500 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Curriculum Design & Academic Management - PGDip
    Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    22,500 USD
    Start date
    January, July
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    Project Management - PGDip
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    38,400 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Maritime Engineering (Technology Management) - PGDip
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Management and Administration - PGDip
    University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January
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Certificate in business management

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    Innovation Management - PGCert
    Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    Project Management - PGCert
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    19,200 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship - PGCert
    University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,390 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Maritime and Logistics Management - PGCert
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,078 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Management - PGCert
    Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Human Resources Management (Global Pathways) - PGP
    Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Human Resources Management (with Placement Year), Pre-Masters - PGP
    University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    8,950 GBP
    Start date
    April
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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.