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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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    Management (General Business) - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
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    January, May, September
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    Business Administration - Management - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - Management Emphasis - BA/BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Data Analytics - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Law with Business Studies - LLB University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in business

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    Business - Cert MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    5,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Foundation Studies: Business - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    25,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Blockchain - Cert Portland State University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    29,837 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Foundations - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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    General Business Studies - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in business

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    Business - Accounting (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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    Commerce - Dip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    27,840 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Applied Business - Dip La Trobe University - Didasko, Australia | Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,800 AUD
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Fashion Arts and Business - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Business – Marketing - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Pathway in business

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    Business 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 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Diploma of Commerce - UGP University of Western Australia, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    29,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, June, October
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    Business - UGP Flinders University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    24,700 AUD
    Start date
    June, October
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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 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in business

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    Business - ASc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,800 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Applied Business - AA Kansas State Polytechnic, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,325 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Applied Business - ASc La Trobe University - Didasko, Australia | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,800 AUD
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Business - ASc National University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,320 USD
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    General Applied Business - AASc Montana State University Billings, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,010 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Business graduate programs

Master's in business

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    Professional MBA: Concentration in Business Statistics and Data Analytics - MBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,500 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Digital Media Business - MA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Business and Services: Tourism - MSc University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,100 CHF
    Start date
    September
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    Business Admnistration - MBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland | Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    25,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    Laws (Sports Law and Business) - LLM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    49,184 USD
    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in business

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    Professional Business Administration: Concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics - DBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,500 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Business Admnistration - DBA C3S Business School, Spain | Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,900 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business - 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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    Business and Management - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business - Research - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in business

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    Commerce - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    31,936 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Business - Insurance (Co-op) - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in business

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    Commerce - 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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    Business Psychology (Exit Award) - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    20,190 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Business Studies - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,310 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Blockchain - GradCert Portland State University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,220 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Secondary Business Studies - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in business

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    Business, Social Sciences and Humanities, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Sheffield, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, March, September
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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 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
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, May
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    Commerce and Economic Development (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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    Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program - PGP University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 GBP
    Start date
    June, September
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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.