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Study business abroad

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

Business degrees abroad

Business degrees are one of the most popular subjects for international students to study abroad. A degree in business can open up a huge number of career opportunities, and choosing to study abroad can give you an edge in a competitive market.

Studying business overseas means you’ll not only experience a new culture and way of life, but also gain an insight into how business works in a different country.

Business program structure

Business is a huge field of study, and what is covered in a business degree program can vary greatly. Business degrees also come under many different names and guises, so it’s important to understand the program curriculum and structure before you apply.

Typical business degree modules include:

  • Accounting/management accounting
  • Marketing/digital marketing
  • Economics
  • Micro/macroeconomics
  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Business research
  • Business information systems

There is usually the option during your degree to choose optional modules alongside the compulsory ones. These can help you tailor your program to focus on the areas you find most interesting, and that best match your career plans.

The exact course structure and curriculum will depend on the program you’re studying. Most business undergraduate degrees will take three or four years to complete, and some offer a year abroad or at work as part of the program.

Business programs are usually taught through lectures, tutorials and classes, and independent study. Assessment will be a combination of essays, projects, dissertations and written exams.

Types of business degrees

Business is a huge area, and there are many different programs that sit under the subject. Some universities refer to business in different ways, or offer programs that specialize in a specific area, including:

  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • International business
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human resource management
  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics
  • Taxation

There are many other program options available, and the name given to programs can differ from university to university. That’s why it’s important to look carefully at the structure and scope of the curriculum to make sure the program you choose is the right one for you.

Why study business abroad

Business degrees are widely ranked as the most popular option for international students to study abroad. It’s not hard to see why; studying business overseas opens you up to a huge number of programs at some of the best business schools in the world.

Choosing to study abroad means you’ll be able to experience excellent teaching and a different country’s approach to business. Although you’ll learn all about international business in the classroom, when you study abroad you can see first hand how it works, and even spend time in and internship in an international business.

If you want to work in the business sector in another country, studying there is a great way to start your journey. It will also help you make connections with businesses and other students that could be useful connections in your future career.

Where to study business abroad

If you’ve made the decision to study business, you’ll be faced with a huge number of program options, from universities all over the world. To help you make the right decision, think about:

  • What area of business do you want to study?

    There are a wide range of business programs you can choose from, so work out exactly what you want to study to help narrow down your search.

  • Is there a specific industry you want to work in?

    Consider locations that offer business opportunities that match your career aspirations. For example, some cities are renowned for their finance sector, others for tech or digital industries.

  • What university experience do you want?

    Your time outside the classroom is really important, so take things like the student life of the university into account. Consider the activities, accommodation and support services offered by the university when applying.

Deciding where you’ll live and study for potentially several years is a huge decision, so take the time to make sure you make the right one. For more help, read our guide on choosing where to study abroad.

Best countries to study business

If you want to study in a country that offers the most highly regarded business programs, look no further than the US and UK. Both offer several business schools and colleges that are consistently ranked as the best in the world.

France is another country that offers many of the top business programs and business schools. Germany is an attractive option, not only because of the quality of its business courses, but also because it is a global center for industry, trade and finance.

Away from Europe and the US, Singapore and Hong Kong lead the way in Asia, along with China. Australia is another up and coming destination, with a number of highly ranked business schools available to international students.

Best universities to study business

When it comes to studying business abroad, you can attend a large multi discipline university, or a specialist business school that purely focusses on business programs.

When looking for the best university to study business, it’s worth thinking about:

  • What the program covers
  • If there are any internship or a year abroad included in the course
  • What the university offers in terms of student life
  • Where the university is located, e.g. do you want to live in a city or a more rural area?

It’s worth considering all these aspects when you’re making your decision on what university you want to attend, as well as how well the program is ranked.

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Business study abroad programs

The choice of business program and degree you can study abroad is huge. You can study a BSc or BA over three or four years at undergraduate level, or you can study for a diploma that usually lasts a year.

If you’re a graduate, you can study a master’s in business immediately after completing your bachelor’s degree. However, you can study for an MBA after having at least three years of work experience, usually in a business or management role.

An MBA, or Master of Business Administration, is a very popular, competitive and prestigious qualification that is designed to enhance your career opportunities. An MBA from a good business school abroad is likely to act as a big boost for your CV.

Business undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business

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    Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business - BSBA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Business Administration - Management Emphasis - BA/BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration (Management) - BBA Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,234 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,234 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration: Management, Business & Economics - BA Steinbeis School of Management and Innovation, Germany
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,247 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,960 EUR

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Business and IT - BSc IUBH University of Applied Sciences - Online, Germany
    • Online

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,183 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,730 EUR

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Associate in business

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    Business Analyst - 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 - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Business (Oregon Transfer) - 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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    General Business - AA 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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    Business and Economics - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in business

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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
    January, July
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    Business: Marketing - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,475 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,121 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Fundamentals - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,948 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,957 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business: Marketing Specialization with Co-op - Dip Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    22 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,189 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Business Administration: Management - Dip Okanagan College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,535 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in business

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    Business - Cert MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,500 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Office Skills for Business - Cert Berkeley City 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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    Business Studies - Cert (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,983 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
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    General Business Studies - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,563 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Essentials - Cert Toronto School of Management, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,988 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, March, May, July, September, November
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Pathway in business

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    Business Preparation - UGP International School of Management (ISM), Germany

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,785 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,580 EUR

    Start date
    March, September
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    International Year - Business and Management - UGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 USD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,552 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

    Start date
    January, October
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    Business, International Year One - UGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,780 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 USD

    Start date
    September
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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
    25,151 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,800 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Business graduate programs

Master's in business

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    Digital Business - MDigiBus University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,855 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Administration: Management Information Systems - MBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,426 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Business Process Control and Supply Chain Management- Frontiers in Management Accounting & Process-based Control - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,913 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 123,500 SEK

    Start date
    September
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    Business Engineering: Business and Technology - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,681 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Business - MBA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,890 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in business

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    Business Admnistration - DBA C3S Business School, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,174 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,900 EUR

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Business and Management - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,239 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics - 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 and Enterprise - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,471 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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Diploma in business

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    Finance – Business - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,908 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business - Entrepreneurship and Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,299 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,396 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business – Marketing - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Commerce - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,412 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Business with Finance - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July
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Certificate in business

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    Business Analysis and Process Management (Co-op) - PGCert (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,903 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,160 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Analysis - PGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,138 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Television & Film - Business - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Business Studies - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,793 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Leadership - GradCert Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,815 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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Pathway in business

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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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    Commerce and Economic Development (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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    Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program - PGP University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    June, September
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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
    26,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business, Media and Social Sciences - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,108 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, May
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Entry requirements to study business abroad

To study business in another country you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. The exact requirements will differ depending on the country and university you’re applying to, but here’s the minimum you’ll need:

  • To have completed secondary education with satisfactory grades - some programs request you have good maths grades, but many don’t specify specific subjects
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the business
  • Good English language proficiency test scores
  • Relevant academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree (BA or BSc) in business to study at postgraduate level
  • Several years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree to study an MBA

Always check the entry requirements and what grades or GPA you need, and make sure you can meet them before you apply. Here is more on how to study abroad.

Future business careers

A business degree is hugely versatile and opens up loads of potential career options after graduation. The pathways are almost endless, but some of the most popular careers for business graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Sales
  • Management consultancy
  • Hospitality management
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • Retail management
  • Insurance
  • Banking

If you know what career you want to go into, make sure the program you choose includes all the skills and knowledge you’ll need for your career of choice.